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"Airfield at Bordeaux, France, left in smoke and flames as a result of 8th Air Force bombing on 27 March 1944. Another job "well done" by the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the 452nd Bomb Group. Photo of airfield taken through the nose of a "Flying Fortress" by S/Sgt Jack Rippberger."



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...


  • Jack Rippberger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner, Waist Gunner
    6 March 1944 - first daylight raid on Berlin. First crew in our group to finish 30 missions. DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster


  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...


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28 May 2018 12:35:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations