97th Bombardment Group

97bg.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 97th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 97th, 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.

The 97th Bombardment Group was assigned to the 8th Air Force in England from June until November of 1942 and would be the first US unit to attack Fortress Europe. They transferred to the 12th Air Force in North Africa in November of 1942. They then became part of the 15th Air Force when based in Italy beginning in late 1943 where they would remain until V-E in May of 1945. The 97th BG was activated on 3 February 1942 and trained with B-17's which they would fly in combat. Many notable servicemen served with the 97th including their executive officer of 1942-early 1943, Major Paul Tibbets.

World War II Commanders

Col Cornelius W Cousland, Feb 1942
Col James H Walsh, c. Jul 1942
Col Frank A Armstrong Jr, c. 2 Aug 1942
Brig Gen Joseph H Atkinson, c. 27 Sep 1942
Col Stanley Donovan, 5 Jan 1943
Col Leroy A Rainey, 29 Jun 1943
Col Frank Allen, Nov 1943
Col Jacob E Smart, 7 Apr 1944
Col Frank Allen, 11 May 1944
Col Elmer Rogers Jr, Jun 1944
Col Nils O Ohman, 22 Aug 1944
Col William K Kincaid, May 1945

World War 2 Squadrons

340th: 1942-1945.
341st: 1942-1945.
342nd: 1942-1945.
414th: 1942-1945.


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