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99th Bombardment Group

Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor facilities, shipping, railroads, viaducts, and bridges in Tunisia, Sardinia, Sicily, Pantelleria, and Italy until Dec 1943. Received a DUC for performance on 5 Jul 1943 when the group helped to neutralize fighter opposition prior to the invasion of Sicily by penetrating enemy defenses to bomb planes, hangars, fuel supplies, and ammunition dumps at the Gerbini airfield. Assigned to Fifteenth AF in Nov 1943 and moved to Italy in Dec. Flew long-range missions to attack such strategic objectives as oil refineries, marshalling yards, aircraft factories, and steel plants in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece.

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Received another DUC for withstanding severe fighter assaults to bomb the vital aircraft factory and facilities at Wiener Neustadt on 23 Apr 1944. Other operations included assisting ground forces at Anzio and Cassino, Feb-Mar 1944; participating in the preinvasion bombing of southern France, Aug 1944; and supporting the Allied offensive in the Po Valley, Apr 1945. Inactivated in Italy on 8 Nov 1945.

Redesignated 99th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy). Allotted to the reserve. Activated on 29 May 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.

Squadrons. 346th: 1942-1945; 1947-1949. 347th: 1942-1945; 1947-1949. 348th: 1942-1945; 1947-1949. 416th: 1942-1945; 1947-1949.

Stations. Orlando AB, Fla, 1 Jun 1942; MacDill Field, Fla, 1 Jun 1942; Pendleton Field, Ore, 29 Jun 1942; Gowen Field, Idaho, 28 Aug 1942; Walla Walla, Wash, c. 30 Sep 1942; Sioux City AAB, Iowa, 17 Nov 1942-3 Jan 1943; Navarin, Algeria, c. 23 Feb 1943; Oudna, Tunisia, 4 Aug 1943; Tortorella Airfield, Italy, c. 11 Dec 1943; Marcianise, Italy, Oct-8 Nov 1945. Birmingham Mun Aprt, Ala, 29 May 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Commanders. Unkn, Jun-Sep 1942; Col Fay R Upthegrove, c. Sep 1942; Lt Col Wayne E Thurman, 24 Nov 1943; Col Charles W Lawrence, 19 Dec 1943; Lt Col Wayne E Thurman, 26 Jan 1944; Col Ford Lauer, 15 Feb 1944; Col Trenholm Meyer, Jul 1944; Lt Col James A Barnett, Aug 1944; Col Ford Lauer, Sep 1944; Col Raymond V Schwanbeck, Jan 1945; Lt Col Robert E Guay, 8 Oct 1945; Maj Joseph D Russell, 11 Oct 1945; Maj John S Giegel, 16 Oct 1945-unkn.

Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Sicily, 5 Jul 1943; Austria, 23 Apr 1944.

Insigne. Shield: Azure, issuant from sinister chief a cloud argent emitting a lightning flash to dexter base or between an eye of the second with pupil sable represented as a radar scope of the third with eyelid of the like, and a globe of the last with lines of the fifth encircled by a motion picture film silver. Motto: Sight With Might. (Approved 3 Nov 1943. This insigne was replaced 7 Feb 1958.)

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986

Servicemen of the 99th Bombardment Group

 ABRAMSON, JOHN SGT
 ACKERMAN, ELDON SSGT
 ACREE, CLAUDE 1LT
 AGAJANIAN, CARL TSGT
 AGNEW, EUGENE 2LT
 AKERS, ERVIN SGT
 ALDRIDGE, STANLEY 1LT
 ALEXANDER, STUART 2LT
 ALLEN, BENJAMIN 1LT
 ALPHIN, LEWIS TGT
 ALTON, ROGER SGT
 ANDERKIN, WILLIAM 2LT
 ANDERSON, DALE LTC
 ANNAN, JAMES SGT
 ARMSTRONG, HAROLD SGT
 ARMSTRONG, WILLIAM 2LT
 ARNEY, ERCELL SGT
 ASHER, CLIFFORD 2LT
 AUERT, EDWARD 2LT
 AVERY, EMERSON SGT
 BALDWIN, CHARLES SSGT
 BALOG, EDWARD SSGT
 BANNICK, ROBERT SGT
 BATTERS, WARREN SSGT
 BAXENDALE, JOHN 2LT
 BECCARD, LYLE SSGT
 BEDELL, JOHN 1LT
 BEDOX, DORIAN SGT
 BEHLAU, WALTER 1LT
 BELL, JAMES 2LT
 BELL, VINCENT 2LT
 BERGER, JAMES SSGT
 BERMAN, SANFORD 2LT
 BERRY, COOPER SSGT
 BERRY, PAUL TSGT
 BESS, JOHN SSGT
 BIAMCHI, UGO SGT
 BIFFONI, ULYSSES SGT
 BINDER, CALVIN SGT
 BISHOP, FABIAN 1LT
 BLOUNT, BRUCE TSGT
 BLUMER, JOSEPH SSGT
 BLYTHE, CARLE SSGT
 BOERS, SIDNEY 2LT
 BONEBERG, ARTHUR SSGT
 BOOTH, WILLIAM SSGT
 BORST, JAMES SSGT
 BOUCHARD, ALFRED F/O
 BOWLES, WALTER TSGT
 BRENNEMAN, PAUL SSGT
 BRINKER, WILLIAM SGT
 BRITTON, WILLIAM 2LT
 Brown, Harold SGT
 BROWNING, JAMES SSGT
 BRUNO, LOUIS SSGT
 BUCALO, ITALO 2LT
 BUCKINGHAM, JEROME SSGT
 BUCKWALTER, ROY 1LT
 BUFFA, VINCENT SGT
 BULLOCK, JOHN 1LT
 BUNNELL, BERT SGT
 BURKE, EDWARD SGT
 BURNS, WARREN SSGT
 CADE, FRANK 1LT
 CAMFERDAM, HENRY SSGT
 CAPEN, PAUL SGT
 CARLSON, JEROME SSGT
 CARNES, REX SGT
 CARPENTER, LAWRENCE SGT
 CASTETTER, JOHN TSGT
 CHANDLER, DONALD SSGT
 CHAREST, ARMAND 2LT
 CHONODY, JOSEPH SSGT
 CLARK, JOHN 2LT
 CLARK, LIONEL 1LT
 CLASE, MELVIN SGT
 CORLEY, JOSEPH 2LT
 CRAFT, JEWEL 1LT
 CREEL, GEORGE 2LT
 CULP, ROBERT 2LT
 CULPEPPER, WALLACE SGT
 CYR, WILLIAM S/Sgt.
 DANIELS, GUSTAVES SSGT
 DAVIS, DAVID SSGT
 DE COST, ROBERT 1LT
 DE VALK, CORNEIL SSGT
 DEAN, HURBERT 1LT
 DEAN, JOSEPH CPL
 DEBOLD, HOWARD SGT
 DEERING, JAMES SSGT
 DENNOR, GEORGE SGT
 DIAL, GERALD SSGT
 DIXON, ROSS SSGT
 DODDRIDGE, JOHN 2LT
 DOIL, CHARLES SSGT
 DOTSON, ELMER SGT
 DOWER, BUD SGT
 DREW, FRANK 2LT
 DUGAN, GERALD SGT
 DUMLER, HAROLD SSGT
 DURHAM, DONALD SGT
 EAKIN, GLENN 1LT
 EARGLE, MARTIN 2LT
 EGGENBERGER, ARVID SGT
 ELLIOTT, MARLOWE SSGT
 EMMERICHS, KENNETH 2LT
 ESCOTT, IVAN 1LT
 EVANS, KEITH 2LT
 FAVROT, CLIFFORD 2LT
 FEUQUAY, CARL SSGT
 FEX, JOSEPH SGT
 FICKLIN, MILTON TSGT
 FIELD, MARTIN 2LT
 FITZPATRICK, WILLIAM SGT
 FLOWERS, JOHN SGT
 FLOWERS, ROY SGT
 FORTE, JOHN SSGT
 FOX, LYNDOL SSGT
 FRIERMOOD, ROBERT SGT
 FUREY, DANIEL F/O
 GARBER, CARROLL SGT
 GARRISON, L SGT
 GEESLIN, RALPH 2LT
 GIBSON, ERNEST SSGT
 GILBERT, JOHN TSGT
 GILMER, DANIEL 2LT
 GIPSON, HARRY SGT
 GOLDMAN, IRVING SGT
 GOLDSTEIN, MORTON SGT
 GOOCH, HERSHEL SGT
 GOODWIN, KENNETH 2LT
 GORSUCH, CHARLES SGT
 GREENBAUM, DONALD SGT
 GUIMOND, GERALD SSGT
 GULLIDGE, JACK SGT
 GUMM, JOHN SSGT
 HAGGARD, ROBERT 1LT
 HALL, CHARLES SSGT
 HALVERSON, DAVID SSGT
 HAMILL, THOMAS 1LT
 HAMMOND, EDWARD SGT
 HANCOCK, BENJAMIN 1LT
 HANRAHAN, FRANCIS F/O
 HANSEN, DONALD SSGT
 HAPENNEY, WALTER SGT
 HARDY, ROBERT 2LT
 HARRELSON, WILLIAM CPT
 HARTNETT, ROBERT 2LT
 HAWKINS, RICHARD SSGT
 HEALEY, WILLIAM 2LT
 HEATH, CHARLES SGT
 HEFFRAN, MICHAEL SGT
 HESTER, LEONARD TSGT
 HINES, LESLIE 2LT
 HOMER, MERLE 1LT
 HONDROS, WILLIAM SGT
 HOUCHENS, WILLIAM SGT
 HOUSTON, HERBERT 1LT
 HUBBARTT, CLIFFORD SGT
 HUDSON, TROY SSGT
 HUFFMAN, JAMES F/O
 HUNNELL, BUDDIE SGT
 HYATT, DONALD 2LT
 INTEMANN, WARREN SGT
 JACKSON, JEROME 2LT
 JOHNSON, EDWARD TSGT
 JOHNSON, GLENN 2LT
 JOHNSON, JOHN 1LT
 JOHNSON, RANDELL 2LT
 JOHNSON, RICHARD SGT
 JOHNSON, ROBERT 1LT
 KAISER, WILLIAM 2LT
 KANE, BRUCE 2LT
 KAPTAIN, STEPHEN F/O
 KATZ, BERNARD F/O
 KAUFMAN, FRANK SSGT
 KEIG, JOHN 2LT
 KELTING, ARTHUR 1LT
 KEMP, BERTRAM 1LT
 KEMPLE, JOHN 1LT

 KENNEDY, DALE SGT
 KHOUGAZ, JAMES SGT
 KICKOX, CHARLES SSGT
 KINARD, ALOIS 2LT
 KLOPPING, HAROLD 1LT
 KLOTHOFF, KENNETH SGT
 KNOX, ANDREW 2LT
 KOFMEHL, WILLIAM SGT
 KOHLER, JOHN SSGT
 KOTTKE, ROBERT SGT
 KOTTMAN, WALTER SSGT
 KOWALSKI, VINCENT SSGT
 KULBERG, CALVIN TSGT
 KUNSELMAN, THOMAS F/O
 LA FORGE, DONALD SGT
 LAUBHAN, RAYMOND SGT
 LAWHORN, DONALD SGT
 LEBER, ROBERT 2LT
 LEE, GORDON 2LT
 LEITMAN, ALEX SSGT
 LENZ, DONALD SGT
 LENZ, ROBERT 2LT
 LEWIS, MERVIN 2LT
 LIMBAUGH, DILLARD SSGT
 LIPKA, SAM SGT
 LOMBARDO, EDMOND SGT
 LORPERAU?, CARL SSGT
 LUDLAM, VICTOR SGT
 MALLARDI, SABIN SGT
 MANER, HARRY SGT
 MANNWIELER, FRANK 2LT
 MARILLEY, ROBERT 2LT
 MARINO, NICOLA SSGT
 MARLOW, EDMOND SGT
 MARQUARDT, MELVIN SGT
 MARTIN, WILBUR 1LT
 MATIJAK, ANDREW SGT
 MAURER, STEPHEN SGT
 MC CAUGHAN, ROBERT 2LT
 MC DERMOTT, MERLIN SGT
 MC INTYRE, JACK CPT
 MC INTYRE, LESLIE CPL
 MC KNIGHT, GORDON 2LT
 MC LAUGHLIN, THOMAS 2LT
 MC NINCH, KEITH 1LT
 MC WETHY, JOHN SSGT
 MEEHAN, GEORGE 2LT
 MEEKER, BENJAMIN SSGT
 MEUX, WILLIAM 1LT
 MIASKIEWICZ, RICHARD 1LT
 MILES, VERNON SGT
 MITCHELL, HAYDEN 1LT
 MOLNAR, MICHAEL SSGT
 MOORE, WILLIAM SGT
 MOULTON, ARTHUR 1LT
 MOYER, WILLIAM 1LT
 MUNSON, CHARLES SSGT
 MURRAY, ROBERT 2LT
 MURRY, ALBERT SGT
 MURTAUGH, FRANCIS SGT
 NEALY, LOUIS SSGT
 NEELY, ROBERT 2LT
 NELSON, ELMER SGT
 NELSON, JACOB SGT
 NULL, GEORGE 2LT
 NYKAZA, EDWARD SSGT
 O'NEIL, PATRICK 1LT
 O'NEILL, HUGH 2LT
 O'ROURKE, FRANCIS 1LT
 PACCASSI, FRANCIS SGT
 PARKS, HENRY SGT
 PARZ, CALVIN F/O
 PAUL, WILLIAM 1LT
 PERRET, HENRY 1LT
 PERRITT, ROBERT 2LT
 PETER, LOUIS SGT
 PETERSEN, HAROLD 2LT
 PLATZMAN, MOSES 2LT
 POLLOCK, JOHN SGT
 POPE, FLOYD SSGT
 PORTER, LESTER F/O
 POWER, DONALD SGT
 PRIESTLEY, JAMES SGT
 PRINCIPE, RALPH SSGT
 QUATTROCIOCCHI, LOUIS TSGT
 QUINN, ROBERT F/O
 RADZIK, JOHN SSGT
 RANDOLPH, GLEN SGT
 RATELLE, A. 2LT
 REID, JOHN 2LT
 RENAUD, PAUL SSGT
 RHODES, CHARLES SSGT
 RIBLEY, JOSEPH SSGT
 RICE, PAUL TSGT
 RICE, SAMUEL SSGT
 ROBERTS, FRANK SSGT
 ROBERTSON, JACK SGT
 ROBINSON, ANTHONY TSGT
 ROMERO, PHILLIP SGT
 ROSE, ROBERT TSGT
 ROSENSTEIN, ARTHUR 2LT
 ROTH, BILLY TSGT
 ROTHENBERGER, JAMES SGT
 RUIZ, LUCAS SGT
 RUSH, BERNARD SGT
 RYAN, JAMES 1LT
 RYAN, JOSEPH SGT
 RYKAL, RAYMOND SGT
 SAUR, CHARLES 2LT
 SCHWARZ, RICHARD 2LT
 SCOTT, RICHARD SSGT
 SEFCIK, EDWARD 2LT
 SEFNA, LAWRENCE 1LT
 SEVY, LAINE 2LT
 SHADDOX, JAMES SSGT
 SHAW, RAY SGT
 SHAW, THEODORE SGT
 SIBLEY, DALLAS 1LT
 SILVERMAN, LOUIS SGT
 SINGLETON, JOHN 2LT
 SMITH, FRAZIER SGT
 SMITH, PAUL SGT
 SNOW, WILSON SGT
 SNYDER, ELMER MSGT
 SOMERS, WILLIAM SGT
 SOMUK, JOSEPH SGT
 SOTI, EUGENE SGT
 SPENCER, IRVING SSGT
 STENQUIST, CLARENCE F/O
 STENZEL, ROBERT F/O
 STEPHENS, JAMES 2LT
 STERRITT, BILLY SGT
 STEWARD, HOWARD SGT
 STEWART, JACK SGT
 STINER, DONALD SGT
 STRICKHOUSER, ALVIN SSGT
 STROBEL, CARLYLE CPT
 STUART, JAMES F/O
 SULLIVAN, LOUIS 2LT
 SUTYLO, WILLIAM SSGT
 SVACHA, CHARLES SSGT
 SWITHERS, LEONARD SGT
 TAYLOR, WILLIAM SGT
 TERREL, AUSTIN 2LT
 THOMAS, JOHN 2LT
 THOMPSON, DONALD 1LT
 THOMPSON, WILLIAM SSGT
 THOMPSON, WILLIAM F/O
 THORNE, HUGH SSGT
 TORRES, ARMANTE 1LT
 TRACY, WILBUR 2LT
 TROY, FRED 2LT
 TURRISI, CHARLES F/O
 TUTTLE, CLYDE TSGT
 UREKE, GEORGE 1LT
 URIBE, FRANK SGT
 USZAK, FRANK 1LT
 VELA, GRARDO SGT
 WALKER, CAL 2LT
 WALTER, JOHN SGT
 WAMSLEY, ARNOLD SGT
 WARNER, CLIFFORD 1LT
 WATKINS, WILEY TSGT
 WATSON, PORTER SSGT
 WATTERSON, CHARLES 2LT
 WEBER, FRANK SSGT
 WEBERG?, THORLIEF PVT
 WEINGARTEN, SIDNEY SGT
 WELBORN, GEORGE 2LT
 WETZEL, OSWALD 1LT
 WHITMAN, FREDERICK 1LT
 WILEMAN, LLOYD CPT
 WILKINS, ROBERT 1LT
 WILKINS, ROBERT SSGT
 WOLFE, FRANK SGT
 WOOD, FRANK SGT
 WORD, CLIFFORD CPL
 WRIGHT, LEO 2LT
 WYATT, JAMES 2LT
 ZALONKA, CHARLES 1LT



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