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Herbert W Andrews


Herbert W. Andrews, of Mt. Olive, NC, arrived in Eye, England on June 5, 1944, and served as a radar operator in a B-17G of the 848th BS in the 490th BG. He received the Air Medal while taking part in the last 8th Air Force attacks on Nazi airfields and railroad marshalling yards in the heart of the Third Reich. He returned home to his wife, Ethel Andrews, and together they raised five children- the youngest being my father, Pat Andrews, Sr. Herbert W. Andrews loved to travel and take pictures, sing in quartets, leather working, talking on his ham radio and spending time with his family. My best childhood memories are playing in his garden, waking up to Christmas Morning at his home in Goldsboro, NC, and riding with him to the railroad yard to see the trains.


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. ...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 848th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38047 Fever Beaver

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Kearney 6/12/43; Grenier 19/12/43; Presque Is 3/1/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-O] Thorpe Abbotts 9/1/44; 135m, transferred 490BG Eye 29/5/45; Returned to the USA 4185 BU Independence 21/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains,...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


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03 January 2019 20:25:32 William Andrews Changes to biography

William Andrews

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03 January 2019 19:53:47 William Andrews Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and place associations

I am proud to have an American Hero for a grandfather, who served and risked everything for our freedom. I will endeavor to insure that his heroism and sacrifice is remembered by my son and nephew and their future children.