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483rd Bomb Group

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'As part of the 15th Air Force in WWII, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) played a significant role in the eventual defeat of Germany's forces. Its four combat squadrons, the 815th, 816th, 817th and 840th flew a total of 5,623 sorties from 12 April 1944 to 26 April 1945, dropping more than 13,700 tons of bombs and losing 79 of its aircraft in combat. Its human losses were high: of the original 646 flying personnel sent to Italy in 1944, 39.8 percent were either killed in action or became prisoners of war.'

'The 483rd, stationed at Sterparone, Italy, flew B-17 "Flying Fortress" missions against critical enemy-controlled targets in Austria, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Northern Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia, Poland, Southern France, and Greece (Salamis). The group also supported ground forces during the invasion of Southern France in August 1944 and the Allied offensive in Northern Italy in April 1945. Two secret missions were flown in support of Czech patriots who held Tri Duby airdrome near Banska-Bystrica.'

Summary above comes from Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, GA website.

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  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    Command
    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 5th Combat Bomb Wing

    5th Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    The 5th Air Division (5th AD) originated on 19 October 1940 at McChord Field, Washington. Its initial mission was air defense of the northwest United States with three bombardment groups (12th, 17th and 39th) flying early B-17 Flying Fortresses (B-17C...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Tortorella Airfield 30 March 1944 – 22 April 1944
Based Sterparone 22 April 1944 – 15 May 1945

Connections

People

  • Joseph Bogan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    On 18 June 1942, Joseph Bogan was one of the Enlisted Men assigned to the 1141st Quartermaster Company at Mac Dill Field, Tampa, Florida from the 171st Quartermaster Platoon Service Center (Aviation), the 784th Quartermaster Company (Truck) and the...

  • Kay Cashman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 483rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 18 July 1944 B-17 42-102422 shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed in the vicinity of Memmingen, the target of the mission.

  • Donald Ewing

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-17F 42-29856 flak hit, lost two engines and trailing fuel, crew baled out before aircraft exploded. Prisoner of War (POW). 10-May-44. MACR 4836. ...

  • Orrin Frye

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner | 483rd Bomb Group
    Bill flew over 27 missions before being shot down by flak. he was held as a POW for over a year. MACR 7107

  • John Kempf

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-17F 42-29856 flak hit, lost two engines and trailing fuel, crew baled out before aircraft exploded. Prisoner of War (POW). 10-May-44. MACR 4836. ...

  • William Mays

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Gunner | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-17F 42-29856 flak hit, lost two engines and trailing fuel, crew baled out before aircraft exploded. Prisoner of War (POW). 10-May-44. MACR 4836. ...

  • William Moyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-17F 42-29856 flak hit, lost two engines and trailing fuel, crew baled out before aircraft exploded. Prisoner of War (POW). 10-May-44. MACR 4836. ...

  • Joseph O'Donnell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 483rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-17F 42-29856 flak hit, lost two engines and trailing fuel, crew baled out before aircraft exploded. Prisoner of War (POW). 10-May-44. MACR 4836. ...

  • Paschal Powell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    12 October 1944 Plane was 'Inside Curve' 42-39973 Went down spinning and twisting. Then in a nose dive blew up with all of my crew of nine, killing all but my Navigator, Sidney Solomon, and me. Sidney Solomon and I, Paschal H. Powell were blown out...

  • Aaron Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 483rd Bomb Group
    Aaron Bennett Roberts, [12-22-23 – 10-20-67], served with the Georgia Air National Guard and went active duty serving with the 15AF, 815BS, 483BG. He was a SSgt, Army Serial No. 20 480 227, and flew as a tail gunner aboard the B-17G, “Good Deal,” BuNo...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102382

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Lincoln 25/3/44; Morrison 4/4/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 21/4/44; Missing in Action Memmingen 18/7/44 with Matt Smith, Myers, Stein, LaHurd, Venables, Pampamanoli, Doverspike, May, Marlin (9 Prisoner of War);...

  • 42-102388

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Gt Falls 2/3/44; Morrison 19/4/44; Assigned 815BS/483BG Sterparone 30/4/44; Missing in Action Fornova de Taro 22/6/44 with Bill Schild, Frieberger, Ryan, Spracher (4 Killed in Action); Donahue, Ryan, Denison (3 evaded...

  • 42-102403

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 29/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Morrison 9/4/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Sterparone 9/4/44; Missing in Action Friedrichshafen 3/8/44 with George Mullins, Bradshaw, Macko, Gaffney, Griffin, Danielson, Mitchley, Foster, Ross, Hosmer (10 Returned to Duty);...

  • 42-102406

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    483rdBG/817thBS/15th AF - Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Morrison 8/4/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 15/4/44; Missing in Action Belgrade 7/5/44 with Bill Lanford, McCabe, Varischetti, Macy (4 Prisoner of War); Dinovo, Sharp, Duquette, Beach,...

  • 42-102422 Catfish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 15/3/44; Morrison 7/4/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Sterparone 17/4/44; Missing in Action Memmingen 18/7/44 with Tim Gunn, Fuehrer, Cashman, Howland, Fischetti, Nicholas, Frieman, Odiorne, Niezgocki (9 Killed in Action);...

  • 42-102429

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 18/3/44; Morrison 2/4/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Sterparone 17/4/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 15/7/44 with Vic Vlahovich, Bellonio, Gusciora, Ryan, Navarro, Stewart, Fletcher, Watkins, Barton, Van Deren (10 Killed in...

  • 42-102706

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 19/4/44; Morrison 3/5/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 5/5/44; Missing in Action Hall, Aus 16/2/45 with Max Solowitz, Lillish, Dye, Short, O’Dwyer, Pedersen, Heckler, Cox, Chenowith, (9 Killed in Action); hit by...

  • 42-102836

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/4/44; Hunter 24/4/44; Morrison 9/5/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Sterparone 7/5/44; Missing in Action Maribor, Yugo 1/4/45 with Wallace Moore, Giboney, Trufley, Rex (4 evaded capture & return 5/4/45); Kastenbaum, Korschuk, Sorce,...

  • 42-102841

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/4/44; Dyersburg 25/4/44; Hunter 30/4/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Sterparone 8/5/44; Missing in Action Pilsen 23/10/44 with Howard Dallman, Morey, Sandman, Poole, Hebert, Eddison, Walker, Lille, Fleshman, Deede (10 Prisoner of War);...

  • 42-102849

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/4/44; Hunter 27/4/44; Dow Fd 11/5/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Sterparone 10/5/44; Missing in Action Odertal 18/12/44 with Arthur Dunn, Fite, Gonzales {Wounded in Action}, Eichenberg {Wounded in Action}, Radar {Wounded in Action},...

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Citations

Distinguished Unit Citations: Germany, 18 Jul 1944; Germany, 24 Mar 1945.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 01:09:09 466thHistorian Changes to motto, citations, unit encompassing associations and stations
Sources

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/italy/apulia/foggia/sterparone-s574.html
http://www.armyaircorpsmuseum.org/483d_Bombardment_Group.cfm

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2015 11:51:17 Lucy May Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, GA: https://www.museumofaviation.org/483rd.php

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