509th Bomb Wing
Walker AFB, New Mexico
Probably the most famous bomber in
the world is the Enola Gay,
The first photo shows her on Tinian
either prior to the Hiroshima mission, or post mission.
For that mission the 509th's arrowhead was replaced with the
6th BG's "R" inside a circle. (Historical
Center for Southeast New Mexico)
Photo number 2 shows the Enola Gay on display at the
National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in
March , 2004. (CB)
Number 3 is during the time period of Operation Crossroads. For that operation the tail markings denoted the aircraft's purpose during the test: Solid black squares with a "B" was for bombers (or more correctly drop-ships), "F" for photo-recon, and "W" for weather. The instrument carriers retained the arrowhead inside the circle marking. This photo was probably taken at Roswell, the water tower in the background looks like the one still standing at Walker. (Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico)
This photo appears to have been cut from a montage. It is a shame it does not show the entire aircraft to include the tail markings, which by the arrival of the B-50 were changed to a "C" enclosed inside a hollow triangle. (Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico)
49-261, City of Elwood.
The B-47s were somewhat plain as
can be seen here. The only real identifying marking is the
arrow head on the tail, which is a holdover from the arrowhead
enclosed inside a circle from earlier days. Some aircraft
did have the Bomb Wing patch on the right side over the SAC
"Milky Way" band.
of photos of 33rd FW F-84Cs. I would like to know the
origin of theses photos, with all of the other F-84s in the
background they could very well have been taken at
F-84C 49-1479 (L) and F-84C 49-1489 (R), both assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron.
At least two preserved F-84Cs served with the 33rd FW and have been restored in those markings.
47-1433 is on display at the
Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ in the markings of
the 58th FS. This aircraft was delivered to the 33rd
when the unit was based at Walker AFB in 1947. (CB)
47-1595 served with the 59th
FS and is preserved at the March Field Air Museum in
Riverside, CA. (CB)
509th's current mission aircraft, the B-2 Spirit. (CB)
The following list is an effort to briefly cover the various designations the 509th had over the years and to try and cover the units attached. Red text indicates the time period at Walker and Dark Blue indicates the subsequent bases. While primarily concerned with the history at Roswell AAF and Walker AFB, this history might be of help to others.
509th designations and components.
34th Air Refueling Squadron
June 25, 1966 - Mar 31, 1976
KC-135A 1966 - 1976
325 Bomb Squadron
January 6, 1998
B-2A 1998 - Current
393rd Bombardment Squadron
November 17, 1947 - June 30, 1958
July 1, 1958 - September 30, 1990
B-29 1947 - 1952
B-50D 1949 - 1955
B-47E 1955 - 1958
B-47E 1958 - 1966
B-52D/C 1966 - 1969
FB-111A 1970 - 1990
393rd Bomb Squadron
August 27, 1993 - Current
394th Combat Training Squadron
November 2, 1996 - Current
1996 - Current
T-38 1996 - Current
661st Bombardment Squadron
March 1, 1959 - January 1, 1962
1959 - 1962
830th Bombardment Squadron
June, 1955 - June 30. 1958
July 1, 1958 - June 25, 1966
1955 - 1958
B-47E 1958 - 1966
April 2, 1966 - June 25, 1966
33rd Fighter Wing
November 17, 1947 - November 15, 1948
58th Fighter Squadron
59th Fighter Squadron
60th Fighter Squadron
F-51D 1947 - 1949
F-84C 1948 - 1950
While the 33rd has continued a
distinguished career, the subsequent history of
the 33rd Fighter Wing is really outside the scope
of that of the 509th and Walker AFB, so it will
not be covered in detail.
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