383rd Bombardment Group, USAAF

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The 383rd Bombardment Group, USAAF, went through two incarnations during the Second World War, first as a training unit and then as a B-29 unit in the Eighth Air Force in the Pacific.

The group was activated on 3 November 1942 and was equipped with both the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator. It was used as an operational training unit, before becoming a replacement training unit later in the war. The group was inactivated on 1 April 1944.

It was reactivated on 28 August 1944 and equipped with the B-29. It was assigned to the Second Air Force while in training, but was then one of the units allocated to the Eighth Air Force when that organisation began to move from Europe to the Pacific. The group reached the Pacific after the end of the war, and returned to the United States in December 1945. It was inactivated on 3 January 1946.


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1942-1944: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator
1944-1945: Boeing B-29 Superfortress


28 October 1942 Constituted as 383rd Bombardment Group (Heavy)
3 November 1942 Activated and assigned to Second Air Force
1 April 1944 Inactivated
28 August 1948 Activated as 383rd Bombardment Group (Very Heavy)
  Assigned to Second Air Force
August-September 1945 To Pacific and Eighth Air Force
December 1945 To United States
3 January 1946 Inactivated

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Maj Elliot Vandevanter Jr: 27 Nov 1942-unkn
Lt Col John P Proctor: 1944
Col Richard M Montgomery: 8 Dec 1944-unkn

Main Bases

Salt Lake City AAB, Utah: 3 Nov 1942
Rapid City AAB, SD: 12 Nov 1942
Geiger Field, Wash: 20 Jun 1943
Peterson Field, Colo: 26 Oct 1943-1 Apr 1944
Dalhart AAFld, Tex: 28 Aug 1944
Walker AAFld, Kan: 14 Jan-11 Aug 1945
Tinian: 12 Sep-19 Dec 1945
Camp Anza, Calif: 2-3 Jan 1946

Component Units

540th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
541st Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
542nd Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
543rd Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
876th Bombardment Squadron: 1944-46
880th Bombardment Squadron: 1944-46
884th Bombardment Squadron: 1944-46

Assigned To

1944-45: 316th Bombardment Wing

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (24 October 2013), 383rd Bombardment Group, USAAF , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/383rd_Bombardment_Group.html

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