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8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER #1

4 January 1944

Official description

Not yet known


801BG/406BS conducts the first CARPETBAGGER operation with B-17s. Number despatched, bundles dropped and location(s) in France not in available. source data. During World War II, Operation Carpetbagger was a general term used for the aerial resupply of weapons and other matériel to resistance fighters in France, Italy and the Low Countries by the U.S. Army Air Forces that began on 4 January 1944. For more information see:

Mission details

1. France


Not yet known

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator




  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron

Mission Statistics



  • Lawrence Berkoff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    2LT Lawrence Berkoff--on a secret mission to supply the Resistance in Europe in September 1944--sacrificed his life to save his crew and to pilot his stricken B-24 away from an English village.


Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 11:34:12 Emily Changes to event

Changed association to 406th BG to 406th Bomb Squadron

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 17:55:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to name

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Edited title.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 17:27:39 Lee8thbuff Created event

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Mission Event details adding Unit info per "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2015 20:50:21 Lee8thbuff Created entry with name, date and description

Lee Cunningham 9-Feb-2015. New Mission event added based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and