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(1) Douglas A-20G-DO Havoc. Photo: USAF (1) Douglas A-20G-DO Havoc. Photo: USAF
(2) The European-African-Middle East (EAME) Campaign Medal. Photo: USAF (2) The European-African-Middle East (EAME) Campaign Medal. Photo: USAF
641st BS(L) History


The 641st Bombardment Squadron (Light) was constituted and activated on the same day - 1 June 1943 - and was assigned to the 409th Bombardment Group. The squadron took part in combat operation from 13 April 1944 through 3 May 1945, participating in air combat during what was collectively known as the European-African-Middle East Campaign (EAME).
The 641st flew missions in the following specific operations:

Air Offensive-Europe - 4 July 1942-5 June 1944
The Normandy Invasion - 6 June 1944-24 July 1944
Northern France - 25 July 1944-14 September 1944
Rhineland - 15 September 1944-21 March 1945
Ardennes-Alsace - 16 December 1944-25 January 1945
Central Europe - 22 March 1945 - 11 May 1945

Please note: The above dates are for the entire identified campaigns. The 641st BS(L) came into the picture in the middle of the Air Offensive-Europe.

After returning to the United States, the 641st was inactivated on 7 November 1945.

Photo Captions
(1) This A-20G Havoc - S/N 43-9671 - was assigned to the 641st BS(L), with the code B*7G. It was built at the Douglas plant in Santa Monica, California.

(2) The EAME Campaign Medal was awarded for service in this theatre, between 7 December 1941 through 8 November 1945. Named air combat operations began on 11 June 1942 with the operations in Egypt-Libya and ended with operations in the Po Valley on 8 May 1945.

 

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