34th Bomb Group

Group
The insignia of the 34th Bomb Group

Object Number - FRE 5062 - The insignia of the 34th Bomb Group

After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy invasion by bombing airfields and coastal defenses in France. It continued to support ground forces as they moved eastwards. The Group did not lose a single bomber to enemy fighter action over enemy territory. After V.E. day, they dropped food supplies into Holland and transported Allied prisoners of war out of Germany.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Mendlesham 1944-08-02 - 1945-04-18

Encompassing

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 7th Bomb Squadron, 34th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 4th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 7th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Misery Agent / Tommy Thumper
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 486th Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: L.O.N.I. League of Nations, Incorporated
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: The Near Sighted Robin
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 7th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Heavenly Body
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 450th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Rough House Kate
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 445th Bomb Group 18th Bomb Squadron 391st Bomb Squadron 702nd Bomb Squadron

Mission

Revisions

Date22 Aug 2019 09:47:34
ContributorEmily
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Date26 Mar 2017 07:23:24
ContributorScott 34th7th
Sources

Personal documents of John A Ferard as provided by his son (Scott 34th7th).

Date2 Jun 2015 00:47:48
Contributorjpstamper
Sources

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

Date2 May 2015 20:32:22
ContributorJasonR
Sources

34th BG history/records

Date22 Nov 2014 15:42:25
Contributorbaerc234
Sources

Unit History

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:45
ContributorAAM
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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