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NOTE to VIEWERS: The information contained in these Mission Narratives is based primarily on the chronological histories of Jack McKillop's "USAAF Combat Chronology" c. 1955 and of Roger A. Freeman's "Mighty Eighth War Diary" c. 1981 both of which were used as primary sources by Mr. Lee Cunningham in developing the chronology presented here by the American Air Museum. Thus the level of detail concerning Groups participating, number of aircraft despatched and number of aircraft effective on any particular target may be less than desired. It is the earnest hope of the American Air Museum, and Mr. Cunningham, that future researchers may be able to enhance the level of detail included in this presentation.
12 Bostons assigned to RAF 226 Squadron were dispatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yard at Hazebrouck, France. One of the Bostons was flown by a Capt. Charles Kegelman and crew. This action was the first on any USAAF crew to bomb occupied Europe. Lt. Dorton was navigator or bombardier; Sgt Cunningham and Sgt. Golay were the other crew members.
No 2 Group, RAF 15th Bomb Squadron despatches one Boston (A-20) to bomb the Hazebrouk, Holland marshalling yards. RAF 226 Squadron dispatches 12 Bostons to also bomb this target. Captain Charles C. Kegelman and crew fly one of the Bostons to become the first USAAF crew to bomb Occupied Europe. No losses or casualties. Also, 1LT Alfred W. Giacomini, 31st Fighter Group becomes the first pilot fatality of the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operation (ETO) when his Spitfire crashes while landing at ATCHAM, England. The 31st Fighter Group did not participate in this raid.
The 15th Bomb Squadron flew five light bombing missions in DB-7 A-20 Bostons from the UK before being reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force at Mediouna, Algeria from 15-Oct-1942 to 1-Oct-1943. They were later absorbed by the 47th Bomb Group.
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Military | Colonel | Pilot, Squadron Commander, 15th bomb squadron
Col. Harold A. Radetsky, USAAF. Most of his World War II years were spent overseas, initially participating as an "A-20" bomber pilot with the first U.S. military unit, 15th Bomb Squadron, to attack occupied Europe from England on July 4, 1942. The...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
Bob Wilcox enlisted in the National Guard at Decatur in 1941. Training as a bombardier in the Army Air Corps, he graduated from the bombardier school at Childress, Texas and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. Sent overseas in May 1943, he was a...