Constituted as 95th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 2 Nov 1943. Activated in England on 12 Dec 1943. Assigned to Eighth AF. Had no groups until Apr 1944. Flew in combat in the European theater from 2 Jun until 14 Aug 1944 when its groups were taken away. Moved to the US in Jul 1945. Disbanded on 28 Aug 1945.
Groups. 489th: 1944. 491st: 1944.
Stations. Attlebridge, England, 12 Dec 1943; Ketteringham, England, Feb 1944; Halesworth, England, c. 5 May 1944; Ketteringham, England, Aug 1944-c. 12 Jul 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, c. 23 Jul-28 Aug 1945.
Commanders. Maj Albert W Osbourn, c. 6 Jan 1944; Lt Col Milton K Lockwood, c. 12 Jan 1944; Lt Col John H Diehl Jr, c. 26 Jan 1944; Col Frederick R Dent Jr, c. 1 Apr 1944; Col Irvine A Rendle, 30 Jun 1944; Col Frederick R Dent Jr, c. 15 Aug 1944; Col Troy W Crawford, c. 20 Aug 1944-unkn; Col Jack W Wood, c. 21 Oct 1944; Col Perry Norris, c. 18 Nov 1944-c. May 1945.
Campaigns. Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France.
96th Bombardment Wing
Constituted as 96th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 8 Nov 1943. Activated in England on 11 Jan 1944. Served in combat in the European theater with Eighth AF from Mar 1944 until Apr 1945. Redesignated 96th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in Jun. Moved to the US in Aug. Redesignated 96th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) in Aug. Inactivated on 17 Oct 1945.
Allotted to the reserve. Activated on 12 Jun 1947. Redesignated 96th Air Division (Bombardment) in Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.
Groups. 44th: 1945. 93d: 1945. 351st: 1948-1949. 381st: 1947-1948. 392d: 1945. 446th: 1945. 448th: 1945. 458th: 1944-1945. 466th: 1944-1945. 467th: 1944-1945. 491st: 1945.
Stations. Horsham St Faith, England, 11 Jan 1944; Ketteringham, England, c. 1 Jun-c. 5 Aug 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, c. 14 Aug 1945; Peterson Field, Colo, 16 Aug-17 Oct 1945. Scott Field, Ill, 12 Jun 1947-27 Jun 1949.
Commanders. Brig Gen Walter R Peck, 11 Jan 1944; Col Irvine A Rendle, c. 10 May 1945; Brig Gen Walter R Peck, 1 Jun 1945-unkn; Col Fred Feasel, 31 Aug 1945-unkn.
Campaigns. Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986
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