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WWII Patch, AAF, 392-BG 8AF ETO B-24

WWII Patch, AAF, 392-BG 8AF ETO B-24

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WWII US Army Air Force Squadron Patch
392nd Bomb Group, 8 AFF
392nd Bombardment Group, Eighth AF

4.5 inches

The 392d Bombardment Group was a Eighth Air Force B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment group stationed in England, stationed at RAF Wendling. The group flew 285 combat missions, suffering 1552 casualties including 835 killed in action or line of duty and 184 aircraft lost.

RAF Station Wendling
RAF Station Wendling is a former World War II airfield in Norfolk, England. The airfield is located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) west-northwest of East Dereham. Opened in 1942, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Force. During the war it was used primarily as a bomber airfield, being the home of the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force 392nd Bombardment Group. Wendling airfield was originally planned for RAF Bomber Command use, however in 1942 was assigned as a United States Army Air Force heavy bomber installation. It was the most northerly placed of Eighth Air Force  heavy bomber fields. Planned originally for RAF bomber use, and built by Taylor-Woodrow Ltd., in 1942, the airfield featured a 6,000-foot (1,800 m) long main runway angled on a NE-SW as and two intersecting 4,200 feet (1,300 m) long secondary runways, all within a perimeter track and constructed in reinforced concrete. Another twenty hardstands (loop type) were added to the thirty of the frying-pan type when the airfield was re-scheduled as a Eighth Air Force heavy bomber station. Two T2-type hangars were provided plus the usual full technical facilities, Mark II airfield lighting and dispersed accommodation for some 2,900 persons. The domestic sites were in the parish of Beeston to the west of the airfield and the bomb dump and ammunition stores were in Honeypot Wood to the south-east.
Under USAAF control, Wendling was designated as Station 118.

392nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)

The airfield was opened in 1943 and was used by the 392d Bombardment Group (Heavy), arriving from Alamogordo AAF New Mexico on 18 July 1943. The 453d was assigned to the 14th Combat Bombardment Wing, and the group tail code was a "Circle-D". Its operational squadrons were:

    * 576th Bomb Squadron (CI)
    * 577th Bomb Squadron (DC)
    * 578th Bomb Squadron (EC)
    * 579th Bomb Squadron (GC)

The group flew Consolidated B-24 Liberators as part of the Eighth Air Force's strategic bombing campaign. The 392d BG entered combat on 9 September 1943 and engaged primarily in bombardment of strategic objectives on the Continent until April 1945. The group attacked such targets as an oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, a marshalling yard at Osnabrück, a railroad viaduct at Bielefeld, steel plants at Brunswick, a tank factory at Kassel, and gas works at Berlin.

The group took part in the intensive campaign of heavy bombers against the German aircraft industry during Big Week, 20–25 February 1944, being awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for bombing an aircraft and component parts factory at Gotha on 24 February. The unit sometimes supported ground forces or carried out interdictory operations along with bombing airfields and V-weapon sites in France prior to the Normandy invasion in June 1944 and struck coastal defenses and choke points on D-Day.

The group hit enemy positions to assist ground forces at Saint-Lô during the breakthrough in July 1944. Bombed railroads, bridges, and highways to cut off German supply lines during the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944-January 1945. Dropped supplies to Allied troops during the air attack on Holland in September 1944 and during the airborne assault across the Rhine in March 1945.

The 392d Bomb Group flew its last combat mission on 25 April 1945, then carried food to the Dutch. The unit returned to Charleston AAF South Carolina on 25 June 1945 and was deactivated on 13 September 1945.
  from wikipedia

    * Constituted as 392d Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 15 January 1943
    * Activated on 26 January 1943
    * Deactivated on 13 September 1945

    * IV Bomber Command, 26 January-18 July 1943
    * 2d Bombardment Wing, July 1943
    Attached to: 202d Provisional Combat Bombardment Wing, 2 September 1943
    * 14th Combat Bombardment Wing, 13 September 1943-15 June 1945
    * Army Service Forces, 25 June-13 September 1945

Stations Assigned
    * Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona, January 26, 1943
    * Biggs Field, Texas, March 1, 1943
    * Alamogordo AAB, New Mexico, April 18 – July 18, 1943
    * RAF Wendling (USAAF Station 118), England, July 1943 – June 15, 1945
    * Charleston AAFld, South Carolina, June 25 – September 13, 1945

Price: $120.00

Product Code: PatchAAF.0392.392BG.8AF
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