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406th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

Structure

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  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER #1

    4 January 1944
    801BG/406BS conducts the first CARPETBAGGER operation with B-17s. Number despatched, bundles dropped and location(s) in France not in available. source data. During World War II, Operation Carpetbagger was a general term used for the aerial resupply of...

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    6 January 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s are despatched by 801BG/406BS on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop wepaons and supplies to French partisans.

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    7 January 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s are despatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French partisans.

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    5 February 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s from 801BG/406BS are despatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French partisans.

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    7 February 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s are despatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French partisans.

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    8 February 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s are despatched from 801BG/406BS on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French partisans.

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    10 February 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s from 801BG/406BS are despatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop weapons and supplies to French parisans. There are no losses or claims.

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    29 February 1944
    12 B-24s from 801BG/406BS are depatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop supplies to partisans in France. There are no losses, casualties or claims.

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    2 March 1944
    A CARPETBAGGER mission is flown by B-24s from 801BG/406BS. Number despatched not included in source data. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 6KIA 6POW.

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    4 March 1944
    An unknown number of B-24s from 801BG/406BS are despatched on a night operation: "Carpetbagger" to drop weapons and supplies to French partisans. Ther are no losses, casualties or claims.

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Harrington

Connections

People

  • Earle Aber

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew B-17 42-37516 Dropped leaflets at night over enemy occupied territory. Col Aber's remains were found in May 2002 in the river Stout at Harwick. He was buried on 5/10/02 at Cambridge Amer Cemetery. The airplane was Tondelayo. 406th was night...

  • James Albright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 406BS, 801BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash landing at RAF Oulton in B-24H 42-94775 18-Nov-44 Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gene Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Jean Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 492nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Auda

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 801st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28/29 May 1944 in B-24 #4240550. Evaded.

  • Israel Barron

    Military | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group
    member fo Pipkin crew, went down 6/7 May 1944 on nightime mission over Denmark on B-24D- 42-40530. Was on SOE dropping mission to the Island of Fyn, Denmark. On return was hit by flak in bomb bay and #3 engine. All crew bailed out. Navigator killed,...

  • Albert Beers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Pathfinder squadron for Operation Carpetbagger, part of the 1st Bombardment Division.

  • Albert Bessette

    Military | Technical Sergeant | D | 492nd Bomb Group
    July 3, 1944 accident on takeoff in B-24 #42-63781 ÒBlack MagicÓon a training flight. . 8 RTD

  • Richard Bindell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 801st Bomb Group
    Was on a carpetbagger mission, flak hit the plane in the navigator's dept,also severing the rudder controls. The crew were not wearing parachutes and Lts. Nicoll and Davis and Sergeant Brewer had no time to put them on and went down in the B24...

  • Gilman Blake

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    Killed in Action (KIA)

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Aircraft

  • 42-40478

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-40500

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-40530

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-40550

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-72870

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52650 'Cancer'

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally 486th BG, later 458th BG, transferred to the 801st/492nd BG in the last half of 1944 and finally transferred to the 406th BG at Cheddington prior to 3 Jan 45. Transferred at the end of Jun 44, when 834th BS became the G-H lead squadron for...

  • 42-40776 'Old Blister Butt' 'Widow'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #42-40776 'H' 'Old Blister Butt' 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Robert L Wright, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • 41-29486

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed on landing at Cheddington after returning from mission 30 December 1944

  • 42-94865 Baby Bug, Baby Bug II, Baby Bug III

    B-24 Liberator
    "Baby Bug" # 42-94865 was first assigned to the 490th Bomb Group/850th Bomb Squadron, then transferred to the 493rd Bomb Group/862nd Bomb Squadron for a short while. It was piloted by Lt Richard B. Lewis of the 493rd on the 19 July 1944 mission to...

  • 42-40985 Georgia Peach

    B-24 Liberator
    Modified to Carpetbagger configuration in Mar/Apr 44 and assigned to 8th Air Force's 801(P) Bomb Group, 406th Bomb Squadron with call letter C, which, in August 1944, became 8th Air Force's 492th Bomb Group, 858th Bomb Squadron, C.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:23:13 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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