GROUP HIGHLIGHTS



updated 29 Nov 2013

Special Orders 236

 


Lt. Col. John H. Griffith
Deputy Group Commander
Last photo
from July 1945 Narrative History

 

Mission Crew Lists
Thanks to Carl Breth, Jr

15 March 1945

Mission 26

 

 

  Flight Echelon : Kansas to Saipan

November 1943    Commanding Officers    Monthly Strength

Monthly Strike Mission Summaries

The Last Combat Mission

Special Orders 236

The Fourth Squadron    

 

All four squadrons of the 497th Bomb Group were constituted on 19 Nov 43 and activated on 20 Nov 43. The 869th, 870th, and 871st were inactivated during March 1946.

The 872nd was inactivated on 10 May 44 and went on to become a part of the 382nd Bomb Group in Septemeber 1944.

     The Orders


On 25 Jan 44 some members of the 480th Anti-Submarine Group were assigned and transferred to the 497th.

A very interesting history of the 480th, including the battle between the Army and Navy, can be found at the US Army Antisubmarine Command web site. Here is a preview:

From the April 1944 Narrative History:

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November 1943 to September 1944

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August 1945 Narrative History

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Strength at end of each month

Month
Officers
Enlisted Men
B-29
1944
October
256
1375
28
November
407
1680
31
December
400
1675
37
1945
January
405
1692
38
February
385
1695
41
March
427
1756
45
April
429
1745
50
May
425
1746
51
June
428
1742
49
July
460
1723
54
August
532
1631
50

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Aircraft Loss Statistics