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Page 17 of the 93rd Bomb Group unit history.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (European Theater of Operations).

Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time based in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries. Many included lists of personnel and a mailing address, providing a means for servicemen to keep in contact with each other after the war. These lists are now incredibly useful records of where US airmen in England in 1945 called their home.

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Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

People

  • George Bailey

    Military | Captain
    Date of first mission 9 October 1942 (first mission of 93rd BG); total missions - 25 DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Jefferson Chadwick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40127.

  • Maurice Cotter

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    Assigned to 3428BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Cowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure. ...

  • Mahlon Cressey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23729). Aborted over Mediterranean due to No. 4 engine failure. ...

  • Joe Cuellar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on famous Ploesti mission of 1-Aug-43. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Cunningham

    Military | Captain

  • Herbert Daly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Daly was killed in his turret. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Donald Grimes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Engineer
    On TDY to 9th AF. Flew as engineer of B-24 42-40127 on 1 Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya. ...

  • Herbert Hape

    Military | Technical Sergeant
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 41-23729 'Shoot Luke'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. TDY 9th AF, Benghazi. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, forced to abort. ...

  • 41-23475 'Katy Bug'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D - #41-23745 - 'Katy Bug", was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron at Alconbury, Britain. On 18-Nov-1942 it was dispatched on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Upon return the pilot...

  • 41-23722 BOMERANG

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, serial number 41-23722, named, BOMERANG (coded D-GO-C) was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron. BOMERANG was flown by, Col. Luther Smith Bird, who flew on and survived the large...

  • 41-23742 'Liberty Lad'

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-40127 'Thar She Blows Again' 'Bucket Of Bolts' 'First Sergeant'

    B-24 Liberator
    Pilot Charles T Merrill's 2nd ship hence the 'Again'. TDY 9th AF. ...

  • 41-23658 Thar She Blows

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 42-23658 was assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron ar Alconbury, UK. The aircraft, piloted by Maj William Cowert, sustained battle damage on a mission to Rouen, France on 8-Mar-43 and made a crash landing at Gibralter Farm,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 10:10:44 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations
Sources

An original copy of the 93rd Bomb Group unit history in IWM’s Roger Freeman Collection, printed in 1945.

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