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A bomber crew, led by Lieutenant Grant, of the 446th Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator (RT-H, serial number 44-40268) nicknamed "Kentucky Belle". Image via Albert R Krassman Jr. Written on slide casing: 'Kentucky Belle, Lt Grant's crew, Wesel supply drop, March 24, 1995 [sic].'
The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...
Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
Born in Colorado, Krassman enlisted in 1943 and served as ground crew with the 706th Bomb Squadron of the 446th Bomb Group, based at Bungay in Suffolk. He worked as a gunsight, turret and armour mechanic, referring to himself playfully as a ‘bomb...
The Kentucky Belle was one of the later models of B-24J bombers and was equipped with some of the best technology available to the USAF. While in operation she served in 84 missions, 80 bombing runs and 3 'truckings' or fuel runs and a supply drop.
Military site : airfield
From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...