By Martin W. Bowman
The third Air department: Elveden corridor was once the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. mostly 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', established at Thorpe Abbotts used to be general of the devices in the third Air department. From June 1943 to January 1944 it focused 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 significant 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 team was once offered a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...
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By 3 February Marshal Zhukov’s Red Army was only 35 miles from Berlin and the capital was jammed with refugees fleeing from the advancing Soviets. Accompanied by 900 fighters, 1,200 B-17s and B-24s dropped 2,267 tons of bombs on the centre of Berlin, killing an estimated 25,000 inhabitants, destroying 360 industrial targets and heavily damaging another 170. Reconnaissance showed that an area 1½-miles square had been devastated. Twenty-one bombers were shot down and six crash-landed inside Soviet lines.
On the 30th, 381 bombers set out for Solingen in the Ruhr but cloud prevented accurate bombing and on 1 December 299 bombers returned to the city. This time the raid was more successful and 281 sorties were effective, although the 3rd Bomb Division was prevented from bombing because of the weather. On 30 December the 3rd Bomb Division attacked the IC Farbenindustrie chemical works at Ludwigshafen. Six Fortresses in the 100th Bomb Group returned with battle damage and seventeen B-17s and six B-24s were lost.
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. On 27 August the 490th Bomb Group flew their first B-17G mission. On 8 September it was the turn of the 493rd Bomb Group at Debach. Finally, on 17 September the 34th Bomb Group switched to the B-17G. At first crews resented the changeover but they quickly grew to like the improved flying characteristics inherent in the B-17 and they praised the more spacious nose compartment and improved heating.
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