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739th Bomb Squadron


The squadron was first activated in June 1943 at Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico as the 739th Bombardment Squadron, one of the original four squadrons of the 454th Bombardment Group.[3] The 454th was a Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment group. The unit trained under Second Air Force. It deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, and was stationed in southern Italy at San Giovanni Airfield under Fifteenth Air Force.

The squadron engaged in long range strategic bombardment of enemy military, industrial and transportation targets. Operations included attacks against such objectives as marshalling yards, aircraft factories, railroad bridges, and airdromes in Italy, Austria, and Rumania. It helped to prepare the way for and supported Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France during July and August 1944. At the same time, it expanded its previous operations to include attacks on oil refineries and storage facilities, locomotive works, and viaducts in France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the Balkans.

The 739th returned to the United States after the surrender of Germany in May 1945. It began to be re-equipped as a Boeing B-29 Superfortress very heavy bombardment squadron. The squadron began training under Second Air Force in August 1945, however it was inactivated in October after the surrender of Japan.[3]


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  • 454th Bomb Group

    454th Bomb Group

    The group was constituted as 454th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 14 May 1943 and activated on 1 June at Davis-Monthan Field, near Tucson, Arizona. Training began immediately on Consolidated B-24 Liberators[2] and the ground cadre was sent on 3 July to...

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  • Howard Crissman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 454th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 27 December 1944 on a mission to Bruck, Austria aboard B-24 Liberator (Serial number 44-41165) nicknamed "Thundermist". The aircraft fell from formation and crashed after being hit by Flak. Crissman and his crew were all captured and take...

  • Anton Skufca

    Military | Technical Sergeant | radio operator | 454th Bomb Group
    Killed in action on March 19, 1944 on mission #12 to Steyr-Daimlier Puch aircraft factory. One of six KIAs on his crew.


  • 44-41165 Thundermist

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down on 27 December 1944 on a mission to Bruck, Austria. The aircraft fell from formation and crashed after being hit by Flak. All 11 members of the crew were captured and taken prisoner of war.




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