306th Bomber Group
The Reich Wreckers
Squadrons of the 306th BG367th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
368th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
369th Bombardment Squadron -Heavy
423rd Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
Assigned 8th AAF: Sep 1942
VIII BC, 1 BW, 101 PCBW Feb 1943
VIII BC, 1 BW, 102 PCBW Jun 1943
VIII BC, 1 BD, 40 CBW 13 Sep 1943
1 BD, 40 CBW 8 Jan 1944
1 AD, 40 CBW 1 Jan 1945
Col. Frank A. Armstrong Jr. 4 Jan 1943 to 17 Feb 1943
Col. Claude E. Putnam 17 Feb 1943 to 20 Jun 1943
Col. George L. Robinson 20 Jun 1943 to 23 Sep 1944
Col James S. Sutton 23 Sep 1944 to 16 Apr 1945
Col Hudson H. Upham 16 Apr 1945 to May 1946
First Mission: 9 Oct 1942
Last Mission: 19 Apr 1945
Total Sorties: 9,614
Total Bomb Tonnage: 22,575 Tons
Aircraft MIA: 171
11 Jan 1944 (All 1 BD groups)
22 Feb 1944 Bernburg
Medal of Honors:
Sgt Maynard H. Smith 1 May 1943
Claims to Fame
Oldest operational bomb group in the 8th AF
Stationed in England and at one base, longer than any other group.
First 8AF BG to complete 300 missions from the United Kingdom
The 306th BG was the first Bomb Group to bomb Germany. It was 27 January 1943 to Wilhelmshaven -led by Col Frank Armstrong.
First man in VIII BC to complete a tour (T/Sgt M. Roscovich; 5 Apr 1943
367 BS had heaviest losses in VIII BC between Oct 42 to Aug 43
369 BS flew for over six months in 1943 without loss.
Princess Elizabeth 'named' "Rose of York" at Thurleigh.
The unit was activated again as a Strategic Air Command B-29 group in 1948, and in 1952 became the US Air Forces first B-47 jet bomber wing. When the B-47 was withdrawn it was designated as a B-52 wing, which flew sorties in the Vietnam War.