Activated - 1 July,
Inactivated - 27 August, 1945
Incorporated - 15 November 1985
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461st Bombardment Group Association has teamed up with Goodsearch to help raise money for our cause. The website, which has already raised more than $11 million for a variety of charities, will donate up to 30 percent of your online purchases right back to us. Simply shop stores like the Container Store and the World Book Store. That's all!
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The 461st Bombardment Group (H) was part of the 49th Bombardment Wing, Fifteenth Air Force during World War II. To see how the 461st fit into the structure of the Fifteenth Air Force, please visit the Fifteenth Air Force website showing the units of the Fifteenth Air Force with links to those units that have websites.
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|Lt. Col. Willis G. Carter
12 August 1943 to 25 October 1943
Col. Frederic E. Glantzberg
25 October 1943 to 22 September 1944
|Col. Phillip R. Hawes
22 September 1944 to 20 December 1944
|Col. Brooks A. Lawhon
20 December 1944 to 16 April 1945
|Col. Craven C. Rogers
16 April 1945 to
Courtesy of Stan Staples
Where we were.
The following video was developed to advertise a movie about the 461st. That movie was never done, but this short video tells a story in itself. Enjoy! At the end of this video, you will see a request for money to support the finishing of the video. Please ignore this request as it will never be done.
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The 461st Bombardment Group Association was established to
perpetuate the history of the 461st Bombardment Group (H), Fifteenth Air Force, and the memory of those comrades who gave their lives in the defense of our country.
arrange annual reunions and provide social and recreational activities for its members - provide a means for the members of the 461st Bombardment Group (H) of the Fifteenth Air Force to continue to readily and more easily associate, communicate and enjoy each other's friendship.
assist family members and others in learning more about the experiences of the members of the 461st Bombardment Group (H) during World War II, both aircrew and ground crew.
Constituted as 461st Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943. Activated on 1 July 1943. Moved to the Mediterranean theater, January-February 1944, the air echelon flying B-24s via the South Atlantic and stopping in North Africa before joining the ground echelon in Italy. Began combat with Fifteenth Air Force in April 1944. Engaged chiefly in bombardment of communications, industries, and other strategic objectives in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Rumania, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Supported Fifteenth Air Force's counter-air operations by bombing enemy airdromes and aircraft centers, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation for a mission on 13 Apr 1944 when the group battled its way through enemy defenses to attack an aircraft components plant in Budapest, Hungary. Participated in the effort against the enemy's oil supply by flying missions to such oil centers as Brux, Blechhammer, Moosbierbaum, Vienna, and Ploesti. Received second Distinguished Unit Citation for a mission against oil facilities at Ploesti in July 1944 when, despite flak, clouds, smoke, and fighter attacks, the group bombed its objective. Also operated in support of ground forces and flew some interdictory missions. Hit artillery positions in support of the invasion of southern France in August 1944 and flew supply missions to France in September. Aided the Allied offensive in Italy in April 1945 by attacking gun emplacements and troop concentrations. Dropped supplies to prisoner-of-war camps in Austria during May 1945. Returned to the United States in July. Inactivated on 18 Aug 1945.
For those too young to know about WWII as well as those who experienced it, I offer the following. Eric Knitter's uncle, Howard Farr, served as a ball turret gunner in the 765th Squadron of the 461st BG and flew the mission on July 2, 1944. Although the video is over 50 minutes, please watch all the way to the end. The 461st, as part of the Fifteenth Air Force mission to Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 1944 helped save the lives of 120,000 Jews that were to be shipped to Auschwitz to be exterminated.
To view an Adobe Acrobat version of the Statistical Summary of Operations for the 461st Bombardment Group (H), click here.
The 461st Bombardment Group (H) website is proud to display the following awards for excellence:
I'm starting something new on the website - biographies. Here's your chance to tell your life story. It doesn't have to be all that long - just summarize your life, likes, dislikes, etc. If you have any interesting stories to tell, include these as well. I've created an example for you to follow - Frederic E. Glantzberg - yes, the Commanding Officer talked about so much. These biographies will be linked into the name of the individual in the Roster of the 461st BG. When writing your biography (or one for a friend or relative) cover your entire life - bring everyone up to date on what you did before becoming a member of the 461st and what you did after the war. I would recommend avoiding personal information such as address and phone number. Send them to me and I'll post them on the website.
Including stories of the 461st at Hammer Field.
George F. Gruner
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