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309th Bombardment Wing

Constituted as 309th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 20 Jan 1944. Activated in New Guinea on 1 Feb 1944. Assigned to Fifth AF. Served in combat until the end of the war, operating with various groups that were attached for short periods of time. Inactivated in Japan on 25 Mar 1946.

Redesignated 309th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy). Allotted to the reserve. Activated in the US on 10 Jan 1947. Redesignated 309th Air Division (Bombardment) in Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.

Groups. 3d Air Commando: 1946. 446th Bombardment: 1947-1949. 455th Bombardment: 1947-1949.

Stations. Lae, New Guinea, 1 Feb 1944; Saidor, New Guinea, c. Mar 1944; Noemfoor, 28 Jul 1944; Owi, Schouten Islands, 9 Nov 1944; San Marcelino, Luzon, 8 Feb 1945; Lingayen, Luzon, May 1945; Chitose, Japan, Oct 1945-25 Mar 1946. Hensley Field, Tex, 10 Jan 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Commanders. Brig Gen Paul B Wurtsmith, 1 Feb 1944; Col Neel E Kearby, 26 Feb 1944; Maj Gen St Clair Streett, 3 Mar 1944; Lt Col Robert R Rowland, 5 Apr 1944; Col Jack W Saunders, 13 May 1944; Col Norman D Sillin, 16 Dec 1944; Col Herbert L Grills, 20 Oct 1945-unkn.

Campaigns. China Defensive; New Guinea; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; China Offensive.

Decorations. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

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


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