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VIII Air Force Composite Command

Command

Structure

Part of
  • Eighth Air Force

    Eighth Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force in February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

Encompassing
  • 65th Fighter Wing

    65th Fighter Wing

    Wing
    Browse 65th Fighter Wing photographs and other documents in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library digital archive here: www.2ndair.org.uk/digitalarchive/Dashboard/Index/51

  • 66th Fighter Wing
  • 97th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 328th Service Group
  • 333rd Service Group
  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    Group
    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...

  • 39th Service Group
  • 42nd Service Group
  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

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Connections

People

  • Albert Beers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Pathfinder squadron for Operation Carpetbagger, part of the 1st Bombardment Division.

  • Edmund Hill

    Military | Major General | Commanding Officer
    Hill joined the US Army in 1917 after attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in France during the First World War, and war transferred to the US Army Air Service in 1922, where he served as a balloon pilot. ...

  • Arthur Jacobsen

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground crew
    served July 1941 to October 1944. Service included time in Iceland and Northern Ireland. . Studio picture taken in Belfast, IRL in uniform bearing 8th insignia

  • Roy MacLeod

    Military | Major | Chaplain | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    U. Presb. A Presbyterian, whom led the Protestant worship service at Thurleigh.

  • John Madero

    Military | Sergeant | Laboratory Technician
    Stationed at Cheddington from June 1943 until 12 March 1945. Then was transferred to 9th AF. Was in France with the 9th Air Disarmament Group to send back to Wright Field, German aircraft. Left Europe 16 Dec 1945. Separated from service 26 May 1946. ...

  • Andrew Petrovich

    Military | Private First Class
    Petrovich was Dishonourably Discharged from the USAAF on 22 October 1943 and sentenced to 5 years hard labour for sleeping at his post at Cluntoe on 23 September 1943.

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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)

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