16th Bombardment Wing (World War II)

16th Bombardment Wing (World War II)

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 16th Bombardment Wing

dates= 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


* Second Air Force: 18 Dec 1940 - 1 Sep 1941: 23 Jun 1942 - 8 Apr 1946

Bases assigned

* Langley Field, Virginia, 18 Dec 1940 - Mar 1941
* Bowman Field, Kentucky, Mar - 1 Sep 1941
* Wendover Field, Utah, 23 Jun 1942
* Biggs Field, Texas, Nov 1942
* Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona, c. 1 Jun 1943
* Biggs Field, Texas, Oct 1943
* Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dec 1945-9 Apr 1946

Units assigned

* 5th Bombardment Group: 1941
* 46th Bombardment Group: 1941
* (Various groups assigned for training, 1942-1946)

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.


* 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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