3rd Bomb Division

Division
Three B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 94th Bomb Group are attacked by a Nazi Fighter aircraft during a mission. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'A-62641 USAF: Nazi fighter plane attacking Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" during a bomb run over enemy installations somewhere in Europe, 10 September 1944. 100th[sic] Bomb Group, 3rd Bomb Division. U.S. Air Force Photo.' media-408505.jpg FRE 3872 Three B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 94th Bomb Group are attacked by a Nazi Fighter aircraft during a mission. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'A-62641 USAF: Nazi fighter plane attacking Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" during a bomb run over enemy installations somewhere in Europe, 10 September 1944. 100th[sic] Bomb Group, 3rd Bomb Division. U.S. Air Force Photo.' Roger Freeman Collection

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Object Number - FRE 3872 - Three B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 94th Bomb Group are attacked by a Nazi Fighter aircraft during a mission. Printed caption on reverse of print:...

The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division 305th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-17917
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division
  • Service Numbers: O-15502
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Elveden Hall 13 September 1943

Based

Honington

Other

Redesignated

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 13th Combat Bomb Wing 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39123538
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 390th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division 3rd Bomb Division 45th Combat Bomb Wing 96th Bomb Group 337th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6 907 762
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner/Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 45th Combat Bomb Wing 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-825585
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 45th Combat Bomb Wing 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37485045
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Puddles
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Seamans Demons
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division 3rd Bomb Division 100th Bomb Group 418th Bomb Squadron

Mission

  • Date: 4 June 1944
  • Official Description:
  • Date: 3 June 1944
  • Official Description:
  • Date: 2 June 1944
  • Official Description:

Revisions

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ContributorEmily
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Air Force Combat Units of World War II

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James W Brice

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ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014 Corrected association from VIII Fighter Command to VIII Bomber Command.

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ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added info to Basic Details per my own research. Primary sources: Roger A. Freeman and Stan Bishop.

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