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. often it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, yet integrated 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 normal 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 could 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 chain of assaults opposed to Berlin March 6, eight, 1944 for which the one hundredth Bomb crew used to be provided a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...
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The 486th Bomb Group at Sudbury and the 487th Bomb Group at Lavenham, which formed the 92nd Wing, were taken off operations and by the end of the month, were ready to begin combat missions in Fortresses. Between the end of August and mid-September the three B-24 groups in the 93rd Wing (the 34th, 490th and 493rd), also changed over to the B-17G. On 1 August the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups flew their first B-17 mission. The 95th Wing, which had begun with only two groups, ceased to exist on 14 August, when the 489th was transferred to the 20th Wing as a fourth group.
Some aircraft attacked targets of opportunity, while other combat boxes remained in their areas for too long as they tried to identify targets. A total of 628 fighters escorted the bombers but bombing was restricted by heavy cloud over most of northern France and fewer than half the bombers dropped their bombs accurately. The bombers were stood down for two days but resumed operations on 24 January, when 857 aircraft were sent to bomb aviation industry plants and marshalling yards at Frankfurt.
In the final analysis, a staggering 147 Fortresses had been lost while the Luftwaffe had lost twenty-seven fighters shot down. Claims by Fortress gunners and P-47 pilot were 288 aircraft destroyed! The almost non-existent maintenance facilities in Africa ruled out any further shuttle missions. LeMay and the 4th Bomb Wing earned the following accolade from Brigadier General Fred Anderson at Wing HQ. ‘Congratulations on the completion of an epoch in aerial warfare. I am sure the 4th Bomb Wing has continued to make history.
3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force USAF 1942-45. Flying Fortress & Liberator Squadrons in Norfolk & Suffolk by Martin W. Bowman