3rd Bombardment Group (3rd Attack Group) "The Grim Reapers"
5th Air Force (5th AF), U.S. Air Force (USAAF)
The 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG), officially 3rd Bombardment Group (Light) was also known by its historical name the 3rd Attack Group (3rd Attack) nicknamed "The Grim Reapers". Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF) in the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) during World War II. On April 2, 1942 Lt. Col. John H. Davies became the Commanding Officer (C. O.), formally the commander of the 27th Bombardment Group (27th BG).
Advance Echelon, 5th Air Force with personnel from the 3rd Bombardment Group in New Guinea April 1, 1943
Headquarters Squadron (HQ Squadron)
On March 10, 1942 Headquarters transfers from Brisbane to Charters Towers Airfield.
8th Bombardment Squadron (8th BS)
The 8th Bombardment Squadron (8th BS) flew combat missions in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) during World War II.
13th Bombardment Squadron (13th BS)
On March 10, 1942 the 13th BS transfers from Brisbane to Charters Towers Airfield with A-20 Havocs. On April 6, 1942 13th BS flew their first combat mission.
On May 8, 1942 took off B-25C Mitchell 41-12486 pilot
Leland "Sonny" A. Walker on a solo reconnaissance mission over Lae and intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from Tainan Kokutai (Tainan Air Group) that disabled the left engine and damaged the hydraulic system and force landed on Fishermans
On May 21, 1944 the squadron moves to Hollandia Airfield with A-20 Havocs.
Bombardment Squadron (89th BS)
On September 1, 1942 the 89th BS transfers from Charters Towers Airfield to 3 Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby in New Guinea.
90th Bombardment Squadron (90th BS)
On May 22, 1943 five B-25s attack Lae Airfield. Lost is B-25C 41-12491 pilot 1st Lt. Roy J. Moore (MIA) on a night reconnaissance mission against Japanese barge traffic off the north coast of New Guinea.