46th Bombardment Group

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The 46th Bombardment Group was a home-based bomber group that flew a few anti-submarine patrols in 1942 before becoming a training unit.

The group was activated in January 1941 and trained with the Douglas A-20. After the American entry into the war the group flew a number of antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico, end in May 1942. Later in 1942 it joined the Second Air Force and then the Third Air Force. As the USAAF expanded the group served as an Operational Training Unit. Late in 1943 as losses began to mount it became a replacement training unit.

In 1944 the group received the B-25 Mitchell, but on 1 May 1944 it was disbanded as were all four of its squadrons.


To Follow


1941-1944: Douglas A-20 Havoc
1944: North American B-25 Mitchell


20 November 1940 Constituted as 46th Bombardment Group (Light)
15 January 1941 Activated
August 1942 To Second Air Force
November 1942 To Third Air Force
1 May 1944 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Maj Guy L McNeil: 15 Jan 1941
Maj Otto C George: 18 Apr 1941
Col Richard H Lee: 9 May 1941
Lt Col Robert D Gapen: 1 Nov 1942
Lt Col Martin P Crabtree: 11 Apr 1943
Lt Col Robert V DeShazo: 21 Jul 1943
Col Harold L Mace: 13 Sep 1943
Lt Col Robert V DeShazo: 21 Oct 1943-1 May 1944

Main Bases

Savannah, Ga: 15 Jan 1941
Bowman Field, Ky: 20 May 1941
Barksdale Field, La: Feb 1942
Galveston Mun Aprt, Tex: c. 1 Apr 1942
Blythe AAB, Calif: 23 May 1942
Will Rogers Field, Okla: Nov 1942
Drew Field, Fla: Oct 1943
Morris Field, NC: 6 Nov 1943-1 May '944.

Component Units

50th Bombardment Squadron: 1941-44
51st Bombardment Squadron: 1941-44
53rd Bombardment Squadron: 1941-44
87th Bombardment Squadron: 1941-44

Assigned To

1941: 16th Bombardment Wing
August 1942-November 1942: Second Air Force
November 1942-1 May 1944: Third Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (22 March 2013), 46th Bombardment Group , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/46th_Bombardment_Group.html

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