1st Bomb Wing

Wing
Private First Class William Archer uses a British-made teleprinter to send out field orders to USAAF Bomb Groups from Brampton Grange airbase, the headquarters of the 8th Air Force's 1st Air Division. Passed for publication 2 Feb 1943.

 Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Teleprinter operators send out Field Orders, PFC William Archer uses a British machine at Brampton Grange, Station No. 103, HQ 1 Air Div.' P On reverse: US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Printed caption attached

Object Number - FRE 10930 - Private First Class William Archer uses a British-made teleprinter to send out field orders to USAAF Bomb Groups from Brampton Grange , the...

The First Bomb Wing arrived in the UK in July 1942. The wing command became the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943, while the wing was retitled the 1st Combat Bomb Wing.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Bomber Command 1st Bomb Division 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 97th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-17459
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer; Pilot
Brigadier-General Haywood S. Hansell (right) and Colonel Curtis E. LeMay (left) with a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Dry Martini and the Cocktail Kids the 4th" of the 305th Bomb Group, 13 May 1943. Official caption on image: "71088 A.C." Printed caption on reverse: '71088 USAF - Brig. General Haywood S. Hansell and Colonel Curtis E. LeMay pose beside the Boeing B-17 "Dry Martini 4th, The Cocktail Kids" on 13 May 1943. 304th[sic] Bomb Group based in England. U.S. Air Force Photo.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Combat Bomb Wing Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)
  • Service Numbers: O-17468
  • Highest Rank: Major General
  • Role/Job: Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Bomber Command 1st Combat Bomb Wing
  • Service Numbers: O-10995
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General, 8th Air Force Bomber Command
  • 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
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Bomb Division 381st Bomb Group Headquarters (381st Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-20814
  • Role/Job: Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Combat Bomb Wing
  • Service Numbers: O-10717
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Combat Bomb Wing
  • Service Numbers: O-16777
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commander

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Established

1918-07-06

Based

Moved to England

Brampton Grange 1942-08-19

Based

Bassingbourn 1943-08-30

Other

Redesignated

1943-08-30

Encompassing

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

Private First Class William Archer uses a British-made teleprinter to send out field orders to USAAF Bomb Groups from Brampton Grange airbase, the headquarters of the 8th Air Force's 1st Air Division. Passed for publication 2 Feb 1943.

 Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Teleprinter operators send out Field Orders, PFC William Archer uses a British machine at Brampton Grange, Station No. 103, HQ 1 Air Div.' P On reverse: US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Printed caption attached
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Bomb Wing
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Role/Job: Teleprinter Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 1st Air Division 1st Bomb Division 1st Fighter Group 1st Bomb Wing
  • Service Numbers: O-346972
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer, Ordnance Department

Revisions

Date4 Sep 2019 11:52:24
ContributorEmily
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date4 Sep 2019 11:43:49
ContributorEmily
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Air Force Combat Units of World War II

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