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By Martin W. Bowman

The third Air department: Elveden corridor was once the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. primarily it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, yet incorporated a few bases in Norfolk. a few devices had brief sessions flying B24 Liberators. The well-known '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 focused 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 plane factories in the course of immense 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 centesimal Bomb staff was once provided a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...

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3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force USAF 1942-45. Flying Fortress & Liberator Squadrons in Norfolk & Suffolk

The third Air department: Elveden corridor used to be the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. more often than not 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', established at Thorpe Abbotts used to be usual of the devices in the third Air department.

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On 2 September airfields in north-western France were bombed. The following morning the ‘heavies’ pounded Romilly-sur-Seine and other targets in France. On 13 September VIII Bomber Command was officially divided into three bombardment divisions and the 4th Bomb Wing was renamed the 3rd Bomb Division under the command of Major General Curtis E. LeMay. The 447th Bomb Group had been activated in May 1943 and would become operational on Christmas Eve 1943. The 452nd Bomb Group would join the Division on 5 February 1944.

Two day’s later 166 B-17s and B-24s bombed V-weapon sites in France. No bombers were lost and 128 bombers dropped 485 tons of HE on the ‘Noball’ (V-1) sites. On 19 May 888 B-17s and B-24s were dispatched, 588 Fortresses attacking targets in Berlin and Kiel while 300 Liberators went to Brunswick. Fighter opposition was heavy and twenty-eight bombers were lost. US fighters claimed seventy enemy aircraft for the loss of nineteen of their own. On the 20th 271 B-24s and B-17s in the 3rd Bomb Division set out to bomb Liege and Brussels but heavy cloud resulted in the 3rd Bomb Division having to abandon the mission.

Gerhart had been one of the Eighth’s original staff officers at its activation in January 1942, while Castle had accompanied Eaker to England in February of that same year. General Curtis E. LeMay. (USAF) On 22 June Eaker sent his bombers on the first really deep penetration of Germany, to the chemical and synthetic rubber plant at Hüls, near Recklinghausen. The raid was part of the directive taken by the Allied leaders at the Casablanca Conference in mid-February 1943 called Operation Pointblank, which emphasized the need to reduce the German fighter force.

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