788th Bomb Squadron

Squadron
The insignia of the 788th Bomb Squadron, 467th Bomb Group.

Object Number - FRE 5208 - The insignia of the 788th Bomb Squadron, 467th Bomb Group.

During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of them was to give up a B24 Squadron to be transferred to the 801st(P)BG at Harrington. They each got out a half-crown to toss: the loser was to give up a squadron from his group. Col. Shower lost, and he chose to offer the 788th Squadron, formerly commanded by Major Robert Salzarulo, who had gone down a few days earlier on the mission to Berlin 29th April 44 and taken POW. The 11th May 44, Group Mission number 25 was the last mission to be flown by the original 788th Squadron with the 467th BG.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Cheddington

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron 791st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Screw Ball
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: The Monster, Flak Magnet
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 467th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron 788th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Slick Chick
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Slugger Jr
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Tangerine
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 788th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date13 Mar 2015 16:51:43
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:51
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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