304th Bomb Wing - 454/455/456/459 Bombardment Groups

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Enjoy this history of the bomb groups of the 304th Bomb Wing in World War II with this discovered archival film footage.   The bombardment groups of the 304th BW began arriving in Italy in January of 1944. They would remain there until V-E day in 1945.

Identified B-24 aircraft are seen on the ground and in the air at their bases at San Giovanni, Stornara and Giulia Airfield and the viewer gets a unique look and visual record of the 454th, 455th, 456th and 459th Bombardment Groups of the 304th Bomb Wing in action during World War II.

In constructing this film on the 304th Bombardment Group, we have watched hundreds of hours of film footage.  We have utilized a variety of sources for research. What has remained is identified footage for particular groups.  We present this material without any narration (sound) added.  Footage contained has not been enhanced in any way. Some may be over exposed, other clips dark and even items may not have ideal focus. Nevertheless, we want to present the most comprehensive record of these groups on film.

A special note on this dvd title; the footage of the 454th, 456th and 459th groups is all of the film footage we have been able to locate on these three groups.

These are not documentary wwii movies, they are not hollywood produced films but the raw original footage taken by the photographers of the Army Air Forces Combat Camera Units. Much of the footage was digitized from 16mm and 35mm film reels.

116 total minutes of silent black and white film footage. 103 minutes of the 454/455/456/459 groups then 13 minutes that includes listening to a narrative with footage on the missions to Ploesti, Rumania.


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  • 4
    Wish I'd seen this 20 years ago

    Posted by Ron Westrup on 25th Feb 2015

    My Dad flew over 30 missions as part of the 454th. He's been gone now for many years but I would have loved to watch these clips with him as he never really talked about his experiences but these would have opened up a real discussion about them.

  • 4
    Actual and Accurate

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Jan 2015

    The video is actual and accurate and well put together from first hand accounts. I would have enjoyed more documentation of the 456, but it was not as much in this presentation, but the 456 were on most of the runs made by the other B-24s as well, so it is a good account of the whole operation. My Uncle was a nose gunner in the 456th and a real hero all his life to all who knew him. He turned 18 on one of the missions.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 10th Oct 2014