Army Air Forces in Europe

world war II

384th Bomber Group

8th Air Force 384th BG

Squadrons 384th BG

544th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
545th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
546th Bombardment Squadron -Heavy
547th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy

Assigned 8th AAF: May 1943

Wing/Command Assignment

VIII BC, 1 BW, 103 PCBW: June 1943
VIII BC, 1 BD, 41 CBW: 13 Sep 1943
1 BD, 41 CBW 8 Jan 1944
1 AD, 41 CBW 1 Jan 1945

Combat Aircraft:



GRAFTON UNDERWOOD 25 May 1943 to 16 June 1945

Group COs

Col. Budd J. Peaslee 18 December 1942 to 6 September 1943
Col. Julis K. Lacey 6 September 1943 to 23 November 1943
Col. Dale R. Smith 23 November 1943 to 24 October 1944
Lt. Col. Theodore R. Milton 24 October 1944 to 16 June 1945
Lt. Col. Robert W. Fish 17 June 1945 to 18 October 1945

First Mission: 22 June 1943
Last Mission: 25 Apr 1945
Missions: 314
Total Sorties: 9,348
Total Bomb Tonnage: 22,415 Tons
Aircraft MIA: 159

Major Awards:

Distinguished Unit Citations:
24 Apr 1944: Oberpfafenhofen
11 Jan 1944 to all 1 BD units

Claims to Fame

Dropped last 8th AF bombs of the war on April 25, 1945

Early History:

Activated 1 December 1942 at Gowen Field, Idaho. Began training at Wendover, Utah on 2 January 1943 to 1 April 1943. Unit moved to Sioux City AAB, Iowa for final training. the ground unit left for Camp Kilmer on the 9th May 1943, sailing on the Queen Elizabeth on the 27th of May 1943 and arrived in Greenock on the 2nd of June 1943. The aircraft left Sioux City for Kearney, Nebraska on the 3rd of May 1943, and then to the United Kingdom via Bangor, Goose Bay, and then Gander. One B-17 ditched in the Atlantic but the crew was rescued. The first aircraft arrived into England on the 25th May 1943.

Subsequent History:

Scheduled for occupational air forces and moved to Istres, France in June of 1945 to participate in Green Project--which was to move troops to staging areas. Also moved displaced persons and Greek military. In 1946 the remaining aircraft and personnel were absorbed into the 306th Bomb Group and the unit was inactivated at Istres on the 28th February 1946.
In the 1950s the unit was reactivated for a short period of time as a B-47 wing.

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