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346th Bombardment Group
Active 1942–1946
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Role Bombardment
Part of Twentieth Air Force
Garrison/HQ Pacific Ocean Theater of World War II
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  • World War II
American Campaign (1942–1945)
Pacific Theater (1945)

The 346th Bombardment Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 316th Bombardment Wing , being stationed at Kadena Airfield, Okinawa. It was inactivated on 30 June 1946.

The unit was initially a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator operational training unit (OTU). Redesignated as a replacement training unit (RTU) in December 1943. Inactivated on 1 April 1944 when Second Air Force switched to B-29 Superfortress training. Late in the war the group was reactivated and trained as a Very Heavy (VH) B-29 Superfortress group and assigned to Eighth Air Force in Okinawa. However, the war ended before the group could enter combat.

After the war the group participated in several show-of-force missions over Japan and for a time ferried Allied prisoners of war from Okinawa to the Philippine Islands before its inactivation.





  • Constituted as 346th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 3 Sep 1942
Activated on 7 Sep 1942
Inactivated on 1 Apr 1944
  • Redesignated 346th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and activated on 8 Aug 1944
Inactivated on Okinawa on 30 Jun 1946.



  • 461st Bombardment Squadron 1944–1946 (B-29)
  • 462d Bombardment Squadron 1944–1946 (B-29)
  • 463d Bombardment Squadron 1944–1946 (B-29)
  • 502d Bombardment Squadron 1942–1944 (B-17, B-24)
  • 503d Bombardment Squadron 1942–1944 (B-17, B-24)
  • 504th Bombardment Squadron 1942–1944 (B-17, B-24)
  • 505th Bombardment Squadron 1942–1944 (B-17, B-24)


Aircraft Flown


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.

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