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466th Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Aircraft:B-24
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Wing:96th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:2nd Bombardment Division
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Squadrons:784th Bombardment Squadron
785th Bombardment Squadron
786th Bombardment Squadron
787th Bombardment Squadron
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Details:Prepared for duty overseas with B-24's. Moved to England, Feb-Mar 1944, and assigned to Eighth AF.

Entered combat on 22 Mar 1944 by participating in a daylight raid on Berlin. Operated primarily as a strategic bombardment organization, attacking such targets as marshalling yards at Liege, an airfield at St Trond, a repair and assembly plant at Reims, an airdrome at Chartres, factories at Brunswick, oil refineries at Bohlen, aircraft plants at Kempten, mineral works at Hamburg, marshalling yards at Saarbrucken, a synthetic oil plant at Misburg, a fuel depot at Dulmen, and aeroengine works at Eisenach.

Other operations included attacking pillboxes along the coast of Normandy on D-Day (6 Jun 1944), and afterward striking interdictory targets behind the beachhead; bombing enemy positions at St Lo during the Allied breakthrough in Jul 1944; hauling oil and gasoline to Allied forces advancing across France in Sep; hitting German communications and transportation during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945; and bombing the airfield at Nordhorn in support of the airborne assault across the Rhine on 24 Mar 1945. Flew last combat mission on 25 Apr 1945, striking a transformer station at Traunstein.

Returned to the US in Jul. Redesignated 466th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) in Aug 1945. Trained with B-29's. Inactivated on 17 Oct 1945.

    Commanders:
  • Maj Beverly E Steadman, 23 Aug 1943
  • Maj Walter A Smith Jr, 29 Aug 1943
  • Col Walter G Bryte Jr, 2 Sep 1943
  • Col Arthur Pierce, 17 Dec 1943
  • Col Luther J Fairbanks, 1 Aug 1944
  • Col William H Cleveland, 1 Nov 1944

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

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