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301st Bombardment Group (Heavy)

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Wing:1st Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:1st Bombardment Division
Squadrons:32nd Bombardment Squadron
352nd Bombardment Squadron
353rd Bombardment Squadron
419th Bombardment Squadron
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Details:Trained with B-17's. Moved to England, Jul-Aug 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF.

Began combat in Sep 1942 and attacked submarine pens, airfields, railroads, bridges, and other targets on the Continent, primarily in France.

Operated with Twelfth AF after moving to North Africa in Nov 1942. Bombed docks, shipping facilities, airdromes, and railroad yards in Tunisia, Sicily, and Sardinia. Attacked enemy shipping between Tunisia and Sicily. Received a DUC for action on 6 Apr 1943 when the group withstood intense antiaircraft fire from shore defenses and nearby vessels to attack a convoy of merchant ships off Bizerte and thus destroy supplies essential to the Axis defense of Tunisia. Assaulted gun positions on Pantelleria during May-Jun 1943. Flew numerous missions to Italy, Jul-Oct 1943.

Assigned to Fifteenth AF in Nov 1943, moved to Italy in Dec, and afterward directed most of its attacks against such strategic targets as oil centers, communications, and industrial areas in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Received another DUC for a mission to Germany on 25 Feb 1944 when, in spite of vicious encounters with enemy fighters, the group bombed aircraft production centers at Regensburg. Other operations for the group during 1944-1945 included flying missions in support of ground forces in the Anzio and Cassino areas, supporting the invasion of Southern France, knocking out targets to assist the Russian advance in the Balkans, and aiding the Allied drive through the Po Valley.

Returned to the US in July 1945. Redesignated 301st Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) in Aug. Inactivated on 15 Oct 1945.

  • Col Ronald R Walker, Feb 1942
  • Lt Col Samuel Gormly Jr, c. Feb 1943
  • Col John K Brown Jr, 3 Sep 1943
  • Col Jean R Byerly, 24 Nov 1943
  • Lt Col Karl T Barthelmess, 25 Dec 1943
  • Col John F Batjer, 3 Mar 1944
  • Lt Col John D Moorman, Sep 1944
  • Col Ernest S Holmes Jr, 8 Dec 1944
  • Lt Col Robert H Allyn, 1945

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986

Accident Reports:Number of Non-Combat-Related Accident reports for this group: 1


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1September 05, 1942VIII BC 9Port and Rail targets in France
2September 06, 1942VIII BC 10Airfields in France
3October 02, 1942VIII BC 13Airfields and aircraft industry in France;
4October 09, 1942VIII BC 14Industry in France; Diversion1
5October 21, 1942VIII BC 15Lorient U-boat bases; Cherbourg airfield
6November 07, 1942VII BC 16U-boat pens
7November 08, 1942VIII BC 17German airfields and industry in France
8February 02, 1943VIII BC 32Hamm marshaling yards
9March 12, 19448AF 256St. Pol / Siracourt V-weapons sites
10August 07, 19448AF 527, 528Fuel dumps, bridges in France; GH test
11December 02, 19448AF 734Rail marshaling yards in Germany
12March 19, 19458AF 896Industry, rail and airfield targets in Germany

Non-Combat Related Accidents

11942-08-09Aircraft: B-17F (#41-24347).
Organization: 352BS / 301BG of Bovingdon, Dorset.
Pilot: Hair, James M.
Notes: forced landing out of gas.
Location: RAF Church Lawford, Warwickshire, England England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/


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