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99th Bomb Group

Group

Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor facilities, shipping, railroads, viaducts, and bridges in Tunisia, Sardinia, Sicily, Pantelleria, and Italy until Dec 1943. Received a DUC for performance on 5 Jul 1943 when the group helped to neutralize fighter opposition prior to the invasion of Sicily by penetrating enemy defenses to bomb planes, hangars, fuel supplies, and ammunition dumps at the Gerbini airfield. Assigned to Fifteenth AF in Nov 1943 and moved to Italy in Dec. Flew long-range missions to attack such strategic objectives as oil refineries, marshalling yards, aircraft factories, and steel plants in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece.

Received another DUC for withstanding severe fighter assaults to bomb the vital aircraft factory and facilities at Wiener Neustadt on 23 Apr 1944. Other operations included assisting ground forces at Anzio and Cassino, Feb-Mar 1944; participating in the preinvasion bombing of southern France, Aug 1944; and supporting the Allied offensive in the Po Valley, Apr 1945. Inactivated in Italy on 8 Nov 1945.

Redesignated 99th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy). Allotted to the reserve. Activated on 29 May 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.

Commanding officers
  • Ford Lauer

    Military | Colonel | Group Commander | 2nd Bomb Group
    Colonel Ford J. Lauer enlisted in the Air Force in 1925 when it was a part of the US Army. At that time known as the Air Service, it was under control of the US Army Signal Corps. The Air Service was re-designated as the Army Air Corps in 1926. The Air...

Structure

Part of
  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    Command
    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 5th Combat Bomb Wing

    5th Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    The 5th Air Division (5th AD) originated on 19 October 1940 at McChord Field, Washington. Its initial mission was air defense of the northwest United States with three bombardment groups (12th, 17th and 39th) flying early B-17 Flying Fortresses (B-17C...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Navarin Airfield 28 February 1943 – 4 August 1943
Based Oudna Airfield 4 August 1943 – 11 December 1943
Based Tortorella Airfield 11 December 1943 – October 1945

Connections

People

  • Gordon Beese

    Military | Sergeant | B-17 Waist Gunner | 99th Bomb Group

  • Leo Brousseau

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Clarence Burkett

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • William Corns

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Richard Drain

    Military | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 69

  • Charles Forman

    Military | First Lieutenant | 99th Bomb Group

  • Forrest Freeman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • William Hunnewell

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 99th Bomb Group

  • Ford Lauer

    Military | Colonel | Group Commander | 2nd Bomb Group
    Colonel Ford J. Lauer enlisted in the Air Force in 1925 when it was a part of the US Army. At that time known as the Air Service, it was under control of the US Army Signal Corps. The Air Service was re-designated as the Army Air Corps in 1926. The Air...

  • Robert Manzer

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102691

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 3/5/44; damaged by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Joe Antol 21/6/44; repaired & re-ass 15AF Italy 29/9/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 11/12/44;...

  • 42-102855 Weary Willie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/4/44; Hunter 27/4/44; Dow Fd 10/5/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 19/5/44; in base taxi accident with Dick Schildmeyer 24/2/45; 97m Salvaged 26/4/45; WEARY WILLIE.

  • 42-106991

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/1/44; MacDill 29/1/44; Morrison 1/3/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 12/3/44; transferred 347BS/99BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action 22m Ploesti 18/5/44 with Herschel McClain, Gilroy, Lindquist, Corcoran, Miaskiewicz,...

  • 42-29473

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/12/42; Salina 3/1/43; DeRidder 31/1/43; Morrison 2/2/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG Navarin 2/2/43; Oudna 4/8/43; transferred 483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Sterparone 22/4/44; 342BS/97BG Amendola as weather aircraft 6/44; Salvaged North Africa...

  • 42-29513 El Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; DeRidder 31/1/43; Morrison 1/2/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 23/2/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; Ed Karnes’ crew, 114m transferred weather aircraft 304BW Cerignola 28/10/44; Salvaged 23/8/45. El...

  • 42-29526 Bugs

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 11/1/43; DeRidder 31/1/43; Morrison 1/2/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin, Alg 3/2/43; Oudna, Tun 4/8/43; Tortorella, It 11/12/43; 100+m transferred 483BG Tortorella, It 31/3/44; 429BS/2BG Amendola, It 4/44; Salvaged 2...

  • 42-29775 Wongo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/2/43; Gt Falls 20/2/43; Salinas 18/3/43; Morrison 29/3/43; Assigned 341BS/97BG Chateau-du-Rhumel 16/4/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; transferred 346BS/99BG Oudna 14/11/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; 483BG Tortorella 31/3/44;...

  • 42-29790

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Smoky Hill 12/3/43; Assigned 348BS/99BG Navarin 6/6/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 12/11/43; transferred 122BS/1FG Tunis 8/10/44, then Vincenzo, It.; taxi accident with Ed Clare at Salvaged Sota, It 26/12/44;....

  • 42-29856 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 22/3/43; Tinker 9/4/43; Nashville 13/4/43; Morrison 18/4/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; transferred 815BS/483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action Weiner Neustadt 10/5...

  • 42-29918 'Webfoot'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/3/43; Gore 20/3/43; Tinker 30/3/43; Homestead 7/4/43; Morrison 12/4/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 12/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; battle damaged Messina 16/8/43, 1KIA; transferred 342BS/97BG Depienne 14/11/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Missing in...

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Citations

Distinguished Unit Citation - 5 July 1943 mission to bomb Gerbini Airfield, Sicily
Distinguished Unit Citation - 23 April 1944 - withstanding severe fighter assault to complete mission to bomb Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 06:58:34 Weary Willie Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

99th Bomb Group Historical Society
https://www.99bombgroup.org
https://www.facebook.com/99BGHS/

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 15:13:30 466thHistorian Changes to commanding officers associations
Sources

http://99bombgroup.org/lauer.php

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 14:48:03 466thHistorian Changes to stations
Sources

http://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/99th_Bombardment_Group.cfm

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 13:36:45 466thHistorian Changes to description and stations
Sources

http://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/99th_Bombardment_Group.cfm

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 13:00:23 466thHistorian Changes to description
Sources

http://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/99th_Bombardment_Group.cfm

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 12:59:32 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, nicknames, insignia, citations, description, air forces, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/99th_Bombardment_Group.cfm

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