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IX Bomber Command

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US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 19th Composite Wing on 8 May 1929. Activated on 1 Apr 1931. Moved to the Panama Canal Zone in Jan 1933. Redesignated 19th Wing in 1937, and 19th Bombardment Wing in 1940. Inactivated in the Canal Zone on 25 Oct 1941.

Activated in the US on 24 Jul 1942. Moved to Egypt, Sep-Nov 1942. Assigned to Ninth Air Force. Redesignated IX Bomber Command in Nov 1942. Operated in the Mediterranean area until Oct 1943. Moved to the European theatre, Oct-Nov 1943, as served as a tactical bombardment force in that area until VE Day. Redesignated 9th Bombardment Division (Medium) in August 1944, and 9th Air Division (Bombardment) in May 1945. Inactivated in Europe on 20 Nov 1945.

Commanding officers
  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | General
    Transferred to the European Theatre of Operations in May 1943, as administrative inspector of the 3rd Bomb Wing (Medium) - assumed command on 12 July 1943. ...

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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

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People

  • Samuel Anderson

    Military | General
    Transferred to the European Theatre of Operations in May 1943, as administrative inspector of the 3rd Bomb Wing (Medium) - assumed command on 12 July 1943. ...

  • Fitje Pitts

    Civilian | 27th Air Transport Group
    Fitje Pitts served with the American Red Cross in England, France and Belgium during World War II. She sailed to England on the Queen Mary; Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy was one of her cabin mates. Upon arriving in the UK she was first assigned to the 95th...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2019 14:10:46 Emily Changes to us air force combat units of world war ii description
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Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 16:13:34 Emily Changes to type, unit encompassing associations, person associations and commanding officers associations
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Associated Samuel E Anderson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / 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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