Unit Details

98th Bombardment Group, Medium

USAF Organizations in Korea 1950-1953 Judy G. Endicott http://www.afhra.af.mil/index.asp

Unit Info

 

 

 

The 98th joined the 92d Group at Yokota, and the 307th joined the 19th and 22d Groups at Kadena.

 

 

98th Bombardment Group (Medium)
Deployed from the States to Yokowa, Japan, in August 1950 to fly missions over Korea
_:-.:ilits assets were absorbed by the 98th Bombardment Wing in April 1951.
-~:.. 344th, and 345th Bombardment Squadrons (Medium)


The first B-29s and crews of the 98th BG, detached from the 98th BW in Spokane AFB, Washington, arrived at Yokota AB, Japan on August 5, 1950.

Two days later, they flew against marshalling yards at Pyongyang, North Korea. The 98th BG engaged primarily in interdiction of enemy communications centers but also supported UN ground forces. Interdiction targets included marshalling yards, oil centers, rail facilities, bridges, roads, troop concentrations, airfields, and military installations.

Although not formally inactivated until June 1952, group headquarters became an unmanned unit on April 1, 1951, when control of tactical operations passed to the 98th BW.


Combat Components


Stations


Yokota AB, Japan, c. August 5, 1950-June 16, 1952.


Commanders


Col. Richard H. Carmichael, -April 1, 1951.


Campaign Streamers

  1. UN Defensive;
  2. UN Offensive;
  3. CCF Intervention;
  4. First UN Counteroffensive.


Decorations



Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for the period August 7, 1950-March 31, 1951.

Heraldry


Azure, a bend indented between a dexter mailed hand couped at the wrist, in bend, grasping a drop bomb and an olive wreath, all Or. Motto: FORCE FOR FREEDOM. Approved for 98th Group on July 29, 1942. Not formally approved for the 98th Wing until
1956.

August 8, 1950

When the 98th and 307th Groups arrived in the theater, General Stratemeyer on 8 August ordered O'Donnell to put the strategic offensive into effect, using the maximum effort of two B-29 groups against industrial targets every third day.#14

#14 Daily diary D/Opns. FEAF, 8 Aug. 1950; msg. AX-4143; CG FEAF to CG FEAF BomCom, 12 Aug. 1950.

 This allocation of effort continued in force until 20 August, when General Weyland, arguing the fact that several of the newly designated Joint Chiefs of Staff strategic objectives were actually interdiction targets, persuaded the FEC Target Selection Committee to commit three medium-bomber groups to strategic bombing.#15