Army Air Forces in Europe

world war II

322nd Bomber Group

8th Air Force 322nd BG

Squadrons of the 322nd BG

449th Bombardment Squadron - Medium
450th Bombardment Squadron - Medium
451st Bombardment Squadron -Medium
452nd Bombardment Squadron - Medium

Assigned 8th AAF: 12 December 1942

Wing/Command Assignment

VIII BC, 3 BW December 1942
VIII ASC, 3 BW 12 June 1943

Combat Aircraft:



BURY ST EDMUNDS 1 December 1942 to 12 June 1943
ANDREWS FIELD 12 June 1943 to 19 September 1944

Group COs

Lt. Col. Robert M. Stillman 17 March 1943 to 17 May 1943 (WIA - POW)
Lt. Col. Glenn C. Nye 19 May 1943 to April 20 1943

First Mission: 14 May 1943
Last Mission: 8 October 1943
Missions: 34
Aircraft MIA: 12

Major Awards:

Distinguished Unit Citation: 14 May 1943 to 24 July 1944: Operations

Claims to Fame

Flew first B-26 mission from UK on the 14 of May 1943
Flew the disastrous low-level mission of 17 May 1943

Early History:

Activated 19 June 1942 at MacDill Field Florida. Trained there with B-26 aircraft. Moved to Drane Field, Florida in late September 1942. Ground unit sent to the port of embarkation on the 23rd November 1942 and sailed on the Queen Elizabeth on the 24th of November 1942, and arrived in Greenock on the 30th of November 1942. The aircraft moved to the United Kingdom via southern ferry route. The 450 BS departed final processing at Morrison Field on the 6th of February 1942, and arrived in Bury St. Edmunds on the 7th to the 9th of March 1943. The 452nd BS departed on March 1943. the 451st departed in April 1943, and the 449th BS in April 1943. The last aircraft arrived in Bury St. Edmunds on the 29th of May 1943.

Subsequent History:

Assigned to the 9th AF, IX BC on 16 October 1943. Moved to France in September 1944 and to Germany after the cessation of hostilities. The unit returned to the US on December 1945, and inactivated. Unit was activated again as a Tactical Air Command fighter unit in 1954. First aircraft assigned were F-86s and later upgraded to F-100s, but only in existance for a few years.

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