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98th Bombardment Wing
Active 1923-1949
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Role Medium Bomber Command and Control

The 98th Bombardment Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the United States Air Force Reserve, based at Bedford Field, Massachusetts. It was inactivated on 27 June 1949.

As the 3d Wing, the unit was one of the original wings of the GHQ Air Force on 1 March 1935.

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History

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Lineage

  • Authorized on the inactive list as 3rd Wing on 24 Mar 1923
Redesignated as: 3rd Attack Wing in 1929
Activated on 15 Jun 1932
Redesignated as 3rd Wing in 1935
Redesignated 3rd Bombardment Wing in 1940
Inactivated on 5 Sep 1941
  • Activated on 7 Jun 1942
Redesignated as: 98th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium) in Nov 1943
Redesignated as: 98th Bombardment Wing (Medium) in Jun 1945
Inactivated on 27 Nov 1945.
  • Redesignated 3rd Bombardment Wing (Light) and allotted to the reserve
Activated on 20 Dec 1946
Redesignated 3rd Air Division (Bombardment) in Apr 1948
Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949

Assignments

Stations

Components

  • GHQ Air Force (Air Force Combat Command, 1941)
3d Bombardment Group: 1932-1940
13th Bombardment Group: 1941
10th Pursuit Group: 1932-1939
29th Bombardment Group: 1940-1941
44th Bombardment Group: 1941
  • VIII Bomber Command
322d Bombardment Group: 1 Dec 1942-16 Oct 1943
323d Bombardment Group: 1 May-16 Oct 1943
386th Bombardment Group: 3 Jun-16 Oct 1943
387th Bombardment Group: 25 Jun-16 Oct 1943
  • Ninth Air Force
323d Bombardment Group: 16 Oct 1943-16 Jul 1945 (B-26 Marauder)
387th Bombardment Group: 16 Oct 1943-Nov 1945 (B-26 Marauder)
394th Bombardment Group: 11 Mar 1944-Sep 1945 (B-26 Marauder)
397th Bombardment Group: 15 Apr 1944-Nov 1945 (B-26 Marauder)
305th Bombardment Group: 1945 (B-17 Flying Fortress)
306th Bombardment Group: 1945 (B-17 Flying Fortress)
  • Air Force Reserve
310th Bombardment Group: 1947-1949
341st Bombardment Group: 1947-1949

Operations

One of the original wings of GHQ Air Force, Formed in Texas, reassigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. Performed peacetime training operations. Assigned to MacDill Field, Floria, 1940 and assigned to USAAC Southeast Air District, becoming part of III Bomber Command just prior to World War II.

Deployed to England and was reassigned to VIII Bomber Command in June 1942 as Medium Bomber command and control organization, component units being equipped with B-26 Marauders. Reassigned to Ninth Air Force when 9th was reformed in England as tactical air force to support ground forces in upcoming invasion of France. Performed combat operations supporting allied ground forces until V-E Day

Postwar service as Air Force reserve unit, 1947-1949

References

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.
  • Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

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