Damaged planes in Italy during WW2. Photo from the archive of the 47th Bombardment Group, USA.
Avioane in flacari in Italia in timpul celui de-Al Doilea Razboi Mondial. Imaginea este parte a arhivei ceului de-al 47-lea Grup de Bombardiere, SUA.
According to this website.
About one year before the Pearl Harbor attack, the 47th was constituted as the 47th Bombardment Group (Light) on November 20, 1940. On January 15, 1941 the Group was activated and cadres for Headquarters and three tactical squadrons, the 84th, the 85th and the 86th, were manned by experienced personnel at McChord Field, Washington out of the 17th Bombardment Group. Likewise the 20th Reconnaissance Squadron, later to become the 97th Bombardment Squadron, was manned at the same place out of the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron. In the spring of 1941 the 47th Group, with all squadrons was designated for station at Fresno, California as soon as buildings were available at the new Hammer Field east of that city.
So much for the record. What follows is an informal narrative, highlights of events experienced by members of the 47th. Much of this story is told in the first person.
Some two hundred members of the new group with a few B-18 aircraft left McChord and arrived in Fresno during July of 1941. There we were joined by several hundred new airmen who were to be trained into their various duties and tasks. Most of these officers and enlisted ranks, old and new members, were career regulars, active duty reservist or recent volunteers. None were unwilling draftees.
Out of Fresno base we flew many search missions over the deserts of the Southwest U.S. and into Mexico looking for, and finding some, lost ferry pilots (who were flying new aircraft from Southern California factories). We also engaged in infantry training over at Fort Ord, California.
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