25th Bomb Group

Group
A B-26 Marauder of the 654th Bomb Squadron, 25th Bomb Group, parked on a runway. Handwritten on reverse: '654 BS.'

Object Number - FRE 3069 - A B-26 Marauder of the 654th Bomb Squadron, 25th Bomb Group, parked on a runway. Handwritten on reverse: '654 BS.'

The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated a Bombardment Group but they did not drop bombs. Instead they flew bombers to drop 'chaff' screenings for other Bomb Groups. 'Chaff', strips of metallic paper, would interfere with the enemy's ability to detect aircraft using radar.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center 25th Bomb Group 652nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot; Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 652nd Bomb Squadron Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Service Numbers: 32982801 / O-44665
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Watton 1944-04-22 - 1945-07-23

Previously was

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: J/E Communications Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 839th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37 258 846
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Mechanic
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Adjutant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 451st Air Service Group 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 653rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 652nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: B-17f-100-bo
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 25th Bomb Group 802nd Reconnaissance Group (SP) 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 652nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 652nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 25th Bomb Group 652nd Bomb Squadron

Mission

  • Date: 13 August 1944

Revisions

Date5 Feb 2020 09:40:22
Contributorphil marchese
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Changed mission type to (R) in accordance with designation.

Date22 Aug 2019 09:35:54
ContributorEmily
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Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Date21 Nov 2018 15:12:24
ContributorWattonman
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Page 95, The 25th Bomb Group ( Rcn) in World War II

Date1 Jan 2017 03:28:36
Contributor466thHistorian
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"The 25th Bomb Group in World War II" - Norman Malayney
page 280

Date27 Apr 2015 10:43:45
ContributorEmily
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Associated Watton

Date13 Mar 2015 15:12:02
Contributorrossingtonj
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Type added.

Date4 Jan 2015 12:52:07
ContributorAl_Skiff
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USAAF Photo.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:44
ContributorAAM
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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).

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