450bg.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 450th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 450th, 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.
Constituted on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943. They moved to Italy in December 1943 and began flight operations while assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force in January 1944. Their missions were mostly strategic and included targets in Rumania, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Balkans until V-E Day in April 1945. They would receive two Distinguished Unit Citations (DUC) for a mission on 25 February 1944, a aircraft factory at Regensburg and 5 April 1944 on a mission to marshalling yards at Ploesti, Rumania.
The 450th also struck such objectives as enemy defenses, troop concentrations, bridges, and marshalling yards in support of the invasion of Southern France, the advance of Russian troops in the Balkans, and the Allied effort in Italy. Returned to the US in May 1945.
Col John S Mills, 12 Jun 1943
Col Robert R Gideon, 7 Jul 1944
Col Ellsworth R Jacoby, 17 Nov 1944
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