Army Air Forces in Europe

world war II

92nd Bomber Group



8th Air Force 92nd BG

Fame's Favoured Few

Squadrons of the 92nd BG

325th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
326th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
327th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy
407th Bombardment Squadron - Heavy

Assigned 8th AAF: August 1942

Wing/Command Assignment

VIII BC, 1 BW: Aug 1942
VIII BC, 102 PCBW May 1943
VIII BC, 1 BD, 40 CBW 13 Sep 1943
1 BD, 40 CBW 8 Jan 1944
1 AD, 40 CBW 1 Jan 1945

Combat Aircraft:

B-17E (Aug 42)
B-17F (Aug 42 to Apr 43)
YB-50 (May 43 to Jul 43)
B-17G

Stations

BO VINGDON 12/28 Aug 1942 to 4/11 Jan 1943
ALCONBURY 4/11 Jan 43 to 11/15 Sep 1943
PODINGTON 11/15 Sep 1943 to 20 May/9 Jul 1945

Group COs

Lt.Col. James S. Sutton 27 Mar 1942 to 1 May 1943
Lt. Col Baskin R . Lawrence 2 May 1943 to 23 May 1943
Lt. Col. William M. Reid 23 May 1943 to 27 Sep 1944 (WIA 26 Aug 1944)
Lt. Col James W. Wilson 27 Sep 1944 to 4 Aug 1945

First Mission: 6 Sep 1942
Last Mission: 25 Apr 1945
Missions: 308
Total Sorties: 8,633
Total Bomb Tonnage: 20,829 Tons
Aircraft MIA: 154

Major Awards:

Distinguished Unit Citations: 11 Jan 1944
Medal of Honor John C. Morgan, 26 Jul 1943. Hanover

Claims to Fame

Oldest Group in 8th AF.
First Bomb group to make a non-stop Atlantic flight to United Kingdom.
Group's 327th BS was the only unit in AAF to be equipped with YB-40 for Combat.
Flew the secret Disney rocket-bomb experimental mission early in 1945.
Acted as VIII BC Combat Crew Replacement Center Aug 42 to May 43.
Led the 8AAF on last mission of the war.

Early History:

Activated 1 March1942 at Barkesdale Field FL. Assembled at McDill field Florida on 16 March 1942 Trained Sarasota AB, Fla on May to Jul 1942. Air Echelon left 19 july 1942 for Westover AB, Mass. and moved to Dow AB Maine on 29 June 1942. Between 12/15 August 1942. Squadrons took off for Newfoundland then flew direct Prestwick. Ground echelon left for staging area on 18 July 1942 and arrived Fort Dix NJ on 20 July 1942. Sailed on USS West Point on 6 August 1942, and docked at Liverpool on 18 August 1942. On the same day the first aircraft of the 326th Bomb squadron arrived in Bovingdon, and the last squadron the 407th arrived on 28 Aug 1942.

Subsequent History:

Assigned to Green Project which was the movement of troops from Marseilles staging area at Casablanca. Moved to Istres, France , between May and early July 1945. First personnel arrived on the third of June 1945. The 327th Bomb Squadron detached to Port Lyautey, French Morocco. Between 15 Jun, of 1945 and 9 September 1945 they moved 19,935 troops while 5,672 Frenchmen returned to France. Displaced Greek Munich to Athens. The group run down during the winter of 1945 and 1946 were absorbed into the 306BG on 28 February 1946. Reactivated in Fort Worth, Texas on 4 August 1946 as a B-29 unit and redesignated the 448th Bomb Group. The unit flew missions in the Korean War. In 1951 the unit converted to B-36s, and later became a B-52 unit.

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