Constituted 8ist Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated 81st Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 30 Dec 1941. Inactivated on 22 Jan
17 August 1942
The 12th Bomb Group enters service in the Middle East when B-25 Mitchells of the 81st Bomb Squadron attack Matruh.
Distinguished Unit Citation: North Africa and Sicily, Oct 1942- 17 August 1943.