490th Bomb Group

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The insignia of the 490th Bomb Group.

Object Number - FRE 5221 - The insignia of the 490th Bomb Group.

The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months in flying tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. After the Group's conversion to B-17s, the crews switched focus and flew longer distance missions over Germany to bomb industrial sites. After VE Day, the Group dropped food supplies to flooded parts of Holland and transported French, Belgian and Spanish POWs out of Austria.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Eye 1944-04-26 - 1945-08-24

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group 851st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36667276
  • Role/Job: Radar Mechanic, Sea Search
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group 848th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16003661
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Airplane Armorer-Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group 214th Finance Section
  • Service Numbers: 37454755
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Finance Typist Clerk

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fever Beaver
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 490th Bomb Group 351st Bomb Squadron
A bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-0003) nicknamed "Ol' Gappy". Printed caption on reverse: '.'70915 AC A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses in front of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Ol' Gappy" at an 8th Air Force base in England on 12 June 1944.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: TOPPER/ Ol Gappy
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 490th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: C-46 Commando
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group
A B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-94812) nickname "Little Warrior" of the 493rd Bomb Group in flight with its engines aflame. A veteran has handwritten on the reverse: 'To Roger Freeman, from a friend, Clifford Stocking. I took the picture 493rd BG, 862nd Sqd.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Little warrior
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 850th Bomb Squadron 861st Bomb Squadron

Mission

Revisions

Date3 Feb 2016 06:44:47
ContributorBluejay89
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grandson of veteran on 490th bg

Date1 May 2015 12:06:25
Contributorrossingtonj
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Aircraft type added

Date13 Mar 2015 15:26:25
Contributorrossingtonj
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Type added.

Date13 Mar 2015 15:26:12
Contributorrossingtonj
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Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:46
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). / 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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