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479th Antisubmarine Group

Constituted as 479th Antisubmarine Group on 1 Jul 1943 and activated in England on 8 Jul. Assigned to AAF Antisubmarine Command. Began operations with B-24 aircraft on 13 Jul. The 479th's most effective antisubmarine patrols were in the Bay of Biscay from 18 Jul to 2 Aug 1943, the period in which the group made nearly all of its attacks on enemy U-boats After that time the enemy avoided surfacing during daylight and adopted a police of evasion, but the group continued its patrols, often engaging enemy aircraft in combat. Ended operations in Oct 1943. Disbanded in England on 11 Nov 1943.

Squadrons. 4th: 1943. 6th: 1943. 19th: 1943. 22d: 1943.

Stations. St Eval, England, 8 Jul 1943; Dunkeswell, England, 6 Aug 1943; Podington, England, Nov-11 Nov 1943.

Commanders. Col Howard Moore, 8 July. Nov 1943.

Campaigns. Antisubmarine, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Europe.

Decorations. None.

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


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