484bg.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 484th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 484th, 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 as 484th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 14 September 1943 and activated on 20 September. Trained for combat with B-24's. The group moved to Italy, March-Apr 1944 and assigned to the 15th Air Force. Redesignated 484th Bombardment Group (Pathfinder) in May 1944 but did not perform pathfinder functions. Redesignated 484th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in November 1944. Operated primarily as a strategic bombardment organization, April 1944-Apr 1945.
The 484th attacked such targets as oil refineries, oil storage plants, aircraft factories, heavy industry, and communications in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, and Yugoslavia. On 13 Jun 1944 a heavy smoke screen prevented the group from bombing marshalling yards at Munich; however, in spite of severe damage from flak and interceptors, and despite heavy gunfire encountered at the alternate target, the group bombed marshalling yards at Innsbruck and received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for its persistent action. They received second DUC for performance on 21 August 1944 when, unescorted, the organization fought its way through intense opposition to attack underground oil storage installations in Vienna.
In addition to strategic missions the 484th participated in the drive toward Rome by bombing bridges, supply dumps, viaducts, and marshalling yards, Apr-Jul 1944; ferried gasoline and oil to Allied forces in southern France, September 1944; and supported the final advance through northern Italy, April 1945. They moved to Casablanca in May 1945 following the conclusion of World War II in Europe.
Harvard AAFld, Neb, 20 Sep 1943-2 Mar 1944
Torretto Airfield, Italy, Apr 1944
Col William B Keese, Oct 1943
Lt Col Chester C Busch, Apr 1945
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