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41st Combat Bomb Wing

Wing

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 41st Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 29 Jan 1943. Activated on 16 Feb 1943. Moved to England in Jul 1943 for duty with Eighth AF. Redesignated 41st Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in Aug 1943. Served in the European theater from Sep 1943 to Apr 1945, receiving a DUC for a raid on aircraft factories in central Germany on 11 Jan 1944. Disbanded in England on 18 June 1945.

Commanding officers
  • Donald Graham

    Military | Colonel | Deputy Chief of Staff

  • Lewis Lyle

    Military | General | Commanding Officer | 2nd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as a Pilot with 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 6-Mar-42 assigned as Pilot with crew of B-17F 41-24559 [PU-F] "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 12-Jun-42 through 7-Aug-42 He and his crew underwent...

  • Maurice Preston

    Military | General | Commanding Officer | 379th Bomb Group
    First Commander of the 379th BG Silver Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Travis

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Robert was Commander of 41st CBW composed of 303rd, 384th, and the 379th BG. ...

Structure

Part of
  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Brampton Grange 26 July 1943 – September 1943
Based Molesworth 16 September 1943 – 18 June 1945

Connections

People

  • Charles Hedrick

    Military | Sergeant | Aero-engine Technician, Driver | 303rd Bomb Group
    Inducted into Army 13 Jun 42 at Clarksburg WVa. Selected for Army Air Corps and trained at Airplane Mechanic School, Curtis Wright, Glendale California as an engine specialist. ...

  • Rene Pilon

    Military | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Richard Scharch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Radioman | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred Thier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Travis

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Robert was Commander of 41st CBW composed of 303rd, 384th, and the 379th BG. ...

  • William Travis

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    USMA, Commissioned June 1933; Chief of Staff, 41st Combat Bomb Wing from February 1944 to September 1944. ...

  • William Ziegenfus

    Military | First Lieutenant | Administration | 303rd Bomb Group

Aircraft

Citations

DUC for a raid on aircraft factories in central Germany on 11 Jan 1944.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2019 10:40:19 Emily Changes to type, motto, insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, citations, commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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