Constituted as 304th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 7 Dec 1943 and activated in Italy on 29 Dec. Operated with Fifteenth AF in the Mediterranean and European theaters from Feb 1944 until May 1945. Moved to the US, Sep-Oct 1945. Inactivated on 13 Oct 1945.
World War II Bombardment Groups:
Redesignated 304th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) and allotted to the reserve. Activated on 19 Apr 1947. Redesignated 304th Air Division (Bombardment) Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.
Groups. 448th: 1947-1949. 452d: 1947-1949. 454th: 1944-1945. 455th: 1944-1945. 456th: 1944-1945. 459th: 1944-1945; 1947-1949.
Stations. Cerignola, Italy, 29 Dec 1943-Sep 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 12-13 Oct 1945. Long Beach, Calif, 19 Apr 1947-27 Jun 1949.
Commanders. Col John K Brown Jr, c. 29 Dec 1943; Brig Gen Fay R Upthegrove, 27 Jan 1944; Lt Col William R Boutz, 5 Jul 1945-unkn.
Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley.
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986
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