Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
2nd Bomb Group (H)
7 Dec. 1941 - 28 Feb. 1946
96th Bomb Sq (H) • 429th Bomb Sq (H)
The 2d Bombardment Group relocated
to Ephrata, Washington, then to Great
Falls, Montana in 1942. Received newer
B-17 aircraft and deployed to Algeria
in North Africa. From Algeria and
Tunisia, the Group's 20th, 49th, 96th and
429th Squadrons began combat operations
in early 1943. From December 1943
to end of WWII, it struck targets deep
into Nazi-held Europe from Italy during
412 combat missions. It suffered punishing
losses on successive days. It was awarded
2 Distinguished Unit Citations. The Group
earned battle honors for 14 campaigns
in North Africa and Europe.
[left panel] Sept. 1918 - Dec. 1941
1st Day Bombardment Group - later (1921) designated
2d Group (Bombardment). WWI in France
with DH-4 and Brequet aircraft moved from
Kelly Field, Texas in 1922 to Langley Field,
Virginia. During next 20 years at Langley, it
demonstrated effectiveness of aerial
bombardment and long range navigation.
The 2d Bombardment Group twice earned
the coveted MacKay Trophy and received
the first dozen Y1B-17 aircraft. The mother
of bombardment aviation provided cadres
for groups being equipped with
Fortress. Early WWII - flew B-17 and
B-25 aircraft on anti-submarine patrols.
[right panel] 2nd Bomb Wing SAC
Davis-Monthan Field (Tucson) Arizona 1947 - the
2d Bombardment Group was equipped with the
B-29 Super Fortress in 1947. Formed nucleus
for the 2d Bombardment Wing. Relocated to
Chatham AFB (Savannah) Georgia in 1949 and
to nearby Hunter AFB in 1950 and equipped
with B-50 and KB-29 aircraft. Aerial refueling
deployments to England and
Morocco began with B-47 and KC-97 air
craft in 1963 - Wing relocated to Barksdale
AFB (Shreveport) Louisiana with the
B-52 and KC-135. It conducted combat
operations in Southeast Asia during 1972.
The KC-10 tanker was added in 1981.
Combat operations conducted during
Operation Desert Storm
16 January - 27 February 1991
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2nd Bomb Wing
Air Combat Command
The 2nd Bomb Wing has participated in several combat
actions since Operation Desert Storm. Operation Desert
Strike was carried out in 1996 to counter Iraq's disregard
for United Nations mandates and military build up. This
was the first time the B-52H was used in combat. In
Operation Desert Fox the 2nd was tasked with destroying
participated in Operation Alled Force, striking military
targets in Kosovo. Since September 11, 2001, the 2nd Bomb
Wing has played a pivotal role in Global War on Terrorism
in both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
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World War I • World War II
Vietnam • Southwest Asia
In memory of those who served in the
U.S. Air Force's oldest bombardment unit.
Erected 1990 by 2nd Bombardment Association.
Location. 39° 46.755′ N, 84° 6.828′ W. Marker is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker (Memorial #262) is in the Memorial Park of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, with museum access off Springfield Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 27th Fighter Bomber Group (a few steps from this marker); 1st Fighter Group (a few steps from this marker); 4950th Test Wing Crash Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Enlisted Aerial Gunners (a few steps from this marker); 671st Bomb Squadron (a few steps from this marker); 96th Bomb Group Association (a few steps from this marker); 394th Bomb Group (M) (a few steps from this marker); 322nd Bomb Group (M) (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. NMUSAF Memorial Park Diagram. (Submitted on January 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 2nd Bombardment Association. (Submitted on January 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. 2nd Bomb Group. (Submitted on January 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
My brother and I met two airmen as children in Lewistown, MT. Their names were Jimmy Costello and M/Sgt S.N Kochis-12063570. They were in Lewistown maybe on temporary assignment from Great Falls. They came to our home frequently for meals and to attend church with us. They were our pen pals throughout the war. I just this moment found a box from my home that had not been opened for at least 70 years. I found these letters and they
They were very proud of the 17's "they are a good ship and were proud of them"
Do you think there is any chance of finding relatives of these me, so that I may share the love we had for them?
James O. Huber Col. USA rt.
Editor's Note: We regret we are not affiliated with the National Museum of the Air Force, so can't offer much assistance with your request. We recommend you contact the museum. What we can do is post this request here in the hopes that a relative will find it and request contact with you through our editors.
— Submitted June 18, 2011, by james Huber of woodland Hills, California.
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