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By Martin W. Bowman

ISBN-10: 1783409827

ISBN-13: 9781783409822

The third Air department: Elveden corridor used to be the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. generally it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, yet incorporated a few bases in Norfolk. a few devices had brief classes flying B24 Liberators. The well-known 'Bloody Hundredth', dependent at Thorpe Abbotts was once usual of the devices in the third Air department. From June 1943 to January 1944 it focused its efforts opposed to airfields, submarine amenities and airplane industries in France and Germany. January via may perhaps 1944, the crowd bombed enemy airfields, industries, marshaling yards, V-1 missile websites, together with participation within the Allied crusade opposed to enemy airplane factories in the course of colossal Week, February 20-25, 1944. Participated within the first sunlight raid opposed to Berlin (March four, 1944) and accomplished a chain of assaults opposed to Berlin March 6, eight, 1944 for which the one centesimal Bomb staff was once offered a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...

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They flew B-17F and later the chin-turreted G versions and carried the code letter A in a black square on the fin. A month after arriving at Rougham, a new Commanding Officer, Colonel Frederick W. Castle, was appointed to succeed Colonel Moore. At first this change was resented by the crews, but Colonel Castle soon gained the respect of the Group, which he led until April 1944, during which time he welded the 94th into one of the most efficient of the Eighth Air Force. B-17F-35-DL 42-3190, 331st Bomb Squadron, which pilot Captain Kee Harrison crash-landed in a French wheat field with its bomb load intact after being shot up on the Paris-Le Bourget mission on 14 July 1943.

Two more B-17s in the high squadron and three in the composite group formation took the 95th Bomb Group’s total losses to ten. Altogether, the 4th Bomb Wing lost twenty-two B-17s. Elveden Hall. (Author) General Eaker referred to the Kiel mission as a ‘great battle’ and he stated that he was satisfied with the results. Brigadier General Anderson, CO 4th Bomb Wing, said, ‘It was a privilege to lead such men, who but yesterday were kids in school. They flew their Forts in the face of great opposition like veterans’.

LeMay circled his formation over Lake Garda, near Verona, to give the damaged aircraft a chance to rejoin the wing. Red lights were showing on all four fuel-tanks in every bomber and it was a ragged collection of survivors, which finally landed at intervals of up to 50 miles along the North African coast. The 4th Bomb Wing lost twenty-four bombers, with the 100th Bomb Group’s nine losses being the largest of all. Altogether, sixty B-17s were missing. This was almost three times the previous highest, when twenty-six bombers were lost on 13 June.

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