321bg.org is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to the 321st Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 321st, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible. Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.
Constituted as 321st Bombardment Group (Medium) on 19 June 1942 and activated on 26 June. Prepared for overseas duty with B-25's. They moved to the Mediterranean theater, Jan-Mar 1943, and assigned to 12th Air Force.
The 321st engaged primarily in support and interdictory operations, bombing marshalling yards, rail lines, highways, bridges, viaducts, troop concentrations, gun emplacements, shipping, harbors, and other objectives in North Africa, France, Sicily, Italy, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Sometimes dropped propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines. Took part in the Allied operations against Axis forces in North Africa during Mar-May 1943, the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa in June, the invasion of Sicily in July, the landing at Salerno in September, the Allied advance toward Rome during January-June 1944, the invasion of Southern France in August 1944, and the Allied operations in northern Italy from September 1944 to Apr 1945.
Col William C Mills, 3 Aug 1942
Col Robert D Knapp, Sep 1942
Lt Col Charles T Olmsted, 5 Dec 1943
Lt Col Peter H Remington, 18 Mar 1944
Col Richard H Smith, 26 Mar 1944
Lt Col Charles F Cassidy Jr, 28 Jan 1945
Archival Combat Film Footage DVD of the 321st BG.
Barksdale Field, La, 26 Jun 1942
Columbia AAB, SC, c. 1 Aug 1942
Walterboro, SC, Sep 1942
DeRidder AAB, La, c. 1 Dec 1942-21 Jan 1943
Ain M'lila, Algeria, 12 Mar 1943
Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia, c. 1 Jun 1943
Soliman, Tunisia, 8 Aug 1943
Grottaglie, Italy, Oct 1943
Amendola, Italy, c. 20 Nov 1943
Vincenzo Airfield, Italy, 14 Jan 1944
Gaudo Airfield, Italy, Feb 1944
Corsica, 23 Apr 1944
Falconara, Italy, 1 Apr 1945
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