492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

Group
A Swedish Soldier guards a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40159) nicknamed "Boulder Buff" of the 492nd Bomb Group that has landed in Sweden.

Object Number - FRE 2136 - A Swedish Soldier guards a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40159) nicknamed "Boulder Buff" of the 492nd Bomb Group that has landed in Sweden.

The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944.

The group sustained heavier losses than any other B-24 group over a three month period. On 5 August 1944, they became the only Bomb Group in the European Theatre of operations to be disbanded because of high casualties, and were withdrawn from combat. The men and machines of the 492nd Bomb Group were transferred to the 367th Bomb Group while the unit was reassigned to take over the role of the 801st Bomb Group, who had been undertaking 'Carpetbagger' operations.

Commanding Officers

Group Commander Colonel Eugene H. Snavely carves the roast at the base of the 44th Bomb Group at Shipdham, Norfolk, 1944.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 14th Combat Bomb Wing 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 66th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (14th Combat Bomb Wing) Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)
  • Service Numbers: O-22364
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

North Pickenham 14 April 1944 - 12 August 1944

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 479th Sub-Depot 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Role/Job: Ground Crew
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 857th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 06935946
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 801st Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-1102624
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 801st Bomb Group 406th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11111521
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: D
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 859th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron 856th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Y.M.C.A. The Flying Service
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 577th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: 792
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 564th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 705th Bomb Squadron 857th Bomb Squadron

Mission

Revisions

Date31 May 2022 09:08:46
ContributorEmily
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Removed associations to people and aircraft whose record mentions 'carpetbagger' due to likelihood of serving with 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

Date2 Sep 2019 09:53:53
ContributorEmily
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Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth

492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

Date9 Mar 2018 15:47:00
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2nd Air Division Memorial Library

Date13 Mar 2015 15:25:55
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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