Army Air Forces in Europe

world war II

398th Bomber Group

8th Air Force 398th BG

Squadrons of the 398th BG

600th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
601th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
602th Bombardment Squadron -Heavy
603th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy

Assigned 8th AAF: April 44.

Wing/Command Assignment

VIII BC, 1 BD, 1 CBW: 22 Apr 1944
VIII BC, 1 BD, 1 CBW: 1 Jan 1945

Combat Aircraft:



NUTHAMPSTEAD 22 Apr. 44-22 Jun. 45.

Group COs

Col Frank P. Hunter: 1 Mar. 43-23 Jan. 45, MIA.
Lt Col Lewis P. Ensign: 29 Jan. 45-18 Apr. 45.
Lt Col Arthur F. Briggs: 18 Apr. 45-Jun. 45.

First Mission: 6 Nov 1944
Last Mission: 25 Apr 1945
Missions: 195
Total Sorties: 6,419
Total Bomb Tonnage: 15,781 Tons
Aircraft MIA: 58

Major Awards:


Early History:

Activated 1 March 1943 at Ephrata AAB, Wash. Group assembled at Blyth AAFD, Cal. and then moved to Geiger Fd, Wash. on 20 Apr. 1943 to complete training. On 20 June 1943 moved to Rapid City AAB, SD. to take up Replacement Training Unit duties. Trained 326 B-17 crews from Aug. to Dec. 1943 but at the beginning of the New Year reverted to training for combat. Ground echelon began movement overseas on 4 Apr. 1943. The unit moved to Camp Myles Standish, Mass. on 7-12 Apr. 1943. Personnel embarked on USS Wakefield. Sailed to Boston on the 13th of April, and arrived in Liverpool on the 21 April 1944.

Subsequent History:

Redeployed USA in May/Jun. 1945. The aircraft left on the 21-27 May 1945. The Ground unit went to Greenock on the 22 June 1945 and sailed on Queen Elizabeth arriving in New York on the 29th of June 1945. After 30 days R & R some personnel assembled at Drew Fd, Fla, where Group was inactivated on the 1 Sep. 45

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