1st Air Division

Division
Danish civillians inspect the wreckage of a crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-107082) of the 379th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'St Heddinge 13th May 1944 at 18:30 Hrs. 8th AAF, 1st Air Division, 41st Combat Wing, 379th Bombardment Group, Squadron?.' media-380045.jpg FRE 1248 Danish civillians inspect the wreckage of a crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-107082) of the 379th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'St Heddinge 13th May 1944 at 18:30 Hrs. 8th AAF, 1st Air Division, 41st Combat Wing, 379th Bombardment Group, Squadron?.' Roger Freeman Collection

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Object Number - FRE 1248 - Danish civillians inspect the wreckage of a crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-107082) of the 379th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on...

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

Commanding Officers

Colonel Bartlett Beman at work at his desk. A censor has obscured the documents on his desk. Image stamped on reverse: 'Wide World.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 2 Feb 1943.' [stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'BEHIND-SCENES PICTURES OF US ARMY AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS WING IN ENGLAND. This set of Wide World pictures was made recently in England and shows behind-the-scenes glimpses of the work and life of a Headquarters wing of the US Army Air Force. Headquarters wing is supply section and coordinatio
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Bomb Division
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Chief of Staff
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Bomb Division
  • Service Numbers: O-15721
  • Highest Rank: Major General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Bomb Division 303rd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-15154
  • Highest Rank: Major General
  • Role/Job: Aerial Observer, Commander

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Alconbury 31 October 1945

Other

Redesignated

Previously was

Brigadier-General Frank Alton Armstrong Jr. during a visit to the 305th Bomb Group Official caption on image: "(GPR-83-9305) (18-6-43) (Brig. Gen. Armstrong..."
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Air Division
  • Service Numbers: O-482039
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Physician
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Air Division 1st Bomb Division 351st Bomb Group Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (1st Bomb Division)
  • Service Numbers: O8644628
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Photographer/Assigned Intel photo Operations Echelon 1st Air DivisionHeadquarters
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 1st Air Division 1st Bomb Division Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (1st Bomb Division)
  • Role/Job: 1st Bomb Division Headquarters Reconnaissance Analyst (Photo Section)
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Air Division 1st Combat Bomb Wing 91st Bomb Group 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38-501082
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Gunner, Ball Turret
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Unit: 1st Air Division Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)
  • Service Numbers: 19066
  • Highest Rank: Air Vice-Marshal
  • Role/Job: Air Liaison Officer

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97058) nicknamed "Scorchy II" of the 303rd Bomb Group at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: '303 BG Mount Farm.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Scorchy II
  • Unit: 1st Air Division 41st Combat Bomb Wing 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ice Col Katy
  • Unit: 1st Air Division 1st Combat Bomb Wing 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron

Mission

  • Date: 19 March 1945
  • Official Description:
  • Date: 17 March 1945
  • Date: 11 March 1945

Revisions

Date
ContributorEmily
Changes
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date
ContributorEmily
Changes
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date
ContributorPEP.1956
Changes
Date
ContributorPEP.1956
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Date
ContributorPaul Bellamy
Changes
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1st Air Division records (1AD HQ Historical Society)

Date
ContributorAAM
Changes
Sources

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

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