Army Air Forces in Europe

world war II

301st Bomber Group

8th Air Force 301st BG

Squadrons of the 301st BG

32nd Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
352nd Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
353rd Bombardment Squadron -Heavy
419th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy

Assigned 8th AAF: 9 August 1942

Wing/Command Assignment

VIII BC 9 August 1942
VIII BC, 1 BW August 1942

Combat Aircraft:



CHELVESTON 9 August 1942 to December 1942
PODINGTON 18 August 1942 to 2 September 1942

Group COs

Col. Ronald R. Walker 3 February 1942 to 2 September 1942

First Mission: 5 September 1942
Last Mission: 8 November 1942
Missions: 8
Total Sorties: 104
Total Bomb Tonnage: 186
Aircraft MIA: 1

Major Awards:


Early History:

Activated 3 February 1942 at Geiger Field in Washington. Equipped with B-17s and moved to Alamogordo AAB, New Mexico on the 27th of May 1942. Aircraft went to Muroc, and did not reach Alamogordo until mid June 1942. The Ground unit moved to Richmond, Virginia and on the 19 of July 1942 left for Fort Dix, New Jersey at the start of the overseas movement. The aircraft went to Brained Field in Conn. on the 23 to 30 June 1942 and then moved to Westover Field Mass. The first aircraft departed for the United Kingdom on the 23rd of July 1942 flying the northern ferry route.

Subsequent History:

Assigned to the 12th AF, XII BC on 14 September 1942 but continued to operate under VIII BC. The aircraft left for south-west coast bases on the 20th to 23rd of November 1942 and flew direct to North Africa. The ground unit left Chelveston on the 8th of December 1942 and sailed in convoy from Liverpool. the Group operated with the 12th AF in the Mediterranean theater and later with the 15th AF from Italy. They flew strategic bombing missions over southern Germany and the Balkans. Established as a B-29 group in the US in 1946. Later as a b-47 wing and when this type of aircraft was withdrawn from inventory converted to KC-135 tankers.

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