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489th Bomb Group


The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews carried out saturation bombing before the final Allied breakthrough at St. Lo in July 1944 and dropped food and ammunition into France and Holland.

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  • 47th Bomb Wing
  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing

    20th Combat Bomb Wing

    Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US...

  • 95th Combat Bomb Wing
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  • 410

    13 June 1944

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 416

    16 June 1944

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 426

    20 June 1944

  • 455

    6 July 1944

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...


Station Location Date
Based Halesworth 1 May 1944 – 29 November 1944



  • Harry Aaron

    Military | Sergeant | 489th Bomb Group
    Harry C Aaron was an American soldier in World War II. He was a part of the 489th Bomb Group and the 846th Bomb Squadron. He was born in 1917, in Maryland. He also lived in Maryland. His highest level of education was 4 years of high school. He...

  • Sidney Abelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 489th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-94888 'Special Delivery II' collided with another B-24 on return from a mission to Kassel. KOM

  • Edward Abercrombie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 489th Bomb Group

  • Jw Abernathy

    Military | Corporal | 489th Bomb Group

  • Lloyd Abernathy

    Military | Corporal | 489th Bomb Group

  • William Abernathy

    Military | Private First Class | 489th Bomb Group

  • Willis Abrams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    35 missions. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Clair Acker

    Military | Private First Class | 489th Bomb Group

  • Francis Adams

    Military | Private | 489th Bomb Group

  • Hunter Adams

    Military | Private | 369th Air Service Group

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  • 41-28818

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-28832

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 'Heaven Can Wait' #41-28832 shot down by flak and crashed at Ursen on 6/29/44, 10 POWs.

  • 41-29515

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29533

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50897

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-51283

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-94776 'Lethal Linda'

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-94785

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-94786

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-94826

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to St Cyr airfield, France. A/C sustained severe damage from flak whilst attacking the target. The only operable controls were one rudder and elevator. The pilots and crew managed to...

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Date Contributor Update
03 February 2022 19:40:05 dmccullo Changes to media associations

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03 February 2022 19:39:01 dmccullo Changes to media associations

Added 489th BG patch.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2018 15:33:28 2nd Air Division Memorial Library Changes to description

2nd Air Division Memorial Library

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13 March 2015 15:25:08 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations

Type added.

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2014 10:33:25 Lucy May Changes to description, mission associations and stations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 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 / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / 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)