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GALLET HISTORY & 96TH BOMBER SQUADRON MWB

Categories: MILITARIA, MWB, WWI
Published on: November 1, 2014

 

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THIS MILITARY WATCH BOX HAS
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A STEEL AND LEATHER 17J MINIATURE CLIP CLOCK
A LETTER OPENER FROM ITALY 1943
A WWII DOG TAG FROM 96TH MECHANIC
TWO SUPPORT BATTALION DI
A USAAA PATCH
A DISNEY 96TH HAND PAINTED ON CANVAS PATCH
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Gallet is the world’s oldest watch and clock making house with history dating back to Humbertus Gallet, a clock maker who became a citizen of Geneva in 1466. The Gallet & Cie (Gallet & Company) name was officially registered by Julien Gallet (1806–1849) in 1826, who moved the family business from Geneva to La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Prior to this date, operations commenced under the name of each of the family patriarchs.

Gallet is best known during the 20th century to the present day for its line of MultiChron chronograph wristwatches. Produced primarily for military, industrial, and other professional applications, Gallet’s MultiChron watches often incorporated a number of advanced timekeeping innovations.

A Gallet timepiece of particular renown was the Flight Officer time zone chronograph. Commissioned by Senator Harry S. Truman in 1939 for pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, the Flight Officer (a.k.a. Flying Officer) had a rotating 12 hour bezel and the names of 48 major world cities printed on the periphery of the dial (face). These features made it possible to calculate changes in the time as an aviator flew across lines of longitude. Besides being the first time zone calculating wristwatch, the Flight Officer was one of the world’s first wrist chronographs to be housed in a water resistant case. Truman wore a Gallet Flight Officer during his terms as 33rd president (1945–1953).

Léon Gallet set his sights on the rest of the world markets. In 1864, Léon’s brother, Lucien Gallet (1834–1879), established the company’s first US location in Chicago with a New York City office following soon after. Together with Jules Racine, a cousin of the Gallet brothers living in the US, the company began its expansion into the American market.

When the worldwide economic downturn of the 1930’s caused international trade to plunge by as much as two-thirds, it suddenly became unprofitable for the Gallet Company to continue production of many of its recently established brands. Gallet chose instead, to consolidate its efforts back into its primary area of expertise, that of the manufacture of high quality professional-use timepieces. Under the family name, the Gallet Company continued to flourish by providing hand-held timers and chronograph wristwatches to allied military and industrial clients during the years leading up to and through World War II.

A wartime Gallet timepiece of particular renown was the Flight Officer time-zone chronograph (1939 – present). Commissioned by Senator Harry S. Truman’s senatorial staff in 1939 for the United States Army Air Force, this wristwatch made it possible to calculate changes in the time as a pilot flew across lines of longitude

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Gallet is the world’s oldest watch and clock making house with history dating back to Humbertus Gallet, a clock maker who became a citizen of Geneva in 1466.

  • The first wristwatch with a center-originating sweep second hand for heart rate calculation (1912)
  • The first wrist chronograph with a waterproof case (Gallet MultiChron, 1936)
  • The first chronograph wristwatch with multiple time zone calculator (Gallet Flight Officer, 1938)
  • The first miniature chronograph wristwatch for professional women (Gallet MultiChron Petite, 1939)
  • The first chronograph wristwatch with additional 24 hour GMT hand (Gallet MultiChron Navigator GMT, 1945)
  • The first 24 hour reading wrist chronograph (Gallet MultiChron 24, 1947)

    1896 Swiss National Exposition, Geneva — Silver Medal

    1905 Universal Exposition of Liege — Grand Diploma of Honor

    1912 Kew Observatory, London – “A” Class Certificates, Special and Series Prizes for the Best Chronometers at Neuchâtel

    1913 Kew Observatory, London – “A” Class Certificates, Special and Series Prizes for the Best Chronometers at Neuchâtel

    1914 Swiss National Exposition, Berne — Grand Prize in the Chronometer category

    1917 Canton Observatory, Neuchâtel — 1st Place Award for Chronometer Accuracy

    FULL HISTORY OF GALLET FAMILY FROM 1466-2009 AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS OFFER

GALLET WAS FAMOUS FOR CHRONOGRAPHS AND TIMERS FROM 1910 THROUGH WW1 AND THROUGH WWII AND INTO KOREA & VIETNAM:

When the worldwide economic downturn of the 1930’s caused international trade to plunge by as much as two-thirds, it suddenly became unprofitable for the Gallet Company to continue production of many of its recently established brands. Gallet chose instead, to consolidate its efforts back into its primary area of expertise, that of the manufacture of high quality professional-use timepieces. Under the family name, the Gallet Company continued to flourish by providing hand-held timers and chronograph wristwatches to allied military and industrial clients during the years leading up to and through World War II.

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Artillery & Task Timer (1915) – 30 minute timer manufactured by Gallet for the British military during World War One. British Ministry of Defense “Broad Arrow” markings on reverse. Decimal Artillery Timer (1943) – decimal reading stopwatch manufactured by Gallet, used on Tank landing Ship #13 during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy

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Occurrence Timer (1936) – custom manufactured by Gallet for the US Geological Survey and in 1940 for USAAA [airforce], NYCRR Pocket Chronograph (1916) – pocket watch with timer manufactured by Gallet for rail road conductors and engineers of the New York Central Rail Road

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US Navy Pocket Chronograph (1914) – high quality timer manufactured by Gallet under the Jerome Park name for the United States Navy during World War One. Pilot’s or Cockpit Timer (1914) – watch with timer manufactured by Gallet Electa for the British military during World War One. British Ministry of Defense “Broad Arrow” markings on reverse.

 

 

 

 

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Decimal Artillery Timer stopwatch manufactured by Gallet, used on Tank landing Ship #13 during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. FURTHER, GALLET WAS A MAJOR PARTNER & BACKER WITH NEPHEW JULES RACINE

1864 – Léon Gallet’s brother Lucien Gallet establishes the company’s first US location in Chicago, with a New York City office following soon after Together with Jules Racine, a cousin of the Gallet brothers living in the US, the company expands its distribution to the American market. AND GALLET WAS A MAJOR PARTNER & BACKER WITH EXCELSIOR PARK;

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Jeanneret and Fils created Usine du Parc, by 1890 the company is called Alb and produces anchor watches from 13 to 24 lines, calendar watches and chronographs under the trademarks Colombe and Diana.In 1894 the factory is renamed Jeanneret Frères and produces chronographs. On March 21th 1891 a sport stopwatch called “Excelsior” is patented by Alb. Jeanneret et Frères, it has a movement side bridge in the shape of J; which l becomes a trademark for Excelsior Park

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By 1902, the company is named of Jeanneret-Brehm and Co and sells s stopwatches under the Excelsior trademark.

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In 1911 Jeaneret -Brehm & Co, along with Gallet, introduce two button (Crown Push and Side Pusher) and Henri Jeanneret-Brehm, a member of the esteemed Jeanneret family of St. Imier watchmakers, purchases the Magnenat-Lecoultre factory with financial assistance from the Gallet company.By 1918, The Jeanneret-Brehm company becomes Excelsior Park and offers stopwatches and chronographs .

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1918 – Jeanneret-Brehm begins manufacturing under the company name Excelsior Park. Deriving the name from Jenneret-Brehm’s previously registered “Excelsior” trademark, the English variation of the French word for “park” is utilized at the prompting of Gallet to support the collaborative efforts of the two companies in their marketing focus on the American consumer.

Beginning in the 1920’s, Excelsior Park concentrates exclusively on the stopwatches and chronographs.

In 1921 a patent concerning a bolt, independent of the push-piece crown for starting timing, allowing the stopping of the hand, is filed.

On May 24th, 1922, Excelsior Park patents a small housing inside a movement to place spare parts. That will become also a kind of trademark, making possible instantaneously to recognize an Excelsior Park movement.

One of its most important timers were the Gallet Excelsior Bombadere 60 Sec Time. Use of this timer was important even after the BOMB SIGHT was introduced. Making corrections and get your actual speed relative to the ground you needed to do some arithmetic. You had included timing a bomb drop. The first plans over target area were required to time. In addition, these timers were utilized for a host of timing events that the A-8 could not time. A ten second timer was limited to ground speed.

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NOTE THE MILITARY TIMER NUMBER FONT
THIS FONT WAS USED FOR THE WALTHAM A-11
FOR GALLET ARTILLERY AND DECIMAL 30 TIMERS
AND FOR WITTNAUER 30 AND 60 SECOND MILITARY TIMERS

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NOTE THE MILITARY TIMER NUMBER FONT
THIS FONT WAS USED FOR THE WALTHAM A-11
FOR GALLET ARTILLERY AND DECIMAL 30 TIMERS
AND FOR WITTNAUER 30 AND 60 SECOND MILITARY TIMERS

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THE 60 SEC TIMER UTILIZED FOR
NAVIGATION ARTILLERY & BOMBING TIMING
THIS PARTICULAR TIMER WAS A PRIMARY NAVIGATION/BOMBING
NOTE THE BUTTON LEFT OF CROWN
THIS PARTICULAR BUTTON MADE ONLY FOR WWII USAA [AIR FORCE]

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UNLIKE MOST BUTTONS THIS BUTTON RETURNS HANDS TO TDC
RATHER THAN LOCKING THE HAND TO READ

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NOTE GALLET BRANDING
GALLET IS THE OLDEST WATCH CO DATING TO 14TH CENT
IT WAS HEADED BY A GALLET FAMILY MEMBER UNTIL 2009

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World War I

Before embarking upon its first aerial warfare mission, the 96th BOMB SQ agreed upon a black triangle outlined by a white strip enclosing the profile of a red dare devil thumbing his nose at the ground with onr of his hands while he held a white bomb in his other hand. This distinctive emblem was designed by Harry O. Lawson, the squadron’s graphic artist, Symbolic of the “Daredevil” qualities of fearlessness and boldness, the dare devil characterizes the spirit of the Squadron and its past and present personnel. The bomb represents the historic mission of the unit, which it has performed since the beginning of aerial warfare in World War I

THE 96TH Aero Squadron was America’s first bomb squadron. It was formed at Kelly Field, Texas. Originally consisting of 80 college graduate and dropout volunteers whom passed the U.S.Army Air Service’ highest and most stringent aeronautical qualifications to join what was to be an elite group.

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The 96th saw combat as part of the 1st Day Bombardment Group, supporting the French Eighth and U.S. First Army from June through November 1918. It operated French-made Breguet 14 planes and was involved in an embarrassing fiasco when the entire squadron landed around Koblenz, Germany by accident, providing all of their planes intact to the Germans. Nonetheless, it was the most heavily engaged and most successful USAS bomber squadron.

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THIS 96TH

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LETTER OPENER FROM ITALY 1943
A WWII DOG TAG FROM 96TH MECHANIC
TWO SUPPORT BATTALION DI
A USAAA PATCH
AN AWESOME DISNEY 96TH RARE
HAND PAINTED ON CANVAS PATCH

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SIGNED: 96TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON
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1943 TUNISIA 96TH

Then they were moved to North Africa in April 1943 to carry out bombing missions in Algeria and Tunisia as part of Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign.

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[READS 96TH EITHER WAY]

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LEATHER OVER STEEL 17 JEWEL CLIP WATCH
RESTORED SETS WINDS KEEPS TIME

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FINE CONDITION

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SPRING LOADED

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USAA WERE THE US ARMY AIRCORPS
THE AIR CORPS BECAME THE USAAF / US ARMY AIR FORCE IN JUNE OF 1941
THE USAAF BECAME THE USAF FOR US AIR FORCE IN 1947

The 96th Returned to the United States from France in May, 1919 and was equipped with Martin MB-2 day bombers, its primary mission was reconnaissance along the Mexican border and became part of the First Provisional Air Brigade under General Billy Mitchell.

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MECHANIC WWII DOG TAG

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US ARMY

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NOTE: T PIN ALLOWS EASY REMOVAL

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96TH CANVAS

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USAAA

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SUPPORT

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ITALY LETTER OPENER

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WWII PICTURES

Trained with the Handley Page O/400 and Martin MB-2 bombers. its training and demonstration mission would be to attack captured German ships along the Atlantic coast off Virginia to determine whether a battleship could be sunk by bombing. The targets were an aged and surplus US battleship and four former German Navy vessels, including the battleship SMS Ostfriesland. The exercise began with low yield bombs and graduated to the new, larger bombs. Eventually the squadron would began dropping 2,000-pound bombs. Twenty-two minutes after the first bomb fell, the old battleship SMS Ostfriesland.sank .

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WWII PICTURES

In the summer of 1939, the squadron. one of three, received its first Boeing B-17B Fortress . In November 1939, seven Fortresses flew from Langley Field to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on a good-will mission. All planes returned safely with no major incidents, demonstrating the safety and reliability of the B-17 design

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WWII PICTURES

WWII DISNEY DESIGNED HAND PAINTED ON
CANVASS BOMBER FLIGHT PATCHES

When Walt Disney was a young American ambulance driver in France during World War I, he was exposed to a new form art that would be titled “nose art”. Nose Art was comic character painting on the cowls of military trucks and the sides of military airplanes. Nose Art had an immense morale boosting effect among the troops.

Disney returned to the United States in 1918 and became the premier cartoonist of the era.

In 1939, the a U.S. Naval unit made a request of Disney, they asked if he would draw up a mascot to paint on one of their new ships. Disney produced a “Bumble Bee in a Sailor’s Hat, wearing Boxing Gloves”. The Naval unit involved was so pleased with the design they adopted it the “Bumble Bee in a Sailor’s Hat, wearing Boxing Gloves” as their unit insignia and began painting it on their jackets and other vehicles.

It was not long before the entire armed forces began requesting Disney creations for their mascot

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With the help of six of his top artists, Disney attempted to fill the growing demand for unit mascots. The first two mascots produced by Disney in WWII went to the “Eagle Squadron” of the Royal Air Force, a unit of American volunteers flying for the British prior to American involvement in the war, and to the famed “Flying Tigers”, another volunteer force operating out of China.

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By the time of US involvement in WWII, while Disney and his staff were creating new designs, Warner Bros. joined in..While Donald Duck was the most popular amongst Disney characters, Warner Brothers called up both Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny.

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Besides the use of then known popular cartoon characters, every creature that could come to mind was utilized including nearly 150 new dog and cat creations. Their creations swam, crawled, slithered, flew, and were featured just about in every conceivable fashion.

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NOTE:
A) Mickey Mouse was a consensus objector because Disney did not want to establish Mickey with war
B) The personal insignia of German Luftwaffe ace Adolf Galland was Mickey Mouse

With both Disney and Warner Brothers at the helm, nearly every unit in the armed forces was sporting either a cartoon mascot or skulls, grim reapers, devils and other sinister mascots on jackets, military equipment, uniforms, tanks, planes, boats, jeeps, and even dinner plates & stationary were adorned with proud unit mascots.

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By 1945 the Disney group & Warner Bros. had created over 1,800 Mascot Logos

Though some “field made” variants were created, most authentic squadron patches were embroidered on “Chenille”, hand painted or decal on leather or hand painted/silk-screened on canvas.

World War II


Lockheed B17G Fortress 96th Bomb Squadron

After the Attack on Pearl Harbor, the 96th served on antisubmarine duty along the mid-Atlantic coastline . Then re-equipped with B-17F Flying Fortresses, the 96th was assigned to the Pacific Northwest for transition and combat training in late 942 and early 1943.Then they were moved to North Africa in April 1943 to carry out bombing missions in Algeria and Tunisia as part of Twelfth Air Force during the North African Campaign. The missions included support and interdiction, as well as bombing targets that included marshaling yards, airdromes, troop concentrations, bridges, docks, and shipping. Participated in the defeat of Axis forces in Tunisia, Apr-May 1943; the reduction of Pantelleria and the preparations for the invasion of Sicily, May-Jul 1943; the invasion of Italy, Sep 1943.

Transferred to Fifteenth Air Force in December 1943, the 96th engaged in bombing operations in Italy in support of the Allied drive north toward Rome; the Invasion of southern France, and the campaigns against German forces in northern Italy, Jun 1944-May 1945. Their primary mission being the long-range bombardment of strategic targets, the 96th attacked oil refineries, aircraft factories, steel plants, and other objectives in Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, and Greece. In one mission, the 96th where en route to bomb a vital aircraft factory at Steyr on 24 Feb 1944, when the group found itself greatly outnumbered by enemy interceptors, it maintained its formation and bombed the target, receiving a Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for the performance. On the following day, while on a mission to attack aircraft factories at Regensburg, it met similar opposition equally well and was awarded a second DSC. The 96th served as part of the occupation force in Italy after V-E Day and inactivated in Italy on 28 Feb 1946.

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Cold War

Reactivated under Strategic Air Command on 1 July 1947 and equipped with B-29 Superfortresses. Trained for strategic bombardment missions during the postwar years, being upgraded to the new atomic bomb-capable B-50 Super-fortress in 1948. Replaced the propeller-driven B-50s with new B-47E Stratojet swept-wing medium bombers in 1954, capable of flying at high subsonic speeds and primarily designed for penetrating the airspace of the Soviet Union. In the late 1950s, the B-47 was considered to be reaching obsolescence, and was being phased out of SAC’s strategic arsenal.

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In September 1996, the 96th deployed and launched attacks against military targets in Iraq in support of Operation Desert Strike. It earned the 1996 Mackay Trophy for the 33-hour long mission from Louisiana to Iraq and back as the most meritorious flight of the year.

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Since 1993 it has conducted combat operations to support worldwide conventional and nuclear tasking and provided long-range, heavy strike, initial response, and sustained firepower in support of all regional and global war fighting commanders.

In late 1996, the squadron deployed to support Operation Southern Watch, returning again in 1998. In 1999, crews from the squadron deployed to Royal Air Force Base Fairford in support of Operation Allied Force.

In January 2002, the squadron deployed to fly combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan.

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It supported OEF until early 2007 when it began focusing full-time on the Continuous Bomber Presence mission in the Pacific Theater. The squadron supported deployments in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and again in 2011 to Andersen AFB, Guam

In 2011, as part of Air Force Global Strike Command’s Global Strike Challenge (successor to SAC’s Bomb Comp), the 96th Bomb Squadron won three awards:

The Bartsch Trophy for Best ECM Score beating 9 other B-52 squadrons/units,
The Mitchell Trophy for Best Bomb Score
(6 meter BDU-50, beating 19 other B-1, B-2 and B-52 squadrons/units), and
The Linebacker Trophy for Best B-52 Squadron in 2011
 
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Lineage

  • Organized as 96th Aero Squadron (Day Bombardment) on 20 August 1917
Re-designated: 96th Squadron (Bombardment) on 14 March 1921
Re-designated: 96th Bombardment Squadron on 25 January 1923
Re-designated: 96th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 December 1939
Re-designated: 96th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, c. 6 March 1944
Inactivated on 28 February 1946
  • Re-designated 96th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 5 April 1946
Activated on 1 July 1947
Re-designated 96th Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 28 May 1948
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 April 1963
  • Re-designated 96th Bomb Squadron on 28 September 1993
Activated on 1 October 1993
  • Designated as: 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron when deployed as part of an Air and Space Expeditionary unit after 1 January 1998.

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Stations

World War I

  • Kelly Field, Texas, 20 August-7 October 1917
  • Clermont-en-Argonne Airdrome, France, 16 November 1917
  • Amanty Airdrome, France, 18 May 1918
  • Maulan Aerodrome, France, 23 September 1918
  • Colombey-les-Belles Airdrome, France, 10 January 1919
  • St Denis de Pile, France, 13 February 1919
  • Libourne, France, 12–16 April 1919
 
Inter-War period
  • Mitchel Field, New York, 2 May 1919
  • Ellington Field, Texas, 26 May 1919
  • Camp Furlong, New Mexico, c. 28 June 1919
  • Fort Bliss, Texas, 3 July 1919
Flight operated from Douglas Airport, Arizona, c. 10 August 1919-10 January 1920
  • Kelly Field, Texas, 12 January 1920
Operated from Langley Field, Virginia, 20 May-26 October 1921
  • Langley Field, Virginia, 30 June 1922

 

World War II

  • Ephrata Army Air Base, Washington, 29 October 1942
  • Glasgow Army Airfield, Montana, 29 November 1942 – 14 March 1943
  • Navarin Airfield, Algeria, 25 April 1943
  • Chateau-dun-du-Rhumel Airfield, Algeria, 27 April 1943
  • Ain M’lila Airfield, Algeria, 17 June 1943
  • Massicault Airfield, Tunisia, 30 July 1943
  • Amendola Airfield, Italy, c. 10 December 1943
  • Foggia Airfield, Italy, c. 20 October 1945 – 28 February 1946

 

 

 

United States Air Force

  • Andrews Field, Maryland, 1 Jul 1947
  • Davis-Monthan Field (later, AFB), Arizona, 24 Sep 1947
  • Chatham AFB, Georgia, 1 May 1949
  • Hunter AFB, Georgia, 29 September 1950 – 1 April 1963
Deployed at: RAF Bassingbourn, England, 4 May-24 September 1951
Deployed at: RAF Upper Heyford, England, 4 September-3 December 1952
Deployed at: Sidi Slimane AB, French Morocco, 11 August-20 September 1954 and 6 July-24 August 1956
  • Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, 1 October 1993 – Present.

Aircraft

  • Breguet 14, 1918
  • Airco DH.4, 1919-1928
  • Caproni Ca.3, 1919-1928
  • Handley Page 0/400, 1919-1928
  • Martin NBS-1/MB-2, 1919-1928
  • Keystone LB-5, 1928-1932
  • Keystone LB-7, 1928-1932
  • Keystone B-3, 1928-1932
  • Keystone B-5, 1928-1932
  • Keystone B-6, 1932-1936
  • Martin B-10, 1936-1942
  • B-18 Bolo, 1936-1942
  • B-25 Mitchell, 1936-1942
  • B-17 Flying Fortress, 1936-1945
  • B-29 Superfortress, 1947-1950
  • B-50 Superfortress, 1949-1954
  • B-47E Stratojet, 1954-1963
  • B-52H Stratofortress, 1993–Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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