U.S. Army Air Force
495th Bomb Squadron (M), 344th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force
Cpl. Ralph F. Tancordo 32275140
WARTIME SERVICE

Ralph F. Tancordo was born in 1918 and joined the United States Army on April 2nd 1942 in Newark New Jersey.

He served as a U.S. Army Air Force Flight Engineer in the 495th Bomb Squadron, 344th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force.

His awards include: Distinguished Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, European African and Middle Eastern Campaign
Medal with two Campaign Stars and the World War Two Victory Medal.

HISTORY OF THE 495TH BOMB SQUADRON

The 495th Bomb Squadron was deployed to Ninth Air Force in Western Europe during World War II as a B-26 Marauder
medium bomber group. The 344th Bombardment Group was selected to lead the IX Bomber Command formations on
D-Day, with the first aircraft taking off at 04:12 hours to attack coastal batteries in Cherbourg. It received a Distinguished
Unit Citation for three-day action against the enemy, 24-26 Jul 1944, when the group struck troop concentrations, supply
dumps, a bridge, and a railroad viaduct to assist advancing ground forces at Saint-Lô.


344th Bombardment Group (Medium)
Activated on 8 Sep 1942
Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946

Stations
MacDill Field, Florida, 8 Sep 1942
Drane Field, Florida, 28 Dec 1942
Hunter Field, Georgia, 19 Dec 1943- 26 Jan 1944
RAF Stansted Mountfitchet (AAF-169), England, 9 Feb 1944
Cormeilles-en-Vexin Airfield (A-59), France, 30 Sep 1944
Florennes/Juzaine Airfield (A-78), Belgium, 5 Apr 1945
Schleissheim Palace, Germany, 15 Sep 1945-15 Feb 1946 (Ground Echelon)

Components
494th Bombardment Group (K9), 8 Sep 1942-31 Mar 1946
495th Bombardment Group (Y5), 8 Sep 1942-31 Mar 1946
496th Bombardment Group (N3), 8 Sep 1942-31 Mar 1946
496th Bombardment Group (7I), 8 Sep 1942-30 Dec 1945
Olive Drab Wool Field Jacket (also known as an "Eisenhower" Jacket) belonging to Cpl. Ralph F.
Tancordo, above left and right photo.
Right side of jacket, above left photo.
Above the right pocket is a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) - see citation below.
Left side of jacket, above right photo.
Above the left pocket are ribbons for the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal with
two campaign stars and World War Two Victory Medal.
Left sleeve, above left photo.
On the left sleeve is a machine sewn 9th Air Force Service Sleeve Insignia (SSI).
Left sleeve, right photo.
On the left and right sleeve are hand sewn Corporal Rank Insignia.
Lower left sleeve, above photo.
On the lower left sleeve is one hand sewn 3 Year Service Stripe and three hand sewn Overseas Stripes for 1 1/2 years of
overseas service.
Manufacturer tag, above left photo.
This tag is constructed of cotton and stitched on the inside of the right pocket. It is marked:
Jackets, Field, Wool O.D.
Stock No. 55-J-384-550
34 R
PROGRESSIVE
CLOTHING MFG. CO.
P.O. No 12021
Dated June 9, 1944
Pattern Dated 5/10/44
Spec. P. Q. D. No. 437
Phila. Q. M. Depot
Inside jacket rear, above right photo.
On the inside rear of the jacket is hand written T-5140 and the size label 34R.