455th Bombardment Group

455bg.org is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to the 455th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 455th, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible. Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.

Constituted 14 May 1943. and activated on 1 June 1943 the 455th Bombardment Group trained with B-24's. They moved to Italy during January-February 1944 and were assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force. Engaged primarily in bombardment of strategic targets such as factories, marshalling yards, oil refineries, harbors, and airdromes in Italy, France, Rumania, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Balkans. Received a DUC for a mission on 2 April 1944 when the group target was a ball-bearing plant at Steyr, Austria. They would remain in Italy until deactivated in September 1945.

WW2 Commanders

Col Kenneth A Cool, c. Jul 1943
Col William L Snowden, c. 16 Sep 1944
Lt Col William R Boutz, May 1945

WW2 Squadrons

740th: 1943-1945. 741st: 1943-1945. 742nd: 1943-1945. 743rd: 1943-1945.

WW2 Stations

Alamogordo AAFld, NM, 1 Jun 1943
Kearns, Utah, c. 6 Sep 1943
Langley Field, Va, c. 5 Oct-2 Dec 1943
San Giovanni, Italy, 15 Jan 1944


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