The 94th Operations Group is the flying component of the 94th Airlift Wing, assigned to the United States Air Force Reserve. The group is stationed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, during World War II, its predecessor unit, the 94th Bombardment Group was an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress unit in England, stationed at RAF Bury St. Edmunds. The group flew 324 combat missions and was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations,17 August 1943, Operations over Regensburg, and 11 January 1944 over Brunswick and its last mission was flown on 21 April 1945. The 94th Operations group is the component of the 94th Airlift Wing. Its primary mission is to train C-130H aircrews for the United States Air Force – active duty, guard and its second mission is to maintain combat ready units to deploy on short notice to support contingencies anywhere in the world. Nucleus established Pendleton Field, Ore, on 29 June 1942, detailed training at Davis-Monthan Fielf in Arizona between 28 August 1942 and 31 October 1942 and at Biggs Field Texas between 1 November 1942 and 2 January 1943. Final phase training at Pueblo Colorado on January 1943 to the end of March 1943, Air echelon began movement overseas on 1 April 1943. The ground element left for Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on 17 April 1943 and sailed on the Queen Elizabeth on 5 May 1943, the 94th was assigned to the Eighth Air Force 4th Combat Bombardment Wing, and the group tail code was a Square-A. The 94th flew its first mission on 13 June 1943, bombing an airfield at Saint-Omer, the group withstood repeated assaults by enemy interceptors to bomb an aircraft factory at Regensburg on 17 August 1943, being awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for the mission. The 94th made the first pass over the target and realized that cloud cover obscured the target, the group performed a difficult formation turn over the intensely defended target and approached from a different direction, where favorable drop conditions were found. Expecting to be reprimanded on their return, the group was astonished to find that they were singled out for distinction for their courage, the 94th took part in the campaign of heavy bombers against the enemy aircraft industry during Big Week, 20–25 February 1944. Sometimes operated in support of forces and flew interdictory missions. Prior to D-Day in June 1944, helped to neutralize V-weapon sites, airfields, on 6 June the group bombed enemy positions in the battle area to support the invasion of Normandy. Struck troops and gun batteries to aid the advance of the Allies at Saint-Lô in July, covered the airborne attack on the Netherlands in September. Hit marshalling yards, airfields, and strong points near the area during the Battle of the Bulge. Bombed transportation, communications, and oil targets in the push over the Rhine. Scheduled for occupational air forces in Germany but plans changed in September 1945, remained in the United Kingdom during latter part of 1945 flying Nickle Project missions-dropping leaflets over former occupied countries and to displaced persons in Germany. Assigned 1 AD, on 8 August 1945, in November 1945 Forty Five aircraft returned to the US or transferred to other units, and the squadrons were inactivated
Emblem of the 94th Operations Group
Lockheed C-130H-LM Hercules 81-0631 of the 700th Airlift Squadron prepares for approach and landing at Dobbins.
700th Airlift Squadron C-130s on the Dobbins Flightline