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321st Bomb Group

Group

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 321st Bombardment Group (Medium) on 19 Jun 1942 and activated on 26 Jun. Prepared for overseas duty with B-25's. Moved to the Mediterranean theatre, Jan-Mar 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF.

Engaged primarily in support and interdictory operations, bombing marshalling yards, rail lines, highways, bridges, viaducts, troop concentrations, gun emplacements, shipping, harbours, and other objectives in North Africa, France, Sicily, Italy, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Sometimes dropped propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines. Took part in the Allied operations against Axis forces in North Africa during Mar-May 1943, the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa in Jun, the invasion of Sicily in Jul, the landing at Salerno in Sep, the Allied advance toward Rome during Jan-Jun 1944, the invasion of Southern France in Aug 1944, and the Allied operations in northern Italy from Sep 1944 to Apr 1945.

Received two DUC's: for completing a raid on an airdrome near Athens, 8 Oct 1943, in spite of intense flak and attacks by numerous enemy interceptors; and for bombing a battleship, a cruiser, and a submarine in Toulon harbour on 18 Aug 1944 to assist the Allied invasion of Southern France. Inactivated in Italy on 12 Sep 1945

Structure

Part of
  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force


    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 57th Bomb Wing
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Stations

Station Location Date
Assigned 12th Air Force March 1943
Based Souk-el-Arba 1 June 1943 – 7 August 1943
Based Soliman 8 August 1943 – 3 October 1943
Based Grottaglie 4 October 1943 – 19 November 1943
Based Amendola 20 November 1943 – 13 January 1944
Based Vincenzo 14 January 1944 – 17 February 1944
Based Gaudo Airfield 18 February 1944 – 22 April 1944
Based Solenzara Airfield 23 April 1944 – 30 March 1945

Connections

People

  • Leonard Adcock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 321st Bomb Group

  • Joy Bedwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 321st Bomb Group

  • John Bellendir

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 321st Bomb Group

  • Harold Brellenthin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 321st Bomb Group

  • Aubrey Chatters

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 321st Bomb Group

  • Vernon Dossey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 321st Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Feagans

    Military | Private First Class | Photographer | 321st Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 28 March 1944 in B-25 Mitchell (serial number 42-64552) on a mission to bomb rail way bridges at Peruggia. The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire after leaving the target and made a forced landing near Lake Trasinieno. All...

  • Philip Judy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 321st Bomb Group

  • Charles Kendall

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 321st Bomb Group

  • William Mabbutt

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 321st Bomb Group

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Citations

Distinguished Unit Citations: Athens, Greece, 8 Oct 1943; France, 18 Aug 1944.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 19:40:56 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft types and stations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/321st_Air_Expeditionary_Wing

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2021 09:09:10 Emily Created entry with type, category, name, motto, insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, citations, air forces, unit encompassing associations, stations and media associations
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, a complete history of the unit can be found at 57th Bomb Wing Association

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