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346th Bombardment Group

346th Bombardment Group
Active 1942–1946
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Role Bombardment
Part of Twentieth Air Force
Garrison/HQ Pacific Ocean Theater of World War II
Engagements
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  • World War II
American Campaign (1942–1945)
Pacific Theater (1945)

The 346th Bombardment Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 316th Bombardment Wing, being stationed at Kadena Airfield, Okinawa. It was inactivated on 30 June 1946.

The unit was initially a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator operational training unit (OTU). Redesignated as a replacement training unit (RTU) in December 1943. Inactivated on 1 April 1944 when Second Air Force switched to B-29 Superfortress training. Late in the war the group was reactivated and trained as a Very Heavy (VH) B-29 Superfortress group and assigned to Eighth Air Force in Okinawa. However, the war ended before the group could enter combat.

After the war the group participated in several show-of-force missions over Japan and for a time ferried Allied prisoners of war from Okinawa to the Philippine Islands before its inactivation.

History

Lineage

  • Constituted as 346th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 3 September 1942
Activated on 7 September 1942
Inactivated on 1 April 1944
  • Redesignated 346th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and activated on 8 August 1944
Inactivated on Okinawa on 30 June 1946.

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Aircraft flown

References

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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.

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