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88th Bombardment Group

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88th Bombardment Group

469th Bombardment Group
Active 1942–1944
Country  United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces

The 88th Bombardment Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the III Bomber Command, being stationed at Avon Park Army Airfield, Florida. It was inactivated on 1 May 1944.


Established in early 1942 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment group. Was assigned to II Bomber Command as a heavy bomber Operational Training Unit (OTU). The group was assigned primarily to airfields in the Pacific Northwest under II BC; performing training of new units, then becoming a Replacement Training Unit (RTU). Reassigned to III Bomber Command in November 1943 when Second Air Force began to exclusively train B-29 Superfortress aircrews. Continued as a B-17 RTU until the end of heavy bomber training of replacement aircrews in May 1944; was inactivated.


  • Constituted as 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 January 1942
Activated on 15 July 1942
Disbanded on 1 May 1944




Wartime Cartoons

88th Bomb Group Headquarters S-2 Office (specifically 399th Squadron on at least one) produced war cartoons / propaganda reminding US Soldiers on topics such as:

  • watching for female spies,
  • loose talk that could give up military information,
  • drinking too much,
  • writing home to loved ones,
  • etc

The wording/verses were done by LT. DAVID MINDLIN and Cartoons by both PFC. JOHN P. KLEIN (J.P. KLEIN) and PFC. SKYLTZ (spelling on SKLYTZ may be incorrect?). There at least 9 different cartoons set on either wood panel backing or laminated type material. The laminated material versions were issued in two sizes, either 7x10 and 11x14 medium/small. Some of the larger cartoons are colored with colored pencil.

Pictures / first seen listed:


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

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