73rd Bomb Squadron


 

Patch Scan: Courtesy of Bill Rhodes via Jack D. White



Lineage

26 Feb 1918 – Organized as 73rd Aero Squadron
  4 Jul  1919 – Demobilized
18 Oct 1927 – Constituted
  8 May1929 – Redesignated 73rd Pursuit Squadron
15 Jul 1931 –  Activated
  1 Mar 1935 – Redesignated 73rd Attack Squadron
17 Oct 1939 – Redesignated 73rd Bombardment Squadron (Medium)
  1 Nov 1943 – Disbanded

Assignments

26 Feb - Nov 1918 – Unknown
    Nov - 1918-1919 – 2d Day Bombardment Group
   1919 - 4 Jul 1919 – Unknown
15 Jul 1931 – 17th Pursuit Group
  3 May 1941 – 28th Composite Group
  6 Oct - 1 Nov 1943 – Second Air Force

Stations

26 Feb 1918 – Waco, Tx
  1 Mar 1918 – Call Field, Tx
16 Jul - 13 Aug 1918 – Garden City, NY
c. 5 Sep 1918 – St Maixent, France
c. 20 Sep 1918  – Delouze, France
c. 5 Oct 1918  – Colombeyles-Belles, France
c. 15 Nov 1918 - 1919 – Ourches, France
c. 19 Jun - 4 Jul 1919 - Hazelhurst Field, NY
15 Jul 1931 – March Field, Ca
26 Jun 1940 - 10 Mar 1941– McChord Field, Wa
14 Mar 1941 – Elmendorf Field, Ak
1942 - 1943  - (Detachments operated from Ft Randall, Umnak, Adak, and Amchitka)
Apr 1943 – Umnak, Ak
Jun - 30 Aug 1943 – Amchitka, Ak
14 Sep 1943 - Paine Field, Wa
  6 Oct - 1 Nov 1943 – Pyote AAFld, Tx

Aircraft

1931 - 1934 – P-12
1934 - 1935 - P-26
1935 - 1936 - P-12
1936 - 1940 - A-17
1939 - 1942 - B-18
1942 - 1943 - B-26
1942 - 1943 - B-25

Operations

c. 15 Nov 1918 - 1919 – Air park with Second Army
 2 - 5 Mar 1938 – Reconnaissance inn support of flood-relief in Southern California
Dec 1941 - 13 Aug 1943 – Combat in the Northern Pacific

Service Steamers
Theater of Operations

Campaigns
Aleutian Islands; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Decorations
None

Emblem
On a hurt and within an amulet or a conventionalized California Bear's head and shoulders affronte, with right paw raised, of the last, markings sable, eyes and tongue gules. (Approved 23 May 1932)
 
 


Commanders:

      Mar 1941 -   Captain Donohew
  1  Jan 1942 -   Major Frances B. Gallagher
15 Dec 1942 -   Major Henry S. Taylor
18 April 1943 - Captain Warren A. Beth



73rd BS Photographs

Bomb Squadrons

21st       Shemya
36th       Elmendorf Field, Adak, Ladd
73rd       Elmendorf Field, Ladd
77th       Elmendorf Field, Attu
404th     Attu, Shemya
406th     Elmendorf Field, Kodiak


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