Activated 1 December 1942 at Gowen Field, Idaho. Began training at Wendover, Utah on 2 January 1943 to 1 April 1943. Unit moved to Sioux City AAB, Iowa for final training. the ground unit left for Camp Kilmer on the 9th May 1943, sailing on the Queen Elizabeth on the 27th of May 1943 and arrived in Greenock on the 2nd of June 1943. The aircraft left Sioux City for Kearney, Nebraska on the 3rd of May 1943, and then to the United Kingdom via Bangor, Goose Bay, and then Gander. One B-17 ditched in the Atlantic but the crew was rescued. The first aircraft arrived into England on the 25th May 1943.