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709th Airlift Squadron

709th Airlift Squadron

709th Airlift Squadron Patch
Active 1 May 1943 - 7 November 1945
10 November 1947 - 27 June 1949
1 October 1973 - present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
22d Air Force
512th Airlift Wing
512th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Dover Air Force Base
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

The 709th Airlift Squadron (709 AS) is part of the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.


It operates C-5 Galaxy aircraft providing global airlfit.


Activated in mid 1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomb squadron, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to England in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during November 1943, assigned to VIII Bomber Command as a strategic bombardment squadron. Participated in the air offensive over Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe until German capitulation in May 1945. Personnel demobilized in England and returned to the United States; squadron reassigned to Third Air Force for possible re-equipping with B-29 Superfortresses and deployment to Pacific Theater. Japanese capitulation led to inactivation in November 1945.

Activated in the postwar reserve as a B-29 squadron. Trained for proficiency as part of Strategic Air Command reserve forces. Activated as a result of Korean War in 1951, squadron's aircraft and personnel reassigned to Far East Air Force Bomber Command, inactivated as a paper unit.

Reactivated as Military Airlift Command reserve C-5 Galaxy squadron in 1973 and became associate squadron of 436th Military Airlift Wing. Since 1973 the 709th has trained for and flown airlift missions, participating in exercises and global humanitarian and contingency operations.


  • Constituted 709th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 April 1943
Activated on 1 May 1943
Inactivated on 7 November 1945
Redesignated 709th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 24 October 1947
Activated in the reserve on 10 November 1947
Inactivated on 27 June 1949
  • Redesignated 709 Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 19 June 1973
Activated in the Reserve on 1 October 1973
Redesignated: 709th Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 February 1992
Redesignated: 709th Airlift Squadron on 1 October 1994.


ETO Fuselage Code: IE




  • USAF 709th Airlift Squadron History

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