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8th Air Force

8 October 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Black Week

Mission details

1.

Description

LORAN NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM

Aircraft type

Mosquito

Notes

DH98 Mosquito flies first LORAN Skywave navigational equipment calibration mission and lands at San Severo, Italy. Major John Larkin and Lt Claude Moore flew 1st LORAN calibration mission.

Units

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 654th Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped NA
Number of aircraft Sent 1
Number of aircraft Effective 1

2.

Description

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE MISSION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

F5

Units

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

Mission Statistics

3. RADIO COUNTER MEASURES

Description

RADIO COUNTER MEASURES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

36th BS despatches 7 B-24s on RADIO COUNTER MEASURES (RCM) duties.

Units

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped NA

Service

People

  • John Larkin

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer | 25th Bomb Group

  • Claude Moore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    WIA on 9 Apr 1945. Mosquito chaff dispensing mission over Germany. Transferred to Det. Pnts. Of 7th Army.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2016 20:55:41 Al_Skiff Changes to event
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Mosquito Photo-Reconnaissance Units of World War 2 By Martin W. Bowman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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