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Robert Bessette


Assigned to 412BS, 85BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Edward Komurka and Edmund Barraclough crews. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Edmund Barraclough

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars). Post war: Served in the USAF for 26 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1967.

  • Edward Komurka

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30322 'Liberty Belle' 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14-May-43; Kearney 30-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 2-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Horham 15-Jun-43; on Munster raid 10-Oct-43 with Bill Owen, Radio Operator: Sgt Cain WIA in throat, but rescued by RAF ASR, but ship limped...

  • 42-30634 'Liberty Belle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/7/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Walla Walla 1/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Horham 20/8/43; 30m, Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with John McGuigan, Bombardier: Tom Barron, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-3273 'Impatient Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/4/43; Assigned 100BG Dow Fd 30/5/43; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-W] Horham 15/6/43; force landed RAF St Eval ex-St Nazaire 28/6/43; crash landed Gt Ashfield ex-La Pallice 16/9/43; force landed RAF Hensridge; 31m, ex-Munster 22/12/43...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


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29 July 2021 04:27:02 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:22:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /