456th Bombardment Group

456bg.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 456th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 456th, 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 on 14 May 1943 and activated on 1 June 1943. The 456th moved to Italy in their B-24s, December 1943-January 1944 and was assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force in Febrary 1944 where they would be based until VE Day in May of 1945. Flew strategic bombing missions to airfields, factories, refineries, viaducts and railroads thoughout France, Italy, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Hungary, Austria, and the Balkans. They received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for a mission to Wiener Neustadt on 10 May 1944 and a second for a mission to Hungary on 2 July 1944.

WW2 Commanders

Col Thomas W Steed, 14 Jul 1943
Lt Col Joseph G Russell, 16 Jul 1944
Col Thomas W Steed, Oct 1944

WW2 Squadrons

744th: 1943-1945. 745th: 1943-1945. 746th: 1943-1945. 747th: 1943-1945.

WW2 Stations

Wendover Field, Utah, 1 Jun 1943
Gowen Field, Idaho, 14 Jul 1943
Bruning AAFld, Neb, c. 30 Jul 1943
Kearns, Utah, c. 11 Sep 1943
Muroc AAB, Calif, Oct-Dec 1943
Cerignola, Italy, Jan 1944
Stornara, Italy, Jan 1944-Jul 1945


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