635th Bombardment Squadron

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635th Bombardment Squadron
635th Bombardment Squadron A-24 Dive Bombers.jpg
A-24 Banshee dive bombers of the 635th Bombardment Squadron in Alaska, 1943.
Active March-August 1943
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Bombardment
Role dive bomber
Part of Second Air Force
Engagements Aleutian Islands Campaign

The 635th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. it was briefly active during World War II. It was assigned to the 407th Bombardment Group, and was last stationed at Amchitka Army Air Field, Alaska.

History

The squadron was activated in Florida in March 1943 as one of the original four squadrons of the 405th Bombardment Group, part of II Bomber Command at Drew Field. The squadron was equipped with Douglas A-24B Banshee dive bombers.[1][2]

After the invasion of the Aleutian Islands, the squadron, along with the air echelon of the 407th Group, was relieved of its training mission and deployed to Amchitka Army Air Field, Alaska to take part in the Battle of Kiska during the Aleutian Islands Campaign.[1][2]

While deployed to Alaska, the squadron was disbanded in August 1943, when the Army Air Forces reorganized its single engine dive bomber units as fighter bomber units and reduced the number of squadrons in a group from three to four. Its personnel and equipment were distributed among the other three squadrons of the 407th Group.[1][2]

Lineage

  • Constituted as the 635th Bombardment Squadron (Dive) on 23 March 1943
Activated on 28 March 1943
Disbanded on 15 August 1943[1]

Assignments

Stations

Aircraft

References

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Maurer, Combat Squadrons, 689-690
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Maurer, Combat Units, pp. 293-294

Bibliography

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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