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Arthur Boyd Bomberger

Military

Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30231. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-30231

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/5/43; Dow Field 29/5/43; Assigned 325BS/95BG [NV-Z] Alconbury 6/6/43; transferred 326BS [JW-O]; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ray Clough, Co-pilot: Jim Dickens, Navigator: Fred Bird, Bombardier:...

  • 42-5740 Monticello

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    (YB-40) Delivered Tulsa 7/11/42; Biggs 18/3/43; Montbrook 31/3/43; Presque Is 30/4/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-E] Alconbury 4/5/43; Returned to the USA Gander 2/11/43; 3010 BU Williams 26/9/44; 3036 BU Yuma 4/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

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Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2020 17:04:40 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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The Route as Briefed by John S. Sloan

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 20:14:15 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Official records

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 19:48:35 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Official records

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 19:07:54 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Official records

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 15:18:42 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Personal recollection of Arthur Bomberger

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 15:11:52 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Personal research by Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 13:07:43 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Private research by Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 17:52:09 BillBomb Changes to unit associations
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Based on plane serial number

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 15:35:05 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Personal research by Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 15:17:25 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Personal research by Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 15:01:35 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Personal research by Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 13:45:00 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
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Private research Alwyn Lloyd, Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 18:55:11 BillBomb Changes to aircraft associations
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Photograph and personal discusssion

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 18:52:18 BillBomb Changes to place associations
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Photographs and personal discussions

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 18:50:16 BillBomb Changes to service number and role
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Found on discharge papers.

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 18:48:02 BillBomb Changes to middlename, nickname and awards
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Found on discharge papers

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 15:20:15 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- MACR 844

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 844 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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