459th Bomb Group (Heavy)

Combat History, 1944

  • Introduction: What is “the 459th”?: A note regarding what the 459th Bombardment Group (Heavy) of the 304th Bomb Wing of the 15th Air Force, USAAF was: A group of about 2000 men stationed in a complex of airfields in the boot-spur region of Italy and running daily B-24 and B-17 bombing missions over the alps to attack Nazi-controlled European targets during World War II in sustained effort to eliminate the Enemy’s ability to wage effective war against us and our Allies.
  • Historical Context: What was happening in World War 2 during this time?
  • Unit History and War Diaries: Monthly summaries of combat activities and narrative of life at Guilia Field
  • Index of original microfiche source from Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA), Maxwell AFB

One thought on “459th Bomb Group (Heavy)

  1. 459th BG association;

    Writing to inform your research department / historian that a brand-new Fifteenth Air Force Book has been release and published.

    Included is a detailed day to day operations of all the groups, fighter claims and which groups were escorted from the start of the 15th AF on 1 November 1943 to final operations on 16 May 1945

    As the author, I am pleased with this body of work, using all historical records, one of the most comprehensive books currently written on the men and daily operations of the 15th AF.


    Dave Gansz


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