98th Bombardment Wing (U.S. Army Air Forces)
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The 98th Bombardment Wing is an inactive United States Army Air Forces unit. Its last assignment was with the United States Air Force Reserve, based at Bedford Field, Massachusetts. It was inactivated on 27 June 1949.
|98th Bombardment Wing|
Martin B-26B Marauder (42-96142). The aircraft was assigned to the 596th Bomb Squadron, 397th Bomb Group,98th Bomb Wing
|Branch||United States Army Air Forces|
|Role||Medium Bomber Command and Control|
|3d Bombardment Wing emblem|
As the 3d Wing, the unit was one of the original wings of the GHQ Air Force on 1 March 1935. It was formed in Texas, reassigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. Performed peacetime training operations. Assigned to MacDill Field, Florida, 1940 and assigned to USAAC Southeast Air District, becoming part of III Bomber Command just prior to World War II.
It was redesignated as the 98th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium) in November 1943. The wing was reassigned to Ninth Air Force when 9th was reformed in England as tactical air force to support ground forces in upcoming invasion of France. Performed combat operations supporting allied ground forces until V-E Day
It served postwar as an Air Force reserve unit, 1947–1949.
- Authorized on the inactive list as 3d Wing on 24 March 1923
- Redesignated as: 3d Attack Wing in 1929
- Activated on 15 June 1932
- Redesignated as 3d Wing in 1935
- Redesignated 3d Bombardment Wing in 1940
- Inactivated on 5 September 1941
- Activated on 7 June 1942
- Redesignated as: 98th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium) in November 1943
- Redesignated as: 98th Bombardment Wing (Medium) in June 1945
- Inactivated on 27 November 1945.
- Redesignated 3d Bombardment Wing (Light) and allotted to the reserve
- Activated on 20 December 1946
- Redesignated 3d Air Division (Bombardment) in April 1948
- Inactivated on 27 June 1949
- United States Army Air Corps, 15 June 1932
- General Headquarters Air Force, 1 March 1935
- Southeast Air District, 2 October 1940
- III Bomber Command, 5 September 1941
- VIII Bomber Command, 7 June 1942
- IX Bomber Command, 16 October 1943 – 27 November 1945
- United States Air Force Reserve, 20 December 1946 – 27 June 1949
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.