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The 445th Bomb Group is not an old established heavy bombardment outfit. It is, as a great many of the other groups overseas, a "war baby". It's inception was December 7th, 1941,in the office of the War Department, Washington, D.C. It's birth, although according to schedule, was not until the middle of May, 1943, and as with all "war babies", it was hardened to the likes of war in short order.

The 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated per War Department Letter AG-320.2 dated 20 March 1943. The Group actually activated at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho per Special Order 115, Paragraph 1, dated 25 April 1943. The following list of officer personnel and the number of enlisted men were contained on that special order:

Officer Personnel, 445th Headquarter's Detachment:

Name

Rank

Service No.

Position

 Terrill, Robert H.

Lt Col

O-18833

 445th Group Commanding Officer

 Seashore, Malcolm D.

Maj

O-308240

 445th Group Executive Officer

 Frasher, Howard E.

Capt

O-363130

 445th Group Adjutant

 Jones, William W.

Capt

O-393142

 445th Group Operations (S-3) Officer

 Peterson, Chester A.

Capt

O-374795

 445th Group Bombardier

 Fisher, Gilbert W.

1st Lt

O-729838

 445th Group Assistant Operations (S-3) Officer

 Walker, Charles P.

1st Lt

O-489366

 445th Group Supply (S-4) Officer

 Case, Shadie L.

2nd Lt

O-857587

 445th Group Communications Officer

Support Personnel

Eight (8) Enlisted Men

Officer Personnel, 700th Bomb Squadron:

Name

Rank

Service No.

Position

 Ward, Irving H.

2nd Lt

O-437893

 700th Squadron Commanding Officer

 Crandell, Ralph B.

1st Lt

O-560847

 700th Squadron Adjutant

 Head, Charles W., Jr.

1st Lt

O-371563

 700th Squadron Navigator

 Christensen, Thomas E.

2nd Lt

O-2043754

 700th Squadron Bombardier

 Honaker, Charles M.

2nd Lt

O-665689

 700th Squadron Operations (S-3) Officer

 Evans, George W.

2nd Lt

O-857392

 700th Squadron Supply (S-4) Officer

 Wilkins, Charles R.

2nd Lt

O-579658

 700th Squadron Communications Officer

 Peters, Wallis E.

2nd Lt

O-869570

700th Squadron Armaments Officer

 Ehart, Howard L.

2nd Lt

O-571565

700th Squadron Engineering Officer

Combat Crew Personnel

 Ropp, Kenneth F.

2nd Lt

O-740934

 Copilot

 Lapolla, Anthony J.

2nd Lt

O-801136

 Navigator

 Johnson, William H., Jr.

2nd Lt

O-671366

 Bombardier

Sixty-Four (64) Enlisted Men

Officer Personnel, 701st Bomb Squadron:

Name

Rank

Service No.

Position

 Kreidler, Howard E.

1st Lt

O-727226

 701st Squadron Commanding Officer

 Walthall, Frank P.

1st Lt

O-562280

 701st Squadron Adjutant

 Gershenzon, Nolan (nmi)

2nd Lt

O-731288

 701st Squadron Navigator

 Spahn, Alphonse J.

1st Lt

O-659600

 701st Squadron Bombardier

 Casey, Maurice F., Jr.

2nd Lt

O-735047

 701st Squadron Operations (S-3) Officer

 King, Joseph E.

2nd Lt

O-578187

 701st Squadron Supply (S-4) Officer

 Dunn, George H.

W/O (JG)

W-2118892

 701st Squadron Communications Officer

 Maher, William P., Jr.

2nd Lt

O-859644

701st Squadron Engineering Officer

Combat Crew Personnel

 Schmidt, Robert C.

2nd Lt

O-738038

 Copilot

 Serpico, Frank R.

2nd Lt

O-801152

 Navigator

 Kelso, Richard G.

2nd Lt

O-671447

 Bombardier

Sixty-Four (64) Enlisted Men

Officer Personnel, 702nd Bomb Squadron:

Name

Rank

Service No.

Position

 Evans, James C.

Capt

O-385477

 702nd Squadron Commanding Officer

 Chancellor, James E.

2nd Lt

O-567635

 702nd Squadron Adjutant

 Blumencranz, Harold J.

2nd Lt

O-795188

 702nd Squadron Navigator

 Cassani, Anthony R.

2nd Lt

O-732609

 702nd Squadron Bombardier

 Waldher, Eugene N.

1st Lt

O-442552

 702nd Squadron Operations (S-3) Officer

 Bingman, Glenn J.

2nd Lt

O-578884

 702nd Squadron Supply (S-4) Officer

 Finley, Benjamin W.

2nd Lt

O-857116

 702nd Squadron Engineering Officer

 Hill, George J.

2nd Lt

O-857550

 702nd Squadron Communications Officer

 Smith, Lee M.

2nd Lt

O-579279

702nd Squadron Armaments Officer

Combat Crew Personnel

 Onks, Marvin C.

2nd Lt

O-799842

 Copilot

 Gill, Joseph F.

2nd Lt

O-674179

 Navigator

 Destro, Anthony L.

2nd Lt

O-732613

 Bombardier

Sixty-Four (64) Enlisted Men

Officer Personnel, 703rd Bomb Squadron:

Name

Rank

Service No.

Position

 Sawyer, Willis B.

Capt

O-23821

 703rd Squadron Commanding Officer

 Lane, Duncan L., Jr.

2nd Lt

O-572334

 703rd Squadron Adjutant

 Kirchenbauer, Albert U.

2nd Lt

O-741788

 703rd Squadron Navigator

 Howard, John B.

2nd Lt

O-2043761

 703rd Squadron Bombardier

 Horton, Richard S.

2nd Lt

O-794410

 703rd Squadron Operations (S-3) Officer

 Herbauger, John A.

2nd Lt

O-577891

 703rd Squadron Supply (S-4) Officer

 Swearingin, Roland O.

2nd Lt

O-860342

 703rd Squadron Communications Officer

 Francis, James A.

2nd Lt

O-857092

 703rd Squadron Engineering Officer

 Dow, William E.

2nd Lt

O-860101

 703rd Squadron Armaments Officer

 Hyer, Harold R.

2nd Lt

O-856600

703rd Squadron Assistant Armaments Officer

Combat Crew Personnel

 Herrick, Martin L.

2nd Lt

O-798646

 Copilot

 Meyers, James L.

2nd Lt

O-736786

 Bombardier

Sixty-Five (65) Enlisted Men

Intelligence Officers:

Name

Rank

Service No.

Position

 Smith, Austin G.

Capt

Unk

 445th Group Intelligence (S-2) Officer

 Otness, Bernard M.

2nd Lt

O-569662

 445th Group Photo Interpretation Officer

 Dixon, Ronald J.

2nd Lt

Unk

 700th Bomb Squadron Intelligence (S-2) Officer

 Jones, Max L.

2nd Lt

O-568829

 701st Bomb Squadron Intelligence (S-2) Officer

 Grove, Andrew (nmi)

2nd Lt

O-568427

 702nd Bomb Squadron Intelligence (S-2) Officer

 Roeming, George C.

2nd Lt

O-915497

 703rd Bomb Squadron Intelligence (S-2) Officer

Prior to it's forming as a group, the Air Echelon of the newly formed unit went through preliminary training by attending the AAF School of Applied Tactics in Orlando, Florida. The new flying personnel completed ten days of bivouac training and went on several practice missions over land and water.


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