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338th Fighter Group

Constituted as 338th Fighter Group on 16 Jul 1942 and activated on 22 Jul. Assigned to Third AF. Trained replacement crews, using a variety of aircraft (P-39's, P-40's, P-47's, and P-51's) during the first year and P-47's after Sep 1943. Disbanded on 1 May 1944.

Reconstituted, redesignated 338th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), and allotted to the reserve, on 5 May 1947. Activated on 12 Jun 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.

Squadrons. 42d: 1947-1949. 305th. 1942-1944. 306th: 1942-1944. 312th: 1942-1944. 441st: 1943-1944. 560th: 1947-1949. 561st: 1947-1949. 562d: 1947-1949. 563d: 1947-1949.

Stations. Dale Mabry Field, Fla, 22 Jul 1942-1 May 1944. Orchard Place Aprt Ill, 12 Jun 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Commanders. 2d Lt Alfred T Bishop, 23 Jul 1942; Maj Robert B Richard, 7 Sep 1942; Col Lee Q Wasser, 18 Sep 1942; Lt Col Robert B Richard, 5 May 1943; Lt Col Oswald W Lunde, 10 Aug 1943; Lt Co] Dale D Brannon, 11 Jan-1 May 1944.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. Shield: Azure, issuing from fess nebuly debased, a winged lion rampant or. Motto: Ad Metam - To the Goal. (Approved 14 Nov 1942.)

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

Constituted as 338th Fighter Group on 16 Jul 1942 and activated on 22 Jul. Assigned to Third AF. Trained replacement crews, using a variety of aircraft (P-39's, P-40's, P-47's, and P-51's) during the first year and P-47's after Sep 1943. Disbanded on 1 May 1944.

Reconstituted, redesignated 338th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), and allotted to the reserve, on 5 May 1947. Activated on 12 Jun 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.

Squadrons. 42d: 1947-1949. 305th. 1942-1944. 306th: 1942-1944. 312th: 1942-1944. 441st: 1943-1944. 560th: 1947-1949. 561st: 1947-1949. 562d: 1947-1949. 563d: 1947-1949.

Stations. Dale Mabry Field, Fla, 22 Jul 1942-1 May 1944. Orchard Place Aprt Ill, 12 Jun 1947-27 Jun 1949.

Commanders. 2d Lt Alfred T Bishop, 23 Jul 1942; Maj Robert B Richard, 7 Sep 1942; Col Lee Q Wasser, 18 Sep 1942; Lt Col Robert B Richard, 5 May 1943; Lt Col Oswald W Lunde, 10 Aug 1943; Lt Co] Dale D Brannon, 11 Jan-1 May 1944.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. Shield: Azure, issuing from fess nebuly debased, a winged lion rampant or. Motto: Ad Metam - To the Goal. (Approved 14 Nov 1942.)

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



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