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346th Bombardment Group

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

346th Bombardment Group
Active1942–1946
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Army Air Forces
RoleBombardment
Part ofTwentieth Air Force
Garrison/HQPacific Ocean Theater of World War II
Engagements
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  • World War II
American Campaign (1942–1945)
Pacific Theater (1945)

The 346th Bombardment Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 316th Bombardment Wing, being stationed at Kadena Airfield, Okinawa. It was inactivated on 30 June 1946.

The unit was initially a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator operational training unit (OTU). Redesignated as a replacement training unit (RTU) in December 1943. Inactivated on 1 April 1944 when Second Air Force switched to B-29 Superfortress training. Late in the war the group was reactivated and trained as a Very Heavy (VH) B-29 Superfortress group and assigned to Eighth Air Force in Okinawa. However, the war ended before the group could enter combat.

After the war the group participated in several show-of-force missions over Japan and for a time ferried Allied prisoners of war from Okinawa to the Philippine Islands before its inactivation.

History

Lineage

  • Constituted as 346th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 3 September 1942
Activated on 7 September 1942
Inactivated on 1 April 1944
  • Redesignated 346th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and activated on 8 August 1944
Inactivated on Okinawa on 30 June 1946.

Assignments

Components

Stations

Aircraft flown

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II (PDF). Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

External links

This page was last edited on 4 April 2017, at 17:13
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