12th Bombardment Group
Constituted as 12th Bombardment Group (Light) on 20 Nov-1940.
on 15 Jan 1941. Trained with B-18, B-23, and PT-17 aircraft.
west coast after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bombardment Group (Medium) in Dec 1941. Using B-25's,
began training early in
1942 for duty overseas. Moved to the Middle
East, Jul-Aug 1942, and assigned
to Ninth AF. Attacked storage areas,
motor transports, troop concentrations,
airdromes, bridges, shipping,
marshalling yards, and other targets in Egypt,
Pantelleria, Lampedusa, Crete, Sicily, and Italy, Aug 1942-Jan
Supported the Allied drive from Egypt to Tunisia, Oct 1942-Apr
Early in 1943 two squadrons operated with Twelfth AF, assisting
moving eastward across North Africa, while the other
operations with Ninth AF, bombing enemy defenses
along the Mareth Line.
Received a DUC for action against the enemy in
North Africa and Sicily from
Oct 1942 to Aug 1943. While attached to
Twelfth AF, Jun-Aug 1943, the group
operated from bases in Tunisia and
Sicily against targets in Pantelleria,
Lampedusa, Sicily, and Italy.
Assigned to Twelfth AF in Aug 1943 and operated
targets in Italy until Jan 1944. Flew some missions to
Moved to India, Feb-Apr 1944, and assigned to Tenth AF. Engaged
in missions against the enemy in Burma, Apr 1944-May 1945.
communications, military installations, and other objectives.
ammunition to Allied forces at Imphal. Also attacked some
targets in China.
Began training with A-26 aircraft in the summer of
1945. Returned to the US,
Dec 1945-Jan 1946. Inactivated on 22 Jan
Redesignated 12th Bombardment Group (Light). Activated on 19 May
Not manned during 1947-1948. Inactivated on 10 Sep 1948.
Redesignated 12th Fighter-Escort Group. Activated on 1 Nov
Assigned to Strategic Air Command. Trained with F-84's.
Inactivated on 16
Squadrons. 81st: 1941-1946; 1947-1948. 82d: 1941-1946;
83d: 1941-1946; 1947-1948. 434th (formerly 94th): 1941-1942,
559th: 1950-1952. 560th: 1950-1952. 561st: 1950-1952.
Stations. McChord Field, Wash, 15 Jan 1941; Esler Field, La, c. 21
Jul 1942; Deversoir, Egypt, c. 31 Jul 1942; Egypt and Libya, Oct
Medenine, Tunisia, 3 Apr 1943; Sfax, Tunisia, c. 15 Apr 1943;
2 Jun 1943; Ponte Olivo, Sicily, c. 2 Aug 1943;
Gerbini, Sicily, c. 22 Aug
1943; Foggia, Italy, c. 2 Nov 1943; Gaudo
Airfield, Italy, 19 Jane Feb 1944;
Tezgaon, India, c. 21 Mar 1944;
Pandaveswar, India, 13 Jun 1944, Fenny, India,
16 Jul 1944;
Pandaveswar, India, 8 Jun 1945; Karachi, India, 15 Nov-24 Dec
Lawton, Wash, 21-22 Jan 1946. Langley Field, Va, 19 May 1947-10
1948. Turner AFB, Ga, 1 Nov 1950; Bergstrom AFB, Tex, Dec 1950-16
Commanders. Unkn, Jan-May 1941; Col Charles G Goodrich, 6 May 1941;
Edward N Backus, 16 Sep 1942; Lt Col William W Wilcox, 21 Sep 1943;
H Dalton Jr, c. 29 Sep 1944; Lt Col Samuel C Galbreath, 4 Sep
1945; Lt Col
Lewis B Wilson, 23 Sep 1945-22 Jan 1946. Capt H Carney,
Nov 1950; Col Charles
A Gayle, 20 Nov 1950; Col Cy Wilson, Feb 1951;
Col Charles A Gayle, Apr-16 Jun
Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Egypt-Libya; Tunisia;
Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; India-Burma; China Defensive; Central
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: North Africa and Sicily,
1942-17 Aug 1943.
Insigne. Shield: Azure, a sword point to base or, hilt flamant
a bordure gyronny of twelve of the second and the first. Motto:
Omnia Vincit - Spirit Conquers All. (Approved Feb 1942.)
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986