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Harold B Reichert

Military

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Assigned to BAD3.

Mission List [Partial]:

8-Sep-44 Ludwigshaven AC #579
9-Sep-44 Ludwigshaven AC #579
11-Sep-44 Lutzkendorf AC #308
19-Sep-44 Hamm AC #202
25-Sep-44 Frankfurt AC #234
27-Sep-44 Cologne AC #308
2-Oct-44 Kassel / Fritzlar AC #144
3-Oct-44 Nienburg AC #202
7-Oct-44 Frieburg AC #234
9-Oct-44 Schweinfurt AC #398
14-Oct-44 Cologne AC #880
15-Oct-44 Cologne AC #360
22-Oct-44 Brunswick AC #360
30-Oct-44 Hamm AC #360
2-Nov-44 Merseburg AC #360
5-Nov-44 Offenbach AC #360
9-Nov-44 Metz Area AC #360
21-Nov-44 Merseburg AC #360
27-Nov-44 Offenburg AC #360
29-Nov-44 Merseburg AC #116
9-Dec-44 Stuttgart AC #855
12-Dec-44 Merseburg AC #578
14-Jan-45 Cologne AC #761
15-Jan-45 Ingolstadt AC #578
29-Jan-45 Niederlahnstein AC #578
14-Feb-45 Prague AC #761
24-Feb-45 Hamburg AC #578
26-Feb-45 Berlin AC #615 or 964
28-Feb-45 Schwerte AC #630
4-Mar-45 Reutlingen AC #471

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Edward Davidson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Harold Reichert crew. Completed 35 missions. Returned to ZI via 70th Replacement Depot. ...

  • Patrick Schiavo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of Reichert crew.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 3

Aircraft

  • 43-38360 Bride of Mars

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Hunter 4/8/44; Dow Fd 30/8/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-D] Bassingbourn 9/9/44; Missing in Action `28m` Berlin 5/12/44 with Ralph Blanton, Norval Covington, Roy Burns, Allison Stern, Lauren Porter, Arvid Johnson, Ken Minette,...

  • 43-38761

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 18/9/44; Dow Fd 2/10/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-A] Bassingbourn 4/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/12/45.

  • 44-6578 Rusty Dusty

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 12/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 28/9/44; transferred 332BS/91BG [LG-D] Bassingbourn 7/12/44; 17m taxi collision with 43-38306 with Joe Troccolli 4/4/45, Salvaged. RUSTY DUSTY.

Missions

  • 611

    8 September 1944
    We snafued on the bomb run and missed all the flak.

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

  • 642

    19 September 1944

  • 647

    25 September 1944

  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...

  • 658

    2 October 1944

  • 662

    3 October 1944

  • 669

    7 October 1944

  • 8th Air Force 670

    9 October 1944
    Black Week

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Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Reading, PA, USA 19 June 1922
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 10 September 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Bassingbourn 24 August 1944 – April 1945

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK April 1945

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Assigned to BAD3 Langford Lodge, United Kingdom May 1945 – 1945

Assigned to BAD3 Langford Lodge. Ferrying and flight testing war weary bombers.

Died Lady Lake, FL, USA 23 June 2010
Buried Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Sumter County, FL July 2010

Florida National Cemetery Bushnell
Sumter County, FL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2020 16:34:24 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/322nd1945.html
http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/322nd1944.html

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 23:06:50 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/83822518-harold-b-reichert/facts
https://www.fold3.com/record/111588968-harold-b-reichert
http://langfordlodge.webs.com/units-at-langford-lodge
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54269885/harold-b-reichert

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 23:04:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/83822518-harold-b-reichert/facts
https://www.fold3.com/record/111588968-harold-b-reichert
http://langfordlodge.webs.com/units-at-langford-lodge
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54269885/harold-b-reichert

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