Constituted as 97th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium) on 2 Nov 1943 and activated in England on 12 Nov. Assigned to Ninth AF. Redesignated 97th Combat Bombardment Wing (Light) in Jul 1944. Participated in combat operations in the European theater, Apr 1944-May 1945. Redesignated 97th Bombardment Wing (Medium) in Jun 1945. Moved to the US in Oct. Inactivated on 11 Oct 1945.
Groups. 409th: 1944-1945. 410th: 1944-1945. 416th: 1944-1945.
Stations. Marks Hall, England, 12 Nov 1943; Little Walden, England, 13 Mar 1944; Voisenon, France, 13 Sep 1944; Marchais, France, 13 Feb 1945; Arrancy, France, 25 Apr 1945; Sandricourt, France, 24 May-2 Oct 1945; Camp Shanks, NY, 10-11 Oct 1945.
Commanders. Capt Donald S Moloney, 16 Nov 1943; Lt Col Chris H W Rueter, 2 Mar 1944; Brig Gen Edward N Backus, 1 Apr 1944-1945.
Campaigns. Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986
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