Motto: Voler Venger Vaincre - Fly Avenge Vanquish-Conquer
The 446th Bomb Group was activated 1 April 1943 at Davis-Monthan AAB, Arizona where initial assembly began. The unit moved to Alamagordo, NM on the 6th June 1943, but immediately moved again to Lowry AAB, Colorado, where the training was completed. The ground unit left on the 18th of October 1943 for Camp Shanks, NY and embarked on the Queen Mary on the 25th of October 1943. They sailed on the 27th of October 1943 and arrived in Clyde on the 2nd of November 1943. The aircraft left Lowry AAB on the 20th of October 1943 for Lincoln AAB, Neb. The aircraft flew via the southern route from Florida, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Dakar, and Marrakash to England. One aircraft was lost on the Puerto Rico leg, and one aircraft was shot down when it strayed off course into France. The group was stationed in Bungay, England, near the North Sea coast, about 90 miles NE of London.
Planes of the 446th led the 8th AF and the 2nd BD on the first heavy bomber mission of D-Day. "Ronnie" is believed to be the first 8th AF B-24 to fly 100 missions. The 706th Bomb Squadron flew 62 consecutive missions and the 707th Bomb Squadron had 68 missions without a loss.
Subsequent History: Redeployed to the US June/July 1945. First of the aircraft departed the United Kingdom mid-June 1945. One aircraft was lost over the Azores on the return flight to the US. The ground echelon sailed from Greenock on the Queen Mary on the sixth of July 1945, arriving in New York on the 11th of July 1945. Personnel went to Camp Kilmer and had 30 days R and R. Some assembled at Sioux Falls AAFB, SD where the Group was inactivated on the 28th of August 1945.