566th Bomb Squadron

Squadron
The insignia of the 566th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group.

Object Number - FRE 5150 - The insignia of the 566th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group.

Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater. Stations: Davis-Monthan Field, Ariz., 24 Dec 1942; Biggs Field, Tex., 1 Feb 1943; Lowry Field, Colo., 19 Apr.-1 June 1943; Hethel, England, 16 June 1943-ca. 28 May 1945 (operated from Benghazi, Libya, 3 July-25 Aug. 1943; Massicault, Tunisia, 19 Sept.-3 Oct. 1943).

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Hethel 16 June 1943

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-717366
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16085970
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17169052
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Armorer; Gunner, waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - The Captain and His Kids Rides Again - Bucksheesh Benny Rides Again
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Sackwarmer
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Naughty Norma
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Gallloping Katie
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date23 Jan 2019 21:51:49
ContributorDieterle
Sources

Richard Dieterle (trying to put both Hethel and Berca as Stations, but not succeeding). Summary is from Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, ed. Maurer Maurer (Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center and Office of Air Force History, Headquarters, USAF, 1982) 664.

Date23 Jan 2019 21:34:13
ContributorDieterle
Sources

Richard Dieterle.

Date23 Jan 2019 21:30:30
ContributorDieterle
Sources

Richard Dieterle. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, ed. Maurer Maurer (Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center and Office of Air Force History, Headquarters, USAF, 1982) 664.

Date13 Mar 2015 16:29:46
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:50
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 / 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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