History of the 822nd Squadron

Adapted from Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/822d_Tactical_Missile_Squadron


The 822d Bomb Group (WWII) was activated in early 1941 by the Army Air Corps, as a medium bomber squadron during the pre-war mobilization by the United States. It performed coastal patrols as part of the First Air Force, with B-18 Bolos and early-model B-26 Marauders.

The unit was deployed to Australia in early 1942, to reinforce the Fifth Air Force after its withdrawal to Australia. It was then re-equipped with B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and flew missions from Northern Queensland over New Guinea. It then moved to forward airfields in New Guinea and followed MacArthur's advance along the northern coast of the island into the Netherlands East Indies, flying tactical bombardment missions against Japanese strong points and airfields. It moved to Luzon, Philippines, as part of the United States liberation forces in 1945, and then moved to Okinawa during the summer in preparation for the Invasion of Japan. It moved to Japan and became part of the Occupation Forces but was inactivated in 1949 due to budget reductions.


Constituted 822d Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 29 March 1943

Activated on 20 April 1943
Inactivated on 12 April 1946


38th Bombardment Group, 20 April 1943-12 April 1946; 1 January 1953


RAAF Base Amberley, Australia, April 30, 1942
Doomben Field (Eagle Farm Airport), Australia, c. June 10, 1942
Breddan Aerodrome, Australia, Australia, August 7, 1942
RAAF Base Townsville, Australia, September 30, 1942
Durand Airfield, Port Moresby, New Guinea, 26 November 1942
Nadzab Airfield Complex, New Guinea, 4 March 1944
Mokmer Airfield, Biak, Netherlands East Indies, 1 October 1944
Pitoe Airfield, Morotai, Netherlands East Indies, 15 October 1944
Lingayen Airfield, Luzon, Philippines, c. 29 January 1945
Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, 25 July 1945
Itazuke Airfield, Japan, c. 22 November 1945


B-25 Mitchell, 1943¬1946
A/B-26 Invader, 1953–1955