Herpa B-52H Stratofortress USAF 319th BW “Red River Raiders” Airplane Model
Herpa B-52H Stratofortress USAF 319th BW “Red River Raiders” Airplane Model. This collectible scale model airplane features the “Yosemite Sam” tail art and camouflage livery. Herpa Wings Collection in 1:200 scale. Only: $88.99
The 319th Bombardment Wing was a unique B-52H unit with strategic projection force responsibilities.
The US Army Air Forces activated the 319th Bombardment Group (Medium) at Barksdale Field, Louisiana on 26 June 1942. The 319th Bomb Group, equipped with B-26 Marauders, was posted in England under the Eighth Air Force in September 1942, and within weeks the group transferred to Algeria to fly B-26 missions for the Twelfth Air Force. It later operated from Morocco, Tunisia, Sardinia, Corsica, and Italy against the Axis powers. Transferred to Okinawa in July 1945, the group flew A-26 Invader bombing mission against Japanese targets before being inactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington on 18 December 1945. The Air Force activated the 319th Fighter-Bomber Wing in 1955, equipped with F-86H Sabrejets, as part of the Air Force Reserve at Memphis Municipal Airport, Tennessee. On 16 November 1957 the 319th Fighter-Bomber Wing was inactivated.
The 319th Bombardment Wing, Heavy, was activated on 15 Nov 1962 at Grand Forks AFB, ND with the personnel and aircraft previously assigned to the 4133d Strategic Wing. On 01 February 1963 the 319th Bomb Wing was organized at Grand Forks with two operational squadrons — the 46th Bomb Squadron and 905th Air Refueling Squadron — equipped with with Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers and Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker tanker aircraft. The wing placed aircraft on peacetime quick reaction alert duty, and conducted global bombardment training for Emergency War Order operations and air refueling operations to meet SAC commitments.