To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

396th Bombardment Group

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

396th Bombardment Group
Color Photographed B-17E in Flight.jpg
B-17 as used by the 396th Group for training
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Army Air Forces
Roleheavy bomber training

The 396th Bombardment Group is a former United States Army Air Forces unit. It was active during World War II as a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress operational training unit, training newly organized units, then as a replacement training unit for aircrews. It was inactivated in 1944 in a general reorganization of Army Air Forces training units..

YouTube Encyclopedic

  • 1/1
  • ✪ Cardonville - 368th Fighter Group - Normandie - 1944 - DDay-Overlord




The 396th Bombardment Group was activated at Mountain Home Army Air Field, Idaho on 16 February 1943 with the 592d, 593d, 594th and 595th Bombardment Squadrons assigned.[1][2][3][4] After initial organization and equipping with Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, the group moved to Moses Lake Army Air Base, Washington. There the 396th acted as an Operational Training Unit (OTU) for B-17 units. The OTU program involved the use of an oversized parent unit to provide cadres to "satellite groups"[5] In August 1943, the unit's mission changed to being a Replacement Training Unit (RTU).[1] Like OTUs, RTUs were oversized units. Their mission, however was to train individual pilots or aircrews.[5]

In November 1943, the 396th moved to Drew Field, Florida, where it would remain for the duration of its active service.[1] However, the Army Air Forces was finding that standard military units, based on relatively inflexible tables of organization were not well adapted to the training mission. Accordingly it adopted a more functional system in which each base was organized into a separate numbered unit.[6] The 592d was inactivated on 1 May 1944 at Drew Field, Florida.[1] Its personnel and equipment became part of the 326th AAF Base Unit.[7]


  • Constituted as the 396th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 29 January 1943
Activated on 16 February 1943.
Inactivated on 1 May 1944[1]



  • 592d Bombardment Squadron: 19 January 1943 – 1 May 1944[2]
  • 593d Bombardment Squadron: 19 January 1943 – 1 May 1944[3]
  • 594th Bombardment Squadron: 19 January 1943 – 1 May 1944[4]
  • 595th Bombardment Squadron: 19 January 1943 – 1 May 1944[4]


  • Mountain Home Army Air Field, Idaho, 16 February 1943
  • Moses Lake Army Air Base, Washington, 10 April 1943
  • Drew Field, Florida, 5 November 1943 – 1 May 1944[1]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f Maurer, Combat Units, p. 283
  2. ^ a b Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 676
  3. ^ a b Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 676-677
  4. ^ a b c Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 677
  5. ^ a b Craven & Cate, Introduction, p. xxxvi
  6. ^ Goss, p. 75
  7. ^ See Mueller, p. 351 (simultaneous inactivation of 396th Bombardment Group units and organization of 326th Base Unit).


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Craven, Wesley F & Cate, James L, ed. (1955). The Army Air Forces in World War II (PDF). Vol. VI, Men & Planes. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. LCCN 48003657. OCLC 704158. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
Goss, William A. (1955). "The Organization and its Responsibilities, Chapter 2 The AAF". In Craven, Wesley F & Cate, James L. The Army Air Forces in World War II (PDF). Vol. VI, Men & Planes. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. LCCN 48003657. OCLC 704158. Retrieved December 17, 2016.

External links

This page was last edited on 17 January 2019, at 22:56
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.