WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE – For at least ten years during Memorial Day weekends, members of Boy Scout Troop 307, St. John’s Lutheran Church, have held wreath laying ceremonies at the memorial marker of the 446th Bombardment Group at the National Museum of the United State Air Force. The ceremony typically involves the troop posting of the colors, reading a historic citation of the 446th, and placing a wreath at the marker.
This year, the troop also honored the 448th Bombardment Group at their memorial marker which is located directly across from the 446th’s marker. For the ceremony this year, the colors were posted at the markers, historic citations were read, and a wreath was placed at each marker.
A Troop Committee Member, Chris Harris, has a connection to the 448th. According to family history, his father, Arsie V. Harris, was a radio repairman that served with the 448th Bombardment Group during the Second World War. Like the 446th, the 448th Bombardment Group flew B-24 Liberator Bombers from England and struck targets in Germany.
As part of Memorial Day weekends in the future, the troop leadership hopes to continue their wreath laying ceremonies for both groups that were elements of the U.S. Eighth Air Force.