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From Chapter 1:
"The birth and the early creeping of the 42nd Bombardment Group, Medium, may well seem lost in the mists of antiquity that hung over the United States before World War II. Indeed to many of our members, veterans of 60 or 70 missions in the Solomons or in the Indies and Philippines, veterans of the long road home via New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, the Russells, Stirling, New Guinea --- whether in the air or on the ground -- the early history of the Group is an unknown quantity save for shreds and scraps of information gathered from the casual remarks of "old" oldtimers.
But if this history is to be a complete narrative of your Group it is necessary to go back almost beyond the memory of the oldest member. To go back, in fact, to January 15, 1941, when according to the official record, "The 42nd Bombardment Group (M) was activated from the 7th Bombardment Group (H), G.H.Q. Air Force, at Fort Douglas, Utah, under the jurisdiction of G.H.Q. Air Force, with cadre furnished by the 7th Bombardment Group (H).""
Army & Navy Pictorial Pub.
United States Air Force, World War 1939-1945, Regimental histories, 42nd Bombardment Group, 75th Bomb Squadron, 76th Bomb Squadron, 77th Bomb Squadron
United States Army Air Forces, "The Crusaders: a history of the 42nd Bombardment Group (M)" (1946). World War Regimental Histories. 113.
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