9th US Air Force
IXth Bomber Command
Order of Battle
Commanding
Officer
Group
Markings
Arrived
Station #
Place
Moved Remarks
Type Code
9th US Air Force Lt. Gen.
Lewis Brereton
6 Oct 1943
Bushey Hall, Watford
Hertfordshire
   

The 9th US Air Force was set up in England specifically to provide tactical air support for the D-Day (Operation Overlord, 6 Jun 1944) invasion of Europe and beyond.

  9th Bomber Command Maj. Gen.
Samuel Anderson
  16 Oct 1943
460 Marks Hall
Essex
  Moved to France
18 Sep 1944

Bomber Command's role was to soften up the German defences along the French coast in preparation for the invasion. This included destroying air fields, major road and rail bridges in northern France to prevent swift movement of the German armies.

    97th Bombardment Wing (Light) Capt.
Donald Moloney
  26 Nov 1943
460 Marks Hall
Essex
13 Mar 1944
165 Little Walden
Essex
Moved to France
13 Sep 1944
      409th Bomber Group Col.
Preston Pender
07 Mar 1944
165 Little Walden
Essex
  Moved to France
18 Sep 1944
        640th Bomber Squadron   A-20 W5    
  641st Bomber Squadron   A-20 7G    
  642nd Bomber Squadron   A-20 D6    
  643rd Bomber Squadron   A-20 5I    
  410th Bomber Group Col.
Ralph Rhudy
04 Apr 1944
149 Birch
Essex
16 Apr 1944
154 Gosfield
Essex
Moved to France
27 Sep 1944
  644th Bomber Squadron   A-20 5D    
  645th Bomber Squadron   A-20 7X    
  646th Bomber Squadron   A-20 8U   Changed to A-26
May 1945
  647th Bomber Squadron   A-20 6Q    
  416th Bomber Group Col.
Harold Mace
1 Feb 1944
170 Wethersfield
Essex
  Moved to France
21 Sep 1944
  668th Bomber Squadron   A-20 5H    
  669th Bomber Squadron   A-20 2A    
  670th Bomber Squadron   A-20 F6    
  671st Bomber Squadron   A-20 5C    
  98th Bombardment Wing (Medium) Col.
Carl Storrie
  1 Nov 1943
358 Earls Colne
Essex
18 Jul 1944
408 Beaulieu
Hampshire
Moved to France
23 Aug 1944
  323rd Bomber Group Col.
Wilson Wood
16 Oct 1943
358 Earls Colne
Essex
21 Jul 1944
408 Beaulieu
Hampshire
Moved to France
26 Aug 1944
  453rd Bomber Squadron   B-26 VT   Transferred from
8th Air Force
3rd Bomber Wing
  454th Bomber Squadron   B-26 RJ  
  455th Bomber Squadron   B-26 YU  
  456th Bomber Squadron   B-26 WT  
  387th Bomber Group Col.
Jack Caldwell
1 Jul 1943
162 Chipping Ongar
Essex
21 Jul 1944
452 Stoney Cross
Hampshire
Moved to France
1 Sep 1944
  556th Bomber Squadron   B-26 FW   Transferred from
8th Air Force
3rd Bomber Wing
  557th Bomber Squadron   B-26 KS  
  558th Bomber Squadron   B-26 KX  
  559th Bomber Squadron   B-26 TQ  
  394th Bomber Group Col.
Thomas Hall
11 Mar 1944
161 Boreham
Essex
24 Jul 1944
455 Holmsley South
Hampshire
Moved to France
20 Aug 1944
  584th Bomber Squadron   B-26 K5    
  585th Bomber Squadron   B-26 4T    
  586th Bomber Squadron   B-26 H9    
  587th Bomber Squadron   B-26 5W    
  397th Bomber Group Col.
Richard Coiner
15 Apr 1944
168 Rivenhall
Essex
4 Aug 1944
492 Hurn
Hampshire
Moved to France
30 Aug 1944
  596th Bomber Squadron   B-26 X2   Changed to A-26
Feb 1945
  597th Bomber Squadron   B-26 9F  
  598th Bomber Squadron   B-26 U2  
  599th Bomber Squadron   B-26 6B  
  99th Bombardment Wing (Medium) Brig. Gen.
Herbert Thatcher
  12 Nov 1943
164 Great Dunmow
Essex
  Moved to France
25 Sep 1944
  322nd Bomber Group Col.
Glenn Nye
12 Jun 1943
485 Andrews Field
Essex
  Moved to France
25 Sep 1944
  449th Bomber Squadron   B-26 PN   Transferred from
8th Air Force
3rd Bomber Wing
  450th Bomber Squadron   B-26 ER  
  451st Bomber Squadron   B-26 SS  
  452nd Bomber Squadron   B-26 DR  
  344th Bomber Group Col.
Reginald Vance
9 Feb 1944
169 Stansted
Essex
  Moved to France
30 Sep 1944
  494th Bomber Squadron   B-26 K9    
  495th Bomber Squadron   B-26 Y5    
  496th Bomber Squadron   B-26 N4    
  497th Bomber Squadron   B-26 7I    
  386th Bomber Group Col.
Richard Sanders
29 Sep 1943
164 Great Dunmow
Essex
  Moved to France
2 Oct 1944
  552nd Bomber Squadron   B-26 RG   Changed to A-26
Jan 1945
  553rd Bomber Squadron   B-26 AN   Changed to A-26
Sep 1944
  554th Bomber Squadron   B-26 RU   Changed to A-26
Jan 1945
  555th Bomber Squadron   B-26 YA   Changed to A-26
Jan 1945
  391st Bomber Group Col.
Gerald Williams
26 Jan 1944
166 Matching Green
Essex
  Moved to France
Sep 1944
  572nd Bomber Squadron   B-26 P2   Changed to A-26
Apr 1944
  573rd Bomber Squadron   B-26 T6  
  574th Bomber Squadron   B-26 4L  
  575th Bomber Squadron   B-26 O8  

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