743rd Bomb Squadron

Squadron

Object Number - UPL 22931 - "Dazzlin' Dutchess and the Ten Dukes" B-24H-10-CF Liberator 42-64500 743rd Bombardment Squadron, 455th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. 21 April...

Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment unit in mid-1943; assigned to II Bomber Command for training. Primarily trained in New Mexico and Utah received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in November 1943. Moved to Virginia where the group flew long-range convoy escort missions over the Mid-Atlantic, October–November 1943 while station in Italy was being constructed.

Deployed to Southern Italy in January 1944; entered combat in January 1944, being assigned to Fifteenth Air Force. Engaged in very long range strategic bombing missions to enemy military, industrial and transportation targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia, bombing railroad marshalling yards, oil refineries, airdrome installations, heavy industry, and other strategic objectives.

In addition to strategic missions in the Balkans, the group bombed troop concentrations, bridges, marshalling yards, and airdromes during the fall of 1944 to hamper the enemy’s withdrawal from the region. The group also supported ground forces at Anzio and Cassino in March 1944; knocked out gun positions in preparation for the invasion of Southern France in August 1944; and assisted the final Allied drive through Italy in April 1945 by hitting such targets as bridges, gun positions, and troop concentrations.

Remained in Italy after the German Capitulation in May, although unit personnel were demobilized throughout the summer of 1945. Group was inactivated in Italy on 9 September 1945.

Reactivated in the Air Force Reserve in 1947 with B-29 Superfortresses. Trained at Sheppard-Kell Municipal Airport, Texas. Inactivated in 1949 due to budget

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Squadron 743rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 743rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-697389
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 743rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13028086
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 743rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33459201
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Dazzlin Dutchess and the Ten Dukes
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 743rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 743rd Bomb Squadron

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