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17th Bomb Group


In addition to the above history, the 17th BG provided the crews for the Doolittle Raid on Japan in 1942

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Trained and participated in maneuvers, using P-12 and P-26 (1931-1932), A-I7(1933-1939), and B-18 (1940-1941) aircraft. Used B-25s for patrol duty on the west coast after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and later
patrolled the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast.

Converted to B-26’s in the summer of 1942. Moved to North Africa late in 1942 and began operations on 30 Dec. Served in combat in the Mediterranean theatre until the end of the war, being assigned first to Twelfth AF, then to Fifteenth (Nov 1943), and again to Twelfth (Jan 1944).

Flew interdictory and close-support missions, bombing bridges, rail lines, marshaling yards, harbors, shipping, gun emplacements, troop concentrations, and other targets. Helped to bring about the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa in May 1943; assisted in the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa in Jun 1943; participated in the invasions of Sicily in Jul and of Italy in Sep 1943; and took part in the drive toward Rome, receiving a DUC for a bombing attack on airdromes at Rome on 13 Jan 1944. Also received the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for operations in Italy, Apr-Jun 1944.

Took part in the invasion of Southern France in Aug 1944, and continued bombardment operations in northern Italy, France, and later in Germany. Received second DUC for bombing attacks on enemy defenses near Schweinfurt on 10 Apr 1945.

Assisted in the disarmament of Germany afterV-E Day. Returned to the US in Nov. Inactivated on 26 Nov 1945.


Part of
  • 42nd Bomb Wing
  • 47th Bomb Wing
  • 5th Bomb Wing

    5th Bomb Wing

    The 5th Air Division (5th AD) originated on 19 October 1940 at McChord Field, Washington. Its initial mission was air defense of the northwest United States with three bombardment groups (12th, 17th and 39th) flying early B-17 Flying Fortresses (B-17C...

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Station Location Date
Assigned 12th Air Force June 1942
Assigned 15th Air Force November 1943
Assigned 12th Air Force January 1944
Assigned First Tactical Air Force December 1944



  • Joseph Albury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 17th Bomb Group
    Joseph Leonard Albury, Jr was born on 13 February 1917, in Miami, Florida, his father, Joseph, was 38 and his mother, Mary Olive (Millard) Albury was 27. Joseph was referred to by his family members using his middle name Leonard. He had four brothers,...

  • Joseph Casey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 17th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Curreri

    Military | Sergeant | Air Crew Member - Airplane Mechanic | 93rd Bomb Group
    Inducted: 29 January 1942 - Camp Upton, New York ...

  • Herman Frieden

    Military | Private | Combat Photographer | 17th Bomb Group

  • Johnny Gault

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 17th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 95BS, 17BG, 12AF. Failed to Return (FTR) Neckarelz Railroad Bridge, Germany shot down by Bf109, crashed near Achern. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11590. Awards: EAME (Bronze star), Good conduct, PH.

  • Edgar Hawthorne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 17th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Hines

    Military | Major | 17th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-26 42-107792, 22 February 1945, POW, MACR #12227

  • Charles Howard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 17th Bomb Group
    Extracted from ...

  • Paul Marshall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 17th Bomb Group
    Paul Marshall's story was particularly tragic. When he died he had a seven month old son whom he had never met. His widow was reportedly killed in a domestic violence incident by her 2nd husband in 1957.

  • Francis Pesta

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 17th Bomb Group

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  • 42-95987 Yo-Yo Champ

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26 Marauder serial number 42-95987 crashed on 24 April 1945, flying a mission from Dijon, France, where it was based with the 17th Bomb Group, to Schwabmunchen, Germany. ...

  • 43-34238 'Erma'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 438BS, 319BG, 12AF Nov 44 transferred on their conversion to B25's to 95BS, 17BG, 12AF. Failed to Return (FTR) Neckarelz Railroad Bridge, Germany shot down by Bf109, crashed near Achern. Six chutes seen. 1 x POW, 6 x KIA. 23-Dec-44 MACR...

  • 41-35177 Uden's Oil Burner

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 34BS, 17BG, 12AF USAAF. Returned on one engine from raid on Rocca Secca bridge 30-Dec-43. 2Lt Bennett awarded a DFC for this endeavour. ...

  • 42-43272 'Hawkeye'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 34BS, 17BG, 12AF USAAF.

  • 42-107529 "Sessanta Nova?"

    B-26 Marauder
    Telergma, Algeria - December 1942 to May 1943 ...

  • 44-67983

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 37BS, 17BG, 15AF USAAF. Transferred to 598BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. ...

  • 42-107792

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-17858 Coughin`Coffin

    B-26 Marauder
    Lost an engine to flak on 50th mission, right wing nearly torn off in belly landing. Rebuilt and sent back to the States for a war bond promotion.

  • 42-107735 Flossie's Fury

    B-26 Marauder




Date Contributor Update
09 January 2022 02:58:48 466thHistorian Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2016 11:43:12 Lucy May Created entry with type, category, name, motto, us air force combat units of world war ii description, air forces, aircraft types, unit part of associations, person associations, aircraft associations and stations

'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' published by the Department of the Air Force (1983).