Lieutenant-General Carl Spaatz, Lieutenant-General James Doolittle and personnel of the 389th Bomb Group, stood atop three B-24 Liberators, at a parade. 9th May 1944. Image via Robert Miller. Written on slide casing: '200 Missions review Doolittle & Spaatz, 389 BG.'
The picture shows the presentation of the Distinguished Unit Citation to the 389th Bomb Group on 9th May 1944. The people shown are waiting for the display of colors and are from left to right: General Carl Spaatz, Commander US Strategic Air Forces in Europe; Colonel Robert Miller, Commanding Officer of the 389th Bomber Group; Lieutenant General James Doolittle, Commander 8th Air Force; Major General James Hodges, Commander 2nd Bomb Division; and Brigadier General Edward Timberlake, Commanding Officer 2nd Bomb Wing.
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Lieutenant-General Carl Spaatz, Lieutenant-General James Doolittle, Colonel Jack W Wood and personnel of the 389th Bomb Group, stood atop three B-24 Liberators, at a parade. 10 May 1944. Image via Robert Miller. Written on slide casing: '200 Missions review Doolittle & Spaatz, 389 BG.'
The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...
Military | General | Commanding General
Became Commanding General of 12th AF September 1942; Commanding General of Northwest African Strategic Air Force March 1943; assumed command of 15th AF November 1943; Commanding General of 8th Air Force 6 January 1944 to 9 May 1945. Medal Of Honor for...
Military | Major General | Commanding General
Major General James P Hodges served as Commanding General of the 2nd Air Division from 13 September 1942 to 1 August 1944. He retired 30 September 1951.
His son, James P Hodges II, served as a fighter pilot with the 56th Fighter Group.
Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
Military | General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
A few weeks after Pearl Harbor, in January 1942, General Spaatz was assigned as chief of the Army Air Force Combat Command at Washington and promoted to the temporary rank of major general. In May 1942, Spaatz was designated commander of the Eighth Air...
Military | Brigadier General | Commanding General
Military site : airfield
Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...