Aircraft Type Name Manufacturer B-17 Flying Fortress Boeing B-24 Liberator Consolidated B-29 Superfortress Boeing
History Constituted as 346th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 3 Sep 1942 and activated on 7 Sep. Assigned to Second AF. Equipped with B-17's and B-24's. Served first as an operational training and later as a replacement training unit. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1944. Redesignated 346th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy). Activated on 8 Aug 1944. Assigned to Second AF. Prepared for combat with B-29's. Moved to the Pacific theater, Jun-Aug 1945, and assigned to Eighth AF. The war ended before the group could begin combat operations. 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. Inactivated on Okinawa on 30 Jun 1946.
Campaigns American Theater, Asiatic Pacific,
Stations Name Dates Station No. Salt Lake City AAB, UT 7 Sep 1942 Smoky Hill AB, KS 3 Oct 1942 Dyersburg AAFld, TN 26 Feb 1943-1 Apr 1944 Dalhart AAFld, TX 18 Aug 1944 Pratt AAFld, KS 18 Jan 29 Jun 1945 Kadena, Okinawa 7 Aug 1945-30 Jun 1946
Commanders Name Dates Col Budd Peaslee 6 Oct 1942 Lt Col Samuel C Mitchell 20 Dec 1942-1943 Lt Col John D Moorman Mar 1943 Col Samuel C Gurney Jr Oct 1943-1 Apr 1944 Maj James A Gibb Jr 21 Aug 1944 Lt Col Charles E Dewey 23 Aug 1944 Col William M Canterbury 13 Sep 1944 Col Ben I Funk 3 Jan 1945 Col Joseph F Carroll 30 Nov 1945-30 Jun 1946