The wing was activated in late November 1943 at Marks Hall, England. It was assigned three Douglas A-20 Havoc groups in the spring of 1944 and conducted combat missions from April 1944 until VE Day. In late 1944 and early 1945, its groups converted to the more capable Douglas A-26 Invader. In October 1945 the wing returned to the United States and was inactivated.
Constituted as the 97th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium) on 2 November 1943
Activated on 12 November 1943
Redesignated 97th Combat Bombardment Wing, Light in July 1944
Redesignated 97th Bombardment Wing, Medium in June 1945
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