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788th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of them was to give up a B24 Squadron to be transferred to the 801st(P)BG at Harrington. They each got out a half-crown to toss: the loser was to give up a squadron from his group. Col. Shower lost, and he chose to offer the 788th Squadron, formerly commanded by Major Robert Salzarulo, who had gone down a few days earlier on the mission to Berlin 29th April 44 and taken POW. The 11th May 44, Group Mission number 25 was the last mission to be flown by the original 788th Squadron with the 467th BG.

Structure

Part of
  • VIII Air Force Composite Command
  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 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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Stations

Station Location Date
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Connections

People

  • James Abell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Lostau in B-24 #4250481

  • Ernest Adams

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-24 'Slick Chick'. MACR 9843. B-24H AC# 4295224 'LONELY HEART'. Returned to base on mission to Hamburg after CP fell from AC bomb bay into the North Sea. RTD.

  • Donald Adamson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 467th Bomb Group
    Returned from operations and crash landed in Carpetbaggers mission in ac 42-50584 on August 6/7, 1944.

  • Henry Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4252506. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Anslow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4252506. Evaded.

  • Carl Appel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radar Counter Measures Operator | 467th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Berlin in B-24 #4252546

  • Lee Arlin

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group
    Returned from operations and crash landed on Carpetbaggers mission in ac 42-50584 on August 6/7, 1944.

  • Frank Ayers

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea in B-24 'Umbriago' #4440068

  • James Bahrman

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 467th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-24 'Slick Chick'

  • John Barker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 467th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-24 #4252477. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Aircraft

  • 41-29373 The Monster, Flak Magnet

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 458th Bomb Group, 753rd Bomb Squadron named 'The Monster'; transferred to 467th Bomb Group, 788th Bomb Squadron around April 1944 and renamed 'Flak Magnet'

  • 42-50439 Broad+High

    B-24 Liberator
    On 18 Aug 44, damaged and low on fuel, it crashlanded in a field at Kirby Bedon, England. Flown by the Leister Crew, 4 KIA, 1 WIA, 4 RTD.

  • 42-50481

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50584

    B-24 Liberator
    Returned from operations and crash landed on Carpetbaggers mission on August 6/7, 1944.

  • 42-50614

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52477

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52506

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52546

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95220

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40068

    B-24 Liberator

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2019 09:42:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

http://www.the467tharchive.org/altgallerytwo788a.html

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:51:43 rossingtonj Changes to type
Sources

Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:51 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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