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19th Bombardment Group (19th BG)
U. S. Army Air Force, 5th Air Force
Background
Click For EnlargementThe 19th Bombardment Group (19th BG) operated in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) flying the B-17 Flying Fortress. Prewar, the 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was based in the Philippines. Attached was the 14th Bombardment Squadron (14th BS), 7th Bombardardment Group (7th BG). During December 1941 withdrew from the Philippines to Australia then redeployed to Java for the Java campagin then withdrew again to Australia and redeployed to northern Queensland and then New Guinea.

Headquarters Squadron (HQ)
The Headquarters Squadron for the 19th Bombardment Group (19th BG). On December 24, 1941 withdraws to Batchelor Field near Darwin in Australia. On December 30, 1941 transfer from Batchelor Field to Singosari Airfield on Java.

14th Bombardment Squadron (14th BS)
The 14th Bombardment Squadron (14th BS).

28th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
The 28th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy). On December 24, 1941 the air echelon withdraws to Batchelor Field near Darwin in Australia. Meanwhile, the ground echelon remains in the Philippines attached to the 5th Interceptor Command (Provisional) and will fight as infantry to defend the Bataan Peninsula on Luzon and Mindanao. On December 30, 1941 the air echelon transfer from Batchelor Field to Singosari on Java.

30th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
The 30th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy). On December 20, 1941 the air echelon withdraws to Batchelor Field near Darwin in Australia. Meanwhile, the ground echelon remains in the Philippines attached to the 5th Interceptor Command (Provisional) and will fight as infantry to defend the Bataan Peninsula on Luzon.

40th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
The 40th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) became the 435th Bombardment Squadron (435th BS) "Kangaroo Squadron".

93nd Bombardment Squadron (93nd BS)
During December 1941, the 93rd Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) was based at Clark Field on Luzon. On December 19, 1941 the air echelon withdraws to Batchelor Field near Darwin in Australia. The ground echelon remains and is attached to the 5th Interceptor Command (Provisional) and will fight as infantry on Bataan Peninsula on Luzon and Mindanao.

435th Bombardment Squadron (435th BS) "Kangaroo Squadron"
The 435th Bombardment Squadron (435th BS) "Kangaroo Squadron" was formed from the 40th Bombardment Squadron (40th BS)

References
Army Air Corps Library and Museum 19th Bombardment Group

Fortress Against The Sun (1999) details the 19th Bombardment Group


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