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372d Bombardment Squadron
372d Bombardment Squadron Emblem.png
Emblem of the 372d Bombardment Squadron
(Strategic Air Command)
Active 1940-1965
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Role Bombardment

372d Bomb Squadron (World War II emblem)

The 372d Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 307th Bombardment Wing, based at Lincoln AFB, Nebraska. It was inactivated on 25 March 1965.

History[]

Formed as a heavy bombardment group in January 1942, trained in the Pacific Northwest under Second Air Force, with B-17 Flying Fortresses. Reassigned to Seventh Air Force in Hawaii, November 1942 and performed performing search and rescue and antisubmarine patrols until January 1943 while transitioning to long-range B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.

Deployed to the Central Pacific from Hawaii throughout 1943 for long-range combat bombardment operations against Japanese forces in the Central Pacific; New Guinea; Northern Solomon Islands and Eastern Mandates campaigns. Deployed to the New Hebrides in Melanesia and operated from numerous temporary jungle airfields, engaging in long-range bombardment operations during the Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon and Southern Philippines campaigns until the end of the war in August 1945. Assigned to Clark Field, Philippines after the war ended, demobilized with personnel returning to the United States, unit inactivated as paper unit in January 1946 in California.

Reactivated as B-29 Superfortress squadron at MacDill Field, Florida in August 1946 as part of Strategic Air Command. Was a training unit for antisubmarine warfare. Deployed to Okinawa during Korean War, carrying out combat operations over Korea throughout the conflict. Remained in Okinawa until November 1954 when inactivated. Reactivated simultaneously at Lincoln AFB, Nebraska, as a B-47 Stratojet medium jet bomber squadron, performed REFLEX deployments to North Africa until phaseout of B-47 in 1965 and inactivated.

Lineage[]

  • Constituted 372d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 January 1942
Activated on 15 April 1942
Inactivated on 26 December 1945
  • Redesignated 372d Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 15 July 1946
Activated on 4 August 1946
Redesignated 372d Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 28 May 1948
Inactivated on 25 March 1965

Assignments[]

Stations[]

Operated from: Henderson Field, Midway Atoll, 22–24 December 1942
Operated from: Funafuti Airfield, Nanumea, Gilbert Islands, 18–23 April 1943
Operated from: Koli Airfield, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 5 August-15 September 1943 and 25 October-3 December 1943
  • Munda Airfield, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 9 January 1944

  • Momote Airfield, Los Negros, Admiralty Islands, 13 May 1944
  • Wakde Airfield, Netherlands East Indies, c. 22 August 1944
Operated from: Kornasoren (Yebrurro) Airfield, Noemfoor, Schouten Islands, c. 20 September-c. 9 November 1944
  • Wama Airfield, Morotai, Netherlands East Indies, c. 10 November 1944
  • Clark Field, Luzon, Philippines, c. 1 September-7 December 1945
  • Camp Stoneman, California, 26 December 1945
  • MacDill Field, Florida, 4 August 1946
Operated from: Kadena AB, Okinawa, beginning c. 7 August 1950

Aircraft[]

References[]

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

  • Maurer, Maurer. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Air Force Historical Studies Office, 1969. ISBN 0-89201-097-5.

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