465th Bomb Group (H) 15th Airforce History
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The 465th Bomb Group was part of the
|It was constituted as the 465th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943
and activated on 1 Aug 1943.
The Group prepared for duty overseas with B-24's and moved to the Mediterranean
theater, Feb-Apr 1944; the air echelon received additional training in Tunisia before
joining the ground echelon in Italy.
Assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force, the Group entered combat on 5 May 1944
until it's last mission, 26 April 1945.
|The primary mission of the group as part of the 15th AF was directed at
accomplishing four main objectives throughout the war in Europe.
1) To destroy the German Air Force in the air and on the ground.
2) To participate in operation ‘Pointblank’ (code name for the Combined
3) To support the Battle of the Italian Offensive attacking communication
4) To weaken the German position in the Balkans.
Other operations included bombing troop concentrations and bivouac areas in May 1944 to aid the Partisans in Yugoslavia; attacking enemy troops and supply lines to assist the drive toward Rome, May-Jun 1944; striking bridges, rail lines, and gun emplacements prior to the invasion of Southern France in Aug 1944; bombing rail facilities and rolling stock in Oct 1944 to support the advance of Russian and Rumanian forces in the Balkans; and hitting troops, gun positions, bridges, and supply lines during Apr 1945 in support of Allied forces in northern Italy.
The 465th had helped to make history.
It had destroyed what it was designed to destroy,
with skill and precision.
•In Combat from 5 May 1944 to 26 April 1945•
• Flew 191 Missions over Southern Europe
• Shot down or destroyed 97 German Aircraft.
• Dropped 10,528 Tons of Bombs
• Awarded two Presidential Citations for Bombing and Gunnery Accuracy
• Awarded eight Battle Stars for Air Offensive Campaigns
• Participated in the last Heavy Bomber raid over Nazi Germany in WWII
American Theater, Air Combat, EAME Theater, Air Offensive,
Europe, Rome-Arno, Normandy, Northern France, Southern France,
North Apennines, Rhineland, Central Europe, Po Valley,
Distinguished Unit Citations:
Vienna, Austria, 8 Jul 1944; Germany, 3 Aug 1944
--465th Bomb Group (H) Squadron Associations--
780th Bomb Squadron Association
Newsletter: "The Flightline"
Robert A. Bleier
1288 Rio Hondo Drive
San Jose, Ca 95120
Phone: (408) 268 2310
781st Bomb Squadron Association
Newsletter: "Pantanella News"
782nd Bomb Squadron Association
Newsletter: "Flak Flimsy"
16 Pine Street
Port Crane, N.Y. 13833
783rd Squadron Association
San Antonio, TX. 78232