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329th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted 329th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Redesignated: 329th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 23 May 195; 329th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 28 May 1948; 329th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 1 Feb 1955

Structure

Part of
  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 27A SECRET MISSION

    2 January 1943
    4 B-24s from the 93BG/329BS have been equipped with special electronic equipment that would supposedly allow "blind bombing" of target through overcast (called "Moling") are despatched to hit targets in the Ruhr valley of Germany.

  • 541

    11 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Alconbury 7 September 1942
Based Hardwick 6 December 1942
Based Bungay 14 December 1942
Based Hardwick 15 June 1943 – 15 June 1945
Based Oudna 18 September 1943 – 3 October 1943

Connections

People

  • Leonard Acheson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    KIS 28 May 1943 killed in a night training accident in B-24 #41-243097. Nov 1942 B-24D-1-CO #41-23710 'Hares to Ya' had crash landing with no crew injured except McBride who had a flak wound to his leg. Plane is also listed as 'Here's to Ya'

  • Stanley Adamen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23809.

  • Andrew Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomber Squadron Bk's -20 329th Bomber Squadron Bk's-18 Hardwick, United Kingdom (England) Crew44USAAF Tour of Duty: May 28, 1944 April 28, 1945 Aircraft was cited to be a pathfinder ship during Summer 1944

  • Thomas Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Lloyd Adelsberger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, to Ploesti on the B-24D Liberator, 41-23682. 1 August 1943

  • Harry Ahlborn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    On 4/16/43 mission to Brest, Plane #41-23847 Yardbird badly shot up. Most of crew bailed out, but plane was gotten under control and pilot landed it at St Eval an RAF base. Not injured in crash. ...

  • Frank Ahman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Edward Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crashed into Ijsselmeer on 24 Feb 45 in B-24 #42-51495, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group

  • William Ansill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-23717 Exterminator

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, Exterminator, serial number 41-23717, originally flew with the 329th Bomb Squadron of the 93rd Bomb Group and was later transferred to the 93rd's 330th Bomb Squadron, in March 1943. The first mission with the 330th Bomb Squadron...

  • 41-23810 - Tarfu

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23810, named, Tarfu, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in Aug 1943. The B-24D, Tarfu, was flown on the mission by Command Pilot Lt. Earl C. Hurd, and returned safely to...

  • 41-24111 'Piccadilly Filly'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. ...

  • 41-24230 Hare's To Ya - Jo-Jo's Special Delivery

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator, 41-24230, JoJo's Special Delivery, and crew. Lost on Operation Tidal Wave, shot down over Ionian Sea by enemy fighters. 11 KIA. MACR 329 - 6466. ...

  • 42-40765 - Valient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24-D-95-CO - 42-40765 - Delivered : Tucson, AZ May 1943 - Allocated : 8th Air Force ...

  • 42-40769 - Iron Ass

    B-24 Liberator
    The crew of the B-24D Liberator bomber, named, Iron Ass, with the nose art of a kicking mule and its name, Iron Ass, a wartime expression denoting a hard nosed commanding officer, left America and flew from the USA to England, early in 1943 where it...

  • 42-40781 'Hells Angels'

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by AA on the approach to target White IV, Ploesti, bomb bay area was set on fire. Large part of the left tail fin and rudder were shot away. The LWG and Engineer were severely wounded. The aircraft was seen banking to the right turning before the...

  • 42-40804 'The Lady Jane' / 'Bertha'

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed near Ploestiori village north of Concordia-Vega refineries 1st Aug 43, 9 KIA, 1 POW . MACR 328.

  • 42-40983 'Judith Lynn'

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-41004 - The Urgin' Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    Note : The B-24D, 42-41004, named, The Urgin' Virgin, in the 8th Air Force in the ETO, should not be confused with two other B-24D Liberator bombers that flew on the Ploesti mission, both named, The Vulgar Virgin, that had identical names and nose...

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Citations

Distinguished Unit Citation: Ploesti, Rumania, 1 Aug 1943.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2022 09:30:56 Emily Changes to insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, citations, aircraft types and stations
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Combat Squadrons of the Air Force

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15 May 2015 20:26:38 OReedergranddaughter Changes to mission associations
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american air museum

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13 March 2015 16:11:37 rossingtonj Changes to type and mission associations
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Type added.

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27 September 2014 18:42:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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)

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