20th Bomb Squadron

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The 20th Bomb Squadron is a unit of the 2d Operations Group of the United States Air Force located at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The 20th is equipped with the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress.

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20th Bomb Squadron
A 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-52 Stratofortress releases flares over the Indian Ocean following a mission in 2020.
Active1917–1946; 1947–present
CountryFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
BranchFlag_of_the_United_States_Air_Force.svg United States Air Force
Part ofGlobal Strike Command
Garrison/HQBarksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
Nickname(s)Buccaneers[citation needed]
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    World War I
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    World War II – Antisubmarine
  • European-African-Middle_Eastern_Campaign_Streamer.jpg
    World War II – EAME Theater[1]
DecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
20th Bomb Squadron emblem (updated 2019)20th_Bomb_Squadron_Emblem.jpg
20th Bomb Squadron emblem (modified c. 1995)[1]20th_Bomb_Squadron.jpg
20th Bombardment Squadron emblem (approved 12 June 1924)[2]20_Bombardment_Squadron_emblem.png
20th Aero Squadron emblem (approved by AEF 18 November 1918)[3]20th_Aero_Squadron_-_Emblem.png
Tail CodeLA
Aircraft flown
BomberBoeing B-52 Stratofortress

Formed in May 1917 as the 20th Aero Squadron, the squadron saw combat in France on the World War I Western Front. It took part in the St. Mihiel offensive and Meuse-Argonne offensive.

After the war, it served with the Army Air Service and Army Air Corps as the 20th Bombardment Squadron During the 1920s and 1930s, the squadron was involved in field service testing of new bomber aircraft, notably the Y1B-17 Flying Fortress.

During World War II the squadron fought in the North African and Italian Campaigns. It was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for its actions during a raid on Steyr, Austria.

It was a part of Strategic Air Command during the Cold War. As a medium bomber squadron it deployed to stand alert at forward bases in "Reflex" operations. After equipping with Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses stood nuclear alert, but during the Viet Nam War the squadron deployed frequently to perform Operation Arc Light bombing missions. Since 1993, the 20th Bomb Squadron has flown the B-52H Stratofortress long-range strategic bomber, which can perform a variety of missions. Today the squadron is engaged in the Global War on Terrorism.