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20th Combat Bomb Wing


Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US in August 1945 and prepared for B-29 Superfortress operations, although had no combat components assigned. Reassigned to Strategic Air Command postwar Eighth Air Force in May 1946 and elevated to VIII Bombardment Command. Inactivated before becoming operational in November 1946.


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  • Robert Ayrest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Robert C. Ayrest was born on April 21, 1921. His hometown was Inglewood, California. His wife was Mary L. Ayrest, two sons Robert Claud and Howard Donald, and a brother Alan. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at UCLA. ...

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    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner. Bryson's crew | 448th Bomb Group

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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group

  • Alfred Cannon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Alfred E. Cannon was born 25 Feb 1919 in Jamaica, New York. He enlisted 08 Apr 1942 and attended Basic Training at Cochran Field, Macon, Georgia. After completion of Basic Training in Dec 1942, he was transferred to Navigation Pre-flight training at...

  • Gerald Carroll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
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  • Norbert Duginske

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Second Engineer | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Norbert Mike Duginske was born in Merrill, Wisconsin 01 Jan 1920. He enlisted 11 Feb 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Apr 1943 he became the Waist Gunner and Second Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb...

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    Military | Captain | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
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    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 448th Bomb Group
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Date Contributor Update
03 February 2022 19:31:37 dmccullo Changes to media associations

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03 January 2022 17:59:15 dmccullo Changes to media associations

Added 20th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) Chain of Command.

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03 March 2021 23:06:56 dmccullo Changes to description, aircraft types and aircraft associations

Updated history.

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22 February 2021 20:33:16 dmccullo Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Added Crew 11, 448th BG.

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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)