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566th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Stations: Davis-Monthan Field, Ariz., 24 Dec 1942; Biggs Field, Tex., 1 Feb 1943; Lowry Field, Colo., 19 Apr.-1 June 1943; Hethel, England, 16 June 1943-ca. 28 May 1945 (operated from Benghazi, Libya, 3 July-25 Aug. 1943; Massicault, Tunisia, 19 Sept.-3 Oct. 1943).

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  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Hethel 16 June 1943

Connections

People

  • Bruce Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    35 missions July 2, 1944 accident on runway in B24 #42-50378. 10 RTD. Rowbottom crew. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Paul Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    After bombs away on a mission to Friedrichshafen, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-24J #42-100332 'Galloping Katie' was forced to feather and engine and losing altitude and landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Harry Alexander

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-24 #4410579 'Pugnacious Princess Pat. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-100375. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Wilbur Alsop

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Uklei on 6/21/44 in B-24 #4295145 Killed in Action (KIA)Brown hair, best looking. Known for his integrity and intellect. ...

  • Rudolph Anchondo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Flew on 1 Aug 43 raid on Ploesti then Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 #4240738 'Fightin' Sam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carol Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Paul Anderson

    Military | Captain | Observer | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Wallace Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-28589

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen, A/C severely hit by flak crew baled out 20-Dec-43. 10 x POW. MACR 1972.

  • 41-28824 Sackwarmer

    B-24 Liberator
    On 7 July 1944, B-24 #4128824 'Sackwarmer' was involved in a mid air collision and crashed near Brumby, Germany.

  • 42-100281 Naughty Norma

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-100375

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-109817

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-109828

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-40619

    B-24 Liberator
    Consolidated B-24D-80-CO Liberator Bomber 'N+' #42-40619 of the 566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. Participated in the 1st Aug 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission, returning safely to Libya. Lost on 24th Feb 44 mission to bomb aircraft factories in Gotha,...

  • 42-40706 'Tondelao'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #42-40706 'Tondelao' 566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Cecil J Whitener, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • 42-40735 'Sand Witch'

    B-24 Liberator
    Pilot 1/Lt Horton, Robert W. KIA, Co-Pilot 2/Lt Hull, Charles T. KIA ...

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Citations

Distinguished Unit Citation: Ploesti, Romania, 1 Aug 1943.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 21:51:49 Dieterle Changes to description and stations
Sources

Richard Dieterle (trying to put both Hethel and Berca as Stations, but not succeeding). Summary is from Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, ed. Maurer Maurer (Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center and Office of Air Force History, Headquarters, USAF, 1982) 664.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 21:34:13 Dieterle Changes to citations and stations
Sources

Richard Dieterle.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 21:30:30 Dieterle Changes to citations and stations
Sources

Richard Dieterle. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, ed. Maurer Maurer (Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center and Office of Air Force History, Headquarters, USAF, 1982) 664.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:29:46 rossingtonj Changes to type
Sources

Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 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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