In addition to the above history, the 17th BG provided the crews for the Doolittle Raid on Japan in 1942
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.
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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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,...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 17th Bomb Group
Military | Sergeant | Air Crew Member - Airplane Mechanic | 93rd Bomb Group
Inducted: 29 January 1942 - Camp Upton, New York ...
Military | Private | Combat Photographer | 17th Bomb Group
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.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 17th Bomb Group
Military | Major | 17th Bomb Group
Shot down in B-26 42-107792, 22 February 1945, POW, MACR #12227
Military | Second Lieutenant | 17th Bomb Group
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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.
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 17th Bomb Group
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. ...
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...
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. ...
Assigned to 34BS, 17BG, 12AF USAAF.
Telergma, Algeria - December 1942 to May 1943 ...
Assigned to 37BS, 17BG, 15AF USAAF. Transferred to 598BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. ...
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.
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'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' published by the Department of the Air Force (1983).