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92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

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The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943 and February 1944, the Group, nicknamed 'Fame's Favoured Few', mainly flew missions attacking strategic targets across occupied Europe culminating in the missions of Big Week, 20-25 February 1944. In the aftermath of these sustained attacks on German targets, the focus of the Group's missions shifted west towards France and the Low Countries.

The Group flew 308 missions using 8,633 sorties and dropped 20,829 tons of bombs. The Group lost 154 aircraft MIA.

CLAIMS TO FAME
First 8th AF Bomb Group to make a non-stop Atlantic flight to the United Kingdom
327th Bomb Squadron was the only unit equipped with the YB-40 for combat
Flew the secret Disney rocket-bomb (TV guided) experimental mission early in 1945
Acted as VIII Bomber Command's Combat Crew Replacement Center Aug-42 to May 43
Led the last 8th AF mission of the war.

Commanding officers
  • Baskin Lawrence

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    In 1934 joined Army Air Corp in pilot training. Joined 91st BG in September 1942. On March 4, 1943, taxying accident at Bassingbourne in Boston III AL441 on return from a photographic flight with Mr. LH Cave Chinn as a passenger. Chinn was a British...

  • James Sutton

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer; Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    CO of the 92nd BG from 27 March 1942 to 01 May 1943; ...

  • James Wilson

    Military | Lieutenant General | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was CO of the 423rd BS from 01 March 1942 to 19 February 1943. Also, was GP Operations Officer 19 February 1943 to 22 June 1943. Flew 17 missions from 09 Oct 1942 to 26 June 1943. He was wounded and returned to the US. October 1943 he became...

  • William Reid

    Military | Major General | Commanding Officer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Commanding Officer 91BG from 1-May-43 to 23-May-43; re-assigned as Commanding Officer 92BG 23-May-43 to 27-Sep-44. WIA 26-Aug-44.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 10

    6 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 Boston IIIs to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France; 92BG & 97BG together despatach 51 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 301BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 12

    26 September 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 45 B-17s to bomb the German airfields of Maupertus near Cherbourg and Porjeau at Morlaix, France. 301BG is recalled because the fighter escort of p-38s from 1FG is recalled. The 97BG aborts the mission over the Bay of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 15

    21 October 1942
    German U-Boat pens are Lorient, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission along with the German airfield at Cherbourg, France. 93BG despatches 24-B-24s to Lorient, but cloud cover prevents them from bombing. The main attack force to Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Bovingdon 18 August 1942 – 11 January 1943
Based Alconbury 11 January 1943 – 15 September 1943
Based Podington 15 September 1943 – 9 July 1945

Connections

People

  • John Abel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters, B-17G #42-31231exploded in mid-air and crashed near Wambeln, GR on a mision to Munster and Hamm, GR on 23 Mar 194. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Ackermann

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sam Acquaviva

    Military | Major | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    25 missions Jul '43 - Jan '44. DFC; AM

  • Frank Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Upon returning from a flight check, B-17G #42-37799 landed long and ran off the end of the runway. RTD. Struck by 20mm shells, B-17G #42-31888 went out of control, exploded into to pieces and crashed E of Hamm, GR on a mission to Munster and Hamm, GR...

  • Franklin Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Mid air collision and crashed at Neuhof in B-17 #4338445

  • Franklin Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    According to US trial 12-1871, killed while prisoner of war at or near Gießen-Wieseck, Ger, after surviving mid air collision of his plane.

  • George Adams

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 30 April 1944 in B-17 #42107012. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Porter Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    B-17F #42-30580 'Equipoise' blew a tire and veered off runway on 5 Jan 1944. Another B-17 crashed into 30580.

  • Ralph Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Orginally assigned with the 92BG at Bovingdon, UK as an Aerial Gunner with the rank of Sergeant. He flew his first mission (and the only one with the 92BG) on 21-Oct-42. ...

  • Michael Adzima

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    He completed 35 missions. He flew on 'Lonesome Polecat' and he was instrumental in naming the plane, this was the original Lonesome Polecat. EAME medal w/2 bronze stars/ Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

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Aircraft

  • 41-24359

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 301BG Westover 8/9/42; instead of assignment to 12AF, Italy transferred to Chelveston 16/9/42; 813BS/305BG Grafton Underwood/Chelveston 25/11/42, sent to pathfinder base RAF Wyton of installation of Oboe Mk I radar equipment; 325BS/92BG [NV-F]...

  • 41-24406 'All American'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 13/7/42; transferred 414BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; Maison Blanche, Alg. 13/11/42; Tafaraoui, Alg. 22/11/42; Biskra, Alg. 25/12/42; on Tunis mission was rammed by Me109G 1/2/43 almost slicing rear fuselage and tailplane off; made it...

  • 41-24419 'Virgin Sturgeon' 'Honey Chile II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 14/7/42; 341BS/97BG Polebrook 8/42; Maison Blanche 13/11/42; Tafaraoui 22/11/42; Biskra 25/12/42; bombed on base by Luftwaffe 10/1/43; Salvaged.

  • 41-9017 Heidi Ho

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 41-9018

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook Mar-42; transferred 327BS/92BG Bovingdon Aug-42; Attacked by Lt. Walter Meyer 7./JG26. Lost tail and three engines. Desintegrated over Lannay near the Belgian border. Monument near Mouchin on D955 direction Planard. MACR...

  • 41-9021 Big Bitch (97BG)/Hangar Queen (390BG)

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 41-9023 Yankee Doodle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 41-9026 Baby Doll

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 41-9030 Big Punk

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 414BS/97BG MacDill, FL, force landed base with Joe Bernhardt 27/3/42; Grenier, NH with Bill Saunders force landed Buhl, ID 15/6/42; Polebrook 3/42; with Lt. William P. Saunders took part in 8AF 1st raid 17/8/42; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 4/12...

  • 41-9042 The Berlin Sleeper w/97BG and Ridge Runner w/303BG

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered ?; Assigned 342BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42 as THE BERLIN SLEEPER; with Lt George D.Burgess took part in 1st 8AF mission 17/8/42; transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-T/B] Bovingdon 9/42; force landed Hendon with Alan Hermance 16/10/42 Missing Air Crew...

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Citations

Distinguished Unit Citation 11-Jan-44 Oschersleben
Medal of Honor awarded to John C. Morgan 26-Jul-43 Hanover.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 16:33:38 SavvyGA Changes to description
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Typo corrected

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 16:32:26 SavvyGA Changes to description
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Corrected description of YB-40s.

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2014 22:06:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 15-Nov-2014. Statistics: http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/92bg.HTM

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2014 20:48:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to name, citations, description, commanding officers associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Nov-2014. http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/92bg.HTM

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2014 18:35:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, motto, person associations, commanding officers associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. Commaders: http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/92bg.HTM

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2014 20:15:16 Paul Bellamy Changes to mission associations and stations
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1st Air Division records (1AD HQ Historical Society)

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2014 20:09:01 Paul Bellamy Changes to type, aircraft types, mission associations and stations
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1st Air Division records (1AD HQ Historical Society)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 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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