448th Bomb Group

Seething Airfield was home to the 448th during the 2nd World War and to is to who this museum is dedicated.

715 th Squadron

Lineage

  • Constituted 715th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) 6th April 1943
  • Activated 1st May 1943
  • Redesignated 715th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) 5th August 1945
  • Designated 715th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) 2nd July 1948
  • Inactivated 25th June 1966
  • Reactivated as 715th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) 1st January 1970
  • Inactivated 30th September 1990

Assignments

  • 448th Bombardment Group, 1st May 1943 – 4th August 1946
  • 509th Composite (Later Bombardment) Group 6th May 1946
  • 509th Bombardment Wing, 16th June 1952 – 25th June 1966
  • 509th Bombardment Wing, 1st January 1970 – 30th September 1990

Stations

  • Gowen Field, Idaho, 1st May 1943
  • Wendover Field, Utah, 4th July 1943
  • Sioux City AAB, Iowa, 16th September – 9th November 1943
  • Seething, England, 29th November 1943 – 5th July 1945
  • Sioux Falls AAFld, South Dakota, 15th July 1945
  • McCook AAfld, Nebraska, 25th July 1945
  • Biggs Fld, Texas, 23rd August 1945
  • McCook AAfld, Nebraska, 8th September 1945
  • Fort Worth AAfld, Texas, 15th December 1945
  • Roswell Aafld (Later Walker AFB) , New Mexico, 23rd June 1946
  • Pease AFB, New Hampshire, 1st July 1958 – 25th June 1966
  • Pease AFB, New Hampshire, 1st January 1970 – 30th September 1990/1

Aircraft

  • Consolidated B24 Liberator, 1943 – 1945
  • Boeing B29 Superfortress, 1945 – 1951
  • Boeing B50 Superfortress, 1951 – 1955
  • Boeing B47 Stratojet, 1955 – 1966
  • General Dynamics FB111 1971 – 1990

Operations

  • -Combat in European Theatre of Operations,
  • -22nd December 1943 to 25th April 1945

Service Streamers

  • American Theatre

Campaigns

  • AAir Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland;
  • Ardennes – Alsace; Central Europe

Official Emblem 

Approved 6th June 1956

Naturally coloured American Bald Eagle in flight, its wings extending beyond the disc. The background is sky blue with fifteen white stars and bordered deep blue. The Eagle carries in its talons a grey bomb with black fins. Two white edged red lightning bolts flank the bomb. Above the Eagle is a white scroll edged with Air Force yellow with medium blue words 'Defensor Vindex', Defender of Liberty

Un-official Emblem

Used In-theatre 1943 – 1945

On a yellow edged yellow orange disc is a rabbit styled after a superhero. He is dressed in a red all-in-one suit with a yellow lightning flash on the front. The cape is white on top with yellow edging and black beneath. The rabbit is standing on a light blue bomb. There are movement lines surrounding super-rabbit and coming from the bomb.

Squadron Code

(shown on tail code) from European WW2 Period.