302nd Bombardment Group

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The 302nd Bombardment Group was a bomber training unit that served in the United States from 1942-1944.

The group was activated in June 1942 and became part of the Second Air Force. It was equipped with the B-24 Liberator, and was used as an operational training unit, preparing the crews of new units for battle. It later became a replacement training unit, training crews to fill gaps caused by casualties.

In December 1943 the group was moved to the First Air Force and from the US south-west across to Virginia. In 1944 it converted to the B-17 Flying Fortress, but on 10 April 1944 the group was inactivated.


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1942-44: Consolidated B-24 Liberator
1944: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress


28 January 1942 Constituted as 302nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)
1 June 1942 Activated with Second Air Force
December 1943 To First Air Force
10 April 1944 Inactivated

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Col Joseph J Nazzaro: 1 Jun 1942
Col Eugene H Beebe: 12 Jul 1942
Lt Col Joseph J Nazzaro: 15 Sep 1942
Lt Col William K Martin: 1 Jan 1943
Maj Horace S Carswell: 15 Oct 1943
Lt Col Thomas J Gent Jr: 2 Nov 1943
Lt Col Carlos J Cochrane: 3 Jan-Apr 1944.

Main Bases

Geiger Field, Wash: 1 Jun 1942
Davis-Monthan Field, Ariz: 23 Jun 1942
Wendover Field, Utah: 30 Jul 1942
Pueblo AAB, Colo: 30 Sep 1942
Davis- Monthan Field, Ariz: 1 Dec 1942
Clovis, NM: 29 Jan 1943
Langley Field, Va: 17 Dec 1943-10 Apr 1944

Component Units

355th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
356th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
357th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
420th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44

Assigned To

June 1942-December 1943: Second Air Force
December 1943-April 1944: First Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (5 March 2013), 302nd Bombardment Group, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/302nd_Bombardment_Group.html

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