The 38th Bomb Group was one of the most heroic air groups in the Pacific war, but probably the least well known. A critical component to victory in Japan, the 38th Bomb Group was an integral part of of the Fifth Air Force through major campaigns and conquests in New Guinea, through the Philippines and to victory in Japan.
Campaigns. Air Offensive, Japan; China Defensive; Papua; New Guinea; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; China Offensive.
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Papua, [Sep] 1942-23 Jan 1943; New Britain, 24-26 Dec 1943; New Guinea, 17 Jun 1944; Leyte, 10 Nov 1944. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
June 4- 1942- 7:10 am- 150 miles northwest of Midway Atoll. Moments after releasing a torpedo at the Japanese carrier Akagi- the B-26 Marauder ‚??Susie-Q‚?? thunders down the carrier‚??s flight deck- grazing the bridge. Lt. James P. Muri- of the Army Air Force‚??s 22nd Bomb Group- pilots his craft across the ship in an attempt to escape the gauntlet of fire unleashed by the enemy surface fleet and swarming Zero fighters. The dramatic torpedo attack by Army B-26 Marauders of the 22nd and 38th Bomb Groups and the Navy TBF Avengers of Torpedo Squadron 8- forced Japanese Admiral Nagumo to alter his battle plan- a decision that set the stage for the incredible American Victory at the Battle of Midway.