The 392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association was formed in 1985. The Association currently has more than 250 members who, through their donations and interest, support the research efforts to remember the history, the legacy of the bomb group and to honor the American men and women who served the 392nd between 1943 and 1945.
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The group was activated in January 1943 at Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona, equipped with B24 Liberators, trained at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas and Alamogordo Army Air Base, New Mexico. The group was moved to England in August 1943 and was assigned to the Eighth Air Force at Wendling Air Base in East Anglia.
The group flew 285 combat missions, suffering 1552 casualties including 869 killed in action or line of duty and 184 aircraft lost. In February 1944 the group was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for destroying an aircraft factory in Gotha, Germany.
As the curtain rang down on the war for the strategic Bombardment Groups of the Eighth Air Force, the men of Station # 118 at Wendling could reflect back with justifiable pride on the previous nineteen months and sixteen days of combat operations credited to the 392nd since the Liberators took to the air on their first mission, September 9th, 1943. The bombing record of the fourth oldest B-24 Group to be assigned to the Eighth would go down as an excellent one - ranking well above the average in comparison with all other bomber units. But, the persistency and determination with which its aircrews had fought their bombers through to attack some of the toughest targets in Hitler's Nazi Germany had also cost a grisly toll of men and aircraft. Those who never returned would not be forgotten by their comrades who, through God's fortune, did come back from it all.
In June 1945 the group returned to the United States and was inactivated at Charleston AAF in South Carolina in September of the same year.
Though the statistics of war can only stand as cold, impersonal epitaphs in an attempt to describe the way it was, they can never depict nor describe the real meanings of war - those locked very personally in each one's self. But the statistics, impersonal as they are, must stand as the only measure of achievement and regrettably, the tragedies of war that was a very personal, individual thing to all the young men involved over seventy-some years ago.