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345 Bomb Squadron (AFRC)

345 Bomb Squadron

345 Bomb Squadron

Lineage.  Constituted as 345 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942.  Activated on 3 Feb 1942.  Redesignated as: 345 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 9 Oct 1944; 345 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 23 May 1945.  Inactivated on 5 Jul 1946.  Activated on 1 Jul 1947.  Redesignated as 345 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 28 May 1948.  Inactivated on 25 Jun 1966. Redesignated as 345 Bomb Squadron on 8 Oct 2015.  Activated on 17 Oct 2015.   

Assignments.  98 Bombardment Group, 3 Feb 1942; 462 Bombardment Group, 10 Nov 1945; Strategic Air Command, 31 Mar-5 Jul 1946.  98 Bombardment Group, 1 Jul 1947; 98 Bombardment (later, 98 Strategic Aerospace) Wing, 16 Jul 1952-25 Jun 1966.   489 Bomb Group, 17 Oct 2015-.   


Stations.  McDill Field, FL, 3 Feb 1942; Barksdale Field, LA, c. 9 Feb 1942; Fort Myers, FL, 30 Mar 1942; Drane Field, FL, 16 May-3 Jul 1942; Ramat David, Palestine, 5 Aug 1942; Fayid, Egypt, 16 Nov 1942; Tobruk, Libya, 25 Jan 1943; Benina, Libya, 16 Feb 1943; Hergla, Tunisia, 26 Sep 1943; Brindisi, Italy, 18 Nov 1943; Manduria, Italy, 20 Dec 1943; Lecce, Italy, 18 Jan 1944-19 Apr 1945; Fairmont AAFld, NE, 8 May 1945; McCook AAFld, NE, 25 Jun 1945; MacDill Field, FL, 10 Nov 1945-5 Jul 1946.  Andrews Field, MD, 1 Jul 1947; Spokane AAFld, WA, 24 Sep 1947; Yokota AB, Japan, 5 Aug 1950; Lincoln AFB, NE, 24 Jul 1954; Lakenheath RAF, UK, 12 Nov 1955; Lincoln AFB, NE, 29 Jan 1956-25 Jun 1966.  Dyess AFB, TX, 17 Oct 2015-. 


Aircraft.  B-24, 1942-1945; B-29, 1945; 1947-1954; B-47, 1954-. 


Operations. Combat in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations, 12 Aur 1942-15 Apr 1945.  Combat in Korea, 7 Aug 1950-25 Jul 1953. 


Service Streamers.  American Theater.


Campaign Streamers. World War II: Egypt-Libya; Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.  Korean War: UN Defensive; UN Offensive; CCF Intervention; 1st UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea Summer-Fall, 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea Summer-Fall, 1953. 


Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.


Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: North Africa and Sicily, Aug 1942-17 Aug 1943; Ploesti, Rumania, 1 Aug 1943; Korea, 1 Dec 1952-30 Apr 1953.  Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: [7 Aug 1950]-27 Jul 1953. 


Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 13 May 2016.


Aircraft, and Operations through 25 Jun 1966.


Supersedes statement contained in Maurer Maurer, Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (Washington, DC: USGPO, 1969), pp. 428-429. 


Emblem. Approved on 7 Dec 1956. 


Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman