4 July, 1943 — North Africa
Thomas Carson Griffin; The 319th Bomb Group; 319th in Mediterranean ( http://319thbombgroup.com// )
Activated in June, 1942 as the 319th Bombardment Group
Assigned to the 12th Air Force
Trained in Martin B-26 Maurders and moved via England to N. Africa, participated in landing at Arzeu beach
Became known as the "Big Tail Birds"
Briefly assigned to the 15th AF, Nov.43 -Jan.44
Action in Tunisia: attacking airdromes, harbors and rail facilities
Action in Sicily: the reduction of Pantelleria
Action in support of ground forces at Solarno and Anzio
The reduction of Monte Cassino
Awarded Distinguished Unit Citation for a mission on March 3, 1944 bombing rail facilities in Rome
Awarded second DUC for striking marshalling yards in Florence on March 11, 1944 (TRANSITION to B-25)
Awarded French Croix de Guerre with Palm for action in preparation for and support of Allied offensive in Italy
Bombed targets in the Po Valley, in Yugoslavia July-Dec.44 Converted to B-25s and later A-26s w/o interrupting combat.
*****The 319th did not serve in the ETO. They flew the B-26 in the MTO until November 1944 when they converted to the B-25, until December 31,1944; were withdrawn from combat, and returned to the US, to convert to the A-26 for service in the 7th AAF in the Pacific, where they flew missions until the end of the war. They have the distinction of being the only Medium Bomb Group to fly all three Medium bombers in combat.