463rd Bombardment Group

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463rd BG History

Constituted on 19 May 1943 and activated on 1 August 1943. The 463rd moved to Italy in their B-24 aircraft, February-March 1944 and was assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force. They entered combat on 30 March 1944 flying strategic missions against marshalling yards, oil refineries, aircraft factories, bridges and other industrial targets in Italy, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Yugoslavia, France, and Greece. They would be based in Italy through Victory Europe Day in May 1945.

WW2 Commanders

Lt. Col. Elmer H. Stambaugh, 9 Aug 1943
Col. Frank A. Kurtz, 27 Aug 1943
Col. George W. McGregor, 11 Sep 1944
Col. Ephraim M. Hampton, Apr-c. Sep 1945

WW2 Stations

Geiger Field, Wash, 1 Aug 1943
Rapid City AAB, SD, Aug 1943
MacDill Field, Fla, 5 Nov 1943
Lakeland AAFld, Fla, Jan-1 Feb 1944
Celone Airfield, Italy, 9 Mar 1944-25 Sep 1945


772nd: 1943-1945.
773rd: 1943-1945.
774th: 1943-1945.
775th: 1943-1945.


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