Army Air Forces in Europe

world war II

467th Bomber Group

8th Air Force 467th BG

Squadrons of the 467th BG

The Rackheath Aggies

788th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
789th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
790th Bombardment Squadron -Heavy
791st Bombardment Squadron - Heavy


Assigned 8th AAF: 11 March 1944

Wing/Command Assignment

2 BD, 96 CBW 11 Mar 1944
2 AD, 96 CBW 1 Jan 1945

Combat Aircraft:



RACKHEATH 12 March 1944 to 5 July 1945

Group COs

Col. Albert J. Shower 25 October 1943 to 12 June 1945

First Mission: 10 April 1944
Last Mission: 25 April 1945
Missions: 212
Total Sorties: 5,538
Total Bomb Tonnage: 13,333 Tons
Aircraft MIA: 29
Other Op Loses: 19

Claims to Fame

Set unsurpassed record for bombing accuracy on 15 April 1945
Best overall standing for bombing accuracy in the 8th AF
Col Shower was the only group commander to stay with the same group from beginning to the end of the war.
"Witchcraft" held the 8AF record for 130 missions, with no turn backs.

Early History:

Activated 1 August 1943 at Wendover AAFd, Utah. The unit assembled at Mountain Home AAfd, Idaho, from 8 September 1943 to mid October 1943. Temporarily based at Kearns Field, Utah, before detailed to training at Wendover Field on the 1st November 1943. On the 12th of February 1944 the ground unit went by train to Camp Shanks, NY. They sailed on the USAT Frederick Lykes on the 28th February 1944 and arrived in Clyde on the 10th of March 1944. The aircraft left Wendover on the 12th of February 1944 and took the southern Atlantic ferry route. One B-24 was lost with all the crew over the Atlas mountains.

Subsequent History:

Redeployed to the US June/July 1945. The air echelon departed Rackheath on the 12th of June of 1945. The ground units sailed from Greenock on the Queen Mary on the 6th of July 1945. They arrived in New York on the 11th of July 1945. The group was then established in Alamogordo AAFd, NM as a B-29 unit. They later were transferred to Harvard AAFd, Neb. In December 1945 the unit was moved to Cloves AAFd in New Mexico and remained there until inactivated on the 4th of August 1946.

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