99th Bomb Group

Group
A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-29473) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle" of the 347th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force during a mission over Turin. Official caption on image: "26599 A.C." Handwritten caption on reverse: '15th AF, 99th BG, 347th BS.' Printed caption on reverse: '26599 AC - A picturesque coastline in the Mediterranean forms a backdrop for a USAAF Flying Fortress on its way to bomb the vital Turin, Italy ball bearing plane on Nov. 8. This plane is one of a large formation whic

Object Number - FRE 10144 - A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-29473) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle" of the 347th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force during a...

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

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 2nd Bomb Group 303rd Bomb Group 34th Bomb Group 99th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-17048
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group Commander

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Navarin 1943-02-28 - 1943-08-04

Based

Tortorella 1943-12-11

Based

Oudna 1943-08-04 - 1943-12-11

Other

Assigned 12th Air Force

Other

Assigned 15th Air Force

Encompassing

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14165927
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 5th Bomb Wing 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36809366
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32942506
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 486th Bomb Group 833rd Bomb Squadron 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19049845
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Assistant Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34809602
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 97th Bomb Group 364th Bomb Squadron 414th Bomb Squadron 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Weary Willie
  • Unit: 5th Bomb Wing 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 483rd Bomb Group 817th Bomb Squadron 99th Bomb Group 347th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 483rd Bomb Group 99th Bomb Group

Revisions

Date7 Jun 2021 14:01:24
ContributorEmily
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Removed association to IX Bomber Command, to which this unit was assigned after the end of the war.

Date30 Apr 2021 14:21:07
ContributorGStern
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G. Stern

Date17 Dec 2018 06:58:34
ContributorWeary Willie
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Date2 Nov 2016 15:13:30
Contributor466thHistorian

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