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13th Bombardment Group

Constituted as 13th Bombardment Group (Medium) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. After the US entered the war the group searched for enemy U-boats and covered friendly convoys off the east coast of the US. Served with First AF and later with AAF Antisubmarine Command, using B-28, B-25, and A-29 aircraft for operations. Inactivated on 30 Nov 1942.

Squadrons. 3rd Antisubmarine (formerly 39th Bombardment): 1941-1942. 4th Antisubmarine (formerly 40th Bombardment): 1941-1942. 5th Antisubmarine (formerly 41st Bombardment): 1941-1942. 6th Antisubmarine (formerly 393rd Bombardment): 1942.

Stations. Langley Field, Va, 15 Jan 1941; Orlando, Fla, c. 6 Jun 1941; Westover Field, Mass, 20 Jan-30 Nov 1942.

Commanders. Brig Gen Westside T Larson, 21 Jan 1941; Col Walter G Bryte Jr, c. 4 Mar 1942; Col John G Fowler, c. 2 May-c. Nov 1942.

Campaigns. Antisubmarine, American Theater.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. Shield: Per bend azure and or, a sword point to base with wings displayed and inverted argent, that portion to base fimbriated of the first. Motto: Alert Day Or Night. (Approved 2 Jan 1942.)

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

Constituted as 13th Bombardment Group (Medium) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. After the US entered the war the group searched for enemy U-boats and covered friendly convoys off the east coast of the US. Served with First AF and later with AAF Antisubmarine Command, using B-28, B-25, and A-29 aircraft for operations. Inactivated on 30 Nov 1942.

Squadrons. 3rd Antisubmarine (formerly 39th Bombardment): 1941-1942. 4th Antisubmarine (formerly 40th Bombardment): 1941-1942. 5th Antisubmarine (formerly 41st Bombardment): 1941-1942. 6th Antisubmarine (formerly 393rd Bombardment): 1942.

Stations. Langley Field, Va, 15 Jan 1941; Orlando, Fla, c. 6 Jun 1941; Westover Field, Mass, 20 Jan-30 Nov 1942.

Commanders. Brig Gen Westside T Larson, 21 Jan 1941; Col Walter G Bryte Jr, c. 4 Mar 1942; Col John G Fowler, c. 2 May-c. Nov 1942.

Campaigns. Antisubmarine, American Theater.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. Shield: Per bend azure and or, a sword point to base with wings displayed and inverted argent, that portion to base fimbriated of the first. Motto: Alert Day Or Night. (Approved 2 Jan 1942.)

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



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