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16th Bombardment Wing
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Emblem of the 16th Bombardment Wing
Active 1940 - 1948
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Force

The 16th Bombardment Wing (16th BW) is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Continental Air Forces, based at Colorado Springs AAF, Colorado. It was inactivated on 8 October 1948.





  • Constituted as 16th Bombardment Wing on 19 Oct 1940
Activated on 18 Dec 1940.
(Apparently did not have sufficient personnel for effective training and operations.
Inactivated on 1 Sep 1941.
  • Activated on 23 Jun 1942
Redesignated 16th Bombardment Training Wing in Jan 1943
Redesignated 16th Bombardment Operational Training Wing in Apr 1943
Redesignated 16th Bombardment Operational Training Wing (Very Heavy) in May 1945
Inactivated on 9 Apr 1946
Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948


18 Dec 1940 - 1 Sep 1941
23 Jun 1942 - 8 Apr 1946

Bases assigned

Units assigned

Operational history

The 16th Bombardment Wing performed training heavy bombardment groups (B-17/B-24)and personnel in June 1942. Later later changed to very heavy bombardment group training (B-29), which lasted until operations ceased latc in 1945.


 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.

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