Moved to England, arriving in January 1944. Began operations with Ninth Air Force
on 14 March when the group flew a fighter sweep over the coast of France. Made strafing
and bombing attacks on airfields, rail and highway bridges, trains, vehicles, flak
positions, and V-weapon sites to help prepare for the invasion of France.
Supported the landings in Normandy early in June 1944 and began operations from the
Continent later the same month. Aided in the taking of Cherbourg, participated in
the air operations that prepared the way for the Allied breakthrough at St Lo on
25 July, and supported ground forces during their drive across France.
Received a Distinguished Unit Citation for support operations in the vicinity of
Mons on 3 September 1944 when the group, dispatching seven missions against the enemy
on that day, not only destroyed large numbers of motor transports, horse-drawn vehicles,
and troops, but also attacked enemy positions that obstructed the progress of ground
forces. Continued to support ground forces, participated in the assault against the
Siegfried Line, and took part in the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944-January 1945)
by attacking rail lines and trains, marshalling yards, roads and vehicles, armored
columns, and gun positions. Operated with the Allied forces that pushed across the
Rhine and into Germany.
After V-E Day, served with the army of occupation, being assigned to United States
Air Forces in Europe. Inactivated in Germany on 20 August 1946
Constituted as 368th Fighter Group on 24 May 1943.
Activated on 1 June 1943
Inactivated in Germany on 20 August 1946, aircraft, personnel and equipment being
redesignated as 78th Fighter Group.
Fighter Command, 1 June 1943
Attached to: New York Fighter Wing, 23 August-20 December 1943
IX Fighter Command, 13 January 1944
71st Fighter Wing
Attached to: IX Tactical Air Command, 1 August 1944
70th Fighter Wing
Attached to: IX Tactical Air Command, 1 October 1944
XIX Tactical Air Command, 16 January 1945
United States Air Forces in Europe
Attached to: XII Tactical Air Command, 16 November 1945-20 August 1946
Westover Field, Massachusetts, 1 June 1943
Farmingdale Army Airfield, New York, 23 August-20 December 1943
RAF Greenham Common (AAF-486), England, 13 January 1944
RAF Chilbolton (AAF-404), England, 15 March 1944
Cardonville Airfield (A-3), France, 20 June 1944
Chartres Airfield (A-40), France, 23 August 1944
Laon/Athies Airfield (A-69), France, II September 1944 Chievres Airfield (A-84),
Belgium, 2 October 1944
Juvincourt Airfield (A-68), France, 27 December 1944
Metz Airfield (Y-34), France, 5 January 1945
Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Airfield (Y-73), Germany, 15 April 1945
AAF Station Buchschwabach, Germany, 13 May 1945
AAF Station Straubing, Germany, 13 August 1945-20 August 1946.
395th Fighter Squadron (A7): 1 June 1943-20 August 1946
396th Fighter Squadron (C2): 1 June 1943-20 August 1946
397th Fighter Squadron (D3): 1 June 1943-20 August 1946