94th Bomb Group

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A bomber crew of the 94th Bomb Group stand with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30200) nicknamed "Slo Time Sally" and a bomb inscribed 'Special delivery to Hitler'. Inscription on bomb reads: 'Special delivery to Hitler, From Peggy of St. Louis.' media-379254.jpg FRE 818 A bomber crew of the 94th Bomb Group stand with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30200) nicknamed "Slo Time Sally" and a bomb inscribed 'Special delivery to Hitler'. Inscription on bomb reads: 'Special delivery to Hitler, From Peggy of St. Louis.' Roger Freeman Collection

Sgt Arlie L. Thompson was the tail gunner on SLO Time sally he was KIA Jan 5, 1944 I am his grandson

Object Number - FRE 818 - A bomber crew of the 94th Bomb Group stand with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30200) nicknamed "Slo Time Sally" and a bomb inscribed...

Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas from 1 Nov. 42 until 2 Jan. 1943. Final advanced training at Pueblo, Colorado, 3 Jan. 3 to 30 March 43.



The air echelon began movement to Bassingbourn, UK on 1 April 1943 and the ground echelon left for Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on 17 April 43, then sailed on the Queen Elizabeth 5 May 1943. They arrived at Greenock on 11 May 1943.



Encompasses 331st, 332nd, 333rd and 410th Bomb Squadrons.



The 94th Bomb Group flew 324 missions in 8,884 sorties from 13 May 1943 to 21 April 1945 and dropped 18,924 tons of bomb while losing 153 aircraft MIA.



After VE Day the Group took part in 'Nickel' Project missions, dropping leaflets over former occupied territories and to displaced people in Germany. In November 1945 Forty Five aircraft returned to the US or transferred to other units, and the squadrons were inactivated. Remaining personnel left Bury St. Edmunds on the 11 December 1945.



The group inactivated Camp Kilmer on the 21 December 1945. Allotted to the US Air Force Reserve and established first as a light bomber group in 1949, and later as a carrier organisation flying C-119.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Major General
  • Role/Job: Commander
A painting of Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Brig. Gen. Frederick W. Castle.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 4th Combat Bomb Wing 487th Bomb Group 94th Bomb Group 836th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-319375
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer; Air Leader, Pilot
Brigadier-General Fred L. Anderson and his crew of the 94th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (XM-Z) at Bury St. Edmunds (Rougham). 19 May 1943.' Printed caption on reverse: '51783 AC- Brig. General Fred L. Anderson with crew of the 94th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, beside a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Back row, left to right: S/Sgt. J.D. Polk, ball turret gunner, Okla. City, Okla.; S/Sgt. A.W. Hornden[?], top turret gunner; T/Sgt. McNemar, Radio Operator, Weston, W. Va.; General Anderson; Col. J.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 487th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group Commander

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Biggs Field 1 November 1942 - 1 January 1942

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Earls Colne 27 May 1943 - 15 June 1943

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Bury St Edmunds 15 June 1943 - 12 December 1945

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Bassingbourn 27 May 1943

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 332nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group 94th Bomb Group 410th Bomb Squadron 848th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35401584
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Private
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 332nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Private

Aircraft

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 92nd Bomb Group fly in formation during a training exercise. Aircraft are, from left to right: B-17E (serial number 41-9022) nicknamed "Alabama Exterminator", B-17E (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", B-17E (UX-?, serial number 41-9017) nicknamed "Heidi Ho", B-17E (UX-V, serial number 41-9013), B-17E (UX-S, serial number 41-9154) nicknamed "The Bat out of Hell", B-17E (serial number 41-9132). Printed caption on reverse: 'B-26340 AC - Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortres
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 341st Bomb Squadron 94th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 482nd Bomb Group 327th Bomb Squadron 92nd Bomb Group
A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9017) of the 92nd Bomb Group in flight. Passed for publication 5 Sep 1942. Printed caption on reverse: 'Q.13312: A Flying Fortress photographed in flight at a U.S. Training Centre.' On reverse: Westminster Press Provincial Newspapers Ltd and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Heidi Ho
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 482nd Bomb Group 92nd Bomb Group 94th Bomb Group 97th Bomb Group 327th Bomb Squadron 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Renovation
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division 4th Combat Bomb Wing 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 332nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Shady Lady
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 333rd Bomb Squadron

Mission

  • Date: 9 September 1944
  • Official Description:
A mission log for Lieutenant Colonel Paul Chryst of the 91st Bomb Group, 3 August 1944 -15 December 1944. Image via Lieutenant Colonel Paul Chryst, 91st Bomb Group.
  • Date: 5 August 1944

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Photo received by Charles Rogy's nephew and wife, Gary and Sonya Rogy. 

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Air Force Combat Units of WWII

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Richard Dieterle, correcting typos and formatting irregularities. Biggs Field connection from Biggs Field page.

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Fixed typo

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found online

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found online

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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2015. Corrected typos in Description.

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Le Cunningham 20-Feb-2015. Added Commanding Officers and Biography information per USAAF. com website: http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/94bg.HTM; made connections to Places within existing website data.

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from 8th airforce web site

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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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