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401st Bombardment Group (Heavy)

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Wing:94th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:1st Bombardment Division
Squadrons:612th Bombardment Squadron
613th Bombardment Squadron
614th Bombardment Squadron
615th Bombardment Squadron
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Details:Prepared for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Oct-Nov 1943, and served in combat with Eighth AF, Nov 1943-Apr 1945.

Operated chiefly against strategic targets, bombing industries, submarine facilities, shipyards, missile sites, marshalling yards, and airfields; beginning in Oct 1944, concentrated on oil reserves.

Received a DUC for striking telling blows against German aircraft production on 11 Jan and 20 Feb 1944. In addition to strategic missions, operations included attacks on transportation, airfields, and fortifications prior to the Normandy invasion and on D-Day, Jun 1944; support for ground operations during the breakthrough at St Lo in Jul, the siege of Brest in Aug, and the airborne attack on Holland in Sep 1944; participation in the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945, by assaulting transportation targets and communications centers in the battle area; and support for the airborne attack across the Rhine in Mar 1945. Returned to the US after V-E Day. Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945.

  • Col Neil B Harding, c. 1 Apr 1943
  • Col Harold W Bowman, Jun 1943
  • Col William T Seawell, Dec 1944-1945

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986

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