|96th Air Division, Bombardment|
January 11, 1944–October 17, 1945; |
June 12, 1947–June 27, 1949.
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- Established as 96th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 8 November 1943
- Activated on 11 January 1944
- Redesignated: 96th Combat Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 7 August 1944
- Redesignated: 96th Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 9 June 1945
- Redesignated: 96th Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy on 17 August 1945
- Inactivated on 17 October 1945
- Activated in the Reserve on 12 June 1947
- Redesignated: 96th Air Division, Bombardment on 16 April 1948
- Inactivated on 27 June 1949
- Eighth Air Force, 11 January 1944
- 2d Bombardment (later, 2 Air) Division, 22 February 1944
- VIII Fighter Command, 16 July-6 August 1945
- Army Service Forces, 6 August-c. 14 August 1945
- Second Air Force, c. 14 August-17 October 1945; 2 June 1947
- Tenth Air Force, 1 July 1948 – 27 June 1949.
- RAF Horsham St Faith, England, 11 January 1944
- Ketteringham Hall, England, c. 1 June-c. 5 August 1945
- Sioux Falls Army Air Field, South Dakota, c. 14 August 1945
- Peterson Field, Colorado, 16 August-17 October 1945
- Scott Field, Illinois, 12 June 1947 – 27 June 1949.
- B-24, 1944–1945
- AT-6, 1948–1949
- AT-11, 1948–1949.
The 96th Bombardment Wing's units entered combat in early 1944, bombing oil refineries, marshaling yards, steel plants, and tank factories plus numerous other assorted targets in the European theater. In September 1944, some of the units ceased bombardment missions and instead flew gasoline for Army units to airfields in France. Others air-dropped supplies to Allied troops during the airborne attack on Holland that same month. During the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 through January 1945, subordinate units of the 97th aided Allied ground forces by bombing German transportation lines. Besides strategic bombardment, they also dropped supplies to Allied troops during the airborne assault across the Rhine River in March 1945.
Returned to the United States in summer, 1945. Programmed to become a B-29 Superfortress command wing, however inactivated at the end of the Pacific War.
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