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2nd Bomb Wing


The 2nd Bomb Wing arrived in the UK in July 1942. The wing command became the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943, while the wing was retitled the 2nd Combat Bomb Wing.

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Organized as 2d Wing on 4 Sep 1919. Served as an observation organization. Inactivated on 30 Sep 1921. Activated on 8 Aug 1922. Redesignated 2d Bombardment Wing in 1929, 2d Wing in 1935, and 2d Bombardment Wing in 1940. Engaged primarily in bombardment activities for more than a decade. Became one of the original wings of GHQAF in 1935 and conducted much of the Army’s pursuit, bombardment, and observation operations in the eastern part of the US. Inactivated on 5 Sep 1941.

Activated on 7 June 1942. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and became a heavy bombardment wing of Eighth AF. In the fall of 1942, helped to train bombardment groups assigned to Twelfth AF. Served in combat in the European theater from Nov 1942 to June 1943. Ceased combat temporarily during Jul-Aug 1943 when its groups were on detached duty in the Mediterranean theater. Redesignated 2d Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in Aug 1943.

Commanding officers
  • James Hodges

    Military | Major General | Commanding General
    Major General James P Hodges served as Commanding General of the 2nd Air Division from 13 September 1942 to 1 August 1944. He retired 30 September 1951. His son, James P Hodges II, served as a fighter pilot with the 56th Fighter Group.


Part of
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  • 389th Bomb Group

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  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

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    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

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  • Provisional Training Center

    Provisional Training Center

    Established at Hethel in March 1943 to provide ground schooling on aerial gunnery. The first course completed in April 1943 was attended by 83 men, many of whom had performed ground duties with the 2nd Bomb Wing and had volunteered to transfer to air...

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  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.


Station Location Date
Activated 7 June 1942
Based Old Catton 15 August 1942 – August 1943
Redesignated August 1943




Date Contributor Update
04 September 2019 13:20:14 Emily Changes to unit part of associations and unit encompassing associations

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2019 13:17:22 Emily Created entry with type, category, name, insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, description, air forces, unit became association, commanding officers associations and stations

Air Force Combat Units of World War II