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97th Combat Bomb Wing

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US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 97th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium) on 2 November 1943 and activated in England on 12 November. Assigned to Ninth Air Force. Redesignated 97th Combat Bombardment Wing (Light) in July 1944. Participated in combat operations in the European theatre, Apr 1944 May 1945. Redesignated 97th Bombardment Wing (Medium) in June 1945.
Moved to the US in October. Inactivated on 11 October 1945

Commanding officers
  • Donald Moloney

    Military | Captain | Assistant, Enlisted Personnel Branch

  • Edward Backus

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot, Commanding Officer | 12th Bomb Group
    Edward N. Backus was born in Vernon, Texas, in 1906. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1924 and attended the University of Oklahoma and Washington and Lee University where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1929. ...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Established Marks Hall 12 November 1943
Based Little Walden 13 March 1944

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  • Edward Backus

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot, Commanding Officer | 12th Bomb Group
    Edward N. Backus was born in Vernon, Texas, in 1906. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1924 and attended the University of Oklahoma and Washington and Lee University where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1929. ...

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Date Contributor Update
03 June 2021 15:33:58 Emily Changes to type, us air force combat units of world war ii description, air forces, commanding officers associations and stations
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Air Force Combat Units of World War II

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

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)

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