801st Bomb Group

Group

Object Number - UPL 7417 - A DeHavilland DH98 Mosquito fighter bomber of the 492nd - 801st ,Carpetbaggers, Bomb Group, probably taken at their base, AAF 179 Harrington,...

The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents, supplies and leaflets. The B-24 Liberators flown by the Group were painted black to help the crews evade detection by enemy anti-aircraft postions. On 13 August 1944, the Group was redesignated as the 492nd Bomb Group.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 801st Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
  • Service Numbers: O-022617
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer, Pilot

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Harrington 1944-03-25

Other

Re-designated 492nd Bomb Group

Harrington 1944-08-13

Encompassing

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • 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: 801st Bomb Group 406th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
  • Service Numbers: 16108322
  • Role/Job: Engineer, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 801st Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 31215415
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 801st Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-885579
  • Role/Job: O

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Baldy and his Brood
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 801st Bomb Group Base Air Depot 1 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 801st Bomb Group 406th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hulcher's Vultures
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 801st Bomb Group 563rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 801st Bomb Group 406th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 801st Bomb Group 406th Bomb Squadron

Mission

Revisions

Date13 Mar 2015 15:29:44
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:46
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 / 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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