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17th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

The 523d Fighter Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 27th Operations Group stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

During World War II, its predecessor unit, the 17th Bombardment Squadron (Light) fought in the Philippines Campaign (1941–1942). Its ground personnel fought as infantry in the 1941-1942 Battle of Bataan with the survivors being forced to march as prisoners in the Bataan Death March. The squadron reformed with its present numerical designation, and by the end of World War II, the Airmen of the 523d were among the most decorated USAAF units of the war, having fought in the North African, Sicilian, Italian and Southern France campaigns in the European Theater.

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  • 27th Fighter Group

    27th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 27th went through two different incarnations during the Second World War. As the 27th Bombardment Group it fought in the Philippines and Java in 1941-42. It was then reformed in the US and sent to North Africa, where it eventually became the 27th...

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  • 523rd Fighter Squadron

    523rd Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Formed as a B-18 Bolo bombardment squadron under Third Air Force in Louisiana during 1940. Re-equipped with A-24 Dauntless Dive Bombers, then in late 1941, ordered to Seventh Air Force in the Philippines in response to the growing crisis in the Pacific...

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People

  • Joseph Armstrong

    Military | Sergeant | Armourer / gunner
    Assigned to 95BS, 17BG, 12AF. Failed to Return (FTR) Neckarelz Railroad Bridge, Germany shot down by Bf109, crashed near Achern. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11590. Awards: PH.

  • Winford Gaines

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 27th Fighter Group

  • Ainsworth Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 27th Fighter Group

  • Lane Spence

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot
    Assigned to 95BS, 17BG, 12AF. Failed to Return (FTR) Neckarelz Railroad Bridge, Germany shot down by Bf109, crashed near Achern. Six chutes seen. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11590. Awards: PH.

  • George Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Assigned to 95BS, 17BG, 12AF. Failed to Return (FTR) Neckarelz Railroad Bridge, Germany shot down by Bf109, crashed near Achern. Prisoner of War (POW). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11590. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 02:14:02 466thHistorian Changes to unit became association
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/523d_Fighter_Squadron

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 02:13:32 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types and unit encompassing associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/523d_Fighter_Squadron

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