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Earned Distinguished Unit Citation for the 24 Feb 44 mission to Gotha, Germany. Suffered the greatest loss by a bomb group for a single mission on 27 Sept 44 going to Kassel, Germany. Due to a navigation error, the 445th left the main bomber stream and bombed the wrong target. Lost 31 of 35 aircraft due to mass attack of appx. 150 German fighters.

Commanding officers
  • Robert Terrill

    Military | Lieutenant General | 445th Bomb Group
    Group CO to July 1944. Transferred to 2BD


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  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

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Station Location Date
Based Tibenham 4 November 1943



  • Frank Beekstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 445th Bomb Group

  • Glenn Bingman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Assistant S-4 | 445th Bomb Group

  • Rudolph Birsic

    Military | Captain | Adjutant | 445th Bomb Group

  • Neil Black

    Military | Major | Station Surgeon | 445th Bomb Group

  • Elwood Bolster

    Military | Captain | Group Station Officer | 445th Bomb Group

  • Sidney Chudacoff

    Military | First Lieutenant | Dental Officer | 445th Bomb Group
    Dental Officer

  • Richard Critchfield

    Military | Major | Assistant Group Operations Officer | 445th Bomb Group

  • John Cuff

    Military | First Lieutenant | Assistant Station Adjutant | 445th Bomb Group

  • Howard Davis

    Military | Major | Station Communications Officer | 445th Bomb Group

  • Robert Doyle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 445th Bomb Group

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Date Contributor Update
18 December 2014 23:29:01 B24Mike Changes to type, description, aircraft types, commanding officers associations and stations

All addition can be verified by records held by the current unit historian, Michael Simpson.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / 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)