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854th Bomb Squadron

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  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

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    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

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  • William Adams

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier / Nose Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x combat mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-24 42-110107 "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'm" 24-Aug-44; Baled out of A/C, captured and held overnight at Munster A/D. Marched through Russelsheim after rail journey...

  • Chester Adkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-24 'Hair power' #4440117

  • Dale Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Bledeln on 11/26/44 in B-24 #4251253. Escaped from Russians and left service 29 Oct. 1945. . Part of L. W. Meyers Crew

  • Edward Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-24 'Four-Five-Time' #4128820 near Frankfort

  • Clarence Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 491st Bomb Group
    Flew 23 missions with 6 or 7 different crews. Over half of these missions were as a navigator with a lead crew, as radar ('Mickey') navigator, and as pilotage navigator in the nose turret. AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Unit Citation/ ETO Medal

  • Leroy Armstrong

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 491st Bomb Group
    Member of L. Brummer crew

  • Elmore Austin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-24 42-110107 "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'm" 24-Aug-44; Baled out of A/C, captured and held overnight at Munster A/D, dispatched by rail for Oberusel, due to a...

  • Hugh Bennett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 491st Bomb Group
    Active Duty, Jan 23, '43 to Oct 13,'45. Radio School at Salt Lake City,Gunnery Course at Tucson, AZ. Assigned to Dave Hicks crew, Flew 31 combat missions. Last mission on 9/11/44. . Taught the Martin Upper Turret to Officers until the war ended in 1995...

  • William Bigham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Hannover on 11/26/44 in B-24 'Hair power' #4440117

  • Frank Bock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 491st Bomb Group
    KIS, Was part of crew of plane being ferried to BAD #`1 at Burtonwood where pilot was to pick up newer plane to take back to base. ran into bad weather, field was blanketed by fog and plane hit Black Hameldon Hill. All men on board were killed.

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Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 10:52:59 rossingtonj Changes to type
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27 September 2014 18:42:51 AAM AAM ingest
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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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