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307th Bombardment Group

 

307th Bombardment Group

307th Operations Group

B-52H of the 917th Operations Group taking off from Barksdale AFB
Active 15 April 1942-Present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Group
Role Bombardment
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
Nickname "The Long Rangers"
Tail Code "BD"
Insignia
307th Operations Group emblem
Aircraft flown
Bomber B-52H Stratofortress

The 307th Operations Group (349 OG) is an Air Reserve Component (ARC) of the United States Air Force. It is assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

In the postwar era, the 307th Bombardment Group was one of the USAAF bombardment groups assigned to Strategic Air Command on 4 August 1946, the group being activated as a redesignation of the 498th Bombardment Group due to the Air Force's policy of retaining only low-numbered groups on active duty after the war. The group deployed to Okinawa during the Korean War and was awarded the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for its air strikes against enemy forces in Korea. It was also awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation and several campaign streamers.

Overview

The 307th Operations Group was activated on 8 January 2011. It's mission is strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike.

The Air Force Reserve wing is a B-52 Stratofortress unit whose mission is to train B-52 pilots in initial qualification. The B-52 combat mission is to employ the bomber in support of Air Force worldwide conventional commitments.

History

For additional history and lineage, see 307th Bomb Wing

World War II

Activated on 15 April 1942. Trained and flew patrols off the West Coast, first in B-17 Flying Fortresses and later in B-24 Liberators. Moved to Hawaii, October–November 1942, and assigned to Seventh Air Force. Trained and flew patrol and search missions. Attacked Wake Island, December 1942 – January 1943, by staging through Midway Island.

Moved to Guadalcanal in February 1943 and assigned to Thirteenth Air Force. Served in combat, primarily in the South and Southwest Pacific, until the war ended. Attacked Japanese airfields, installations, and shipping in the Solomon Islands and Bismarck Islands. Helped to neutralize enemy bases on Yap and in the Truk and Palau Islands. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation for an unescorted, daylight attack on heavily defended airfields in the Truk Islands on 29 March 1944. Supported operations in the Philippines by striking Japanese shipping in the southern Philippines and by bombing airfields on Leyte, Luzon, Negros, Ceram, and Halmahera. Also took part in Allied air operations against the Netherlands East Indies by hitting airfields, shipping, and installations.

Received a Distinguished Unit Citation for an unescorted mission against vital oil refineries at Balikpapan, Borneo, on 3 October 1944. Supported Australian forces on Borneo and bombed targets in French Indochina during the last three months of the war.

Two Presidential Unit Citations were awarded to the Group during World War II, one for action in the bombing of the Island of Truk, the most heavily defended and strongly fortified Japanese base in the Pacific. During withdrawal. gunners of the Group destroyed 31 of the 75 attacking aircraft, probably destroyed 12 more and damaged 10 in an air battle that lasted 43 minutes. This daring raid, made on 29 March 1944, neutralized the Japanese airfields, making possible long range flights without fighter protection, The other Presidential Unit Citation was awarded for the successful strike at the Baltkapapan Oil Refineries in Borneo on 30 September 1944. The 307th had to fly their B-24 Liberator bombers 17 1/2 hours for a round trip of 2,610 miles, the longest mass daylight mission ever flown by this type aircraft.

Flew patrol missions along the Asiatic mainland and ferried liberated prisoners from Okinawa to Manila after V-J Day. Returned to the US, December 1945 – January 1946. Inactivated on 18 January 1946.

Strategic Air Command

Redesignated 307th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy). Activated on 4 August 1946. Assigned to Strategic Air Command at MacDill AFB. Equipped with B-29 Superfortresses. Trained and developed antisubmarine tactics. Redesignated 307th Bombardment Group (Medium) in May 1948.

It deployed from MacDill AFB on 1 August 1950 to Kadena Air Base on Okinawa for combat during the Korean War. The 307th was the third SAC B-29 Superfortress group deployed, and was attached to Far East Air Forces. Attacked strategic objectives in North Korea, August–September 1950. After that, struck interdictory targets, including communications and supply centers, and supported UN ground forces by hitting gun emplacements and troop concentrations. During its combat deployment, the group had flown over 5800 sorties. Twenty-two planes were reported lost.

Became non-operational when parent wing adopted Tri-Deputate organization, 10 February 1951 and all assigned squadrons were attached directly to the wing. Inactivated 16 June 1952

Reactivated in 1977 as a KC-135 Air Refueling group at Travis AFB, California. Inactivated in 1983 due to a SAC reorganization.

Lineage


  • Constituted as 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 January 1942
Activated on 15 April 1942
Inactivated on 18 January 1946
  • Redesignated 307th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) on 4 August 1946
Organized and activated, on 4 August 1946 from the personnel and equipment of the 498th Bombardment Group (Inactivated)
Inactivated on 16 June 1952
  • Redesignated 307th Air Refueling Group and activated on 1 July 1977
Inactivated on 31 December 1983
  • Redesignated 307th Operations Group and activated on January 8, 2011

Assignments

Components

World War II/Korean War

Modern era

Stations

Aircraft

References

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

External links

  • 307th Bomb Group Association [1]

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