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422nd Bombardment Squadron (Leaflet)

Aircraft:B-17
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Wing:40th Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:1st Bombardment Division
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Details:The 422nd Bombardment Squadron was one of four squadrons with the 305th Bombardment Group stationed at Chelveston. In August of 1943, they were selected to experiment in night bombing alongside the RAF. The squadron would become know as the Night Leaflet Squadron (NLS).

Selected 422nd Sqn crews made practice flights across the UK to perfect their navigation skills at night through August and first half of September 1943. On September 8th 1943, Major Gerry Price, the 422nd Sqn Commande,r led a force of five B-17's from Chelveston on the first night mission, in collaboration with the RAF. The target that evening was Boulogne in France.

On any night, the 422nd launched an average of 8 x B-17's to individual targets in various occupied countries. These included far away destinations such as Poland, Denmark and Norway.

On 24th-25th June 1944, the men of the 422nd move to Cheddington to become the nucleus of the newly formed 858th Bomb Squadron. Thus, June 26th saw the final end of operations as regards the night leaflet and propaganda missions by the USAAF from its origins, the 422nd Squadron at Chelveston. Under their new designation the 858th, those operations would continue from Cheddington.

The 422nd itself was re-staffed with eight veteran flight crews from other Bombardment Groupa as well as ten more rookie crews. On July 6th, 1944, the 422nd returned to standard operations and completed their first daylight mission since 6th September 1943 (when the squadron had commenced those first night operations).

Accident Reports:Number of Non-Combat-Related Accident reports for this group: 16

Missions

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#DATENAMETARGETSA/C LOST
1September 08, 1943VIII BC 93Night attack of Boulogne area
2September 15, 1943VIII BC 96Night attack on Montlucon
3September 16, 1943VIII BC 98Night attack on Modane
4September 22, 1943VIII BC 99Night attack Hannover
5September 23, 1943VIII BC 102Night attack Mannheim
6September 27, 1943VIII BC 105Night attack Hannover1
7October 02, 1943VIII BC 107Night attack Munich in conjunction with RAF
8October 04, 1943VIII BC 109Night attack Frankfurt1
9October 07, 1943VIII BC 110Night leaflet operation
10October 08, 1943VIII BC 112Night leaflet operation France
11October 20, 1943VIII BC 117Night leaflet operation to France
12October 24, 1943VIII BC 118Night leaflet operation to France
13November 03, 1943VIII BC 120Night leaflet operation Belgium and Holland
14November 05, 1943VIII BC 122Night leaflet operation France
15November 06, 1943VIII BC 123Night leaflet operation France
16November 08, 1943VIII BC 125Night leaflet operation France
17November 10, 1943VIII BC 126Night leaflet operation France
18November 18, 1943VIII BC 133Night leaflet operation France
19November 19, 1943VIII BC 135Night leaflet operation France, Belgium, Holland
20November 24, 1943VIII BC 136Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
21November 25, 1943VIII BC 137Night leaflet operation France
22November 28, 1943VIII BC 139Night leaflet operation Belgium and Holland
23November 29, 1943VIII BC 141Night leaflet operation France
24November 30, 1943VIII BC 144Night leaflet operation France, Germany
25December 02, 1943VIII BC 146Special Night Operation - Huls (OBOE test) and leaflet operation
26December 03, 1943VIII BC 147Night leaflet operation France
27December 04, 1943VIII BC 148Night leaflet operation France
28December 10, 1943VIII BC 150Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
29December 11, 1943VIII BC 152Night leaflet operation France
30December 12, 1943VIII BC 153Night leaflet operation - France
31December 13, 1943VIII BC 155Night leaflet operation - France
32December 16, 1943VIII BC 157Night leaflet operation - Germany, France, Belgium
33December 19, 1943VIII BC 158Night leaflet operation - France
34December 20, 1943VIII BC 160Night leaflet operation - France, Belgium
35December 22, 1943VIII BC 162Night leaflet operation - France
36December 27, 1943VIII BC 165Night leaflet operation - France
37December 29, 1943VIII BC 168Night leaflet operation - Germany, France, Holland
38December 30, 1943VIII BC 170Night leaflet operation - France, Belgium
39January 02, 19448AF BC 172Night leaflet operation - France, Germany
40January 04, 19448AF BC 175Night leaflet operation - France
41January 06, 19448AF BC 177Night leaflet operation France
42January 07, 19448AF BC 179Night leaflet operation France
43January 08, 19448AF BC 180Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
44January 10, 19448AF BC 181Night leaflet operation France
45January 14, 19448AF BC 184Night leaflet operation France
46January 20, 19448AF BC 186Night leaflet operation France
47January 21, 19448AF BC 188Night leaflet operation France
48January 23, 19448AF BC 189Night leaflet operation France
49January 25, 19448AF BC 192Night leaflet operation to France
50January 27, 19448AF BC 194Night leaflet operation France
51January 28, 19448AF BC 196Night leaflet operation France
52January 29, 19448AF BC 199Night leaflet operation France
53January 30, 19448AF 201Night leaflet operation France
54January 30, 19448AF BC 200Aviation targets in Brunswick, Germany
55February 03, 19448AF 207Night leaflet operation France
56February 04, 19448AF 209Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
57February 05, 19448AF 211Night leaflet operation Belgium
58February 07, 19448AF 213Night leaflet operation Belgium
59February 08, 19448AF 215Night leaflet operation France
60February 10, 19448AF 217Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
61February 11, 19448AF 219Night leaflet operation Belgium
62February 15, 19448AF 225Night leaflet operation France
63February 20, 19448AF 227Night leaflet operation France
64February 21, 19448AF 229Night leaflet operation France
65February 23, 19448AF 232Night leaflet operation France
66February 24, 19448AF 234Night leaflet operation France
67February 25, 19448AF 236Night leaflet operation France
68February 28, 19448AF 239Night leaflet operation France
69February 29, 19448AF 242Night leaflet operation France
70March 01, 19448AF 243Night leaflet operation France
71March 02, 19448AF 245Night leaflet operation France
72March 05, 19448AF 249Night leaflet operation France
73March 06, 19448AF 251Night leaflet operation France
74March 10, 19448AF 254Night leaflet operation Belgium
75March 13, 19448AF 258Night leaflet operation France
76March 15, 19448AF 261Night leaflet operation France
77March 18, 19448AF 265Night leaflet operation France
78March 19, 19448AF 267Night leaflet operation - Holland
79March 21, 19448AF 272Night leaflet operation - Holland
80March 23, 19448AF 276Night leaflet operation - France
81March 24, 19448AF 278Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
82March 25, 19448AF 279Night leaflet operation Belgium
83March 26, 19448AF 281Night leaflet operation France
84March 30, 19448AF 286Night leaflet operation France
85April 08, 19448AF 292Night leaflet operation Belgium
86April 09, 19448AF 294Night leaflet operation France
87April 10, 19448AF 297Night Leaflet Operation
88April 11, 19448AF 299Night leaflet operation France
89April 13, 19448AF 302Night leaflet operation Holland
90April 17, 19448AF 305Night leaflet operation France
91April 18, 19448AF 307Night leaflet operation Norway
92April 20, 19448AF 310Night leaflet operation France
93April 22, 19448AF 312Night leaflet operation France
94April 23, 19448AF 314Night leaflet operation France
95April 24, 19448AF 316Night leaflet operation France, Holland
96April 25, 19448AF 318Night leaflet operation France
97April 26, 19448AF 320Night leaflet operation Belgium
98April 27, 19448AF 324Night leaflet operation France
99April 28, 19448AF 326Night leaflet operation France, Belgium, Holland
100April 29, 19448AF 328Night leaflet operation France, Holland
101April 30, 19448AF 330Night leaflet operation France, Belgium, Holland
102May 01, 19448AF 334Night leaflet operation France, Holland
103May 03, 19448AF 339Night leaflet operation France, Belgium, Holland
104May 06, 19448AF 341Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
105May 07, 19448AF 343Night leaflet operation France
106May 08, 19448AF 346Night leaflet operation France
107May 09, 19448AF 348Night leaflet operation Belgium and Holland
108May 10, 19448AF 349Night leaflet operation Belgium
109May 11, 19448AF 352Night leaflet operation Denmark
110May 12, 19448AF 354Night leaflet operation Denmark
111May 15, 19448AF 357Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
112May 22, 19448AF 363Night leaflet operation Holland
113May 23, 19448AF 366Night leaflet operation Belgium and Holland
114June 02, 19448AF Night Leaflet OperatNight Leaflet Operation Jun 2/3 1944
115June 06, 19448AF 396Night Leaflet Operation Jun 6/7 1944
116June 10, 19448AF 404Night Leaflet Operation Jun 10/11 1944
117June 11, 19448AF 406Night Leaflet Operation Jun 11/12 1944
118June 12, 19448AF 408Night leaflet operation - France, Belgium
119June 13, 19448AF 411Night leaflet operation - France
120June 14, 19448AF 413Night leaflet operation - France
121June 16, 19448AF 417Night leaflet operation - France
122June 17, 19448AF 420Night leaflet operation - France
123June 20, 19448AF 427Night leaflet operation France
124June 21, 19448AF 430Night leaflet operation France
125June 22, 19448AF 434Night leaflet operation France, Belgium, Holland
126June 22, 19448AF 433Day Leaflet Operation
127June 24, 19448AF 440Night leaflet operation France
128June 27, 19448AF 444Night leaflet operation France, Belgium
129July 04, 1944NLS July 4/5, 1945Night leaflet operation France, Belgium, Holland1
130July 06, 19448AF 457Night leaflet operation France, Belgium: July 5/6, 1944
131July 07, 19448AF 459Night leaflet operation France, Belgium July 6/7, 1944
132July 08, 19448AF 461Night leaflet operation France; July 7/8, 1944
133July 09, 19448AF 464Night leaflet operation France
134July 10, 19448AF 465Night leaflet operation France, Holland July 9/10, 1944
135July 11, 19448AF 467Night leaflet operation France, July 11, 1944
136July 12, 1944Other OperationsNight leaflet operation; July 12/13, 1944
137July 12, 19448AF 470Night leaflet operation France; July 12, 1944
138July 15, 19448AF 475Night leaflet operation France
139July 16, 19448AF 477Night leaflet operation France; July 16/17, 1944
140July 17, 19448AF 480Night leaflet operation France, Holland; July 17/18, 1944
141July 19, 19448AF 483Night leaflet operation; July 19/20, 1944
142July 20, 19448AF 485Night leaflet operation; July 20/21, 1944
143July 21, 19448AF 487Night leaflet operation; July 21/22, 1944
144July 22, 19448AF 489Night leaflet operation; July 22/23, 1944
145July 23, 1944NLSNight leaflet operation; July 23/24, 1944
146July 24, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; July 24/25, 1944
147July 26, 19448AF 497Night leaflet operation; July 26/27, 1944
148July 27, 19448AF 500Night leaflet operation; July 27/28, 1944
149July 28, 19448AF 502Night leaflet operation; July 28/29, 1944
150July 29, 19448AF 504Night leaflet operation; July 29/30, 1944
151July 30, 19448AF 506Night leaflet operation
152August 01, 19448AF 509Night leaflet operation; August 1/2, 1944
153August 01, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 1, 1944
154August 05, 19448AF 522Night Leaflet Operation Aug 5/6 1944
155August 05, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 5/6, 1944
156August 06, 19448AF 526Night photo recon
157August 07, 19448AF 529Night leaflet operation; August 7, 1944
158August 08, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 8/9, 1944
159August 09, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operationl August 9/10, 1944
160August 10, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 10/11, 1944
161August 11, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 11/12, 1944
162August 12, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 12/13, 1944
163August 12, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 12/13, 1944
164August 13, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 13/14, 1944
165August 14, 19448AF 553Night ops
166August 14, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 14/15, 1944
167August 16, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 16/17, 1944
168August 17, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 17/18, 1944
169August 18, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 18/19, 1944
170August 23, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 23/24, 1944
171August 25, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 25/26, 1944
172August 26, 1944Night Leaflet OperationNight leaflet operation; August 26/27, 1944
173August 27, 19448AF 585 Night Leaflet OpNight leaflet operation; August 27/28, 1944
174August 28, 1944Night Leaflet Operation;Night leaflet operation France, Holland
175August 30, 19448AF 592Night Leaflet Operation, August 30/31, 1944
176August 31, 19448AF 594Night Leaflet Operation, August 31/ Sept 1, 1944
177September 05, 19448AF 608Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 5/6, 1944
178September 08, 19448AF 615Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 8/9, 1944
179September 08, 19448AF 611Industry in Mainz and Ludwigshafen
180September 09, 19448AF 618Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 9/10, 1944
181September 10, 19448AF 622Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 10/11, 1944
182September 11, 19448AF 625Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 11/12, 1944
183September 12, 19448AF 627Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 12/13, 1944
184September 13, 19448AF 631Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 13/14, 1944
185September 15, 19448AF Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 15/16 1944
186September 16, 19448AF 636Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 16/17 1944
187September 18, 19448AF 641Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 18/19 1944
188September 26, 19448AF 649Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 26/27 1944
189September 27, 19448AF 651Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 27/28 1944
190September 28, 19448AF 653Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 28/29 1944
191September 29, 19448AF 654Night Leaflet Operation, Sept 29/30 1944
192October 01, 19448AF 657Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 1/2, 1944
193October 02, 19448AFNight Leaflet Operation, Oct 2/3, 1944
194October 03, 19448AF 663Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 3/4, 1944
195October 04, 19448AF 664Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 4/5, 1944
196October 05, 19448AF 666Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 5/6, 1944
197October 06, 1944NLSNight Leaflet Operation Oct 6/7, 1944
198October 10, 1944NLSNight Leaflet Operation Oct 10, 1944
199October 11, 19448AF 673Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 11/12, 1944
200October 12, 19448AF 675Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 12/13, 1944
201October 15, 19448AF 679Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 15/16, 1944
202October 16, 19448AF 680Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 16/17, 1944
203October 19, 19448AF 684Night Leaflet Operation, Oct 19/20, 1944
204October 23, 19448AF 686Night Leaflet Operation Oct 23/24, 1944
205October 27, 19448AF 690Night Leaflet Operation Oct 27/28 1944
206October 28, 19448AF 692Night Leaflet Operation Oct 28/29 1944
207October 30, 19448AF 694Night Leaflet Operation Oct 30/31 1944
208November 01, 19448AF 697Night Leaflet Operation Nov 1/2 1944
209November 02, 19448AF 699Night Leaflet Operation Nov 2/3 1944
210November 04, 19448AF 701Night Leaflet Operation Nov 4/5 1944
211November 05, 19448AF 703Night Leaflet Operation Nov 5/6 1944
212November 08, 19448AF 706Night Leaflet Operation Nov 8/9 1944
213November 09, 19448AF 708Night Leaflet Operation Nov 9/10 1944
214November 10, 19448AF 711Night Leaflet Operation Nov 10/11 1944
215November 13, 19448AF 713Night Leaflet Operation Nov 13/14 1944
216November 18, 19448AF 717Night Leaflet Operation Nov 18/19 1944
217November 20, 19448AF 719Night Leaflet Operation Nov 20/21 1944
218November 21, 19448AF 721Night Leaflet Operation Nov 21/22 1944
219November 25, 19448AF 724Night Leaflet Operation Nov 25/26 1944
220November 26, 19448AF 726Night Leaflet Operation Nov 26/27 1944
221November 28, 19448AF 728Night Leaflet Operation Nov 28/29 1944
222November 29, 19448AF 730Night Leaflet Operation Nov 29/30 1944
223November 30, 19448AF 732Night Leaflet Operation Nov 30 / Dec 1 1944
224December 11, 19448AF 747Night Leaflet Operation Dec 11/12 1944
225December 12, 19448AF 749Night Leaflet Operation Dec 12/13 1944
226December 15, 19448AF 751Night Leaflet Operation Dec 15/16 1944
227December 17, 19448AF 753Night Leaflet Operation Dec 17/18 1944
228December 18, 19448AF 755Night Leaflet Operation Dec 18/19 1944
229December 23, 19448AF 758Night Leaflet Operation Dec 23/24 1944
230December 27, 19448AF 765Night Leaflet Operation Dec 27/28 1944
231December 30, 19448AF 771Night Leaflet Operation Dec 30/31 1944
TOTAL AIRCRAFT LOST:3

Non-Combat Related Accidents

#DATEREPORT
11943-08-31Aircraft: B-17F (#42-5376).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Truesdell, Floyd H.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Foulsham England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
21943-12-02Aircraft: B-17F (#41-24616).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Duff, Lawrence H.
Notes: forced landing due to engine failure.
Location: Bungay, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
31943-12-27Aircraft: B-17F (#42-3207).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Patnter, John G.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
41944-01-08Aircraft: B-17F (#41-24614).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Connelley, Herbert M.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
51944-03-24Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97578).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Sellers, William D.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
61944-04-26Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97532).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Riegler, William (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Glatton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
71944-10-22Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38030).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Lichty, Phil A.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Thurleigh, Bedfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
81944-11-09Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8227).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Reynolds, Gardiner B Jr.
Notes: crashed on take off.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
91944-12-15Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38973).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Harris, Finis E Jr.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Daventry England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
101944-12-15Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38344).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Laumeier, Herman H Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: RAF Long Marston England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
111945-01-10Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38354).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Brown, Charles A Jr.
Notes: crashed on take off.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
121945-02-15Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37922).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Nolan, John H.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
131945-03-05Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6162).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Prokaski, Arthur R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
141945-03-18Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8639).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Stewart, Eugene D.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
151945-04-04Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38306).
Organization: 422BS / 91BG of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Mathers, Dudley B.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
161945-04-04Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6578).
Organization: 422BS / 91BG of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Troccoli, Joseph J.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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