By Martin W. Bowman
The third Air department: Elveden corridor used to be the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. in general it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, yet incorporated a few bases in Norfolk. a few devices had brief classes flying B24 Liberators. The recognized 'Bloody Hundredth', dependent at Thorpe Abbotts used to be common of the devices in the third Air department. From June 1943 to January 1944 it targeted its efforts opposed to airfields, submarine amenities and plane industries in France and Germany. January via may well 1944, the gang 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 vast Week, February 20-25, 1944. Participated within the first sunlight raid opposed to Berlin (March four, 1944) and accomplished a sequence of assaults opposed to Berlin March 6, eight, 1944 for which the a hundredth Bomb workforce was once provided a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...
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Flak and Fw 190s were evident and a 95th Bomb Group B-17 flown by Lieutenant J. E. McKinley, badly shot up in an earlier fighter attack, spun out of formation from a height of 2,500ft and crashed on the Dutch island of North Beveland, killing the ten-man crew. Altogether, the missions cost the AAF twelve B-17s and B-24s. The bomber gunners and escorting fighters claimed sixty-seven German aircraft shot down. On 19 May 102 B-17s hit Kiel and sixty-four Fortresses bombed Flensburg, while a smaller force flew a diversion.
And yet every mission follows a general pattern from the first stand-by warning to the repair of battle damage. “Stick your nose out the door, Mac, and see if the flag’s changed”. Before Mac summons up the energy to roll off his bunk, Tex comes in. Yes, the blue flag is now flying, the stand-by has become an alert. ” Joe grunts what sounds like ten-thirty. “They’ll probably scrub it as soon as we get through”, says Tex, “looks like rain”. Tex is an armourer and a pessimist. Its nothing new to him to bomb up and unload three times in one night.
Tex is an armourer and a pessimist. Its nothing new to him to bomb up and unload three times in one night. Mac says nothing. He’s asleep again. Why worry? 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.
3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force USAF 1942-45. Flying Fortress & Liberator Squadrons in Norfolk & Suffolk by Martin W. Bowman