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Duty Station Details

Strength
Air Squadron
 
Type
Combat - Bomber Units
 
Existing/Disbanded
Deactivated
Year
1942 - 1946

Description
Parent Units:
302nd bombardment Group (H) 1 Jun 1942 - 10 Apr 1944
331st Bombardment Group (VH) 7 Jul 1944 - 15 Apr 1946

Commanders:
1st Lt. Ronald V. Kramer, 21 Jun 1942
Capt. Earl D. Carlson, 4 Jul 1942
Capt. Walter Cross, 23 Jul 1942
Capt. Benjamin M. Sheldon, 23 Sep 1942
Capt. Horace S. Carswell, 23 Jan 1943
Capt. Frank L. Smith, 20 May 1943
Capt. Zane L. Abbott, 23 Aug 1943
unknown, 5 Mar - 10 Apr 1943
Maj. Thomas E. Whitson, by Aug 1944
Maj. Joesph S. Grimm, by Oct 1944
Capt. Louis C. Carr, by Jun 1945
Maj. Andrew F. Gordon, 18 Jul 1945 - unkn.

Aircraft:
B-24 Liberator (1942 - 1944)
B-17 Flying Fortress (1944)
B-29B Superfortress (1945 - 1946)

STATIONS
Geiger Field, WA, 1 Jun 1942
Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, 23 Jun 1942
Wendover Field, UT, 30 Jul 1942
Pueblo AAB, CO, 30 Sep 1942
Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, 1 Dec 1942
Clovis, NM, 29 Jan 1943
Langley Field, VA, 17 Dec 1943
Chatham AAFld, GA, 27 Jan-10 Apr 1944
Dalhart AAFld, TX, 7 Jul 1944
McCook AAFld, NE, 22 Nov 1944-8 Apr 1945
Northwest Field, Guam, 12 May 1945-15 Apr 1946

Decorations:
Distinguished Unit Citation: Japan (6 - 13 Jul 1945)

 

3 Members Who Served in This Duty Station


 
  • Cripe, Carl, A1C, (1956-1960)
 

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Duty Station History
 
Battle/Operations History
 
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Inactivation on Guam
Flew last combat mission on 15 August 1945, later flew in "Show of Force" mission on 2 September 1945 over Tokyo Bay during formal Japanese Surrender. Inactivated on Guam 15 April 1946, pers ... More
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1946
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Description
Combat operations over Japan.
1945
Pacific Combat Operations
In Apr - May 1945, the group moved to Northwest Field on Guam, and was assigned to the 315th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) and entered combat on 16 Jun 1945 with a bombing raid against an airfield on ... More
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1945
Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
(Air Offensive Campaign Japan 17 April 1942 to 2 September 1945) The United States strategic bombing of Japan took place between 1942 and 1945. In the last seven months of the campaign, a change to fi ... More
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1942 - 1945
the 356th became a Replacement Training Unit (RTU)
1944 becoming a Replacement Training Unit (RTU) for B-17 Flying Fortress deployed combat units.
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1944
Re-designated to a Very Heavy Squadron
The 356th was inactivated on 10 Apr 1944. Re-designated 356th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 27 Jun 1944.
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1944
356th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) Activated
Constituted 356th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 June 1942, assigned to the 302nd Bombardment Group, as a B-24 Liberator - Operational Training Unit (OTU). The squadron ... More
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1942
 
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