849th Strategic Missile Squadron

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849th Strategic Missile Squadron
Active 1943-1945; 1960-1961
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Strategic Missile Launch Squadron

The 849th Strategic Missile Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 703d Strategic Missile Wing. It was inactivated at Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado on 21 July 1961.


Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943; trained under Second Air Force in the northwestern United States. Deployed to European Theater of Operations (ETO) in April 1944. Engaged in strategic bombardment raids over Occupied Europe and Nazi Germany, attacking enemy military and industrial targets until the German capitulation in May 1945.

Most of squadron personnel demobilized in Europe, small cadre of personnel returned B-17s to the United States and reformed as a unit in Florida. Programmed for conversion to a B-29 Superfortress heavy bombardment squadron and deployment to Central Pacific Area (CPA) for strategic bombardment raids over the Japanese Home Islands; however never re-equipped and was inactivated after the Japanese Capitulation in November 1945.

Reactivated by Strategic Air Command in 1960 as a HGM-25A Titan I ICBM launch squadron, however never fully manned and ICBMs never made operational. Inactivated, personnel and equipment reassigned to 725th Strategic Missile Squadron.


  • Constituted 849th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 September 1943
Activated on 1 October 1943
Inactivated on 7 November 1945
  • Redesignated 849th Strategic Missile Squadron and activated, on 29 February 1960
Organized on 1 August 1960 with activation of parent Wing
Discontinued and inactivated on 1 July 1961



Aircraft and missiles[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.