47bg.com 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 47th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 47th, 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 47th Bombardment Group (Light) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Patrolled the west coast for several weeks after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, then trained for duty overseas.
Moved to North Africa, Oct-Nov 1942. Assigned to Twelfth AF. Served in the Mediterranean theater until the end of the war, using A-20's and (after Jan 1945) some A-26's for support and interdictory operations in which the group attacked such targets as tanks, convoys, bivouac areas, troop concentrations, supply dumps, roads, pontoon bridges, rail lines, and airfields.
Also flew numerous night intruder missions after Jun 1944. Began operations by flying low-level missions against the enemy in North Africa during the period Dec 1942-May 1943. When Axis forces broke through at Kasserine Pass in Feb 1943, the 47th Group, though undermanned and undersupplied, flew eleven missions on 22 Feb to attack the advancing armored columns and thus to help stop the enemy's offensive - an action for which the group was awarded a DUC.
Remained active in combat during Mar and Apr 1943 while training for medium-level bombardment. Participated in the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa in Jun 1943 and the invasion of Sicily in Jul. Bombed German evacuation beaches near Messina in Aug. Supported British Eighth Army during the invasion of Italy in September. Assisted the Allied advance toward Rome, Sep 1943-Jun 1944.
Supported the invasion of Southern France, Aug-Sep 1944. Attacked German communications in northern Italy, Sep 1944-Apr 1945. Received second DUC for performance from 21 to 24 Apr 1945 when, in bad weather and over rugged terrain, the group maintained operations for 60 consecutive hours, destroying enemy transportation in the Po Valley to prevent the organized withdrawal of German forces. Returned to the US in July 1945.
Col Frederick R Terrell, Jan 1942
Col Malcolm Green Jr, 17 May 1943
Lt Col Kenneth S Wade, 1 Apr 1945
Archival Combat Film Footage DVD of the 47th BG.
Fresno, Calif, 14 Aug 1941
Will Rogers Field, Okla, c. 16 Feb 1942
Greensboro, NC, c. 16 Jul-18 Oct 1942
Mediouna, French Morocco, 18 Nov 1942
Youks-les-Bains, Algeria, 7 Jan 1943
Canrobert, Algeria, 6 Mar 1943
Thelepte, Tunisia, 30 Mar 1943
Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia, 13 Apr 1943
Soliman, Tunisia, c. 1 Jul 1943
Malta, 21 Jul 1943
Torrente Comunelli, Sicily, 9 Aug 1943
Gerbini, Sicily, 20 Aug 1943
Grottaglie, Italy, 24 Sep 1943
Vincenzo Airfield, Italy, 15 Oct 1943
Vesuvius Airfield, Italy, c. 10 Jan 1944
Capodichino, Italy, 22 Mar 1944
Vesuvius Airfield, Italy, 25 Apr 1944
Ponte Galeria, Italy, c. 10 Jun 1944
Ombrone Airfield, Italy, 27 Jun 1944
Corsica, 11 Jul 1944
Salon, France, 7 Sep 1944
Follonica, Italy, 18 Sep 1944
Rosignano Airfield, Italy, Oct 1944
Grosseto, Italy, 11 Dec 1944
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