The Arrowhead Club

Commanders and Missions

Budd J. Peaslee (December 18, 1942 to September 6, 1943)

Col. Budd J. Peaslee

The 384th Bomb Group flew 21 missions while Budd Peaslee was commander of the group. Peaslee led 7 of those missions, 33% of the missions flown while he was commander.

Julius K. Lacey (September 6, 1943 to November 23, 1943)

Col. Julius K. Lacey

The 384th Bomb Group flew 15 missions while Julius Lacey was commander of the group. Lacey led 2 of those missions, 13% of the missions flown while he was commander.

Dale O. Smith (November 23, 1943 to October 24, 1944)

Col. Dale O. Smith

The 384th Bomb Group flew 177 missions while Dale Smith was commander of the group. Smith led 25 of those missions, 14% of the missions flown while he was commander.

Theodore R. Milton (October 24, 1944 to June 16, 1945)

Lt. Col. Theodore R. Milton

The 384th Bomb Group flew 103 missions while Theodore Milton was commander of the group. Milton led 10 of those missions, 10% of the missions flown while he was commander.

Robert W. Fish (June 17, 1945 to October 18, 1945)

Lt. Col. Robert W. Fish

The 384th Bomb Group flew no missions while Robert Fish was commander of the group. Fish did not take command until after the end of combat operations.

In all, the 384th Bomb Group completed three hundred sixteen missions. Seventy of those were flown in 1943, one hundred ninety-nine in 1944, and forty-seven in 1945. The first mission was flown on June 22, 1943. The last mission was flown on April 25, 1945. That’s three hundred sixteen missions flown in the span of six hundred seventy-four days.

Photos courtesy of 384thbombgroup.com.

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2016

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