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486th Bombardment Group (Heavy)

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Wing:4th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:3rd Bombardment Division
Squadrons:832nd Bombardment Squadron
833rd Bombardment Squadron
834th Bombardment Squadron
835th Bombardment Squadron
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Details:Entered combat in May 1944 with B-14 aircraft but soon converted to B-17's. Operated chiefly against strategic objectives in Germany until May 1945.

Targets included marshalling yards in Stuttgart, Cologne, and Mainz; airfields in Kassel and Munster; oil refineries and storage plants in Merseburg, Dollbergen, and Hamburg; harbors in Bremen and Kiel; and factories in Mannheim and Weimar. Other missions included bombing airfields, gun positions, V-weapon sites, and railroad bridges in France in preparation for or in support of the invasion of Normandy in Jun 1944; striking road junctions and troop concentrations in support of ground forces pushing across France, Jul-Aug 1944; hitting gun emplacements near Arnheim to minimize transport and glider losses during the airborne invasion of Holland in Sep 1944; and bombing enemy installations in support of ground troops during the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944-Jan 1945) and the assault across the Rhine (Mar-Apr 1945). Returned to the US in Aug 1945. Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945.

  • Col Glendon P Overing, 20 Sep 1943
  • Col William B Kieffer, c. 13 Apr 1945

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

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