391st Bomb Group

Group
An airman of the 391st Bomb Group wearing a service dress jacket and kilt. Written on slide casing: '391 BG.'

Object Number - FRE 7336 - An airman of the 391st Bomb Group wearing a service dress jacket and kilt. Written on slide casing: '391 BG.'

"The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by an estimated fifty to seventy-five FW-19Us and ME-109's. As a result, sixteen aircraft were missing in action, and the returning planes were badly battle-damaged. Despite the morning losses, all available aircraft flew on the afternoon of the same day against the communications center at Neuerberg, Germany, which was vitally important to the German forces fighting in the Ardennes Bulge. Interpretation of the strike photos credited the Group with destruction at the road intersection and with damage to three main highways leading into the intersection."
Extract from : http://www.b26.com/page/391/assignments.htm

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Matching 25 January 1944 - 19 September 1944

Based

Roye / Amy 19 September 1944 - 16 April 1945

Based

Asch 16 April 1945

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 575th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19101923 / O-746676
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Bomb / Nav
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 574th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-715127
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 574th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18161864 / O-558793
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bomb / Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 574th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32012302
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group Headquarters (391st Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-388874
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: The Black Death
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 575th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Panchita Del Rio
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 575th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Jinx, Snakes Revenge
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 574th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-26 Invader
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 572nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 575th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date22 Feb 2017 11:17:37
Sources

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;

Date19 Aug 2015 15:29:14
Sources
Date13 Mar 2015 15:35:45
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:45
ContributorAAM
Sources

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / 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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