15th Bomb Squadron

Squadron
A bomber crew of the 301st Bomb Group with their A-20 Havoc after being awarded medals. From left to right, they are Sergeant B.B. Cunningham of Tupelo, Missouri; Sergeant R.L. Golay of Fredonia, Kansas; Second Lieutenant M. Dorton of Long Beach; and Major Charles C. Kegelman. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for Publication 11 Jul 1942.' [stamp], 'Not to be published until 12/7/42.' [stamp], 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'USA (NIR)CCC.' [written annotation] and '209807.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on rev

Object Number - FRE 913 - A bomber crew of the 15th Bomb Squadron, 301st Bomb Group with an RAF Douglas Boston of No 226 Squadron, after being awarded medals, 4 July 1942....

The 15th Bomb Squadron was the first US bomb unit sent to UK. Flying personnel arrived at Newport without aircraft on 13 May 1942.

The 15th Bomb Squadron flew five light bombing missions in DB-7 A-20 Bostons from the UK before being reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force at Mediouna, Algeria from 15-Oct-1942 to 1-Oct-1943. They were later absorbed by the 47th Bomb Group.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Other

Arrived in UK

Newport 13 May 1942

Based

Grafton Underwood 14 May 1942 - 9 June 1942

Based

Molesworth 9 June 1942 - 13 September 1942

Based

Podington 13 September 1942 - 15 October 2042

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 4th Fighter Group 15th Bomb Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12027636 / O-431272
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 15th Bomb Squadron 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
A bomber crew of the 301st Bomb Group with their A-20 Havoc after being awarded medals. 

Image stamped on reverse: 'New York Times Photograph.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 12 July 1942.', 'USA(NIR)CCC.'[written annotation] and '209852.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'After receiving awards for U.S. Independence Day raid on Holland New York Times Photo shows: Major Charles C Kegelman (second from right) with his bomber crew after he had received the American D.S.C. for part he took in th
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 301st Bomb Group 15th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-22412
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 15th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11019157
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Dorsal Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 15th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-432079
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Unit: 27th Fighter Group 15th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Unit: 15th Bomb Squadron

Mission

  • Date: 29 June 1942
  • Official Description: Captain Charles C Kegelman, flying on a mission with 12 RAF Bostons against Hazebrouck marshaling yard, France, becomes the first member of the 8th Air Force drop bombs on enemy-occupied Europe. The first pilot fatality of the 8th Air Force in the...
  • Date: 12 July 1942
  • Official Description: 6 Bostons flown by US crews attack Abbeville/Drucat A/F.
  • Date: 5 September 1942
  • Official Description: 31 B-17’s bomb the locomotive depot at Rouen-Sotteville M/Y. This is largest force of Eighth AF HBs to attack to date. Almost 1/5 of the HE bombs burst within the M/Y. Because of Gen Spaatz’s convincing protests, Gen Eisenhower changes his mind...
  • Date: 6 September 1942
  • Official Description: 30 B-17’s strike Avions Potez aircraft plant at Meaulte, while a smaller force bombs 2 A/Fs near Saint Omer. 12 DB-7’s attack Abbeville/Drucat A/F. 2 B-17’s are shot down over Meaulte by ftrs, marking VIII BC’s first loss of aircraft in combat.
  • Date: 2 October 1942
  • Official Description: Avions Potez aircraft factory at Meaulte is bombed by 30 B-17’s. A small group attacks Saint— Omer/Longuenesse A/F. Some 400 ftr escorts provide cover which is frequently penetrated by German ftrs. The B-17’s show remarkable defensive strength.

Revisions

Date14 Aug 2019 10:11:09
ContributorEmily
Date13 Mar 2015 16:10:22
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Type added.

Date7 Nov 2014 17:44:44
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Nov-2014. Added station info. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/15th_Bombardment_Squadron

Date26 Oct 2014 18:14:44
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop, "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:47
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / 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).

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