Presque Isle, Maine
Reactivated as Atlas squadron
|Thor - SAC activated the new
705th Strategic Missile
Wing at Lakenheath RAF Station on February 20, 1958, and
assigned it to the 7th Air Division It was soon moved to South
Ruislip where it merged with Headquarters 7th Air Division.
The 705th was essentially a "paper organization." It had no
missiles and was manned by 7th Air Division additional personnel.
The 392nd Missile Training Squadron was activated
at Vandenberg on 15 Sept. 1957 It provided Thor training for RAF
crews. On April 16, 1959, an RAF crew launched it's first Thor as
part of the training program. By end of the year, three squadrons of
Thor IRBMs had been turned over to Royal Air Force and were
operational in the United Kingdom. On April 22, 1960, the fourth
and final Thor squadron was manned and activated. The Royal Air
Force maintained them in a combat-ready state. They were never
operational control of SAC units.