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William G Barlow

Military

Service

Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

Aircraft

  • 42-95203 'Red Ass' ' Bungay Buckaroo'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Colonel Jacob J. Brogger and the press later changed the name from 'Red Ass' (out of censorship) to 'Bungay Buckaroo'. 'Red Ass' led the entire 8th Air Force on D-Day.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 195

    28 January 1944
    54 B-24s of 2nd Bomb Division from: 93BG and 446BG are despatched to bomb V-Weapons sites at Bonnieres, France. 2 PFF equipped aircraft lead each Group. 31 aircraft are effective on the target. 12 others of the 446BG were instructed to follow the lead...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 214

    8 February 1944
    1st Bomb Division: The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany are the primary target for a combined force of 120 B-17s from: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 382BG; and 482BG. 51 aircraft are effective on the target and another 39 attack...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are dispatched from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets which it is thought will frustrate concentration...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2022 17:41:49 bbarlow1974 Changes to role
Sources

Page 514; reel B0557; Air Force Personnel Records

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2022 17:30:17 bbarlow1974 Changes to awards
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Personnel records

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2022 17:14:33 bbarlow1974 Changes to awards
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Reel B0558/Air Force Records

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2022 17:04:02 bbarlow1974 Changes to mission associations
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Personal hand-written flight logs from crew

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2022 17:01:39 bbarlow1974 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Personal hand-written flight logs from crew

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2022 16:20:35 bbarlow1974 Changes to role and mission associations
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Missions and Crews sourced for handwritten logs/notes contemporaneous during flight.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2022 16:04:01 bbarlow1974 Changes to place associations
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446 was stationed at Flixton (aka Bungay) per DoD records.

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2022 22:07:34 bbarlow1974 Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, awards and media associations
Sources

Personal picture of SSgt William G ("Bill") Barlow, US Army

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.446bg.com/

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