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855th Bomb Squadron



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  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

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  • Nicholas Aiavolasiti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Crashed near Fecasp on 8/13/44 in B-24 #42-50572, Evaded (EVD).

  • Walter Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Walter joined the Army Air Corp in 1943, after graduating for Manlius Military School, Manlius, New York, and served in Europe during WWII as a tail-gunner on a B24 Liberator, flying 21 missions. One of Walter's proudest accomplishments was maintaining...

  • Floyd Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-24 #42-51113, Interned (INT).

  • Robert Bicknell

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 491st Bomb Group
    RSI crashed near Verdun on 11 Dec 44 in B-24 #4440232. Plane was out of fuel

  • Ceasar Binetti

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 855BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Richard Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Swabisch Hall . Crashed at Dusseldorf on 13-Sep-44 in B-24 'Times Awaisting' 44-40234 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8860 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Edward Blosel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Part of Brienza's Crew Edward died 29 July 2000 in Pittsburgh PA

  • William Bottoms

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Flew 28 missions Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Walter Boychuk

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 491st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Fecasp on 8/13/44 in B-24 #4250572 POW

  • Kenneth Boyd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Ken recalled a mission to Munich when they hit a weather front and 'scattered like quail'. They headed back to England running out of fuel called a 'Mayday' and prepared to bail out. They were then directed to an air strip, a very small and bumpy field...

  • John Brainard

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Member of Brienza Crew.

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Date Contributor Update
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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)