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3rd Air Division

Division

In December 1944, the 3rd Bomb Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 3d Bombardment Division on 30 Aug 1943... Redesignated 3d Air Division in Dec 1944. Served in combat in the European theater from Sep 1943 until Apr 1945. Inactivated in England on 21 Nov 1945.

Commanding officers
  • Earle Partridge

    Military | General | Commanding General
    Formerly command pilot. CG 3rd AD 21 June 1944 to May 1945. Retired 31 July 1959. DSCSSLMDFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf ClustersAM w/ 9 Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Norris Harbold

    Military | Major | Chief of Staff
    DFC/ AM/ LOM

Structure

Part of
  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

Encompassing
Previously was
  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Became
Not yet known

Missions

  • 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

  • 896

    19 March 1945

  • 896

    19 March 1945

  • 896

    19 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 926

    4 April 1945

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Honington December 1944 – 21 November 1945
Redesignated December 1944
Inactivated 21 November 1945

Connections

People

  • John Barnes

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    John Barnes was born January 31, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Leonard and Gertrude Barnes of Emporium, PA . He received his undergraduate and Ph.D from Penn State University. He served in WWII as the navigator of the “Spirit of Martinez with...

  • Clifton Benderman

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground Crew
    For meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy from 30 June 1943 to 1 May 1945 Bronze Star

  • John Bennett

    Military | Major | Commanding Officer; Director Operational Analysis | 100th Bomb Group
    SS/ DFC/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Clyde Bible

    Military | Sergeant First Class | Ball Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Sgt. Clyde "Bus" E. Bible enlisted into the United Army Air Force April 1944. He completed his basic training at Camp Shelby Mississippi .Then was sent to Flex Gunnery School , Kingman Az.Graduated Nov.1944 as an expert Marksmen receiving 2 stripes for...

  • George Brady

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground Crew
    for meritorious achievement in connection with militry operations against the enemy from 20 June 1943 to 1 May 1945 bronze star

  • William Brice

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    My father flew 29 missions with the James S. Seamans' Crew. The nickname for the crew was Seamans' Demons. He was lead bombadier on several if not most missions. He was a good man whom I loved very much. He told me stories of his missions and escapades...

  • Frank Calicura

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Frank Calicura served as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group. ...

  • Eugene Coler

    Military | Colonel | Surgeon
    LOM/ BDFC/ ETO

  • Robert Collins

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator; Statistics | 490th Bomb Group
    AWARDS: ...

  • Alfred D'Alessandris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297129. His B-17 was shot down at Stutebuell, 3 kms north west of Kappeln, near Schleswig, near the German/Denmark border at 2.15pm. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102380 Renovation

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned: 12 April 1944 - 8th AF / 3rd AD / 4th CBW / 94th BG / 331st BS - (RAF Bury St Edmunds) ...

  • 44-6131 Fearless Fosdick

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Grenier 31/5/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-J] Snetterton 3/6/44; Aborted mission due to #1 engine failure, Hamm 7/1/45 with Peder Lansen, crash landed base (pilot error); Salvaged. FEARLESS FOSDICK.

  • 44-6838 Spirit of Martinez, Cal's Rascals

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 27/11/44; Grenier 16/12/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-E] Horham 1/1/45; battle damaged Chemnitz 6/2/45 with D.V. Tregoning, force landed B-53, Merville, Bel. then rep; 53m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 23/6/45;...

  • 44-8148 Seamans' Demons

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 22/6/44; Langley 27/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned PFF as 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 13/8/44; transferred 95BG Horham 14/8/44; 3m, transferred 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 30/10/44; battle damaged Hamm 26/11/44 with ?; force landed St Trond...

  • DM127

    Master
    Miles Master III DM127 assigned to HQ 3rd Air Division, 8th AF USAAF. Crashed on local fight from Elvedon Hall/Sta 116 pilot Lt Lynn H Mokler KIA. 17-Oct-43.

Citations

None

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2019 14:20:20 Emily Changes to us air force combat units of world war ii description, description, commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 00:18:49 Jameswbrice Changes to mission associations
Sources

James W Brice, son of
MAJ William R Brice, Bombadier
418th Bombardment Squadron
100th Bomb Group
13th Combat Bombardment Wing
3rd Air Division

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2016 00:17:56 Jameswbrice Changes to type and mission associations
Sources

James W Brice, son of
MAJ William R Brice, Bombadier
418th Bombardment Squadron
100th Bomb Group
13th Combat Bombardment Wing
3rd Air Division

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:44 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

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