461bg.org is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to the 461st Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 2nd, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible. Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.
Constituted as 461st Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943. They were activated on 1 Jul 1943. The 461st moved to the Mediterranean theater, January-February 1944, the air echelon flying B-24's 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 the 15th AF's counter-air operations by bombing enemy airdromes and aircraft centers, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for a mission on 13 April 1944 when the group battled its way through enemy defenses to attack an aircraft components plant in Budapest. 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 DUC for a mission against oil facilities at Ploesti in Jul 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. The men hit artillery positions in support of the invasion of Southern France in August 1944 and flew supply missions to France in Sep. 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 following V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe.
Lt. Col. Willis G. Carter, 12 Aug 1944
Col. Frederic E. Glantzberg, c. 25 Oct 1943
Col. Philip R. Hawes, 22 Sep 1944
Col. Brooks A. Lawhon, 20 Dec 1944
Col. Craven C. Rogers, 16 Apr 1945
Wendover Field, Utah, 1 Jul 1943
Gowen Field, Idaho, 29 Jul 1943
Kearns, Utah, 11 Sep 1943
Wendover Field, Utah, 30 Sep 1943
Hammer Field, Calif, 30 Oct 1943-Jan 1944
Torretto Airfield, Italy, c. 20 Feb 1944-Jul 1945
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