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448th Bomb Group

Group

The 448th Bomb Group was a B-24 Liberator Group that flew out of Seething, Norfolk. The Group flew their first mission on the 22nd December 1943 and over the next eighteen months the air crews flew 262 missions over occupied Europe. These bombing missions were a mixture of strategic ones over Germany, which aimed to destroy vital industrial sites and aircraft bases, and tactical ones over France, which supported the invasion and advance east of ground forces.

Commanding officers
  • Charles Westover

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding Officer of 448th BG; Chief of Staff | 448th Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of the 448th Bomb Group based at Seething from November 1944 to May 1945. AM/ DFC

  • Gerry Mason

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer of 448th BG | 448th Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of the 448th Bomb Group based at Seething from April 1944 to November 1944. 25 missions over Himalaya 'Hump' while executive officer, Indo-China Air Transport Wing. DFC/ AM

  • James Thompson

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer 448th BG | 448th Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of the 448th Bomb Group at Seething from May 1943 to April 1944. Declared Killed in Action (KIA) on 1st April 1944. Parachute failed to open from lead PFF aircraft 41-28763. Story detailed pp. 79-80 in 'Liberators Over Germany'.

  • Lester Miller

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot, Commanding Officer 448th BG | 448th Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of the 448th Bomb Group based at Seething from May 1945 to July 1945. DSC, Legion of Merit w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled doe to weather before it could take off. Mission...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Seething 30 November 1943 – 6 July 1945

Connections

People

  • Thomas Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Completed 30 missions DFC, Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Adolph Abraham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-24 #4229248. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Norman Acido

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-24 #42-7709 'Maid of Tin. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ara Adams

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Kyrtz in B-24 'Trouble N Mind' #4295298

  • Charles Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    AAC Peggy Jo # 294744 received cannon fire from Me-410. Bailed out over England prior to AC crash. WIA

  • John Adams

    Military | Radio Operator Gunner | 448th Bomb Group

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-24 #42110040 'Carol Marie. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Robert Adams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4129523 'Miss Happ. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marshall Adamson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by flak and crashed near Vez on 6/27/44 in B-24 #4250344

  • Angelo Adelizzi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed in B-24 'Daisy Mae' 42-94972

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Aircraft

  • 41-28583 'Rum Runner'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 713BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hit by flak 25-Apr-44. Landed in Switzerland. 9 x Interned. MACR 4300.

  • 41-28588 'Sad Sack'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven. Shot down Lt Detlef Grossfuss in Fw 190A-6 of JG 2/2y at Pontoise, France. 30-Dec-43 crew baled out. 9 x POW. 1 x KIA. MACR 4176.

  • 41-28593 'The Prodigal Son'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brunswick, shot down by fighters 11-Jan-44. 5 x KIA, 5 x POW. MACR 2519.

  • 41-28599

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven shot down 30-Dec-43, 6 x crew baled out, pilot, copilot, radio operator and engineer remained with A/C, with only the engineer surviving the crash. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA....

  • 41-28602 'Commando'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 713BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Manheim, combat damaged 25-Apr-44. Landed in Switzerland. Destroyed by crew on landing. 10 x Interned. 10 x RTD. MACR 4364/15161.

  • 41-28609

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to marshalling yards at Osnabruck hit by OberstLeutnant Peter Jenne JG 26/I killing Sgt Richard B Leing in the tail turret. Subsequently exploded in mid air. 2 x POW, 8 x KIA. MACR 2422.

  • 41-28611 'Baby Shoes'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brandenburg, Germany. Last seen crossing the coast with one engine feathered 9-Mar-44, crashed Nth of Arendonk, Belgium. 1 x RTD, 9 x POW. MACR 3339.

  • 41-28710 "Squat 'N Droppit"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by at least 13 different crews on 21 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Porcaro. Shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. 8 x EVD, 1 x KIA....

  • 41-28711 'Little Sheppard'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Stalled out into a spin due to ice build up over English channel on mission to Brux, Czechoslovakia, navigator baled out before control was regained, 21-Apr-44. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Allach, Germany....

  • 41-28843 Repulser

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 41-28843, The Repulser, was attacked by heavily-armed ME 410 German fighters and crashed in the fields near Kessingland.

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 14:46:27 scooter6793 Changes to motto and mission associations
Sources

Update

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 16:31:53 rossingtonj Changes to type, aircraft types, commanding officers associations, mission associations and stations
Sources

Seething Control Tower Museum: http://www.seethingtower.org/448-bomb-group.php

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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)

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