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1st Bomb Division


The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 1st Bombardment Division on 30 Aug 1943. Activated in England on 13 Sep 1943. Assigned to Eighth AF. Redesignated 1st Air Division in Dec 1944.

Commanding officers
  • Howard Turner

    Military | Major General | Commanding General
    SS w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Williams

    Military | Major General | Aerial Observer, Commander | 303rd Bomb Group
    Born: Albany, Texas, 9 November 1901. Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University, 1923. Commissioned: ROTC 6 June 1923 Commander, 1st Bomb Division July 1943 to 22 October 1944. Retired 30 June 1946.


Part of
  • Eighth Air Force

    Eighth Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force in February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command

    VIII Bomber Command

    VIII Bomber Command was constituted and activated in 1942. It oversaw heavy bombardment operations until February 1944, when it was redesginated as the 8th Air Force.

Previously was
  • 1st Bomb Wing

    1st Bomb Wing

    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.

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

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


  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 232 LEAFLET DROP

    23 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000?) leaflets on the French cities of REnnes, Le Mans, Chartres, Lille, and Orleans. There are no losses or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 300

    12 April 1944

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

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Station Location Date
Constituted Brampton Grange 30 August 1943
Activated Brampton Grange 13 September 1943 – 20 September 1943
Based Alconbury 20 September 1943 – December 1944
Redesignated December 1944



  • Frank Armstrong

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding Officer; Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Commanded 97th BG from 31 July 1942 to 27 September 1942. ...

  • Bartlett Beaman

    Military | Brigadier General | Chief of Staff
    LOM/ BS/ DUC

  • Manvel Davis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Staff Judge Advocate
    Received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and French War Cross for WW I

  • John Dugan

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Ground Support | 446th Bomb Group

  • Woodrow Dunlop

    Military | Commander | 381st Bomb Group

  • Victor Ellard

    Military | Private First Class | Clerk; Key Punch Machine Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Was in an experiment to prevent colds. We put vaporisers in all of the barracks at an air base near Kettering, England. Maintained them and kept records for about 2 months, but it was not a success. The colds continued. GC/ WW II VM/ DSC/ ETO/ EAME

  • Howard Engstrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground Crew; Trfo to Apm
    Recon flight over Germany on VE Day, May 1945. 3 Battle Stars On V-E day I flew on a B-17 as an observer, over Germany for 8 hours photographing destroyed bridges and factories 1 silver star; 2 bronze stars

  • James Glover

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 407BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Final mission in B-17 42-97767 ...

  • William Godburn

    Military | Private
    I entered the service on February 6, 1943 and had my basic training in Atlantic City, NJ. After basic, I went to an Army Air Corp school at the University of Southern MS. Service followed at an air base in Dyersburg, TN and Brooklyn Field, Mobile, AL. ...

  • Albert Grinsted

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombadier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

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  • 42-107168 Pappy Time

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 12/3/44; Kearney 27/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-D] Podington 14/4/44; battle damaged Cauvincourt 16/8/44 with Ted Letterman, crew all OK back at base; Salvaged 18/8/44.




Date Contributor Update
04 September 2019 11:33:02 Emily Changes to us air force combat units of world war ii description, unit encompassing associations, commanding officers associations and stations

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 00:21:28 Paul Bellamy Changes to type, commanding officers associations, mission associations and stations

1st Air Division records (1AD HQ Historical Society)

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 00:09:37 Paul Bellamy Changes to unit became association, mission associations and stations

1st Air Division records (1AD HQ Historical Society)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:44 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / 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)