333d Bombardment Group
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|333d Bombardment Group|
|Branch||United States Army Air Forces|
|Part of||Twentieth Air Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Pacific Ocean Theater of World War II|
Realigned as an operational B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomb group in July 1944. Trained under Second Air Force until June 1945, being deployed to Okinawa as part of the new Eighth Air Force in the Pacific Theater. Arrived in Okinawa but Japanese Capitulation led to drawdown of Eighth Air Force and the group never was engaged in combat. Flew show-of-force missions over Occupied Japan and aircraft helped evacuate prisoners of war from Japan and China to airfields in the Philippines. Personnel demobilized and aircraft flown to storage in the United States in May 1946 and the unit was inactivated as a paper unit in Okinawa on 28 May.
- II Bomber Command, 15 July 1942 – 1 April 1944
- 21st Bombardment Wing, 7 July 1944 – 31 August 1945
- 316 Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy, 31 August 1945 – 28 May 1946
- Topeka Army Air Base, Kansas, 15 July 1942
- Dalhart Army Airfield, Texas, 22 February 1943 – 1 April 1944; 7 July 1944 – 13 January 1945
- Great Bend Army Airfield, Kansas, 13 January – 18 June 1945
- Kadena AB, Okinawa 5 August 1945 – 28 May 1946
- B-24 Liberator squadrons
- B-29 Superfortress squadrons
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- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.