485bg.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 485th 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 485th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 14 September 1943 activated on 10 September and trained with B-24's. They moved to the Mediterranean theater, March-April 1944, with the air echelon receiving additional training in Tunisia before joining the ground echelon in Italy. Assigned to the 15th Air Force the 485th entered combat in May 1944 and engaged primarily in flying long-range missions to targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, and Yugoslavia, bombing marshalling yards, oil refineries, airdrome installations, heavy industry, and other strategic objectives.
The 485th BG received a Distinguished Unit Citation ("DUC") for combating intense fighter opposition and attacking an oil refinery at Vienna on 26 June 1944. They also carried out some support and interdiction operations. Struck bridges, harbors, and troop concentrations in August 1944 to aid the invasion of Southern France. The group hit communications lines and other targets during March and April 1945 to support the advance of British Eighth Army in northern Italy. Returned to the US in May 1945 following victory in Europe of World War II.
Fairmont AAFld, Neb, 20 Sep 1943-11 Mar 1944
Venosa, Italy, Apr 1944-15 May 1945
Col Walter E. Arnold Jr, 27 Sep 1943
Col John P. Tomhave, c. 29 Aug 1944
Col John B. Cornett, 17 Feb 1945
Lt Col Douglas M. Cairns, 23 Mar 1945
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