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  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

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Based North Pickenham



  • Harold Bachman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110153. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Angelo Bagnasco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #44-40152, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Baker

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-24 #42-95011. Landed in Sweden, Interned (INT).

  • Clarence Ballow

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-24 44-40102. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Herbert Barrett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | NR, PB | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down on 6/18/44 Landed in Sweden in B-24 #44-40159 'Battling Boops', Interned (INT).

  • Israel Barron

    Military | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    member fo Pipkin crew, went down 6/7 May 1944 on nightime mission over Denmark on B-24D- 42-40530. Was on SOE dropping mission to the Island of Fyn, Denmark. On return was hit by flak in bomb bay and #3 engine. All crew bailed out. Navigator killed,...

  • Robert Beard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Narvik on 20/21 Apr 45 in B-24 'Tigers Revenge' #4292816

  • Edward Blume

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    B-24L #44-49476. Lost over France. MACR 11906 Air Medal

  • Arthur Bogusz

    Military | Engineer, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 801st Bomb Group
    This was a joint venture with the OSS. We flew at low altitude (under 5000') dropping agents, arms & supplies in enemy territory in stripped B-24D; individual night missions. Our code name was 'Carpetbaggers' Air Medal w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster; DFC; others

  • Harold Both

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Damaged by flak and crashed at Ladelung on 8/4/44 in B-24 #44-40135, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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  • 41-29470

    B-24 Liberator
    On its first mission as an 856th BS plane, it was lent to the 857th BS and was shot down by flak. 23 Jun 44: Lost with Monroe Crew R-01, shot down by flak over Brussels, Belgium. 8 KIA, 2 POW, MACR 6242

  • 42-110153

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot up over Germany, dropped out of formation and was never seen again. 10 KIA, MACR 5240

  • 42-5910 Hell-Cat Ruthie Homesick Angel '

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 5/5/43; Denver 11/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-N] Alconbury 6/6/43 RUTHIE; transferred 365BS/305BG [XK-N] Chelveston HELL-CAT 10/6/43; then 422BS [JJ-Z/N]; 858BS/8AFCC Cheddington 26/6/44; battle damaged Romilly 15...

  • 42-94816 Tiger's Revenge

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95011

    B-24 Liberator

  • 43-37516 'Tondelayo'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Dow Fd 25/5/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-T] Chelveston 4/6/44; transferred 858BS Cheddington 26/6/44; on NLS mission over Holland 4/3/45 with Lt Col Earl Aber (Sqd CO), cp Maurice Harper both died when...

  • 44-40065

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40086

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 #4440086 was shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben, Germany.

  • 44-40103 Say When

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40115

    B-24 Liberator

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Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 10:52:35 rossingtonj Changes to type

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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)