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13th Strategic Missile Division
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13th Strategic Missile Division emblem
Active 1940-1941; 1942-1945; 1959-1966
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force

The 13th Strategic Missile Division is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. Its last assignment was with the Fifteenth Air Force, being stationed at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. It was inactivated on 2 Jul 1966

Activated in the United States in October 1940, the 13th Composite Wing moved to Puerto Rico where it remained until inactivated in October 1941.

Following second activation, the 13th Bombardment Winig moved in May 1943 to England for duty with the Eighth Air Force. Groups assigned in September 1943 began strategic bombing of enemy aircraft, petroleum, and ball bearing industries as well as German airfields. Later, organizational units took part in the famous raid against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt in October 1943 and followed with missions against shipyards and shipbuilding installations at Wilhelmshaven and Bremen.

During the 1960s, the SAC 13th Strategic Missile Division organized, manned, trained, and equipped several strategic missile wings in Wyoming.

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Lineage

  • Established as 13 Composite Wing on 2 Oct 1940
Activated on 10 Oct 1940
Inactivated on 25 Oct 1941
  • Redesignated 13 Bombardment Wing on 23 Aug 1942
Activated on 1 Oct 1942
Redesignated 13 Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 1 Feb 1943
Redesignated 13 Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 30 Aug 1943
Redesignated 13 Combat Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 24 Aug 1944
Redesignated 13 Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 18 Jun 1945
Redesignated 13 Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy on 17 Aug 1945
Inactivated on 17 Oct 1945
  • Redesignated 13 Air Division on 20 May 1959
Activated on 1 Jul 1959
Redesignated 13 Strategic Missile Division on 1 Jan 1963
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 2 Jul 1966

Assignments

Components

Wings

Groups

Stations

Aircraft and missiles

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency: 13th Strategic Missile Division

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