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828th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

Activated as a B-24 Liberator squadron in late 1943. assigned to II Bomber Command for training in B-24 Liberators. Primarily trained in Nebraska and received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in March 1944.

Deployed to Southern Italy in April 1944; entered combat in May 1944, being assigned to Fifteenth Air Force. Engaged in very long range strategic bombing missions to enemy military, industrial and transportation targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia, bombing marshalling yards, oil refineries, airdrome installations, heavy industry, and other strategic objectives. Also carried out some support and interdiction operations. Struck bridges, harbors, and troop concentrations in August 1944 to aid the invasion of Southern France. Hit communications lines and other targets during March and April 1945 to support the advance of British Eighth Army in northern Italy.

Returned to the United States in May 1945, being programmed for deployment to the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) as a B-29 Superfortress Very Heavy Bombardment Squadron. Many combat veterans of MTO demobilized upon arrival in the United States, and a small cadre of personnel reformed at Sioux Falls Army Airfield, South Dakota at the end of May. Reassigned to Second Air Force for training in Iowa. Retained on active duty after Japanese capitulation and assigned to Continental Air Forces, being stationed at Smoky Hill Army Airfield, Kansas in September.

Transferred to Strategic Air Command in March 1946. Personnel shortages and budget reductions led to squadron inactivation in August 1946, equipment and personnel reassigned to other SAC units

Structure

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  • 485th Bomb Group

    485th Bomb Group

    Group
    The wing was originally constituted as the 485th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and activated on 20 September 1943.[6] Its original squadrons were the newly activated 828th, 829th, and 830th Bombardment Squadrons, which were joined a few days later by the...

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People

  • Lyle Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 485th Bomb Group
    Alexander Lyle H 2nd Lt 0-681288 828th Pilot ...

  • John Crouchley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, held A/C stable to enable his crew to bale out, unable to escape himself. Killed in Action(KIA) MACR...

  • William Hays

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hollowell

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Johnson

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Langstaff

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Lascotte

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose Gunner | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: DFC, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Forrest Leveille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Regular Navigator for John D Crouchley crew, missed their crews fateful last mission on 28-Jun-44. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allen Meister

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Regular Bombardier for John D Crouchley crew, missed their crews fateful last mission on 28-Jun-44. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Turner

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Engineer | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 42-52532 'Virgo' 'Miss Mynookey'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 834rd BS, 486th BG, 8th AF, One of the original aircraft flown to the UK - until the end of Jun 44. ...

  • 44-41068

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52701 Miss Yankee Rebel

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania 28-Jun-44; Attacked by E/A, starting fires in the #2 and #3 engines. 2Lt Crouchley then dove the A/C to put out the fires successfully. Crew continued to fight of attacks...

  • 44-40458 'Picadilly Tilly'

    B-24 Liberator
    Transferred from the 861BS, 493BG, 8AF. Assignments in 34th BG - 391st BS, 7th BS and 4th BS. Later transferred to the 828BS, 485BG, 15AF where it was lost in Italy 2-Mar-45 - MACR 12710

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Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 00:26:47 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types and unit encompassing associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/828th_Bombardment_Squadron

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