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Bombardment Groups

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, August 2008
1. Bombardment Groups Marker
Inscription.
In 1942 the 310th, 321st, 340th groups trained here at Columbia Army Air Base for World War II. All participated in 9 campaigns and each received 2 Distinguished Unit Citations.
 
Erected 1992 by 577th Bomb Wing Association. (Marker Number 32-21.)
 
Location. 33° 56.873′ N, 81° 7.675′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, South Carolina, in Lexington County. Marker is on Airport Blvd. Click for map. Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia SC 29170, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 319th Bombardment Group (here, next to this marker); Columbia Army Air Base / The Doolittle Raiders (here, next to this marker); The Doolittle Raiders (here, next to this marker); Springdale (approx. 1.3 miles away); Camp Moore (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Sycamore Tree (approx. 2.9 miles away); Congaree Fort (approx. 3 miles away); The Cherokee Path (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church / Temperance Hall (approx. 3.5 miles away); Emily Geiger (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Columbia.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the 310th, 321st and 340th Medium Bombardment Groups 1944 to 1945.
Bombardment Groups Marker at Columbia Metropolitan Airport image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Bombardment Groups Marker at Columbia Metropolitan Airport
(Submitted on August 31, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. 310th Space Wing (Constituted as the 310th Bombardment Group). The 310th Space Wing (310 SW) is a Reserve space wing of the United States Air Force. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. 321st Air Expeditionary Wing (Constituted as the 321th Bombardment Group). The 321st Air Expeditionary Wing (321 AEW) is a provisional United States Air Force Air Combat Command unit. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. 340th Flying Training Group (Constituted as the 340th Bombardment Group). Activated on July 1, 1997, the 340th Flying Training Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, administers and executes the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Associate Instructor Pilot Program and provides Active Guard Reserve and Traditional Reserve IPs to augment the cadre of active duty pilots conducting pilot training. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Distinguished Unit Citation
The Distinguished Unit Citation was established as a result of Executive Order No. 9075, dated 26 February 1942. The Executive Order directed
Bombardment Groups Marker - Far Left image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, August 9, 2009
3. Bombardment Groups Marker - Far Left
the Secretary of War to issue citations in the name of the President of the United States to Army units for outstanding performance of duty after 7 December 1941. The design submitted by the Office of the Quartermaster General was approved by the G1 on 30 May 1942.
The Distinguished Unit Citation was re-designated the Presidential Unit Citation (Army) per DF, DCSPER, date 3 November 1966.
    — Submitted September 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
310th Space Wing Emblem image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
4. 310th Space Wing Emblem
321st Air Expeditionary Wing Emblem image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. 321st Air Expeditionary Wing Emblem
340th Flying Training Group Emblem image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. 340th Flying Training Group Emblem
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 748 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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