95th Bomb Group

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The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.

Object Number - FRE 5089 - The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.

The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August 1943. The second was awarded for a raid on marshalling yards at Munster on 10 October 1943 and the third for bombing a suburb of Berlin, on 4 March 1944, the first time the German capital had been bombed by USAAF. After VE Day, the Group transported liberated prisoners and displaced persons from Austria to France and England.

Flew a total of 321 combat missions between 13 May 1943 to 20 April 1945
Dropped 19,769 tons of bombs and 456.5 tons of food
Completed 8,625 sorties
Lost 156 B17s in combat, 36 in other operations
1,362 planes battle damaged and 61 forced to land on the continent
Claimed 425 enemy aircraft destroyed, 117 probable, 231 damaged.
Lost 569 men KIA and 3 MIA (assumed KIA)
Lost 825 men as POWs, 61 internees, 61 evaders, 192 wounded in action; 63 killed in noncombat accidents
Total casualties: 1,774

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-14903
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (95th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-19258
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: On Board ; Observer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Combat Bomb Wing (II) 452nd Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-19436
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commander, 95th , 452nd , Base Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Combat Bomb Wing 95th Bomb Group Headquarters Squadron (95th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-17954
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Wing Commander/Group Commander/Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group Commander

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Alconbury 15 April 1943 - 1 June 1943

Based

Framlingham 12 May 1943 - 15 June 1943

Based

Horham 15 June 1943 - 3 August 1945

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12120017
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Black Diamond Express
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 95th Bomb Group 326th Bomb Squadron 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
An airman of the 95th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102447) nicknamed "El's Belles". First handwritten caption on reverse: 'F/L on last of 365's bases in Belgium other side "Angels Sister" [name struck-out and annotated 'No'] 365 FG C Johnson/icm/75' Second handwritten caption on reverse: 'BG-A 95 BG.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: El's Belles
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Paisano
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lucky Lady ; Screaming Eagle
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron

Mission

Revisions

Date19 Jan 2023 17:56:00
Contributoracbernstein1
Date19 Jan 2023 17:36:45
Contributoracbernstein1
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AAM

Date2 Nov 2016 16:42:43
ContributorMark Erickson
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I am the son of Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson and his Biographer

Date27 Jun 2016 00:38:52
ContributorMSP
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MSP

Date8 Oct 2015 17:40:06
ContributorFullHouse
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Add 412 Bomb Squadron and 95th Bomb Group patches

Date19 Sep 2015 15:32:36
Contributormdgtmstng
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Motto, as taken from group patch insignia. Tail marking was the letter B on a square background (a white square with a black B on camouflaged aircraft, and a black square with a white B on unpainted/natural aluminum aircraft.

Date7 Apr 2015 20:53:43
Contributorsimaguire
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B17s Over Berlin: Personal stories from the 95th bomb group
Edited by Ian L. Hawkins

Date6 Apr 2015 20:48:13
Contributorsimaguire
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From: B-17s Over Berlin - Personal stories from the 95th bomb group.
Edited by Ian L. Hawkins

Date6 Apr 2015 20:33:28
Contributorsimaguire
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From: B-17s Over Berlin - Personal stories from the 95th bomb group.
Edited by Ian L. Hawkins

Date13 Mar 2015 15:31:40
Contributorrossingtonj
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Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:46
ContributorAAM
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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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