387th Bomb Group

Group

Object Number - UPL 26739 - 387th Bomb Group Reunion, Dayton OH, 2002

The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France. Subsequent to the Allied invasion of the continent, the 387th moved to Stony Cross in July 1944 and on to a series of bases in France. The crews flew from Clastres, north-eastern France, for the mission that resulted in a Distinguished Unit Citation for the Group, awarded for hitting transportation and communication targets at Mayen and Prum, Germany during the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 to January 1945.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Chipping Ongar 25 June 1943 - 18 July 1944

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Stony Cross 18 July 1944 - 22 August 1944

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Maupertus 22 August 1944 - 18 September 1944

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Chateaudun 18 September 1944 - 30 October 1944

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Clastres 30 October 1944 - 29 April 1945

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Maastricht 29 April 1945

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 556th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 559th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11072026
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 556th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Role/Job: Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Lil Grim Reaper
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Sheezabeech II / The Payoff
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 556th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Secksma Sheen
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: La Diabla
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: King Bee
  • Unit: 387th Bomb Group 558th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date13 Mar 2017 01:18:06
ContributorMike Smith
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ms

Date22 Feb 2017 11:11:27
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Stations added with details from:
- "Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;

Date13 Mar 2015 15:35:54
Contributorrossingtonj
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Type added.

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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