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Default 345th BG ‘Air Apaches’

The 345th BG is made up of four squadrons:

The 498th Falcons
The 499th Bats Outta Hell
The 500th Rough Raiders
The 501st Black Panthers


A spectacular image of Air Apaches in action against the Imperial Japanese fleet during the Pacific campaign in WWII. Note the skipping 500lb bomb in the near foreground and the second ship under attack by other B-25s to the rear. (photo via 345th BG Association)


A B-25 Mitchell of the 345th BG ‘Air Apaches’ attacks a Japanese destroyer during WWII. (photo via 345thBG Association)


North American B-25D-5-NA Mitchell s/n 41-30024 500th Bomb Squadron “Rough Raiders”, 345th Bomb Group “Air Apaches”. Over Wakde Island on May 11,1944. (USAAF photo via Wikipedia)

Welcome to the 345th Bomb Group's Website.

The 345th Bomb Group was first activated at Columbia Army Air Base, SC, in November 1942. The "Air Apaches" were the first full Air Force combat Group sent the Pacific in World War II and flew the B-25 Mitchell. Shortly after arriving in theater their B-25's were converted to "strafer's", making them a low level ground and shipping attack plane.

The Unit was awarded four United States Distinguished Unit Citations and is one of the most decorated units of WWII.

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