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489th Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Aircraft:B-24
Group Emblem:
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Wing:20th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:2nd Bombardment Division
Airfield(s)
Squadrons:844th Bombardment Squadron
845th Bombardment Squadron
846th Bombardment Squadron
847th Bombardment Squadron
Tail Marking:
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Details:Trained with B-24's. Moved to England, Apr-May 1944, and assigned to Eighth AF.

Entered combat on 30 May 1944, and during the next few days concentrated on targets in France in preparation for the Normandy invasion.

In an attack against coastal defenses near Wimereaux on 5 Jun 1944, the group's lead plane was seriously crippled by enemy fire, its pilot was killed, and the deputy group commander, Lt Col Leon R Vance Jr, who was commanding the formation, was severely wounded; although his right foot was practically severed, Vance took control of the plane, led the group to a successful bombing of the target, and managed to fly the damaged aircraft to the coast of England, where he ordered the crew to bail out; believing a wounded man had been unable to jump, he ditched the plane in the Channel and was rescued. For his action during this mission, Vance was awarded the Medal of Honor.

The group supported the landings in Normandy on 6 Jun 1944, and afterward bombed coastal defenses, airfields, bridges, railroads, and V-weapon sites in the campaign for France. Began flying missions into Germany in Jul, and engaged primarily in bombing strategic targets such as factories, oil refineries and storage plants, marshalling yards, and airfields in Ludwigshafen, Magdeburg, Brunswick, Saarbrucken, and other cities until Nov 1944. Other operations included participating in the saturation bombing of German lines just before the breakthrough at St Lo in Jul, dropping food to the liberated French and to Allied forces in France during Aug and Sep, and carrying food and ammunition to Holland later in Sep. Returned to the US, Nov-Dec 1944, to prepare for redeployment to the Pacific theater.

Redesignated 489th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) in Mar 1945. Equipped with B-29's. Alerted for movement overseas in the summer of 1945, but war with Japan ended before the group left the US. Inactivated on 17 Oct 1945.

    Commanders:
  • Col Ezekiel W Napier, 20 Oct 1943
  • Lt Col Robert E Kollimer, 5 Feb 1945
  • Col Paul C Ashworth, 11 Apr 1945

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986

Accident Reports:Number of Non-Combat-Related Accident reports for this group: 11

Missions

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#DATENAMETARGETSA/C LOST
1May 30, 19448AF 380Industry in Germany, rail targets in France and Belgium1
2May 31, 19448AF 382Aviation and rail targets in Germany; rail targets in France and Belgium
3June 02, 19448AF 384, 385V-weapons sites, airfields and rail targets in France
4June 04, 19448AF 389Pas de Calais coastal defenses
5June 04, 19448AF 390Pas de Calais coastal defenses
6June 05, 19448AF 392Le Havre, Caen, Boulogne, Cherbourg coastal defenses
7June 06, 19448AF 394Coastal targets in invasion area
8June 07, 19448AF 397, 398Tactical targets in NW France
9June 08, 19448AF 400Rail targets and airfields in France
10June 10, 19448AF 403Tactical targets in France, airfields and chokepoints
11June 11, 19448AF 405Airfields and rail targets in Paris, Brittany and Loire valley
12June 12, 19448AF 407Airfields and bridges in France
13June 13, 19448AF 410Airfields in France
14June 14, 19448AF 412Airfields in France and the low countries; supply sites in France
15June 15, 19448AF 414Airfields and rail targets in France; Oil targets in Germany
16June 16, 19448AF 416Airfields and NOBALL targets in France
17June 17, 19448AF 419Airfields in France
18June 17, 19448AF 418Airfields in France
19June 18, 19448AF 421Oil targets in Germany
20June 20, 19448AF 425Oil and industrial targets in Germany, V-weapons sites in France1
21June 21, 19448AF 429Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites
22June 22, 19448AF 432Industry and airfields in NW France
23June 24, 19448AF 439Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites; rail and airfield targets in NW France
24June 25, 19448AF 441, 442Airfields and electric power installtions in France2
25June 28, 1944VIII 445Airfields, supply dumps, bridges in Paris area; Saarbrucken rail targets
26July 02, 19448AF 450Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites
27July 04, 19448AF 451Airfields and bridges in France
28July 06, 19448AF 455V-weapon sites in France; Kiel shipyards
29July 11, 19448AF 466Munich and southern Germany
30July 12, 19448AF 469Munich and southern Germany
31July 13, 19448AF 471Munich and southern Germany
32July 16, 19448AF 476Munich area
33July 17, 19448AF 478 and 479Tactical targets in France; V-weapons sites in Pas-de-Calais
34July 18, 19448AF 481Tactical targets in France; Kiel oil targets; Peenemunde area
35July 19, 19448AF 482Industrial targets in W and SW Germany
36July 20, 19448AF 484Oil and industrial targets in W Germany
37July 21, 19448AF 486Aircraft industry, airfields and ball-bearing plants in SW Germany1
38July 23, 19448AF 490Airfields in France
39July 24, 19448AF 492Tactical support for Operation COBRA1
40July 25, 19448AF 494Tactical support for Operation COBRA1
41July 29, 19448AF 503Oil targets in Germany and airfields in France
42July 31, 19448AF 507Targets in Germany and airfields in France3
43August 01, 19448AF 508Airfields, bridges, tactical targets in France
44August 02, 19448AF 510, 511Tactical targets in France
45August 04, 19448AF 514Oil refineries, aircraft factories
46August 05, 19448AF 519, 520, 521Strategic targets in Germany, V-weapons site, GH test1
47August 06, 19448AF 524Refineries and factories in Germany; Noball targets in France1
48August 07, 19448AF 527, 528Fuel dumps, bridges in France; GH test
49August 08, 19448AF 530, 8AF 531Airfields and Noball targets in France
50August 10, 19448AF 537Fuel dumps and bridges SE of Paris
51August 12, 19448AF 545Metz and airfields in central and eastern France
52August 13, 19448AF 548, 549, 550Support of Ground troops near Le Havre; transportation around Paris
53August 14, 19448AF 552Airfield, rail in France; aviation and oil plants in Germany
54August 15, 19448AF 554Airfields in Germany and the Low Countries
55August 16, 19448AF 556Oil refineries and aircraft plants in Germany1
56August 24, 19448AF 568Strategic targets in Germany
57August 25, 19448AF 570Aircraft component plants1
58September 06, 1944Other OperationsPhoto recon; Weather; ASR; Radio Relays; Supply1
59September 09, 19448AF 613, 8AF 614613: container drop to French Resistance in Southern France; 614: targets in western Germany1
60September 10, 19448AF 619, 8AF 620Targets in Stuttgart area
61September 11, 19448AF 623Attacks on synthetic oil plants and refinery
62September 12, 19448AF 626Attacks on Germany oil industry
63September 13, 19448AF 628Oil and industrial target in southern Germany
64September 18, 19448AF 639Re-supply of US airborne forces in the Nijmegan-Eindhoven area2
65September 22, 19448AF 645Vehicle factories in Kassel, Germany
66September 25, 19448AF 647Rail targets in western Germany and oil plant at Ludwigshafen
67September 26, 19448AF 648Rail targets and vehicle factories in western Germany
68September 27, 19448AF 650Industry and transportation targets in western Germany
69September 28, 19448AF 652Oil and vehicle plants in central Germany
70September 30, 19448AF 655Rail and aviation targets in western Germany
71October 02, 19448AF 658; 8AF 659Industrial targets in Cologne and Kassel; Hamm marshaling yard
72October 03, 19448AF 662Airfields and industrial targets in Germany
73October 05, 19448AF 665Industry, airfields and railways in Germany
74October 06, 19448AF 667Industry in northern Germany1
75October 07, 19448AF 669Oil installations and vehicle plants1
76October 09, 19448AF 670Industrial targets in south and central Germany
77October 12, 19448AF 674Airfield and marshalling yard
78October 14, 19448AF 676, 8AF 677Rail targets in Germany
79October 15, 19448AF 678Industrial, oil and rail targets in Cologne, Germany area1
80October 17, 19448AF 681Targets in Cologne area
81October 19, 19448AF 683Industrial targets in Mannheim and Mainz2
82October 22, 19448AF 685Targets in western Germany
83October 25, 19448AF 688Oil and industry in western Germany
84October 26, 19448AF 689Industry and comm targets in western Germany
85October 26, 19448AF 689Industry and comm targets in western Germany
86November 01, 19448AF 696Oil installations and a rail bridge
87November 02, 19448AF 698Oil and rail targets in Central Germany
88November 04, 19448AF 700Oil installations in western Germany
89November 05, 19448AF 702Marshalling yards in western Germany
90November 09, 19448AF 707Tactical targets in Metz and Thionville areas
91November 10, 19448AF 709Airfield in western Germany
TOTAL AIRCRAFT LOST:23

Non-Combat Related Accidents

#DATEREPORT
11944-05-15Aircraft: Oxford Arsd (#V3780).
Organization: 845BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Confer, Louis C.
Notes: forced landing out of gas.
Location: Halesworth/2mi ESE S365 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
21944-05-29Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94868).
Organization: 844BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Hall, John C.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Tibenham/1 1/2mi SSE 124 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
31944-05-29Aircraft: B-24H (#41-29546).
Organization: 847BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Jones, Thomas E.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Tibenham/1 1/2mi SSE 124 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
41944-06-25Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94874).
Organization: 844BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Hamilton, Edward L.
Notes: killed in landing accident.
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
51944-06-25Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94760).
Organization: 844BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Saubert, Walter E.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
61944-07-13Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94833).
Organization: 844BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Sherwood, Philip B.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
71944-07-13Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94788).
Organization: 844BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Shager, Robert H.
Notes: crashed due to engine failure.
Location: Sudbury/2 1/2mi NW S174 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
81944-07-31Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95587).
Organization: 847BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Manning, Ralph P.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
91944-09-26Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50754).
Organization: 845BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Gosa, Ralph E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
101944-09-27Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94888).
Organization: 844BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Culkin, Lawrence P.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Halesworth/6mi SSE S365 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
111944-09-27Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94932).
Organization: 846BS / 489BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Fulks, Frank W.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Halesworth/6mi SSE S365 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Aircraft

MODELSERIAL #A/C NAMEGROUPSQUADRONAC CODEMACR REPORT #
Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-15-DT Liberator41-28793n/a489BG n/a6772
28793 (489th BG) lost Jul 25, 1944. MACR 6772 and 6778
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-15-DT Liberator41-28818n/a489BG 844BS7752
28818 (489th BG, 844th BS) lost July 31, 1944, Germany. MACR 7752
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-15-DT Liberator41-28832n/a489BG 845BS6986
28832 (489th BG, 845th BS) lost Ursem, Netherlands Jun 29, 1944. 10 crew POW. MACR 6986
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-15-DT Liberator41-28875Heavenly Body489BG n/a
28875 (489th BG, 864th BS *Heavenly Body*) transferred to 392nd BG, 577th BS. Damaged by small arms fire and crashlanded at Wendling Mar 24, 1945. Salvaged 28875 (392 BG, 577 BS) overshot runway Mar 24, 1945 and was salvaged.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24H-15-CF Liberator41-29515n/a489BG 847BS9752
29515 (489th BG, 847th BS) lost Oct 7, 1944. MACR 9752
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24H-15-CF Liberator41-29533n/a489BG 846BS7549
29533 (489th BG, 846th BS) lost Jul 7, 1944. MACR 7549
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24J-5-FO Liberator42-50897n/a489BG 847BS8905
50897 (489th BG, 847th BS) lost over Bauscheim, Germany Sep 9, 1944. MACR 8905
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24J-1-DT Liberator42-51283n/a489BG 844BS9751
51283 (489th BG, 844th BS) lost Oct 6, 1944. MACR 9751
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-1-FO Liberator42-7552Lil' Cookie489BG n/a
7552 (489th BG *Lil' Cookie*) declaredwarweary and usedas formation assembly ship.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-94776n/a489BG 845BS7753
94776 (489th BG, 845th BS) lost Jul 31, 1944, Germany. MACR 7753
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-94785Struggle Buggy489BG 845BS7914
94785 (489th BG, 845th BS, *Struggle Buggy*) interned in Switzerland Aug 11, 1944. MACR 7914.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-94786n/a489BG 845BS9424
94786 (489th BG, 845th BS) lost over Kessel, Germany Sep 18, 1944. Crew 4 KIA, 1 MIA, 5 POW. MACR 9424.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-94788n/a489BG 844BS
94788 (489th BG, 844th BS) from Halesworth field, Suffolk, UK crashed near Sudbury Air Field in Suffolk, UK Jul 13, 1944 after losing twon engines on Saarbruken raid. All crew bailed out safely.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-94793Jeane489BG 845BS
94793 (489th BG, 845th BS, *Jeane*) crew bailed out over Chipping Ongar, Essex and unmanned ship headed to the Continent and crashed near Buchten, Netherlands Jun 3, 1944. Report that it was interned in Sweden is apparently in error.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94825MALFUNCTION JUNCTION489BG 844BS7550
94825 (489th BG, 844th BS) lost Jun 22, 1944. MACR 7550
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94832n/a489BG 847BS8193
94832 (489th BG, 847th BS) lost Jun 2, 1944. MACR 8193
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94834n/a489BG 847BS6165
94834 (489th BG, 847th BS) shot down Jun 20, 1944. MACR 6165
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94839Plate's Date489BG 847BS
94839 (489th BG, 847th BS, *Plate's Date*) crash-landed with battle damage Jun 2, 1944 and salvaged.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94852n/a489BG 845BS8237
94852 (489th BG, 845th BS) lost Jul 25, 1944. MACR 8237
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94854n/a489BG 846BS8192
94854 (489th BG, 846th BS) lost May 30, 1944. MACR 8192
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94858n/a489BG 847BS8191
94858 (489th BG, 847th BS) lost Jun 2, 1944. MACR 8191.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94864n/a489BG 846BS8190
94864 (489th BG, 846th BS) lost Jun 2, 1944. MACR 8190
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94900n/a489BG 845BS9425
94900 (845th BS, 489th BG) lost over Kessel, Germany Sep 18, 1944. Crew 8 KIA and 2 POW. MACR 9425
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94903n/a489BG 844BS9635
94903 (489th BG, 844th BS) lost Oct 19, 1944, Germany. MACR 9635
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94905n/a489BG 846BS7915
94905 (489th BG, 846th BS) lost Jul 24, 1944. MACR 7915.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94909n/a489BG 846BS6241
94909 (489th BG, 846th BS) shot down by AAA near Paris Jun 25, 1944. MACR 6241
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94913n/a489BG 847BS9636
94913 (489th BG, 847th BS) lost Oct 19, 1944, Germany. MACR 9636.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94914n/a489BG 847BS8586
94914 (489th BG, 847th BS) lost Aug 16, 1944, Germany. MACR 8586
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94932n/a489BG n/a
94932 (489th BG) collided with another B-24 (don't know the serial number) over River Blythe 9/27/1944 on return from mission. Both planes crased in the marsheds at Walberswick. No survivors from either crew.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94933Stubby Gal II489BG 846BS8189
94933 (489th BG, 846th BS, *Stubby Gal II*) shot down by flak Jun 2, 1944. MACR 8189
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94945Cover Girl489BG 845BS7376
94945 (489th BG, 845th BS, *Cover Girl*) shot down Aug 6, 1944. Crew POW. MACR 7376.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94948n/a489BG 845BS
94948 (489th BG, 845th BS) lost Aug 25, 1944, North Sea. I also have 94948 as interned in Sweden on same date
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95155n/a489BG 846BS7754
95155 (489th BG, 846th BS) lost Jul 31, 1944. MACR 7754
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95249n/a489BG 845BS6987
95249 (489th BG, 845th BS) lost Jun 25, 1944. MACR 6987
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95267SILVER QUEEN489BG 846BSE+7842
95267 (489th BG, 846th BS) lost Jul 21, 1944. MACR 7842
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html


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