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25th Bomb Group


The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated a Bombardment Group but they did not drop bombs. Instead they flew bombers to drop 'chaff' screenings for other Bomb Groups. 'Chaff', strips of metallic paper, would interfere with the enemy's ability to detect aircraft using radar.


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  • 325th Photographic Wing

    325th Photographic Wing

    8 Reconnaissance Wing (P) established by 8th Air Force order No. 69 on 19 February 1944 and headquarters established at AAF Station 113 Cheddington on 23 February 1944. ...

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Station Location Date
Based Watton 22 April 1944 – 23 July 1945



  • Otto Ahlers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • Raymond Aldrich

    Military | 25th Bomb Group

  • Jonas Allen

    Military | 25th Bomb Group

  • Robert Allison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17. Believed to have ditched west of St. Eval due to mech failure. Allah weather flight disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean

  • Calhoun Ancrum

    Military | Lieutenant | J/E Communications Operator | 25th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Anderson

    Military | 25th Bomb Group

  • Edward Anderson

    Military | 25th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Armstrong

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radar Technician | 25th Bomb Group
    KIFA aircraft de Havilland DH98 Mosquito NS538 exploded mid-air near Newmarket/Kennet during test flight.

  • Alfred Arnold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into mountain during search mission, Iceland. Flew with 50th Fighter Squadron in P-38s.

  • Harold Aronson

    Military | Major | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    January 1944 -- September 1944: 42 missions AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

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  • 42-3095 'Peggy Ann'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26-Jan-43; Pueblo 1-Feb-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 10-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 2-Jul-43; 14m, (force landed Eye AF 22/2/44), transferred SAD 1-Mar-44; 94BG Rougham 25-Jul-43; 25BG Watton 1-Apr-44; 2 BAD 19-Jun-44;...

  • 42-31674

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 8/1/44; Detroit 26/1/44; Grenier 30/1/44; Assigned 652BS/25BG Watton 31/1/44; Salvaged n/battle damaged 29/5/45.

  • 42-31736

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/12/43; Gr Island 24/12/43; Detroit 25/1/44; Presque Is 30/1/44; Assigned 652BS/25BG Watton 325Photo Wing 5/2/44; crashed on take off for weather recon to Azores 6/6/44 with Clarry Stephenson, Co-pilot: Joe Ward, Navigator: Gene...

  • 42-65061

    B-25 Mitchell
    Assigned to 417th BS, 25th BG. Lost on gunnery practice mission. A/C went out of control and crashed into sea after making pass on target drogue, possible that crew damaged controls with guns, stops may have been incorrectly set. Crashed into the ocean...

  • 42-65118

    B-25 Mitchell
    Assigned to 17BS, 25BG. Lost on anti submarine patrol 15 miles NW of Boriquen Field, Puerto Rica. Crashed in sea, coast guard cutter found an empty dingy and no survivors. Pilot Lt Jasper J Kraynick. 6 x KIA 31-Oct-43. MACR 980. ...

  • 44-8601

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 20/10/44; Dow Fd 26/11/44; Grenier 5/12/44; Assigned 652BS/25BG Watton 12/12/44; Missing in Action Atlantic weather mission 17/3/45 with ?; Missing Air Crew Report 13856.

  • MM370

    Crew was briefed to take movies of the operation 13.08.1944. The pilot in his eagerness to do a great job stayed too low, and his plane was hit by bomb fragments, causing it to crash. ...

  • NS509

    Shot down over Emkendorf, northen Germany, during a blue stocking, weather mission. 21st Jan 45. Friendly fire, from P-51 Mustang, port engine knocked, Observer was wounded and rendered unconscious, whist A/C in spin, pilot managed to hook on the...

  • NS533

    Misidentified and shot down by a USAAF P-51 of the 357th Fighter Group at about 11:45 hrs. The Mustang pilot and his wingman climbed to engage from 23,000 feet and the Mosquito spun in from 29,000 feet. In the after action reports, both P-51 pilots...

  • NS570

    de Havilland Mosuito PR Mk XVI NS570 654th BS, 25th BG, 8th AF, lost on weather mission, shot down by E/A nightfighter, pilot Clayborne O Vinyard, crew bailed out A/C crashed near Gerharhofan, Germany. 2 POW. MACR 9231.

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Date Contributor Update
21 November 2018 15:12:24 Wattonman Changes to nicknames, motto and insignia

Page 95, The 25th Bomb Group ( Rcn) in World War II

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01 January 2017 03:28:36 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft types, unit previously was association and aircraft associations

"The 25th Bomb Group in World War II" - Norman Malayney
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Date Contributor Update
27 April 2015 10:43:45 Emily Changes to mission associations and stations

Associated Watton

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13 March 2015 15:12:02 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations

Type added.

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04 January 2015 12:52:07 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations

USAAF Photo.

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27 September 2014 18:42:44 AAM AAM ingest

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 / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983).