World War II Insignia - 27th Bombardment Squadron - 8x8 Print

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A remastered illustration of the insignia for the 27th Bombardment Squadron from World War 2

The 27th Bombardment Squadron spent 1942 and 1943 flying anti-submarine warfare patrols and training replacement crews before moving to the Central Pacific in November 1943 to take part in the island hopping campaign.

The squadron began to fly anti-submarine warfare patrols in January 1942 while operating the Lockheed A-29 Hudson, as part of the 30th Bombardment Group. It continued to perform this duty from bases in California until September 1943, and in October the squadron was moved to Hawaii to join the Seventh Air Force. From Hawaii the squadron moved on to Nanumea, in the Ellice Islands, from where on 14 November it flew its first bombing mission.

On 23 December 1943 aircraft from the 27th Bombardment Squadron became the first American heavy bombers to use the new airbase on Tarawa, when the squadron used it as a staging base while escorting US Navy reconnaissance aircraft to Kwajalein during the preparation for the invasion of that atoll.

The squadron took part in the island hopping campaign, making three hops itself - to Abemama Island in the Gilberts at the start of 1944, to Kwakalein atoll in March 1944 and to Saipan in August 1944. During this period the squadron had attacked targets in the Marshall, Gilbert and Truk Islands, as well attacking Wake Island, Guam and Saipan. Once on Saipan the squadron attacked targets in the Bonin and Volcano Islands in support of the invasion of Iwo Jima.

In March 1945 the squadron (although not all of its aircraft or crews) returned to Hawaii, from where it carried out a mix of patrol and training duties.

Printed on 80lb matte cover stock and sent in a flat mailer.