99th Bombardment Group

99bg.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 99th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 99th, 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 1 June 1942, the 99th BG trained with B-17's and moved to North Africa, February-March 1943, and was assigned to the Twelfth Air Force. They entered combat in March 1943 and flew strategic bombing missions to targets such as airdromes, harbor facilities, shipping, railroads, viaducts, and bridges in Tunisia, Sardinia, Sicily, Pantelleria, Italy until December 1943 when they were transferred to the Fifteenth Air Force and moved to Italy. There they would bomb targets in France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary and Rumania. They would remain in Italy through V-E Day in May 1945.

World War 2 Commanders

Col Fay R Upthegrove, c. Sep 1942
Lt Col Wayne E Thurman, 24 Nov 1943
Col Charles W Lawrence, 19 Dec 1943
Lt Col Wayne E Thurman, 26 Jan 1944
Col Ford Lauer, 15 Feb 1944
Col Trenholm Meyer, Jul 1944
Lt Col James A Barnett, Aug 1944
Col Ford Lauer, Sep 1944
Col Raymond V Schwanbeck, Jan 1945

WW2 Squadrons

346th: 1942-1945.
347th: 1942-1945.
348th: 1942-1945.
416th: 1942-1945.


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