The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group to be given B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 model that was fitted with a nose turret on the production line, an adaptation that increasing the ability of crews to fight enemy aircraft flying head on with the bomber. The Group was awarded one Distinguished Unit Citation for bombing an aircraft and components factory at Gotha on 24 February 1944, as part of the Big Week of assaults on German aircraft targets. After the invasion of mainland Europe the Group supported the airborne invasion of Holland and assault across the Rhine by Allied paratroops.
6 September 1943
This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first actionfrom the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...
9 September 1943
This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of mulitple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehersal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...
23 September 1943
This mission was actually flown by two different formations as two missions but it only went into the records as a single 8th Air Force mission. The combined force was composed of 91 B-17s from 92BG (17); 303BG (19); 306BG (18); 379BG (19) and 384BG ...
26 September 1943
This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were despatched to attack industrial targets in and aroound Paris, France. As the formation approached the...
27 September 1943
The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...
2 October 1943
This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...
4 October 1943
This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...
8 October 1943
The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...
9 October 1943
This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...
14 October 1943
This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disasterous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was despatched, bad weather and lack of...
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Military | Private | 392nd Bomb Group
MOS 929 = Automotive Equipment Operator
Military | 392nd Bomb Group
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 392nd Bomb Group
Brandt Crew. Abraham wrote in his journal, 'All the way to the target we had heavy flak and damn accurate too. Our squadron got lost and it took us 1 hr 25 minutes to find the target. After bombs away we headed for home. By this time my ship was very...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
Military | 392nd Bomb Group
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
Entered service at Nashville, TN 4 April 1943. Joined the 392nd BG early July 1944. Pilot was Charles A. Neundorf. Rank at end of WWII was 1st. Lt.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA)
Military | 392nd Bomb Group
MOS 501 = Admin and Tech Clerk
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
Assigned to 576BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Friedrichshafen 18-Mar-44 flying as spare in the formation, moved up to replace B-24 falling back out of formation and collided with same A/C, B-24 41-29174. Both A/C tumbled out of control...
Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, engine #2, #1 and #4 failed in that order meaning A/C could not maintain formation or altitude. Crew baled out around...
Assigned to 576BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x Missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Friedrichshafen, attacked by Bf109's and Fw190's after breaking formation 18-Mar-44, landed in Dubendorf, Switzerland. 10 x Interned. MACR 3318.
Assigned to 579BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) on 1st mission to Friedrichshafen 18-Mar-44. Shot down by fighters and crashed W of Rottweil, Germany. 1 x POW, 9 x KIA. MACR 3319.
Assigned to 577BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) on mission to Berlin. 3 x Fw190's attacked and damaged 2 engines, one Fw190 was shot down, forcing a 2nd to break off, whilst the third struck from below inflicting severe damage...
Shot down near Brunswick, Germany 19 May 1944, MACR 5096 (43 missions)
Originally assigned to 446 Bomb Group. Transferred to 389th Bomb Group, 565th Bomb Squadron in November 1943 - named "Helfer College." Transferred to 392nd Bomb Group, 576th Bomb Squadron 12 February 1944 - named "Spirit of '46" and later "Flying...
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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 / 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). / 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)