9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Awards

Honors and

Commendations

 

WWII-Medal

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The 416th Bomb Group and Squadrons received numerous Awards, Honors and Commendations
during their time in the European Theater of Operations.

    
416th BG Air Force Award summary card
"WDGO" = War Department, General Orders
"AG 200.6 OpGA" = Adjutant General, Section 200.6 (AG Records Decimal File System Index for
AWARDS & MEDALS, Operations, General Administration)

(NARA - Air Force Award Cards [unit awards]: 350th Airdrome Squadron - 575th Bomb Squadron, Page 395)


                 
668th, 669th, 670th and 671st Squadron Air Force Award summary cards
(NARA - Air Force Award Cards [unit awards]: 576th Air Material Squadron - 1781st Ordnance S&M Company (AVN), Pages 116, 118, 119, 121)







The 416th Bomb Group was awarded Battle Participation Credit in the the following WWII Campaigns:
Air Offensive, Europe; 4 Jul 1942 to 5 Jun 1944 (WD GO 85, 1945)
Normandy; 6 Jun to 24 Jul 1944 (WD GO 102, 1945)
Northern France; 25 Jul to 14 Sep 1944 (WD GO 103, 1945)
Ardennes; 16 Dec 1944 to 25 Jan 1945 (WD GO 114, 1945)
Central Europe; 22 Mar to 11 May 1945 (WD GO 116, 1945)
Rhineland; 15 Sep 1944 to 21 Mar 1945 (WD GO 118, 1945)


Additionally, the 416th Bomb Group was awarded Battle Participation Credit for the
Western Europe Campaign in August, 1944.
The "Western Europe" Campaign was originally established by General Orders 49, Section III, War Department, 1944.
These Orders were subsequently rescinded by General Orders 30, War Department, 1 May 1945.

See also:
General Orders 33, War Department, 1 May 1945, Campaigns added to US Army List.
Amended by General Orders 40, War Department, 21 May 1945.






On July 25, 1945, the Group was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for Extraordinary Heroism
for their critical part in trapping German forces in the Falaise Gap between August 6-9, 1944.






On August 17, 1945, General Rene Bouscat, Inspector General of the French Air Force, issued General Order No 40
awarding the Croix de Guerre with "Star of Vermeil" to the US 9th Tactical Air Force and all its units.






The 416th also received numerous Commendations during their Combat Operations.




     
Individuals assigned to the 416th BG were authorized to wear a
"Battle Star on the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon" (AG 200.6 Op, 19 July 1944)
and "Overseas Service Bars" (AG 421 MPGA, 6 July 1944) for each period of 6 month's overseas service.
(416th History, July 1944, Exhibits 2 and 3)



Sources

Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA), http://www.afhra.af.mil/.


Fold3, WWII European Theater Army Records, database and images, https://www.fold3.com/title/785/wwii-european-theater-army-records.
Note: Subscription is required to view many of the Fold3 images.


NARA, Record Group 54, Award Cards, 1942 - 1963, https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4530002.
Air Force Award Cards [unit awards]: 350th Airdrome Squadron - 575th Bomb Squadron, https://catalog.archives.gov/id/148266460.
Air Force Award Cards [unit awards]: 576th Air Material Squadron - 1781st Ordnance S&M Company (AVN), https://catalog.archives.gov/id/148267482.


U.S. Army, Center of Military History, Books and Documents Section 1 - Commemorative Products, https://history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/wwii/ResourcesETO/Books_and_Documents/sec01.html.

U.S. Army, Center of Military History, Books and Documents Section 2 - European-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, https://history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/wwii/ResourcesETO/Books_and_Documents/sec02.html.


U.S. Army, Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) Library, Historical General Orders/Special Orders Collection https://www.benning.army.mil/Library/General Orders/index.html - General Orders 1945 copy 2 (PDF) and General Orders 1946-1947 - copy 2 (PDF)
Extracted General Orders:
General Orders 28, War Department, 10 April 1945.
General Orders 33, War Department, 1 May 1945.
General Orders 40, War Department, 21 May 1945.
General Orders 84, War Department, 5 October 1945.
General Orders 85, War Department, 10 October 1945.
General Orders 102, War Department, 9 November 1945.
General Orders 103, War Department, 13 November 1945.
General Orders 114, War Department, 7 December 1945.
General Orders 116, War Department, 11 December 1945.
General Orders 118, War Department, 12 December 1945.
General Orders 24, War Department, 4 March 1947.