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1st Air Division

Division

Commanding officers
  • Bartlett Beaman

    Military | Brigadier General | Chief of Staff
    LOM/ BS/ DUC

  • Howard Turner

    Military | Major General | Commanding General
    SS w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

Structure

Part of
Encompassing
  • 1st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 2nd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 40th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 41st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 67th Fighter Wing
  • 94th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 92nd Combat Bomb Wing (I)

    92nd Combat Bomb Wing (I)

    Wing
    This was the first of two 92nd Combat Bomb Wings in the 8AF. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

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Missions

  • 785

    7 January 1945

  • 798

    17 January 1945

  • 803

    21 January 1945

  • 809

    28 January 1945

  • 817

    3 February 1945

  • 825

    10 February 1945
    'Disney' bombs are dropped on E-boat pens in Ijmuiden, Holland. The 4,500 lb rocket propelled bombs were designed to penetrated up to 20ft of concrete before exploding.

  • 833

    16 February 1945

  • 8th Air Force 851

    27 February 1945
    1,107 bombers and 745 fighters are dispatched to hit road and rail communications at Halle and Leipzig using H2X radar

  • 854

    28 February 1945

  • 875

    9 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Brampton Grange 1 January 1945 – 20 September 1945
Based Alconbury 20 September 1945 – 31 October 1945

Connections

People

  • Robert Kleifgen

    Military | Captain | Photographer/Assigned Intel photo Operations Echelon 1st Air DivisionHeadquarters | 351st Bomb Group
    Loaded cameras on bombers for bombing analysis . Put cameras on the planes for the 351st BG.

  • Merlin Reed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3005, 19 combat missions.

  • John Roth

    Military | Private First Class (6th Grade) | 1st Bomb Division Headquarters Reconnaissance Analyst (Photo Section)
    "John Henry Roth, Sr., a 67 year resident of Langhorne, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2015 at his home. He was 94 years young. ...

  • Michel Schexnayder

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner, Ball Turret | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Alfred Sharp

    Military | Air Vice-Marshal | Air Liaison Officer
    RAF: - Plt Off (Probation): 16 Jul 1924, Plt Off: 16 Jan 1924, Fg Off: 18 Jan 1926, Flt Lt: 8 Oct 1930, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1937, (Temp) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1940, (Temp) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1942, Wg Cdr: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Oct 1941], Acting A/Cdre: 1 Feb 1943. ...

Aircraft

Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2018 10:49:31 PEP.1956 Changes to type
Sources

http://mighty8thaf.preller.us/

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2018 10:48:30 PEP.1956 Changes to unit part of associations
Sources

http://mighty8thaf.preller.us/

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2014 19:42:56 Paul Bellamy Changes to type, commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

1st Air Division records (1AD HQ Historical Society)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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