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History of the 305th Bomb Group

I set this website up over a year ago, wanting to do something different with my time, I wanted to write about the Second World War but I couldn't quite place my finger on what I wanted to write about or even research. There is so much out there already and far more detailed than I could do myself, so having reconnected with a friend recently and their own passion for this small cog of World War 2 history, I have decided to re-ignite what they instilled in me when I first met them on this very subject. I plan on using this platform to share the history of the 305th Bomb Group who, during the War, flew out of RAF Chelveston, although initially few missions from RAF Grafton Underwood. I also hope over the next few months to visit both these airfields, or what was once vibrant airfields that was home to the 305th BG and its B-17 Flying Fortresses and give a modern day overview of its transformation.

Please bare with me, should you come across this website looking for more, I hope to update as much as I can and when I can.

Background of the 305th Bomb Group

What does your typical Bomb Group look like?

As with most Bomb Groups (BG), they look like this from the outside and I will use the 305th as an example to give further context and background to what I will be writing about as time goes by. Each Bomb Group falls under a Combat Wing that comprises of 3 BGs.

The 30th BG (H) comprised of 4 Squadrons, they were the 364th Bomb Squadron (BS), 365th BS, 366th BS and the 422 BS. Each Sqn has approx 12 aircraft, which is further divided, for the purpose of Flight Control purposes into 6 aircraft and 3 aircraft for Elements.

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