This website is a tribute to the men of the 445th Bombardment Group, 2nd Combat Bombardment Wing, 2nd Bombardment (later Air) Division, 8th United States Army Air Force. They flew 280 combat missions out of a former Royal Air Force station near the village of Tibenham in Norfolk County. The base was turned over to the United States Army Air Force on November 4th, 1943. At that time, the air crews were making the Southern Atlantic crossing going from Florida to England via South America and making the flight across the Atlantic from Brazil to Arfica.
The following pages will chronical the life and times of the 445th from the day of its creation until the unit was deactivated at Camp Dix, NJ in September, 1945. Deactivations by no means meant the end of the 445th Bomb Group, nor would their accomplishments, be forgotten. The men of the 445th, both combat air crews and the ground support personnel, played an integral part in destroying Nazi Germany's war production capability. So many times the support personnel are forgotten or reduced in importance to the role they played. They may not have faced the same dangers as the air crews, but having a foot crushed while loading 500 pound high explosive bombs into the bomb bay of a B-