346th Bombardment Group

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346th Bombardment Group
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Army Air Forces
Part ofTwentieth Air Force
Garrison/HQPacific Ocean Theater of World War II
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  • World War II
American Campaign (1942–1945)
Pacific Theater (1945)

The 346th Bombardment Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 316th Bombardment Wing, being stationed at Kadena Airfield, Okinawa. It was inactivated on 30 June 1946.

The unit was initially a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator operational training unit (OTU). Redesignated as a replacement training unit (RTU) in December 1943. Inactivated on 1 April 1944 when Second Air Force switched to B-29 Superfortress training. Late in the war the group was reactivated and trained as a Very Heavy (VH) B-29 Superfortress group and assigned to Eighth Air Force in Okinawa. However, the war ended before the group could enter combat.

After the war the group participated in several show-of-force missions over Japan and for a time ferried Allied prisoners of war from Okinawa to the Philippine Islands before its inactivation.



  • Constituted as 346th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 3 September 1942
Activated on 7 September 1942
Inactivated on 1 April 1944
  • Redesignated 346th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and activated on 8 August 1944
Inactivated on Okinawa on 30 June 1946.




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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II (PDF). Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

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