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69th Bomb Squadron
Emblem of the 69th Bombardment Squadron
Active 1940–1994
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Squadron
Role Bombardment
Part of 5th Bomb Wing
Eighth Air Force
Air Force Global Strike Command
Garrison/HQ Minot Air Force Base
Nickname Knighthawks
Colors Gray/yellow

The 69th Bomb Squadron is an active United States Air Force unit. After being inactivated on September 1, 1991, it was reactivated on September 3, 2009 at Minot Air Force Base, and assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing. Initially the squadron will operate four B-52s, receiving further aircraft incrementally until it reaches full strength of 11 primary aircraft and two spares in October 2010.





  • Constituted 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on November 20, 1940
Activated on January 15, 1941
Inactivated on May 10, 1946
  • Redesignated 69th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on February 19, 1953
Activated on February 25, 1953.
Inactivated on September 1, 1991
Activated in September 3, 2009



Numerous deployments to Andersen AFB, Guam, 1965–1972 (Vietnam War Arc/Light missions)
Numerous deployments to U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, Thailand, 1967–1972 (Vietnam War Arc/Light missions)
Deployed to Diego Garcia, August 7, 1990 – March 1, 1991 (Operation Desert Shield/Storm)


Operational History

Sea-search missions, June–December 1942; combat in South and Southwest Pacific, January 1, 1943 – July 21, 1944; September 5, 1944 – August 14, 1945. Strategic Air Command worldwide strategic bombardment training, 1953–1991. Air Force Global Strike Command bombardment, September 3, 2009.

See also


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

  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975

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