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393 BOMB SQUADRON

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Lineage. Constituted 393d Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 28 Feb 1944. Activated on 11 Mar 1944. Redesignated: 393d Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 2 Jul 1948; 393d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 2 Apr 1966; 393d Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 1 Dec 1969. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1990. Redesignated 393d Bomb Squadron on 12 Mar 1993. Activated on 27 Aug 1993.

Assignments. 504th Bombardment Group, 11 Mar 1944; Second Air Force, 25 Nov 1944; 509th Composite (later, 509th Bombardment) Group, 17 Dec 1944 (attached to 509th Bombardment Wing, 17 Nov 1947-14 Sep 1948 and 1 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952); 509th Bombardment Wing, 16 Jun 1952-30 Sep 1990 (probably attached to Twentieth Air Force, 18 Jun-c. 18 Sep 1953). 509th Operations Group, 27 Aug 1993-.

Stations. Dalhart AAFld, TX, 11 Mar 1944; Fairmont AAFld, NE, 12 Mar 1944; Wendover Field, UT, 14 Sep 1944-26 Apr 1945; North Field, Tinian, 30 May-17 Oct 1945; Roswell AAFld (later, Walker AFB), NM, 6 Nov 1945 (deployed at Kwajalein, 1 May-Jul 1946; Mildenhall RAF, England, 4 Jun-2 Sep 1952; Andersen AFB, Guam, 18 Jun-c. 18 Sep 1953 and 10 Jul-8 Oct 1954; RAF Upper Heyford, England, 26 Jan-30 Apr 1956); Pease AFB, NH, 1 Jul 1958-30 Sep 1990. Whiteman AFB, MO, 27 Aug 1993-.

Aircraft. B-17, 1944; B-29, 1944-1952; B-50, 1949-1955; B-47, 1955-1965; B-52, 1966-1969; FB-111, 1970-1990.

Operations. Combat in Western Pacific, 1 Jul-14 Aug 1945. Only squadron trained for atomic warfare in World War II; dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 Aug 1945, and the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, on 9 Aug 1945. Participated in atomic bomb tests on Bikini Atoll, Jul 1946, while deployed on Kwajalein. Rotated aircraft and crews to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of Southeast Asia Operations, 1966-1969. Not operational, Nov 1969-Jun 1971.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaigns Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Japan; Eastern Mandates; Western Pacific.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: Apr-1 Oct 1968; 1 Jul 1977-30 Jun 1979; 1 Jul 1981-30 Jun 1982; 1 Jul 1982-30 Jun 1984; 1 Jul 1988-30 Jun 1990. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 5 Mar-14 Oct 1969.

Emblem. On a Green disc edged Air Force Yellow, a mushroom- shaped atomic cloud issuing from a blast, White; all surmounted by a snarling tiger's head in profile, proper (Air Force Yellow with Black stripes, White teeth, Red tongue and eyeball, Green iris and Black pupil); on the blast below the atomic cloud and tiger's head, an arrow of the second pointing to dexter, all outlines and details Black throughout. Approved on 15 Jul 1957 (K 7984); replaced emblem approved on 19 Dec 1944 (9925 A.C.).







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