By Martin W. Bowman
The third Air department: Elveden corridor was once the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. frequently 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', established at Thorpe Abbotts used to be normal 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 perhaps 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 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 centesimal Bomb crew used to be offered a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...
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January 1945 marked the start of the Eighth’s fourth year of operations and it seemed as if the end of the war was in sight. On the 1st the Bomb Divisions were renamed Air Divisions and the following day the B-17s once again pounded communication lines. Raids like this went on for several days until the tactical position in the Ardennes gradually swung back in the Allies’ favour. On 3 January the severe wintry weather over England was responsible for several fatal accidents during take-off for the mission to Frankfurt.
First published in Great Britain in 2009 by Pen & Sword Aviation an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd Copyright © Martin W. Bowman, 2009 9781783409822 The right of Martin W. Bowman to be identified as Author of this Work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. A CIP cataloge record for this book is available from the British Library All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission from the Publisher in writing.
The Leuna works suffered a 50 per cent drop in production after the raids in May and the Pölitz works was even worse hit on the 29th. Attacks on the German aircraft industry and marshalling yards in France and Belgium continued on 30 May when 928 bombers in six forces escorted by 672 fighters were out in force. Twelve bombers and nine fighters were lost. Next day 1,029 B-17s and B-24s were dispatched and raids only one bomber and three fighters were lost. On 6 June — D-Day - a total of 2,362 bomber sorties, involving 1,729 B-17s and B-24s, were flown and 3,596 tons of bombs were dropped for the loss of just three Liberators.