98th Bombardment Group

98bg.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 98th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 98th, 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 on 28 January 1942 and activated on 3 February 1942. They trained with B-24's and moved from Lakeland, Florida to the Mediterranean theater, July-August 1942 where they would be assigned until V-E Day in May 1945. They were first assigned to Ninth Air Force in November 1942, secondly to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1943, and finally to Fifteenth Air Force in November 1943. The bombed strategic targets including shipping, harbors, oil refineries and airfields throughout North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Crete, Greece, Yugoslavia, Rumania, Austria and Germany.

World War II Commanders

Lt Col Frank H Robinson, c. Feb 1942
Col Hugo P Rush, 1942
Col John R Kane, c. 29 Dec 1942
Lt Col Julian M Bleyer, 1 Nov 1943
Col William E Karnes, 18 Nov 1943
Lt Col Marshall R Gray, 13 Jan 1944
Col Salvatore E Manzo, c. Jul 1944


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