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490th Bomb Group


The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months in flying tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. After the Group's conversion to B-17s, the crews switched focus and flew longer distance missions over Germany to bomb industrial sites. After VE Day, the Group dropped food supplies to flooded parts of Holland and transported French, Belgian and Spanish POWs out of Austria.


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  • 412

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

  • 426

    20 June 1944

  • 456

    6 July 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...


Station Location Date
Based Eye 26 April 1944 – 24 August 1945



  • Arthur Abale

    Military | 490th Bomb Group

  • Albert Aband

    Military | 6677 | 490th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Abate

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Member of Kline crew in B-24H Carpetbagger, #42-50386, which was shot down by ME 110 south of Paris at 0200hrs. T/O from Harrington, site of crash Les Trois Mares, Oise. MACR 6991.

  • Douglas Abbey

    Military | Clerk, General | 490th Bomb Group

  • George Abel

    Military | 490th Bomb Group

  • Leigh Abel

    Military | 490th Bomb Group

  • Milton Abes

    Military | 490th Bomb Group

  • Martin Abramovitz

    Military | Welder, combination | 490th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Abshire

    Military | 490th Bomb Group

  • Ruben Aceves

    Military | Radio Operator /Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Ruben worked for Bell Telephone Co. before enlisting. After completing missions with the Group he was sent to the 8th Army as an ILS Team Chief for guiding bombers.

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  • 42-38047 Fever Beaver

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Kearney 6/12/43; Grenier 19/12/43; Presque Is 3/1/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-O] Thorpe Abbotts 9/1/44; 135m, transferred 490BG Eye 29/5/45; Returned to the USA 4185 BU Independence 21/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains,...

  • 42-40003 TOPPER/ Ol' Gappy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Denver 27/11/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; ...

  • 42-61005

    C-46 Commando

  • 42-94784

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-94812 LITTLE WARRIOR

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H, 42-94812, named, LITTLE WARRIOR, was assigned to the 850th Bomb Squadron, the 490th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force USAAF. It was transferred to the 862nd Bomb Squadron, the 493rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force USAAF in Britain. It...

  • 42-94821

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-94885 Maxwell House

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-98017 All Er' Nothin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 2/5/44; Kearney 16/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG [W8-N] Eye 2/8/44; crash landed base with Eaden Whiteman 23/2/45 but repaired and back to operations; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 25/10/45;...

  • 43-37776 Heavenly Body

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 31/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye [W8- ] 11/6/44; on routine navigation night flight 27/9/44 with Mike Primus, Co-pilot: Louis Deputy, Navigator: Rich Herman, Bombardier: Bob Simmons, Flight engineer...

  • 43-37884 PENSY-BELLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Dow Fd 30/6/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 1/7/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 5/11/44 with Clarry Bridwell, Floyd Norman, Dick Colyer, Wendell Cole, Jack Provolt, Ed Longer, John Porterfield, Bob Joyce (8...

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U.S. Army Presidential Unit Citation


Date Contributor Update
03 February 2016 06:44:47 Bluejay89 Changes to citations and mission associations

grandson of veteran on 490th bg

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2015 12:06:25 rossingtonj Changes to mission associations

Aircraft type added

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:26:25 rossingtonj Changes to mission associations

Type added.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:26:12 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations

Type added.

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)