450TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP
APO 520 US ARMY
TO: Officers and Men of the 450th Bombardment
Group (H), AAF.
It is a
pleasure as your Group Commander, to be able to report to you that the 450th
Bombardment Group led the entire 15th Air Force in Bombing
Accuracy for the month of August.
jumped into the lead position during the second week in August and never
relinquished it for the rest of the month. This enviable record was the
combined results of all the officers and men in the Group, working as a team,
all striving for one common cause…maximum destruction to the enemy!
for this record should not go to the Combat Crews alone. It meant long hours
for clerks, mess personnel, armament, ordnance, communications and
engineering…it meant practice missions day after day…it meant teamwork to the
nth degree under many handicaps but you surmounted every obstacle in a superior
I am proud
to have a command composed of officers and men with the spirit you have
displayed. If this type is carried on into September, the most crucial month
for the "Krauthead" since the war started, it will be a decidedly important
factor in shortening the war.
I urge you
to exert every effort this month to continue your pace-setting bombing
performance of the past month when you chalked up 60.4% which is an all time
high for any Heavy Bombardment Group in World War II. Let us strive for two
objectives for the month of September; first, to help deal the knockout blow to
Adolph, and secondly, to surpass our present bombing record.
R. R. GIDEON
Lt. Col., Air Corps,