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47th Bomb Group

Group

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 47th Bombardment Group (Light) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Patrolled the west coast for several weeks after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, then trained for duty overseas.

Moved to North Africa, Oct-Nov 1942. Assigned to Twelfth AF. Served in the Mediterranean theatre until the end of the war, using A-20's and (after Jan 1945) some A-26's for support and interdictory operations in which the group attacked such targets as tanks, convoys, bivouac areas, troop concentrations, supply dumps, roads, pontoon bridges, rail lines, and airfields. Also flew numerous night intruder missions after Jun 1944.

Began operations by flying low-level missions against the enemy in North Africa during the period Dec 1-2-May 1943. When Axis forces broke through at Kasserine Pass in Feb 1943, the 47th Group, though undermanned and undersupplied, flew eleven missions on 22 Feb to attack the advancing armoured columns and thus to help stop the enemy’s offensive-an action for which the group was awarded a DUC. Remained active in combat during Mar and Apr 1943 while training for medium level bombardment.

Participated in the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa in Jun 1943 and the invasion of Sicily in Jul. Bombed German evacuation beaches near Messina in Aug. Supported British Eighth Army during the invasion of Italy in Sep. Assisted the Allied advance toward Rome, Sep 1943- Jun 1944. Supported the invasion of Southern France, Aug-Sep 1944. Attacked German communications in northern Italy, Sep 1944-Apr 1945.

Received second DUC for performance from 21 to 24 Apr 1945 when, in bad weather and over rugged terrain, the group maintained operations for 60 consecutive hours, destroying enemy transportation in the Po Valley to prevent the organized withdrawal of German forces. Returned to the US in July 1945.

Commanding officers
  • Kenneth Wade

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Commander - Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Frederick Terrell

    Military | Colonel | Group Commander - Pilot | 47th Bomb Group
    Major General Frederick Reynolds Terrell was born in Booneville, Mo., in 1913. He graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1931, and after achieving the third highest score in the nation on the entrance exams was given a Presidential appointment to...

  • Malcolm Green

    Military | Colonel | Pilot - Group Commander | 47th Bomb Group

Structure

Part of
  • 5th Bomb Wing

    5th Bomb Wing

    Wing
    The 5th Air Division (5th AD) originated on 19 October 1940 at McChord Field, Washington. Its initial mission was air defense of the northwest United States with three bombardment groups (12th, 17th and 39th) flying early B-17 Flying Fortresses (B-17C...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Mediouna 18 January 1942 – 7 January 1943
Based Youks-les-Bains 7 January 1943 – 6 March 1943
Based Canrobert 6 March 1943 – 30 March 1943
Based Thelepte 30 March 1943 – 13 April 1943
Based Souk-el-Arba 13 April 1943 – 1 July 1943
Based Soliman 1 July 1943 – 21 July 1943
Based Ta Kali Airfield 21 July 1943 – 9 August 1943
Based Torrente Comunelli 9 August 1943 – 20 August 1943
Based Gerbini 20 August 1943 – 24 September 1943
Based Grottaglie 24 September 1943 – 15 October 1943
Based Vincenzo 15 October 1943 – 10 January 1944
Based Vesuvius 10 January 1944 – 22 March 1944
Based Capodichino 22 March 1944 – 25 April 1944
Based Vesuvius 25 April 1944 – 10 June 1944
Based Ponte Galeria 10 June 1944 – 27 June 1944
Based Ombrone Airfield 27 June 1944 – 11 July 1944
Based Poretta 11 July 1944 – 7 September 1944
Based Salon-de-Provence Air Base 7 September 1944 – 18 September 1944
Based Rosignano October 1944 – 11 December 1944
Based Grosetto 11 December 1944 – 20 June 1945

Connections

People

  • Carroll Abrahamson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 47th Bomb Group

  • John Adair

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Gunner/Armament Inspector/Armament Cheif | 47th Bomb Group

  • Marion Akers

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot - Squadron Commander | 47th Bomb Group

  • George Baggs

    Military | Captain | Bombardier/Navigator | 47th Bomb Group

  • Charles Barr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Salvo Bascetta

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | 47th Bomb Group

  • Peter Beet

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Otto Bey

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Biancardi

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Communications Chief | 47th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Bitzko

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 47th Bomb Group

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Citations

Distinguished Unit Citations: North Africa, 22 Feb 1943; Po Valley, 21-24 Apr 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2021 13:40:42 Emily Changes to motto, us air force combat units of world war ii description and citations
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Air Force Combat Units of World War II

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25 January 2021 21:48:13 466thHistorian Changes to commanding officers associations
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added commander

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24 January 2021 03:35:59 466thHistorian Changes to unit encompassing associations and commanding officers associations
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added connections

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2021 00:02:08 466thHistorian Changes to description and stations
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/47th_Operations_Group

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2021 03:24:05 466thHistorian Changes to stations
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http://www.47thbombgroup.org/index.html

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04 January 2021 03:18:23 466thHistorian Changes to stations
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http://www.47thbombgroup.org/index.html

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03 January 2021 03:39:11 466thHistorian Changes to stations
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http://www.47thbombgroup.org/history.html

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03 January 2021 03:38:43 466thHistorian Changes to stations
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http://www.47thbombgroup.org/history.html

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2021 02:59:02 466thHistorian Changes to stations
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http://www.47thbombgroup.org/history.html

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2015 09:32:27 Lucy May Changes to type, motto, description, air forces and aircraft types
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Frederick Terrell writes an account of the 47th Bomb Group's history here: http://www.47thbombgroup.org/history.html

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 22:48:31 JMMortenson Changes to media associations
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Letter of 1942, 47th Gp, 86th Sq.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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