13th Bombardment Group

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The 13th Bombardment Group was a short-lived formation that took part in the antisubmarine campaign off the US east coast during 1942.

The group was formed as a medium bombardment group in November 1940 and activated in January 1941. The group was allocated to I Bomber Command early in 1942, and had to begin antisubmarine patrols while at the same time training for its new role. It was also used to provide an aerial escort for convoys.

The group was in action for just under a year. It was inactivated on 30 November 1942 and wasn't reformed.


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Douglas B-18 Bolo, North American B-25 Mitchell, A-29


20 November 1940 Constituted as 13th Bombardment Group (Medium)
15 January 1941 Activated
30 November 1942 Inactivated

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Brig Gen Westside T Larson: 21 Jan 1941
Col Walter G Bryte Jr: c. 4 Mar 1942
Col John G Fowler: c. 2 May-c. Nov 1942.

Main Bases

Langley Field, Va: 15 Jan 1941
Orlando, Fla: c. 6 Jun 1941
Westover Field, Mass: 20 Jan-30 Nov 1942

Component Units

3rd Antisubmarine Squadron (formerly 39th Bombardment) 1941-42
4th Antisubmarine Squadron (formerly 40th Bombardment) 1941-42
5th Antisubmarine Squadron (formerly 41st Bombardment) 1941-42
6th Antisubmarine Squadron (formerly 393rd Bombardment) 1942

Assigned To

1941: 3rd Bombardment Wing (later 98th)
c.1941: First Air Force
c.1942: AAF Antisubmarine Command

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (13 March 2013), 13th Bombardment Group , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/13th_Bombardment_Group.html

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