465bg.org is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to the 465th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 2nd, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible. Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.
Constituted as 465th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943, activated on 1 August 1943 and prepared for duty overseas with B-24's. They moved to the Mediterranean theater, Feb-April 1944; the air echelon received additional training in Tunisia before joining the ground echelon in Italy. Assigned to 15th Air Force. They entered combat on 5 May 1944 and served primarily as a strategic bombardment organization until late in April 1945.
Attacked marshalling yards, dock facilities, oil refineries, oil storage plants, aircraft factories, and other objectives in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans. On two different missions to marshalling yards and an oil refinery at Vienna on 8 July 1944 and then to steel plants at Friedrichshafen on 3 August 1944, the group bombed its targets despite antiaircraft fire and fighter opposition, being awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for each of these attacks.
Other operations of the 465th included bombing troop concentrations and bivouac areas in May 1944 to aid the Partisans in Yugoslavia; attacking enemy troops and supply lines to assist the drive toward Rome, May-June 1944; striking bridges, rail lines, and gun emplacements prior to the invasion of Southern France in August 1944; bombing rail facilities and rolling stock in October 1944 to support the advance of Russian and Rumanian forces in the Balkans; and hitting troops, gun positions, bridges, and supply lines during April 1945 in support of Allied forces in northern Italy. Upon the conclusion of World War II in Europe they moved to the Caribbean area in Jun 1945.
Alamogordo AAFld, NM, 1 Aug 1943
Kearns, Utah, Sep 1943
McCook AAFld, Neb, c. 5 Oct 1943-1 Feb 1944
Pantanella Airfield, Italy, Apr 1944-Jun 1945
Col. Elmer Rogers Jr, 24 Aug 1943
Col. Charles A. Clark Jr, 13 Mar 1944
Lt. Col. Joshua H. Foster, 1 Dec 1944
Lt. Col. William F. Day Jr, 26 Apr 1945
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