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Joseph Lawrence Booth




  • Cleo Beggs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Cleo was a commercial Artist with Capital Engineering in Lincoln Nebraska after the war. Family indicated that Cleo painted at least one of the "Jamaica" B-24 artworks that adorned the plane.

  • Peter Bishop

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group

  • Ross Burke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Campbell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • George Corrar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Waddie Doolittle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Duvall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Pate Given

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group

  • Charles Herbst

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 389th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 489th Bomb Group

    489th Bomb Group

    The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    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. ...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron



  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

  • 8th Air Force 278 LEAFLET DROP

    24 March 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000?) leaflets on Tours and Lorient, France and Brussels, Charleroi and Antwerp, Belgium. There are no losses, casualties or claims.

  • 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: ...

  • 8th Air Force 288

    5 April 1944
    A combined force of 50 B-24s from: 93BG; 458BG and 466BG are despatched to bomb V-Weapon sites in the St.Pol/Siracourt area of France. Could cover frsutrated bombing attems and only 21 aircraft are effective. There are no losses, casualties or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

  • 311

    22 April 1944

  • 315

    24 April 1944

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Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Born Vicksburg, Mississippi 8 August 1921
Enlisted Vicksburg, MS, USA 25 November 1940
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 22 March 1944 – 20 May 1944

18 missions

389th BG Combat Tour Hethel, Norwich, Norfolk NR14, UK 31 May 1944 – 29 June 1944

6 missions

489th BG Combat Tour Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 7 July 1944 – 12 July 1944

3 missions

492nd BG Combat Tour North Pickenham, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37, UK 21 July 1944 – 6 August 1944

3 missions

Died Davidson County, TN, USA 22 August 1995

Lt. Col. Joseph Lawrence Booth, 74, was the husband of Nina Marie Harwell and the son of George Thomas and Margaret Hyland Booth.

Lt. Col. Booth was a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was retired from the U. S. Air Force.

Buried Lawrenceburg, TN, USA 26 August 1995

Mimosa Cemetery
Lawrence County
Tennessee, USA


Date Contributor Update
03 February 2019 04:14:57 466thHistorian Changes to middlename

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 15:04:02 466thHistorian Changes to events and mission associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 14:50:11 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 02:56:09 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History, 389th BG Roster