A composite showing the commanding officers of the 467th Bomb Group.
The insignia of the 859th Bomb Squadron, 492nd Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'The Happy Warrior.' Family of 859th CO, Lt. Col. James J. Mahoney, has the original art shown in these photographs, from Mahoney's shadow box. The artist was a baker who was taken ill at Alamagordo, NM, and did not move overseas with the group. Post-war 492nd Bomb Group Association named their newsletter 'Happy Warrior." When men and machines of the original 492nd BG (H) were reassigned, the 859th became the new 788th BS (467th BG, Rackheath) and tried to get this recognized as their official squadron insignia, but first 467th CO required that the moonshine jug be replaces with a cal .50 machine gun!
Lt. Col. James J. Mahoney, Air Executive stands against the 467th Bombardment groups assembly aircraft P-47 Thunderbolt, 'Little Pete 2'
Wrote 'Reluctant Witness', his memoirs.
Survived ordeal of very hard-luck original 492nd BG, which lost more than 40% of its combatants in 3 months, to serve with the relatively good luck 467th BG. Took excellent color films of South Atlantic crossing, base and combat operations of the two groups.
In solo flight over violatile front lines, personally scouted out the Clastres (France) forward air base for major 96th Wing operation 'trucking' gasoline to Patton's 3rd Army in Spet 1944.
Was well regarded natural leader; made Lt. Col. at 27 and promoted to Deputy CO at Rackheath under the rigid but very capable Col. Albert Joseph Shower.
DFC w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal w/6 Oak Leaf Cluster; 9 campaign ribbons
Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew - Mechanic | 467th Bomb Group
Mechanic on 'Witchcraft' which flew 130 non abort missions over Europe duriing WWII. (A 16 scale model is suspended from ceiling in this museum.)
Named his engine "Doris + ?". (Ray's wife was pregnant at the time he named the engine!)
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
1LT Nolan G Patton, Pilot with the 467th Bomb Group. Flew 42 missions with Crews #70 and #87, 790th and 791st Squadrons.
Units served with
The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...
The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944.
During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of...
Military site : airfield
First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...
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