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446th Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Aircraft:B-24
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Wing:20th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:2nd Bombardment Division
Airfield(s)
Squadrons:704th Bombardment Squadron
705th Bombardment Squadron
706th Bombardment Squadron
707th Bombardment Squadron
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Details:Trained for overseas duty with B-14's. Moved to England, Oct-Nov 1943, and assigned to Eighth AF.

Operated chiefly against strategic objectives on the Continent from Dec 1943 until Apr 1945. Targets included U-boat installations at Kiel, the port at Bremen, a chemical plant at Ludwigshafen, ball-bearing works at Berlin, aero-engine plants at Rostock, aircraft factories at Munich, marshalling yards at Coblenz, motor works at Ulm, and oil refineries at Hamburg. Besides strategic missions, the group often carried out support and interdictory operations. Supported the Normandy invasion in Jun 1944 by attacking strong points, bridges, airfields, transportation, and other targets in France. Aided ground forces at Caen and St Lo during Jul by hitting bridges, gun batteries, and enemy troops.

Dropped supplies to Allied troops near Nijmegen during the airborne attack on Holland in Sep. Bombed marshalling yards, bridges, and road junctions during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945.

Dropped supplies to airborne and ground troops near Wesel during the Allied assault across the Rhine in Mar 1945. Flew last combat mission on 25 Apr, attacking a bridge near Salzburg. Returned to the US, Jun-Jul. Inactivated on 18 Aug 1945.

    Commanders:
  • Lt Col Arthur Y Snell, 25 Apr 1943
  • Col Jacob Brogger, 28 Sep 1943
  • Col Troy W Crawford, 23 Sep 1944

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

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