384th Air Expeditionary Group

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384th Air Expeditionary Group
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Emblem of the 384th Bombardment Group
Active 1942–1946; 1947–1949; 1991–1994; 2003
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Gen. Tommy R. Franks, commander in chief, U.S. Central Command, embraces Tech. Sgt. Dan Fowler after addressing the troops of the 384th Air Expeditionary Group

The 384th Air Expeditionary Group (384 AEG) is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command. The 384 AEG may be activated or inactivated at any time.

Its last assignment was with to the United States Central Command Air Forces, being stationed at Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain. It was inactivated on 3 September 2003.

During World War II, its predecessor unit, the 384th Bombardment Group was a VIII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress unit in England. Assigned to RAF Grafton Underwood in early 1943, the group dropped the last Eighth Air Force bombs of the war on 25 April 1945.

History[edit]

For additional history and lineage, see 384th Air Expeditionary Wing

World War II[edit]

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Emblem of the 384th Bombardment Group
Lockheed/Vega B-17G-45-VE Fortress Serial 44-48007 "Screaming Eagle" of the 545th Bomb Squadron.
B-17s of the 384th Bomb Group on a bomb run.

Activated 1 December 1942 at Gowen Field, Idaho. Began training at Wendover, Utah on 2 January 1943 to 1 April 1943. Unit moved to Sioux City AAB, Iowa for final training. the ground unit left for Camp Kilmer on 9 May 1943, sailing on the Queen Elizabeth on 27 May 1943 and arrived in Greenock on 2 June 1943. The aircraft left Sioux City for Kearney, Nebraska on 3 May 1943, and then to the United Kingdom via Bangor, Goose Bay, and then Gander. One B-17 ditched in the Atlantic but the crew was rescued. The first aircraft arrived into England on 25 May 1943, being stationed at RAF Grafton Underwood. The 384th was assigned to the 41st Combat Bombardment Wing of the 1st Bombardment Division. Its tail code was Triangle-P.

The Group's targets included aerodromes at Orléans, Bricy, and Nancy; motor works at Cologne; a coking plant at Gelsenkirchen; an aircraft component parts factory at Halberstadt; weapons manufacturers at Solingen; steel works at Magdeburg; and ball-bearing plants at Schweinfurt. The Group made a damaging raid on aircraft factories in central Germany on 11 January 1944 and received a Distinguished Unit Citation for the action.

The 384th took part in the campaign of heavy bombers against the German aircraft industry during Big Week, 20–25 February 1944. Received another DUC for the mission of 24 April 1944 when the group, although crippled by heavy losses of men and planes, led the 41st Bomb Wing through almost overwhelming opposition to attack an aircraft factory and airfield at Oberpfaffenhofen. The group also bombed ports, communications centers, oil facilities, and cities, attacking such targets as oil storage plants in Leipzig and Berlin, ports at Hamburg and Emden, and marshalling yards at Duren and Mannheim.

At times the Group flew interdictory and support missions. Attacked installations along the coast of Normandy prior to and during the invasion in June 1944 and then bombed airfields and communications beyond the beachhead. Supported ground troops during the breakthrough at Saint-Lô, 24–25 July, by bombing enemy strong points just beyond Allied lines. Hit tank and gun concentrations north of Eindhoven to assist the airborne assault on Holland in September. Struck enemy communications and fortifications during the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 – January 1945. Aided the Allied assault across the Rhine in March 1945 by attacking marshalling yards, railway junctions, and bridges to cut off enemy supplies.

Scheduled for occupational air forces and moved to Istres, France in June 1945 to participate in Green Project—which was to move troops to staging areas. Also moved displaced persons and Greek military. In 1946 the remaining aircraft and personnel were absorbed into the 306th Bomb Group and the unit was inactivated at Istres on 28 February 1946.

Briefly was activated as an Air Force Reserve B-29 Superfortress unit, 1947–1949

Modern era[edit]

On 1 September 1991, the 384th Operations Group was activated as a result of the 384th Wing implementing the USAF objective wing organization. Upon activation, the 384 OG was bestowed the lineage and history of the 384th Bombardment Group. The 384 OG was assigned control of the 28th Bomb Squadron (B-1B) and the 384th Air Refueling Squadron (KC-135R) as its operational units. 384th Wing inactivated on 1 January 1994, and 384 OG resesignated as 384th Bomb Group, being assigned to 22d Air Refueling Wing without personnel or equipment. Inactivated on 1 October 1994

Reactivated as Air Expeditionary Group as part of Global War on Terrorism, 2003.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as 384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 25 November 1942
Activated on 1 December 1942
Inactivated on 28 February 1946
  • Redesignated 384th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy)
Activated on 16 July 1947
Inactivated on 27 June 1949
  • Redesignated 384th Operations Group on 1 September 1991 and activated
Redesignated 384th Bomb Group, 1 January 1994
Inactivated on 1 October 1994
  • Redesignated 384th Air Expeditionary Group and converted to provisional status on 1 June 2003
Activated on 4 June 2003
Inactivated on 3 September 2003

Assignments[edit]

Assigned to: 103d Provisional Combat Bombardment Wing, June 1943-13 September 1943

Components[edit]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft assigned[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Beese, Arthur P. "Crusaders": 384th—50th, 1942–1992. Rahway, New York: 384th Bomb Group, 1993.
  • Feider, Leo J. 38 Missions with the 384th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, Camp Underwood, Kettering, Northamps, England, A Memoir. St. Paul, Minnesota: 1987.
  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Owens, Walter E. As Briefed by Walter H. Owens, a Family History of the 384th Bombardment Group. New York: Edward Stern & Co., 1946 (2nd edition 1980, addendum to 1st edition published 1974).
  • Rogers, Brian. United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. Hinkley, UK: Midland Publications, 2005. ISBN 1-85780-197-0.
  • Smith, Dale O. Screaming Eagle: Memoir of a B-17 Group Commander. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1990.

External links[edit]

  • 384th Bomb Group, Inc., a history-preservation organization of the group's World War II veterans (and, more recently, their descendants)