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United States. Army Air Forces. Bomb Group, 449th


Historical Note

The group begin as the World War II 449th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in the spring of 1943. The group prepared for combat with Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. It moved to Italy by January 1944, and was assigned to the 47th Bombardment Wing of Fifteenth Air Force. The group operated primarily as a strategic bombardment organization. The group earned two Distinguished Unit Citations for its combat actions. After returning to the United States at the end of May 1945, the unit was assigned to Second Air Force, transitioned to B-29 Superfortresses, and was redesignated a Very Heavy bomb group.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

William H. Dyche World War II Photograph Albums

Identifier: 2019-00-00-85
Contents of the Collection William H. Dyche World War II Photograph Albums is a collection of six photograph albums with black-and-white photographs taken by aerial photographer William H. Dyche during World War II. Images include scenic shots of the English countryside, castles, cathedrals and people as well as aerial photographs of England and France, including what appears to be D-Day. Aircraft are also featured, including the B-24, B-17, and P-38; in particular “Flak Bait” and “Mild & Bitter.” There...

William Dummer Powell Papers

Identifier: 2008-05-30
Abstract William Dummer Powell was born in about 1906 in Canada, became a United States citizen in 1935 and served in the Army Air Force 449th Bomb Group as a Staff Sergeant during World War II. The collection consists of a small amount of military documents, personal documents, and twenty-five (25) photographs primarily related to Powell's World War II service in the Army Air Force.

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