448th Bombardment Group

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History

The 448th Bombardment Group was a B-24 Liberator unit of the Eighth Air Force that operated from Seething from December 1943 until the end of the war in Europe.

The group was formed in the spring of 1943. It entered combat on 22 December 1943, taking part in the Eighth Air Force's 161st heavy bomber mission, flown against marshalling yards at Osnabruck and Munster. It spent most of the war taking part in similar strategic raids.

Like most Eighth Air Force units, the 448th took part in Big Week (20-25 February 1944), an attack on the German aircraft industry, as well as in operations designed to support the D-Day landings. It was one of the units used to attack German positions at Caen and at St Lo before the July breakthrough. It attacks German transport and communication links during the Battle of the Bulge. The 448th was also used to drop supplies to airborne troops near Nijmegen during Operation Market Garden and to Allied troops at Wesel during the crossing of the Rhine in March 1945.

Books

 Consolidated B-24 Liberator (Crowood Aviation), Martin W. Bowman. A well balanced book that begins with a look at the development history of the B-24, before spending nine out of its ten chapters looking at the combat career of the aircraft in the USAAF, the US Navy and the RAF.
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 B-24 Liberator Units of the Eighth Air Force, Robert F. Dorr. Although the Eighth Air Force is famous for operating the B-17, even at the end of the Second World War the B-24 still equipped one third of all Eighth Army Bombardment Groups. Here Dorr looks at the role the Liberator played with the Eighth Army, from its tiny beginnings in 1942 to the final massive air armadas of 1944 and 1945. Dorr also looks at the sizable detachments sent to North Africa during 1943, and the famous Ploesti mission.  
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Aircraft

April 1943-April 1945: Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Timeline

6 April 1943 Constituted as 448th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 6 April 1943
1 May 1943 Activated
November-December 1943 Joined Eighth Air Force in England
22 December 1943 First combat mission
25 April 1945 Last combat mission

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Colonel James M Thompson: c.25 May 1943
Colonel Gerry L Mason: 3 April 1944
Colonel Charles B Westover: 14 November 1944
Lt. Colonel Lester F Miller: 27 May 1945

Main Bases

Gowen Field, Idaho: 1 May 1943
Wendover Field, Utah: c. 3 July 1943
Sioux City, Iowa: September-November 1943
Seething, England: 1 December 1943-c. July 1945
Sioux Falls, DS: 15 July 1945

Component Units

712th Bombardment Squadron: 1943-1946
713th Bombardment Squadron: 1943-1946
714th Bombardment Squadron: 1943-1946
715th Bombardment Squadron: 1943-1946

Assigned To

Eighth Air Force: 1943-1945
1943-February 1944: 20th Bombardment Wing; VIII Bomber Command; Eighth Air Force
February 1944-1945: 20th Bombardment Wing; 2nd Air Division; Eighth Air Force
1945: 96th Bombardment Wing; 2nd Air Division; Eighth Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (4 February 2008), 448th Bombardment Group, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/448th_Bombardment_Group.html

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