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409th Bomb Squadron


Commanding officers
  • William Musselwhite

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    William Musselwhite served as a pilot with the 97th Bomb Group out of Grafton Underwood. He flew in the first all-American raid on Europe on 17 August 1942.


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  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

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  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.


Station Location Date
Based Hardwick



  • Thomas Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Richard Adkins

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    28 missions: 1943 - Sept 9 St. Omer; Oct 9 Danzig; 18 Diversion; Nov 3 Wilhelmshaven; 5 Munster; Dec 24 Hesdin; 31 Cognac; 1944 - Jan 29 Frankfurt; 30 Brunswick; Feb 13 Siracourt; 20 Gotha; 22 Gotha; 28 Buchy; Mar 5 Bergerac; 6 Berlin; 8 Berlin; 11...

  • Frank Ahman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Allison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Abandoned the mission to the a/c factory at Gotha, GR due to a fuel leak and crashed in the woods at Bad Kissinger District, Bavaria, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100236. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Altizer

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Was on 1 Aug '43 Ploesti raid and was interned in Turkey for a while. Abandoned the mission to the a/c factory at Gotha, GR due to a fuel leak and crashed in the woods at Bad Kissinger District, Bavaria, GR. ...

  • James Alttizer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40754 'Little Lady'

  • Robert Andrino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Alencon in B-24 The Flying Fol #4294991

  • Louie Angevine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 1 Aug 43 raid on Ploesti this was his 42nd mission.

  • Albert Austin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew baled out for unknown reasons on mission to Chateaudun, FR on 5 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-28626 'Thunderbird'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Bailey

    Military | Nose gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

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  • 41-23732 Liberty Lass

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-24122 "Missouri Sue"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW). Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-24122 'Missouri Sue. ' An Fw190A-5 from JG 2/8, flown by Obfw. Josef Bigge, badly damaged the plane, shooting off part of the tail. Plane...

  • 41-24298 Queenie

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24298, named, Queenie, was temporarily detached (TDY) from the 8th Air Force from the U.K. to the 9th Air Force in Benghazi, Libya, to assist in Operation Tidal Wave, the large bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti,...

  • 41-28626 'Thunderbird'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Chateaudun A/C left formation and went into controlled dive, reason unknown. Crew baled out before it exploded on the ground. 5-Feb-44. 10 x POW. MACR 2925.

  • 42-100248 Bar Fly

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-100345

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-100416 Baggie Maggie

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-109815

    B-24 Liberator

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Date Contributor Update
26 March 2015 03:12:44 L2M2 Changes to commanding officers associations

William B Musselwhite Commanding Officer 10/15/42 thru 3/13/42.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:23:07 rossingtonj Changes to type

Type added.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)