77th 

Bomb Squadron

Aircraft Number 129681

Nose Art on B-25 129681

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Kurile Island Operations

Courtesy: USAF Office of History


Lineage

20 Nov 1940 – Constituted 77th Bombardment Squadron (Medium)
15 Jan 1941 – Activated
  5 Nov 1945 – Inactivated
15 Jul   1945 – Redesignated 77th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)

Assignments

15 Jan 1941 – 42nd Bombardment Group
  2 Jan 1942 – 28th Composite (Later Bombardment) Group
20 Oct - 5 Nov 1945 – 11th Air Force
  4 Aug 1946 – 28th Bombardment  (Later Reconnaissance) Group
16 Jan 1952 – 28th Strategic Reconnaissance (Later Bombardment) Wing

Note: Assignment of the unit once it left Alaska will not be covered.

Stations

15 Jan 1941 – Salt Lake City, Ut
  4 Jun - 14 Dec 1941 – Boise, Id
29 Dec 1941–  Elmendorf Field, Ak
                         – Operated from:
                                  Umnak - 30 May 1942
  3 Oct 1942  – Adak, Ak
                         -  Operated from:
                                  Adak, Ak - 12 Dec 1942
                                  Attu, Ak - 22 Jul 1943
11 Sep 1943 – Amchitka, Ak
11 Feb 1944 - 19 Oct 1945 – Attu, Ak
29 Oct 1945 - 5 Nov 1945 – Ft Lawton, Wa

Note: Assignment of the unit once it left Alaska will not be covered.

Aircraft

1941 - 1943 - B-18
1941 - 1943 - B-26
1942 - 1945 - B-25
 

Operations

c. Feb 1942 - 17 Jul 1945 – Combat in the Northern Pacific

Service Steamers
None

Campaigns
 Aleutian Islands; Air Offensive, Japan; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Decorations
Distinguished Unit Citation: Kurile Islands, 1 Apr 1944 - [17 Jul] 1945

Emblem
None 

  The Walt Disney Studio designed patch above was never "Officially" approved for wear.


[Note: Looking for a photograph of the patch listed above on a Flight Jacket, painted on something or a scan of the patch from the WWII period]


Commanders

  1 Jul   1940  -  Capt David H. Motherwell
  8 Jun  1941 -  1 Lt Roy R. Buschetto (assumed command - Capt Motherwell had died)
12 Aug 1941  - Maj Harry E. Wilson
14 Mar 1942  - Capt Roy R. Buschetto
17 May 1942  - Maj Harold D. Courtney



Courtesy: USAF Office of History

Crew of the B-25, Marjorie

77th Bomb Squadron - Alexai Point, Attu - 27 Sept 1943

The crew flew on the 11 September raid against Parmushiro, Japan.

Front Row: (left to right)  

1Lt E.P. Scalet, Navigator, Ft Smith, Arkanas

1Lt M.I. Temple, Pilot, Alton Bay, N.H.

Lt P.E. Welliver, Co-pilot, Hazelton, Penn

Back Row: (left to right)

S/Sgt R.J. Strohecker, Tail Gunner, Pearl City, Ill

T/Sgt T.F. Richardson, Turret Gunner, Nespelem, Wash

T/Sgt W.H. Biggs, Radio Operator, Westerport, Md


War Stories:  The story of the last mission of the B-25, "Fickle Finger of Fate"  Join the crew on one of the most daring missions of the Aleutian War.


Bomb Squadrons

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

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11th Air Force
XI Bomber Command
XI Fighter Command
28th Composite Group
Bomb Squadrons
343 Fighter Group
Non Flying Units
Chronology
Fighter Squadrons

War Stories

Credits

Reunions


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