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859th Bomb Squadron



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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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Station Location Date
Based North Pickenham



  • Edwin Alexander

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 467th Bomb Group
    Squadron Bombardier. Originally with the 492nd BG and then transferred to 467th BG Squadron Bombardier, Transferred 467th BG

  • George Alseth

    Military | Lieutenant | Pathfinder Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA). AC #44-49297 Failed to return from mission behind enemy lines.

  • Darrell Andrews

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Egeln in B-24 'Super Wolf' #4440050

  • Marvin Andrews

    Military | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

  • Roger Aten

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 #4410496

  • Benjamin Babitz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Charles Baker

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
    Killed in Action (KIA). AC #44-49297 Failed to return from mission behind enemy lines. . Carpetbagger mission over Denmark & Norway

  • Eugene Barnhill

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Egeln on 7/7/44 in B-24 #4440156 POW

  • Frank Beatty

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot / Fighter pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 859BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF 5 x missions plus an abort. Transferred to 788BS, 467BG, 8AF USAAF 35 combat missions plus a couple of fuel hauls for Patton. Transferred to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • George Becker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Ditched in Channel in B-24 #44-40053, Killed in Action (KIA).

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  • 42-50370

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50603

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-7563 'Hells Warrior'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 701BS, 445BG, 8th AF. Transfered to the 859BS, 492BG and modified for use in Carpetbagger missions. After August 1944 the 492nd Bomb Group was used as a cover for special operations missions in Europe, such as supply drops to Underground...

  • 42-95177

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95370

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-10496

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40050 Super Wolf

    B-24 Liberator
    Target: Aircraft factory Lost: 7 KIA, 2 POW, MACR 7228

  • 44-40053 Sweat'er Gal

    B-24 Liberator
    It was the last day (18/06/1944) for the 858th Bomb Squadron to fly combat. The staff received their official transfer orders the next day to become the 8th Air Force Composite Command at Cheddington, England. Their new assignment had them working with...

  • 44-40064

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40130

    B-24 Liberator

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Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 03:55:36 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to media associations

my photo, Squadron of far left in image , all others nothing to do with this Squadron.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 10:52:30 rossingtonj Changes to type

Type added

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:51 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)