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302d Bombardment Group

Constituted as 302nd Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Assigned to Second AF, later (Dec 1943) to First AF. Using B-24's, served first as an operational training and later as a replacement training unit. Inactivated on 10 Apr 1944.

Redesignated 302nd Troop Carrier Group (Medium) and allotted to the reserve. Activated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated 302nd Troop Carrier Group (Heavy) in Jan 1950. Ordered to active duty on 1 Jun 1951. Inactivated on 8 Jun 1951.

Redesignated 302nd Troop Carrier Group (Medium) and allotted to the reserve. Activated on 14 Jun 1952.

Squadrons. 355th: 1942-1944; 1949-1951; 1952-. 356th: 1942-1944; 1949-1951; 1952-. 357th: 1942-1944; 1949-1951; 1952-. 420th: 1942.

Stations. Geiger Field, Wash, 1 Jun 1942; Davis-Monthan Field, Ariz, 23 Jun 1942; Wendover Field, Utah, 30 Jul 1942; Pueblo AAB, Colo, 30 Sep 1942; Davis-Monthan Field, Ariz, 1 Dec 1942; Clovis, NM, 29 Jan 1943; Langley Field, Va, 17 Dec 1943-10 Apr 1944. McChord AFB, Wash, 27 Jun 1949-8 Jun 1951. Clinton County AFB, Ohio, 14 Jun 1952-.

Commanders. Lt Col Joseph J Nazzaro, 1 Jun 1942; Col Eugene H Beebe, 12 Jul 1942; Lt Col Joseph J Nazzaro, 15 Sep 1942; Lt Col William K Martin, 1 Jan 1943; Maj Horace S Carswell, 15 Oct 1943; Lt Col Thomas Gent Jr, 2 Nov 1943; Lt Col Carlos Cochrane, 3 Jan-Apr 1944.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. Shield: Azure, a thunderbolt in pale irradiated or, inflamed proper, winged, gules. Motto: Justum Et Tenacem - Just and Resolute. (Approved 27 Feb 1943.)

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


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