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95th Bomb Group

Group

The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August 1943. The second was awarded for a raid on marshalling yards at Munster on 10 October 1943 and the third for bombing a suburb of Berlin, on 4 March 1944, the first time the German capital had been bombed by USAAF. After VE Day, the Group transported liberated prisoners and displaced persons from Austria to France and England.

Flew a total of 321 combat missions between 13 May 1943 to 20 April 1945
Dropped 19,769 tons of bombs and 456.5 tons of food
Completed 8,625 sorties
Lost 156 B17s in combat, 36 in other operations
1,362 planes battle damaged and 61 forced to land on the continent
Claimed 425 enemy aircraft destroyed, 117 probable, 231 damaged.
Lost 569 men KIA and 3 MIA (assumed KIA)
Lost 825 men as POWs, 61 internees, 61 evaders, 192 wounded in action; 63 killed in noncombat accidents
Total casualties: 1,774

Commanding officers
  • Alfred Kessler

    Military | General | Commanding Officer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Carl Truesdell

    Military | Colonel | Command Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Chester Gilger

    Military | Colonel | On Board ; Observer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Jack Shuck

    Military | Colonel | Commander, 95th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group, Base Commander | 452nd Bomb Group
    Deputy C/S for Operations, 3rd Air Division, Deputy C/S for Operations, 92nd Combat Bomb Wing. Commander 95th Bomb Group 15 October 1944 - April 1945. Commander 452nd Bomb Group, 6 June 1945 - July 1945.

  • John Gerhart

    Military | Colonel | Wing Commander/Group Commander/Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF in 1965 as a 4-star General ...

  • Robert Stuart

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Commander | 95th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • 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,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Alconbury 15 April 1943 – 1 June 1943
Based Framlingham 12 May 1943 – 15 June 1943
Based Horham 15 June 1943 – 3 August 1945

Connections

People

  • Orville Aasen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Jack Abadie

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Sommerda on 10/7/44 in B-17 'Tornado Jr' #42107050

  • Frank Abbadessa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Dean Abbe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Emory Abbott

    Military | Sergeant | Air Engineering Squadron | 95th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Abbott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    April 5, 1943, crew ditched B-17 #423121 due to engine failure. All crew got out safely, were spotted within four hours and picked up within 7 hours and returned to England.

  • Richard Abbott

    Military | 95th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Abell

    Military | 95th Bomb Group

  • Adolph Abraham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 95th Bomb Group

  • Melford Abraham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Missions from 4/19/44-9/9/44; 18 missions as co-pilot, 15 missions 1st pilot, own crew. Longest mission--Brux, CzeckoslovaKilled in Action (KIA) 5/12/44; Roughest mission--Leipzig, Germany 8/16/44. Finished full tour 33 missions (lead crews flew only...

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Aircraft

  • 42-97194 'Good Pickin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-O] Horham 11/3/44; with G.M. Jackman force landed B-53 Merville, Belg., 10/5/45; with Lt Henderson force landed A-70 Laon, France 20/5/45; 114m Returned to the USA...

  • 42-102447 'El's Belles'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 6/4/44; with L.J. Price, force landed 4/8/44 sal; with M.S. Roy force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44; with H. Rivet force landed France 20/2/45; with J.E....

  • 42-102450 'Paisano'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 336BS/95BG Horham 8/4/44; with W.G. Helm force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44; 85m, Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Bob Duncan, Co...

  • 42-102455 'Lucky Lady' 'Screaming Eagle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gt Falls 6/3/44; Cheyenne 4/4/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 8/5/44 LUCKY LADY; with H.E. Hansen force landed B-58 Melsbroek, Bel 6/2/45; with G.T. Purdy force landed A-96 Toul-Ochey,...

  • 42-102560 'The Thomper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-X] Horham 11/4/44; 62m, Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Chas Wicker, Co-pilot: Alf Rivas, Navigator: Fred Johnson, Bombardier: Warren Briggs, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-102667 'Yankee Wine'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 28/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-C] Horham 3/5/44; 4m, transferred 351BS/100BG [EP-J] Thorpe Abbotts 8/6/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Bob Schomp, Co-pilot: Henry Preher, Navigator: Bob...

  • 42-102678 'Ole Worrybird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-R] Horham 3/5/44; 42m, Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Willis Pozola, Co-pilot: Barton McNeill, Navigator: Bob Strachen, Bombardier: Bill Livingstone, Flight...

  • 42-102700 "I'll Get By"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Dow Fd 3/5/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 4/5/44; 22m, Missing in Action Paris 2/8/44 with Capt Bob Baber, Co-pilot: Jasper Kaylor, Navigator: Ray Dallas, Bombardier: Frank Sohm, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/4/44; Kearney 16/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned to the 412th Bomb Squadron/95th Bomb Group as [QW-E]. Based at Horham 30/5/44; non-operation crash, pilot given permission to land at Duxford airfield, UK 19/7/44, to pick up others...

  • 42-102951

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 6/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-Q] Horham 30/5/44; with A.E. McCulley 25/8/44 wia-b Lt Bill Kehoe, Waist gunner: Larry Roberts; with W.C. Bramlett force landed RAF Woodbridge 25/12/44; with R.W....

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 16:42:43 Mark Erickson Changes to citations and stations
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I am the son of Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson and his Biographer

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2016 00:38:52 MSP Changes to media associations
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MSP

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2015 17:40:06 FullHouse Changes to mission associations and media associations
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Add 412 Bomb Squadron and 95th Bomb Group patches

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 15:32:36 mdgtmstng Changes to motto, insignia and mission associations
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Motto, as taken from group patch insignia. Tail marking was the letter B on a square background (a white square with a black B on camouflaged aircraft, and a black square with a white B on unpainted/natural aluminum aircraft.

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 20:53:43 simaguire Changes to description and mission associations
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B17s Over Berlin: Personal stories from the 95th bomb group
Edited by Ian L. Hawkins

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 20:48:13 simaguire Changes to commanding officers associations, mission associations and stations
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From: B-17s Over Berlin - Personal stories from the 95th bomb group.
Edited by Ian L. Hawkins

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 20:33:28 simaguire Changes to insignia, aircraft types, mission associations and stations
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From: B-17s Over Berlin - Personal stories from the 95th bomb group.
Edited by Ian L. Hawkins

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:31:40 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations
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Type added.

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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