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386th Bombardment Group


BACKGROUND

386th Bombardment Group

Constituted as 386th Bombardment Group (Medium) on 25 Nov. 1942. Activated on 1 Dec. 1942. Equipped with B-26's. Moved to England, arriving in June 1943. Operated with Eighth AF until assigned to Ninth in Oct. 1943. Flew first mission in July 1943. Flew first mission in July 1943. Concentrated on airdromes but also bombed marshalling yards and gun positions during the first months of combat. Carried out an extensive campaign against V-weapon sites along the coast of France in the winter of 1943-1944, and bombed airfields in Holland and Belgium during Big Week, 20-25 Feb. 1944. Hammered marshalling yards, gun positions, and airdromes preceding the invasion of Normandy and made numerous assaults on bridges of the Seine late in May. Struck coastal batteries on D-Day and hit bridges, supply and fuel stores, gun positions, and defended areas during the remainder of the Normandy campaign. Supported Allied forces at Caen, and participated in the massive blows against the enemy at St. Lo on 25 July 1944. Knocked out targets to help clear the Falaise gap of German forces in Aug. 1944 and hit strong points at Brest during Sept.

After moving to the Continent in Oct. 1944, attacked strong points at Metz, flew missions to Holland, and assaulted such objectives as defended areas, storage depots, and communications in Germany. Focused its attacks primarily on bridges during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 1944-Jan. 1945, in order to cut off enemy supplies and reinforcements. Converted to A-26's shortly after the Ardennes campaign and continued to strike German communications, transportation, and storage facilities until May 1945. Redesignated 386th Bombardment Group (Light) in June 1945. Returned to the US, July-Aug. Inactivated on 7 Nov. 1945.

Redesignated 386th Fighter-Bomber Group. Activated on 8 April 1956. Assigned to Tactical Air Command.



SQUADRONS/AIRCRAFT

  • 552nd: 1942-1945; 1956-
  • 553rd: 1942-1945; 1956-
  • 554th: 1942- 1945; 1956-
  • 555th: 1942-1945

STATIONS

  • MacDill Field, Fla., 1 Dec. 1942
  • Lake Charles AAB, La, 9 Feb.- 8 May 1943
  • Snetterton Heath, England, 3 June 1943
  • Boxted, England, 10 June 1943
  • Great Dunmow, England, 24 Sept. 1943
  • Beaumont-sur-Oise, France, 2 Oct. 1944
  • St-Trond, Belgium, 9 April-July 1945
  • Seymour Johnson Field, NC, 7 August 1945
  • Westover Field, Mass 30 Sept.-7 Nov. 1945
  • Bunker Hill AFB, Ind., 8 April 1956-

COMMANDERS

  • Col. Lester J. Maitland, c. 1 Dec. 1942
  • Col. Richard C. Sanders, 18 Nov. 1943
  • Col. Joe W. Kely, 22 Jan. 1944
  • Col. Thomas G. Corbin, c. 25 Aug. 1944-1945
  • Capt. Amos B. Leighton, 8 April 1956-

CAMPAIGNS

  • Air Offensive, Europe
    • Normandy
    • Northern France
    • Rhineland
    • Ardennes-Alsace
    • Central Europe

DECORATIONS

  • Distinguished Unit Citation: ETO, 30 July 1943-30 July 1944

EMBLEM/INSIGNE

  • None

ASSIGNMENTS

  • N/A

OPERATIONS

  • N/A

SERVICE STREAMERS

  • N/A

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