3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force USAF 1942-45. Flying by Martin W. Bowman

By Martin W. Bowman

The third Air department: Elveden corridor was once the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. mainly 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 well-known 'Bloody Hundredth', dependent at Thorpe Abbotts was once ordinary of the devices in the third Air department. From June 1943 to January 1944 it targeted its efforts opposed to airfields, submarine amenities and airplane industries in France and Germany. January via may perhaps 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 sizeable 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 one hundredth Bomb crew was once offered a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...

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Ten days later 795 B-17s and B-24s set out to bomb V-weapon sites and other targets in the Pas de Calais and Cherbourg. 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.

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On the 13th 272 B-17s and B-24s were sent to bomb Bremen, although only 143 bombers got their bombs away and sixteen heavies were lost. On 16 November VIII Bomber Command bombed targets in Norway. The 1st Bomb Division visited the molybdenum mines at Knaben and the 3rd Bomb Division bombed a generating plant at Vermark in the Rjukan Valley. Both targets were connected with German heavy water experiments, which were intended to give the Nazis the atomic bomb. Five days later the ‘heavies’ revisited Gelsenkirchen and on 26 November 633 aircraft, the largest formation so far assembled by VIII Bomber Command, bombed targets as far apart as Bremen and Paris.

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