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340th Bomb Squadron

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  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...

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People

  • John Abdallah

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    John Abdallah served as a Bombardier with the 97th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 16 July 1943 while on a mission to San Giovanni, Italy. The plane ditched in the sea 35 miles east of Catania, Sicily. The crew were fortunately rescued after about 30...

  • Earl Adams

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Aenchbacher

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    DFC/ AM w/ 8 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Stanley Aldridge

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 340BS, 97BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed To Return (FTR) navigation exercise to Burtonwood in B-17 41-9098. Weather was poor, almost certainly the red warning flares on North Wales border were missed by the crew, and so while continuing on their...

  • Thomas Allen

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Clyde Allison

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Fredric Altman

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Eugene Anderson

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Roland Anderson

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Harry Anson

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-24444 "The Red Gremlin", "Superman"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 2/8/42; 340BS/97BG Polebrook 24/8/42 THE RED GREMLIN; took Gen Eisenhower to Gibraltar (1st B-17 to Gib) with Paul Tibbets; Maison Blanche 13/11/42; Tafaraoui 22/11/42; Biskra 25/12/42; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43...

  • 41-24445 Six Bits

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 12-August-42; 340BS/97BG Polebrook August 42; Missing in Action Meaulte 6-September-42 shot down by Hptm Conny Meyer (II/JG26) crashed Flasselles, NW of Amiens, France.; (first 8AF B-17 MIA) SIX BITS aka SOUTHERN BELLE. No...

  • 41-24477 Joan of Arc

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-H] Westover 16/8/42; Thurleigh 25/8/42 as JOAN OF ARC; transferred 340BS/97BG Biskra 20/1/43; Missing in Action Tunis 1/2/43 with Bob Coulter, Co-pilot: Wikle, Navigator: Blair, Bombardier: Birk, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 41-2578 Butcher Shop/ Big Tin Bird

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

  • 41-9074

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Boise 359BS/303BG 10/4/42; Presque Is 31/5/42; Slated 94BG; transferred 340BS/97BG Polebrook 28/7/42; sustained battle damaged over Rotterdam 7/9/42 and returned to Polebrook. with Capt Hughes, Ball turret gunner: Sgt Julius L. Kleiman KIA,...

  • 41-9085 Jarrin' Jenny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17E Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9085) nicknamed 'Jarrin' Jenny' became the first USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress to land in the UK, when it landed at Prestwick on 1 July 1942. ...

  • 41-9098 'Big Bitch'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Boise and assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 10/4/42; transferred 340BS/97BG Polebrook 8/42; detailed on a navigation exercise to Burtonwood, Lancs., the weather was poor, and almost certainly the red warning flares on North Wales border were...

  • 41-9174

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 29BG MacDill 7/5/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; transferred 326BS/92BG Bovingdon 9/42; transferred 326BS/11CCRC 1/43; crashed on take off from Bovingdon on navigation exercise 24/6/43; with Jim Buford, Co-pilot: Jack Berry, Navigator...

  • 42-31044

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/9/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG Thorpe Abbotts 24/9/43; transferred 340BS/97BG Depienne 5/10/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44; Missing in Action Verona, It. 14/2/44 with Frank Chaplick, Cowell, Sedgely, Baron Wounded in Action...

  • 42-97499

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/12/43; Salt Lake City 9/12/43; Savannah 20/12/43; Assigned 340BS/97BG Amendola 10/1/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 15/4/44 with Tom McConkey, McGowan, Georgoff, Jerolaman, Wade, Valverde, Souders, Prange, Smith, Espey; Missing Air...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 19:31:08 Videogoat60 Changes to aircraft associations
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Personal collection of Bethany S. Huber, daughter of Herman S. Haag (top turret gunner and engineer of B-17 41-2444, The Red Gremlin

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2016 18:59:02 JB1 Changes to mission associations
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(& BG, 340th BSQ

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2016 18:48:47 JB1 Changes to mission associations and media associations
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it

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:14:07 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:48 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

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