448th Bomb Group

Group
The insignia of the 448th Bomb Group.

Object Number - FRE 5181 - The insignia of the 448th Bomb Group.

The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and ground crews completed their training together at Sioux City, Iowa before transferring to England.
The 448th was stationed at Seething in Norfolk, England from Dec 1943 to Jul 1945. The ground crews arrived in Seething by early Dec 1943 while the air crews arrived by 22 Dec 1943.
The B-24 Liberators were part of the Allied bombing campaign against the Axis countries. Their first mission was Gacabruck, Germany. The 448th flew 262 missions through to 25 April 1945. The Group lost 101 aircraft in action flying 6,774 sorties.
The 448th was redeployed to the United States in the late June and early July of 1945.
The 448th was officially deactivated on 4 August 1946.

Browse 448th Bomb Group photographs and other documents in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library digital archive here: www.2ndair.org.uk/digitalarchive/Dashboard/Index/16

Commanding Officers

Colonel Charles B Westover of the 448th Bomb Group. The image has been signed: 'To Pat, with best regards.[illegible]' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Col Charles B Westover, CO 448 14/11/44-27/5/45 to USA for B-29 training.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 2nd Air Division 448th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-20746
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer of 448th ; Chief of Staff
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-18221
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot; Commanding Officer of 448th
Colonel James M Thompson of the 448th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Col James M Thompson, CO 448BG, KIA 1/1/44.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group Headquarters (448th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-017992
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer 448th
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot, Commanding Officer 448th

Connections

See how this entry relates to other items in the archive by exploring the connections below.

Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Seething 1943-11-30 - 1945-07-06

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33399071
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 714th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 715th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34289531
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 715th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 714th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 715th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 713th Bomb Squadron

Mission

Revisions

Date21 Apr 2020 04:16:13
Contributordmccullo
Sources

Updated highlights.

Date21 Apr 2020 04:15:00
Contributordmccullo
Sources

Profile updated 04-20-2020.

Date9 Mar 2018 15:24:29
Sources

2nd Air Division Memorial Library

Date12 May 2015 14:46:27
Contributorscooter6793
Sources

Update

Date13 Jan 2015 16:31:53
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Seething Control Tower Museum: http://www.seethingtower.org/448-bomb-group.php

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:45
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / 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)

448th Bomb Group: Gallery (279 items)