By Maurer Maurer
Like several chronologies, bibliographies, and encyclopedias, Air strength wrestle devices of worldwide battle II serves a truly unique historic functionality. It strains the lineage of every military Air Corps and U.S. Air strength wrestle workforce or larger association energetic in international battle II, from its origins to 1956. it's a concise professional list of these devices: their assignments, subordinate organisations, stations, commanders, campaigns, airplane, and undefined. however it is greater than that. As an immense resource of prepared details, this quantity not just serves as a reference instrument for historians and researchers; however it additionally offers commanders with a company reminiscence of important records. With those proof, a unit records its historical past, the root for unit esprit de corps. initially this quantity were revealed in 1961. Its worthy has been confirmed, and the call for for it's been nice. With this reprint, it's going to proceed to serve the U.S. Air strength in all quarters in years yet to come.
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Redesignated 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Group in Jul 1949. Equipped with RB-29’s. Redesignated 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Group (Heavy) in Sep 1950. Began converting to B-36’s. Inactivated on 16 Jun 1952. SQUADRONS. 6th Pursuit: 1919-1927. 19th Pursuit: 1924-1927. 23d: 1922-1930, 1g38-1g47, 1947-1952. 26th Attack: 19301938. jrst: 1938-1947, 1949-1952. 38th: 1947- 1949. 72d: 1923- 1930, 1938-1 947, 1949-1952- 338th: 1947-1949- 394th (formerly 4th) : 1920-1922, 1927-1938, 19391946. 431st (formerly 5oth, later 5th) : 1930-’938,1946, 1947.
Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948. SQUADRONS. zst Fighter : 1944-1945. 2d Fighter: 1944-1945. 127th Liaison : 1944-1945. 255th Liaison : 1944-1945. 156th Liaison: 1944-1945. 317th Troop Carrier: 1944-1945. STATIONS. Drew Field, Fla, 22 Apr-28 Srp 1944; Kalaikunda, India, 12 Nov 1944-4 Oct 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 11-12 NOV1945. COMMANDERS. Capt L H Couch, 22 Apr 1944; Col Arthur R DeBolt, I May 1944; Col Alfred J Ball Jr, 15 May 1945-unkn. CAMPAIGNS. India-Burma; Central Burma. DECORATIONS. None. None. 2d BOMBARDMENT GROUP Organized as 1st Day Bombardment Group in France on 10 Sep 1918.
Also escorted bombers to Italy, receiving another DUC for a mission on 30 Aug 1943 when the group beat off enemy aircraft and thus enabled bombers to inflict serious damage on marshalling yards at Aversa. Supported the invasion at Salerno in Sep and continued operations with Twelfth AF until Nov 1943. Assigned to Fifteenth AF with the primary mission of escorting bombers that attacked targets in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Rumania, Yugoslavia, and Greece.