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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.

The group sustained heavier losses than any other B-24 group over a three month period. On 5 August 1944, they became the only Bomb Group in the European Theatre of operations to be disbanded because of high casualties, and were withdrawn from combat. The men and machines of the 492nd Bomb Group were transferred to the 367th Bomb Group while the unit was reassigned to take over the role of the 801st Bomb Group, who had been undertaking 'Carpetbagger' operations.

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 492nd Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 14 Sep 1943. Activated on 1 Oct 1943. Trained for combat with B-24's. Moved to England in Apr 1944 and assigned to Eighth AF. Entered combat on 11 May 1944, and throughout the month operated primarily against industrial targets in central Germany. Attacked airfields and V-weapon launching sites in France during the first week in Jun. Bombed coastal defenses in Normandy on 6 Jun 1944 and attacked bridges, railroads, and other interdiction targets in France until the middle of the month. Resumed bombardment of strategic targets in Germany and, except for support of the infantry during the St Lo breakthrough on 25 Jul 1944, continued such operations until Aug 1944.

Transferred, less personnel and equipment, to another station in England on 5 Aug 1944 and assumed personnel, equipment, and the CARPETBAGGER mission of a provisional group that was discontinued.

Commanding officers
  • Eugene Snavely

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    8th Air Force, G-3 Staff, September 1942 ...


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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...


  • VIII Bomber Command 163 SPECIAL OPERATION

    22 December 1943
    1 B-17 from 482BG is despatched on a special night operation (Oboe test) to Cologne, Germany. 2 2000lb general prupose bombs and 1 1000lb Photoflash are dropped at 2020hrs. There are no losses or claims.

  • 426

    20 June 1944

  • 455

    6 July 1944

  • 8th Air Force

    13 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force

    13 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force

    14 August 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

    15 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force

    17 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force

    25 August 1944

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Station Location Date
Based North Pickenham 14 April 1944 – 12 August 1944



  • Franklin Abbott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #44-40128, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Abell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Lostau in B-24 42-50481. (Transferred 467th BG)

  • Curtis Abernethy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 7/6/44 in B-24 #44-40064

  • Louis Adams

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Deputy Commander, transferred 44th BG

  • Robert Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Transferred 36th BS (RCM)

  • L Adkinson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ground Crew | 479th Sub-Depot

  • Nicholas Agneta

    Military | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

  • Eugene Akerhielm

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

  • James Akers

    Military | Private First Class | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Transferred 1234th; MOS 405

  • Edward Albers

    Military | Engineer | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

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  • 41-28781

    B-24 Liberator

  • 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

  • 42-110091 Bold Venture

    B-24 Liberator
    The deputy lead ship of the 453rd BG was shot up by the Luftwaffe. Assumption is that the pilots were immediately killed, since the plane began flying aimlessly by itself. It veered into the path of the 492nd. Either Lt Cary of Bold Venture didn't see...

  • 42-110143 Little Lulu

    B-24 Liberator
    LITTLE LULU was used primarily as a command ship. ...

  • 42-110151 Alvin

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft was shot up over Germany by GAF. Immediately 2 gunners were KIA and another WIA. The crew helped the wounded man bail out. As the fire aboard spread out of control, the order to abandon ship was given. Only 3 more made it out before the...

  • 42-110152 The Lady Will

    B-24 Liberator
    The 856th BS lost all of their planes while en route to their target. How many of them made an attempt to reach Sweden is unknown. Although Sweden was a mere 20 minutes from the air battle, only two of the shot-up Liberators made it there. Some of the...

  • 42-110153

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

  • 42-40172 - Lynn Bari II

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40172, Lynn Bari II, was flown on the low level Ploesti mission, returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • 42-40549 Cookie

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50370

    B-24 Liberator

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Date Contributor Update
31 May 2022 09:08:46 Emily Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Removed associations to people and aircraft whose record mentions 'carpetbagger' due to likelihood of serving with 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2019 09:53:53 Emily Changes to name, nicknames, us air force combat units of world war ii description, description, commanding officers associations and stations

Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth

492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2018 15:47:00 2nd Air Division Memorial Library Changes to description

2nd Air Division Memorial Library

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 15:25:55 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)