UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES
 


 
DISTINGUISHING FLAGS & GUIDONS
2nd BOMBARDMENT DIVISION  •  EIGHTH AIR FORCE  •  WORLD WAR II
 

In June 1944 the Eighth Air Force's 2nd Bombardment Division was headquartered at Ketteringham Hall, Ketteringham, Norfolk. Its five subordinate bomber wings embodied fifteen bombardment groups equipped with the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. Also assigned to the division were two signal companies, a quartermaster detachment, a military police company and a military police detachment.

Units belonging to the US Army Air Corps had flags and guidons based on the colors ultramarine blue and golden orange, the Air Corps branch colors. These were used also for flags of United States Army Air Forces units, i.e. wings and above. Those units, mostly service and support, that did not belong to the Air Corps had flags and guidons of the designs authorized for their parent branches. USAAF distinguishing flags were made of wool bunting, 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly. They were always carried or displayed with a National Standard, Service, made of wool bunting, 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly plus 2 1/2-inch yellow silk fringe. Headquarters squadron (HHS) guidons were of the same colors and design as the distinguishing flag.

Many service and support units were split into detachments. I have chosen to show the unit guidon for the main body and all detachments.

Credits: The drawings on this page are based on the specifications given in Army Regulation 260-10 dated 25 October 1944, a copy of which was kindly provided by FOTW Mailing List member Joseph McMillan. Order of battle information was taken from Dr. Leo Niehorster’s outstanding and essential website, World War II Armed Forces: Orders of Battle and Organizations.
 


 

NATIONAL STANDARD, SERVICE & DISTINGUISHING FLAGS

 

         

2nd BOMBARDMENT DIVISION

 

2nd BOMBER WING (HEAVY)

 

14th BOMBER WING (HEAVY)

 

20th BOMBER WING (HEAVY)

 

95th BOMBER WING (HEAVY)

 

96th BOMBER WING (HEAVY)

 

HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT GUIDONS

 

HHS, 2nd BOMBARDMENT DIVISION

 

HHS, 2nd BOMBER WING

 

HHS, 14th BOMBER WING

 

HHS, 20th BOMBER WING

 

HHS, 95th BOMBER WING

 

HHS, 96th BOMBER WING

 

SERVICE & SUPPORT UNIT GUIDONS

 

315th SIGNAL COMPANY

 

1080th SIGNAL COMPANY (AVIATION)

 

DETACHMENT A, 1244th QUARTERMASTER BATTALION (AVIATION)
From 1st Bombardment Division

 

987th MILITARY POLICE COMPANY (AVIATION)

 

 

DETACHMENT A, 1119th MILITARY POLICE COMPANY (AVIATION)
From 458th Bombardment Group, 96th Bomber Wing
 



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