By Martin W. Bowman
The third Air department: Elveden corridor was once the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. basically it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, yet integrated a few bases in Norfolk. a few devices had brief sessions flying B24 Liberators. The recognized 'Bloody Hundredth', dependent at Thorpe Abbotts was once common of the devices in the third Air department. From June 1943 to January 1944 it focused its efforts opposed to airfields, submarine amenities and airplane industries in France and Germany. January via may well 1944, the crowd bombed enemy airfields, industries, marshaling yards, V-1 missile websites, together with participation within the Allied crusade opposed to enemy airplane factories in the course of substantial Week, February 20-25, 1944. Participated within the first sunlight raid opposed to Berlin (March four, 1944) and accomplished a chain of assaults opposed to Berlin March 6, eight, 1944 for which the one hundredth Bomb staff used to be provided a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...
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Sixty Fortresses and 600 men were missing. Five B-17s had crashed in England because of their battle-damaged condition and twelve more were destroyed in crash landings or were so badly damaged that they had to be written off. Of the returning bombers, 121 required repairs and another five fatal casualties and forty-three wounded crewmen were removed from the aircraft. Claims were for 186 enemy fighters shot down but the actual figure was about thirty-five. Brigadier General Orvil A. Anderson, Chairman of the Combined Operational Planning Committee, said, ‘The entire works are now inactive.
The twin-pronged attack on the coast did not split the German fighter force as hoped and they concentrated on the four combat boxes in the 4th Wing. The Kiel force was attacked before they crossed the enemy coast and just after the bomb run. Luftwaffe fighters shot down nine B-17s in the 94th Bomb Group, six of them going down in the combat area. The rest straggled back to Suffolk. The leading 95th Bomb Group formation of seventeen B-17s had at its head, Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest III from HQ 402nd Provisional Combat Bomb Wing riding in the co-pilot’s seat of the command aircraft flown by Captain Harry A.
They’ll be routed out when they’re needed. Sleep while you can, is his motto. Two weeks ago they ran eight missions in eight days and Mac, an air mechanic, averaged four-and-a-half hours sleep a night, keeping two planes flying. While Mac and plenty of others are hitting the sack, the Operations men are just settling into their stride. 15 in the morning, it will rival Grand Central. Right now everyone is waiting for the orders to come through from Division. As soon as the teletype ticks out the details of the mission, the ops phones will start ringing all over the base, bodies will jerk out of bed, jeeps and trucks will roar as the first preparations are made.