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19th Bombardment Group (19th BG)
U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force (5th AF)
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 Bombardment Group (7th BG). During December 1941 withdrew from the Philippines to Australia then redeployed to Java for the Java campaign then withdrew again to Australia and redeployed to northern Queensland and New Guinea with the 5th Air Force (5th AF). Afterwards, returned to the United States and retrained on the B-29 Superfortress. On January 16, 1945 the entire 19th BG deploys to North Field on Guam and flying strategic bombing missions against Japan until the end of the Pacific War.

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).

References
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II (1982) pages XXX [PDF pages XXX]

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.

References
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II (1982) pages XXX [PDF pages XXX]

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.

References
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II (1982) pages XXX [PDF pages XXX]

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

References
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II (1982) pages XXX [PDF pages XXX]

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.

References
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II (1982) pages XXX [PDF pages XXX]

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
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II (1982) pages XXX [PDF pages XXX]

References
Army Air Corps Library and Museum 19th Bombardment Group

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


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