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  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

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  • John Smethills

    Military | Co-Pilot

  • Edward Zesch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Served in the Army Air Force 1944-1946 and in the AAF Reserve 1946-1949. With air crew, ferried new B-17G Flying Fortress from Savannah, GA to England arriving April 1945 and assigned to 8th AF, 34th BG, 7th BS in Mendlesham. Flew as member of B-17...


  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.


Date Contributor Update
21 September 2019 11:45:37 usxpat Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Edward Earl Zesch, 94th Bomb Group veteran