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342nd 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...

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People

  • Edward Amos

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Milo Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Aloys Fuessel crew. Reported to ETO on 29 Nov 1943. Transferred to the 15 AF: 97 BG/342 BS. Completed 36 missions. [14 missions with 306th] Discharged 09 Oct 1945. ...

  • Albert Andreiko

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Bryce Baker

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Clyde Ball

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Francis Bechely

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

  • Lynel Beebehyser

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna 16-Jul-44; hit by flak over target, crashed Vienna; Prisoner Of War (POW) MACR 6825. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Bellows

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna 16-Jul-44; hit by flak over target, crashed Vienna; Prisoner Of War (POW) MACR 6825. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clyde Bergwin

    Military | 97th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-24441 Francis X

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 31-Jul-42; 326BS/97BG Polebrook 12-Aug-42. Missing in Action 21-Oct-42 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens. 6KIA 4POW. FRANCIS X. No MACR issued. ...

  • 41-9017 Heidi Ho

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

  • 41-9026 Baby Doll

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

  • 41-9042 The Berlin Sleeper/ Ridge Runner

    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...

  • 41-9043 Peggy D/ Little Rock-ette

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 342BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42 PEGGY D on co-pilot’s side; with Capt Bill Musselwhite on 1st 8AF mission 17/8/42; 92BG Bovingdon /9/42; transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-A1] Ridgewell 7/43 as hack & tow target; to 2SAD 21/8/43 and ret 24/8/43 used to...

  • 41-9090 The SOONER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MacDill 11 April 1942. Assigned 342BS/97BG Sarasota 26 April 1942. Presque Isle 29 May 1942. Flying from Goose Bay to Bluie West One at Narsarsuaq, Greenland on 27 June 1942 in foggy weather, with the impossibility to make radio contact and a...

  • 41-9125 Prowler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 21/4/42; transferred 342BS/97BG Polebrook /8/43; with Alex Blair on first 8AF mission 17/8/42; courier flights to N Africa; 325BS/92BG Bovingdon 2/5/43 as tow target a/c.; on 4/5/43 involved in taxi accident with Jake...

  • 42-102918 'Idiots Delight'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/44; Hunter 29/4/44; Grenier 14/5/44; Assigned 342BS/97BG Amendola 26/5/44; first 15AF aircraft to land in Russia on shuttle mission after bombing Debrecen marshalling yards 2/6/44; Missing in Action Munich 19/7/44 with 1Lt...

  • 42-2982

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered West Palm Beach 7/1/43; Assigned 342BS/97BG Chateau-du-Rhumel 3/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/9/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44; Lost Palermo, Italy to flak and fighters 16/4/43 with 1Lt William F Murray Jr, 1Lt Vernon J Reed,...

  • 42-29918 'Webfoot'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/3/43; Gore 20/3/43; Tinker 30/3/43; Homestead 7/4/43; Morrison 12/4/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 12/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; battle damaged Messina 16/8/43, 1KIA; transferred 342BS/97BG Depienne 14/11/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Missing in...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2019 18:38:10 jet54 Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal Collection of Judson Eugene Thompson

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2019 18:36:44 jet54 Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal Collection of Judson Eugene Thompson

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2019 18:34:58 jet54 Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal Collection of Judson Eugene Thompson

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:47:25 jer@mia.net Changes to media associations
Sources

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:342d_Bombardment_Squadron_-_Emble...

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

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