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417th Bombardment Group "Sky Lancers" (417th BG)
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force (5th AF)
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The 417th Bombardment Group "Sky Lancers" (417th BG) was assigned to the 5th Air Force in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) included the 672nd Bombardment Squadron "Tomahawks" (672nd BS), 673rd Bombardment Squadron "Flying Cowboys" (673rd BS), 674th Bombardment Squadron "Wolf Pack" (674th BS) and 675th Bombardment Squadron "Dauntless Demons" (675th BS).

During late 1943, the 417th BG departed overseas and arrived in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) in late January 1944. The 417th BGoperated A-20 Havoc on low level strike missions in New Guinea and later the Philippines. Also, some B-25 Mitchell and C-47 Skytrain aircraft were assigned for transport. On March 27, 1944 the group flew its first combat mission. The 417th BG remained in combat until the end of the Pacific War.

Headquarters Squadron (HQ)
On January 28, 1944 arrived at Cape Sudest on the north coast of New Guinea. On February 7, 1944 Headquarters moves from Cape Sudest to Dobodura. On April 8, 1944 Headquarters moved to Saidor Airfield. On September 9, 1944 Headquarters moves to Kornasoren Airfield on Noemfoor Island. On December 6, 1944 Headquarters moves to Tacloban Airfield on Leyte. On August 17, 1945 moves to Okinawa.

672nd Bombardment Squadron "Tomahawks" (672nd BS)
On January 28, 1944 arrived at Cape Sudest on the north coast of New Guinea. On February 4, 1944 moved from Cape Sudest to Dobodura.

On March 12, 1944 lost is A-20G "A Touch of Texas" 43-9623 pilot 2nd Lt. McCoy E. Palmer on a practice bombing mission against the Ayatosan Maru  (The Gona Wreck) and ditched with all three rescued.

On March 20, 1944 lost is A-20G 42-54157 pilot 2nd Lt. Raymond H. Brock took off on an administrative flight bound for Dobodura and crashed inland from Cape Ward Hunt with the pilot killed. The two passengers were later rescued and survived.

On April 10, 1944 the 672nd BS moves from Dobodura to Saidor Airfield.

On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" the squadron flew a low level strike against Hollandia. Returning, the formation encountered a severe weather front returning to Saidor Airfield. Force landed was A-20G Havoc 43-9401 pilot 2nd Lt. Phillip Crow (survived) and A-20G "In The Mood" 43-9669 pilot 2nd Lt. Arthur Gresen (survived). Afterwards, this mission was dubbed "Black Sunday" due to the number of aircraft lost due to bad weather.

On September 10, 1944 the 672nd BS moves from Saidor Airfield to Kornasoren Airfield on Noemfoor Island.

On December 6, 1944 672nd BS move to Tacloban Airfield on Leyte. On December 22, 1944 moves to San Jose Airfield on Mindoro.

On August 17, 1945 moves to Okinawa.

673rd Bombardment Squadron "Flying Cowboys" (673rd BS)
On January 28, 1944 arrived at Cape Sudest on the north coast of New Guinea. On February 3, 1944 moved from Cape Sudest to Dobodura. On March 25, 1944 the 673rd BS flew their first combat mission. On April 14, 1944 the 673rd BS moves from Dobodura to Saidor Airfield.

Click For EnlargementOn May 22, 1944 lost was B-25D "Torrid Tessie The Terror" 41-29692 (MIA) pilot 1st Lt Edward V. Atwell, Jr. on an administrative flight from Nadzab Airfield bound for Saidor Airfield and went Missing In Action (MIA). The crash site was found in 1959 and remains recovered by American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) and buried in a group burial, case resolved.

On September 8, 1944 the 673th BS moves from Saidor Airfield to Kornasoren Airfield on Noemfoor Island.

On December 6, 1944 673rd BS move to Tacloban Airfield on Leyte. On December 22, 1944 moves to San Jose Airfield on Mindoro.

On March 19, 1945 lost was A-20G 43-22155 pilot 1st Lt. Ralph M. Jennings on a low level strafing mission against Bacold on Negros and returning had engine trobule and ditched off Panay, pilot missing and gunner rescued.

On March 27, 1945 lost was C-47A "Windy City" 43-16011 (MIA) Captain Eldred E. Kellogg took off from Garbutt Field at Townsville on a flight bound for Finschafen Airfield with 24 crew and passengers, most from the 417th BG went Missing In Action (MIA).

674th Bombardment Squadron "Wolf Pack" (674th BS)
On January 28, 1944 arrived at Cape Sudest on the north coast of New Guinea. On February 4, 1944 moved from Cape Sudest to Dobodura.

On April 10, 1944 lost was A-20G 43-9410 pilot 2nd Lt. James W. Wisdom on a practice bombing mission against the Ayatosan Maru  (The Gona Wreck) and crashed into the shipwreck with all four aboard missing.

On April 17, 1944 the 674th BS moves from Dobodura to Saidor Airfield.

On June 10, 1944 lost was A-20G 42-86621 pilot Lt. Richard V. McGaughey on a mission against Wewak. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and ditched near Muschu Island, pilot rescued gunner SSgt Oscar B. Macias MIA.

On September 8, 1944 the 674th BS moves from Saidor Airfield to Kornasoren Airfield on Noemfoor Island.

On October 1, 1944 lost is A-20G pilot 1st Lt. Norman J. Summers on a mission against Langgoer Airfield in the Kai Islands and ditched between Adi Island and the mainland of western New Guinea and the crew were rescued by OA-10 Catalina.

On December 6, 1944 the 674rd BS move to Tacloban Airfield on Leyte. On December 22, 1944 moves to San Jose Airfield on Mindoro.

On August 15, 1945 moves to Okinawa.

675th Bombardment Squadron "Dauntless Demons" (675th BS)
On January 28, 1944 arrived at Cape Sudest on the north coast of New Guinea. On February 4, 1944 moved from Cape Sudest to Dobodura.

On April 9, 1944 the 675th BS moves from Dobodura to Saidor Airfield.

Click For EnlargementOn April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" nine A-20s from the 675th BS flew a low level strike against Hollandia. Returning, the formation encountered a severe weather front returning to Saidor Airfield. Seeing chaos on the from to other aircraft that force landed, the squadron diverted to Finschafen Airfield. Three A-20s were lost. A-20G 43-9488 pilot 2nd Lt. Michael Jovanovich out of fuel ditched northwest of Finschafen, pilot rescued two missing. A-20G 43-9629 pilot 2nd Lt. Edward Davidson when the left main gear collapsed landed at Yamai Airfield (Saidor No. 2). Also written off was A-20G 42-86615 force landed at Yamai Airfield (Saidor No. 2). Afterwards, this mission was dubbed "Black Sunday" due to the number of aircraft lost due to bad weather.

On July 23, 1944 lost was A-20G 42-54089 pilot Captain Kramer Thomas, Jr. (MIA) on a flight from Nadzab Airfield bound for Saidor Airfield and went missing.

Click For EnlargmentOn September 10, 1044 lost is A-20G 43-9180 pilot 1st Lt. Thomas R. Grimes (MIA) on a mission against Babo Airfield and was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and force landed near Otawir Airfield plilot killed and gunner SSgt Frank J. Kramerich missing.

On September 15, 1944 the 675th BS moves from Saidor Airfield to Kornasoren Airfield on Noemfoor Island.

On December 6, 1944 the 675rd BS move to Tacloban Airfield on Leyte. On December 22, 1944 moves to San Jose Airfield on Mindoro.

On January 9, 1945 lost was A-20G 43-22160 pilot 2nd Lt. Bertrand E Major (MIA) on a strike mission against central Luzon and was last seen roughly four miles north of Bolongapo at Subic Bay. Pilot missing, gunner killed.

On August 17, 1945 moves to Okinawa.

References
417th Bomb Group The Sky Lancers [417th BG Yearbook]


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