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307th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
307th Bombardment Group (H) B-24
The 307th Bombardment Group (HV) Association, Inc., The Long Rangers
grew out of the initial meeting of former World War II members who got
together in the spirit of fellowship and camaraderie in Reno, Nevada on
September 11-12, 1972. Our goal and hope was for continued growth and
expanded interest in the Nation's finest heroes. The members attending
the initial meeting were: Carl Whitesell, Dan Cauffiel, George Jaffe,
Ed Jurkens, M. P. Nelson, Arthur Downs, and C. Scott.
Our organization has grown and we have expanded to include the
Children of the 307th and their families. Our hope is to insure that
future generations never forget the sacrifices that these men made for
them and our country. Every two years we hold a reunion in a different
part of the country and have a great time reminiscing and catching up
with old and new friends.
Download the proposed amendment to the 307th By-Laws
Click here for: The 2014 amendments to the 307th
ratified by vote on September 20, 2014
Our current Board members are:
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The 307th Bombardment Group (HV) Association, Inc. includes the
307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) from WWII as well as the 307th Bomb
Wing (Medium) 1946-1954 that served during the Korean war.
About the 307th Bomb
Group—Did you know?
The story of the 307th Bomb Group "Long Rangers" in World War II is an
- A Presidential Unit Citation was awarded for the successful
strike at the Balikpapan Oil Refineries in Borneo on 30 September
1944. The 307th had to fly their B-24 Liberator bombers 17 1/2 hours
for a round trip of 2,610 miles, the longest mass daylight mission ever
flown by this type aircraft
- The 307th Bomb Group gunners shot down an average of 25 per cent
of their Japanese fighter interceptors. 307th Bomb Group Crews
encountered coordinated and concentrated interception by Japanese
airmen over many Japanese held islands without their own fighter escort
including Rabaul, Truk, Yap, and Palau.
- Their first taste of combat came Dec 27th 1942, when 27 aircraft
flew 1,260 miles to bomb selected targets on Wake Island All planes
returned safely from the flight after having flown 2,240 miles, the
longest mass raid of the war to that time. As a result of this mission
and the many long distance flights to come, the 307th soon became known
by nickname as the "Long Rangers"
- The Group's aircraft were the first over Tarawa, Naura, Ocean
Island and the Marshall Islands. It was January 1943 when the unit was
credited with its first Japanese Zero.
- Two Presidential Unit Citations were awarded to the Group, one
for action in the bombing of the Island of Truk, the most heavily
defended and strongly fortified japanese base in the Pacific. During
withdrawal. gunners of the Group destroyed 31 of the 75 attacking
aircraft, probably destroyed 12 more and damaged 10 in an air battle
that lasted 43 minutes.This daring raid, made on 29 March 1944,
neutralized the Islands airfields, making possible long range flights
without fighter protection, The other Presidential Unit Citation was
awarded for the successful strike at the Baltkapapan Oil Refineries in
Borneo on 30 September 1944. The 307th had to fly their B-24 Liberator
bombers 17 1/2 hours for a round trip of 2,610 miles, the longest mass
daylight mission ever flown by this type aircraft
- They hit the Japanese in the air. They shot down 355 planes, 68
probables and 51 damaged. On the ground they destroyed 170 airplanes,
scores of airfields and supply dumps, oil refineries and harbor
installations. On the sea they sunk 21,000 tons of shipping and damaged
another 112,000 tons.
- Shortly after V-J Day, the proud numerals of the 307th Bomb Group
became just another line on the list of deactivated fighting units.
- In November 1945, the 307th Bomb Group was deactivated, but with
the Air Force's Policy of preserving the names of the top fighting
units of World War II, the 307th Bomb Group was reactivated as the
307th Bombardment Wing on 4 August, 1946. Assigned to Macdill Air Force
Base, Florida, and furnished with B-29 Aircraft. The 307th Bomb Wing
took part in all Strategic Air Command Operations until the outbreak of
the Korean War in July 1950.
- They had a sucessful campaign in Korea, and received another
presidental unit Citation for their extraordinary heroism in action
against an enemy of the United Nations during the period of 11 to 27
July, 1953. At this time they flew 93 sorties and dropped 860 tons of
bombs on targets at the Simanju Air Field, where despite severe icing,
intense enemy anti-craft fire and co-ordinated search light fighter
opposition they rendered the airfield unservicable.
- During the course of the Korean operations, the Wing mounted
6.052 sorties against enemy targets. flew 55.473 cornbat hours and
dropped 51,757 tons of bombs.
- The 307th Bomb Wing returned to the United States in 1954. The
307th Bomb Wing the last remaining B 29 Wing in the Far East returned
in October 1954 to be equipped with the B 47 Stratojet bomber and
reassigned to the new duty station at Lincoln Air Force Base, Nebraska
Source of "Did you know?" material contributed by the Lincoln AFB