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82nd Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squad

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One of the most dangerous, but necessary contributions made in airfield construction on the continent, was that of the 8th, 43rd, 68th, 82nd, and 86th Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squads. Although each squad contained only one officer and five enlisted men, these units removed or destroyed hundreds of tons of bombs, mines, and booby-traps from airfield sites. All squads were in active operations in Normandy by D + 30, and moved across Europe with advance elements of the Command. At one time they did as much as 500 percent overload of operations.

Aviation Engineers in Mobile Warfare