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736th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

Established in mid-1943 as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron; trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in January 1944, being assigned to Fifteenth Air Force in Southern Italy.

Engaged in very long range strategic bombardment missions against enemy strategic targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Balkans until April 1945. Bombed aircraft factories, assembly plants, oil refineries, storage areas, marshalling yards, airdromes, and other objectives until the German Capitulation in May 1945.

Most of squadron was demobilized in Italy in May 1945; returning to United States with skeleton staff. Re-equipped and redesignated a B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomb squadron, and received new personnel. Began training under Second Air Force for planned deployment to the Western Pacific Area (WPA), however Japanese Capitulation in August led to inactivation of squadron in October.

Reactivated in 1947 as a reserve Strategic Air Command B-29 Superfortress squadron; activated in 1951 and squadron aircraft and personnel being sent to Far East Air Forces Bomber Command as replacements. Squadron inactivated after personnel and equipment were deployed. Became a Tactical Air Command reserve Troop Carrier squadron shortly afterward; equipped with surplus C-46 Commandos. Personnel and equipment over by 403d Troop Carrier Wing and inactivated.

Reactivated under Strategic Air Command in 1963, replacing provisional B-52H Stratofortess squadron at Columbus AFB, Mississippi. Performed intercontinental training and deployments, also standing nuclear alert. Beginning in 1966, squadron deployed personnel to forward bases in the Western Pacific, where they engaged in combat missions over Indochina as part of Operation Arc Light.

Inactivated in 1969 when SAC pulled out Columbus and the base became an Air Training Command pilot training base

Structure

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  • 454th Bomb Group

    454th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was constituted as 454th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 14 May 1943 and activated on 1 June at Davis-Monthan Field, near Tucson, Arizona. Training began immediately on Consolidated B-24 Liberators[2] and the ground cadre was sent on 3 July to...

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People

  • James Bond

    Military | Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13251 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Datino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13251. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clifford Donnell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13251 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Faxon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13251 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Carroll Griffin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13251 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13251 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Mitchell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13251 ...

  • Morton Sherman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13251 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Vaughn Weir

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13251 ...

Aircraft

  • 42-78503 Jodey

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-78668 'Girl Crazy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return Valentine tank works, Austria with Charles Faxon Jr crew 23-Mar-45; shot down, 7 x POW, 2 x KIA MACR 13251

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Date Contributor Update
06 November 2016 23:59:26 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types and unit encompassing associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/736th_Bombardment_Squadron

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