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322nd Bombardment Group (Medium)

Aircraft:B-26
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Wing:3rd Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:VIII Air Service Command
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Details:Trained with B-26 aircraft. Part of the group moved overseas, Nov-Dec 1942; planes and crews followed, Mar-Apr 1943.

Operated with Eighth AF until assignment to Ninth in Oct 1943. Served in combat, May 1943-Apr 1945, operating from England, France, and Belgium. Began combat on 14 May when it dispatched 12 planes for a minimum-level attack on a power plant in Holland.

Sent 11 planes on a similar mission three days later: one returned early; the others, with 60 crewmen, were lost to flak and interceptors. Trained for medium-altitude operations for several weeks and resumed combat on 17 Jul 1943.

Received a DUC for the period 14 May 1943-24 Jul 1944, during which its combat performance helped to prove the effectiveness of the medium bombers.

Enemy airfields in France, Belgium, and Holland provided the principal targets from Jul 1943 through Feb 1944, but the group also attacked power stations, shipyards, construction works, marshalling yards, and other targets. Beginning in Mar the 322d bombed railroad and highway bridges, oil tanks, and missile sites in preparation for the invasion of Normandy; on 6 Jun 1944 it hit coastal defenses and gun batteries; afterward, during the Normandy campaign, it pounded fuel and ammunition dumps, bridges, and road junctions. Supported the Allied offensive at Caen and the breakthrough at St Lo in Jul. Aided the drive of Third Army across France in Aug and Sep. Bombed bridges, road junctions, defended villages, and ordnance depots in the assault on the Siegfried Line, Oct-Dec 1944. Flew a number of missions against railroad bridges during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945. Then concentrated on communications, marshalling yards, bridges, and fuel dumps until its last mission on 24 Apr 1945.

Moved to Germany in Jun 1945. Engaged in inventorying and disassembling German Air Force equipment and facilities. Returned to the US, Nov-Dec 1945. Inactivated on 15 Dec 1945.

    Commanders:
  • Lt Col Jacob Brogger, c. 8 Aug 1942
  • Col Robert R Selway Jr, c. 21 Oct 1942
  • Lt Col John F Batjer, c. 22 Feb 1943
  • Lt Col Robert M Stillman, c. 17 Mar 1943
  • Col Glenn C Nye, c. 19 May 1943

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

Accident Reports:Number of Non-Combat-Related Accident reports for this group: 14

Missions

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#DATENAMETARGETSA/C LOST
1May 14, 1943VIII BC 56Uboat yards and base at Kiel, Germany; Antwerp industrial area; Courtrai a/f; IJMuiden power plant
2May 17, 1943VIII BC 58Lorient, France Uboat base and port area10
3July 31, 1943VIII ASC 11Airfields in France
4August 04, 1943VIII ASC 14Shipyards at Le Trait, France
5August 09, 1943A16St. Omer, France airfields
6August 12, 1943VIII ASC 17Poix/Nord airfield in France
7August 16, 1943VIII ASC 21Bernay/St. Martin and Beaumont/Le Roget airfields
8August 18, 1943VIII ASC 25Airfields in France and the Netherlands
9August 19, 1943VIII ASC 27Airfields in France
10August 23, 1943VIII ASC 31Airfields in France
11August 25, 1943VIII ASC 34Airfields in France
12August 27, 1943VIII ASC 36Poix airfield in France1
13August 31, 1943VIII ASC 39Targets in France
14September 02, 1943VIII ASC 41Power stations and fuel dumps in France
15September 03, 1943VIII ASC 44Airfields in France
16September 04, 1943VIII ASC 47Marshalling yards in France
17September 05, 1943VIII ASC 48Marshalling yards in France
18September 06, 1943VIII ASC 50Marshalling yards in France
19September 07, 1943VIII ASC 52Marshalling yards in France
20September 08, 1943VIII ASC 53Airfields in France
21September 09, 1943VIII ASC 55Boulogne coastal defenses1
22September 11, 1943VIII ASC 56Shipyard and airfield in France
23September 14, 1943VIII ASC 57Airfields in France
24September 15, 1943VIII ASC 58Airfields in France
25September 16, 1943VIII ASC 59Airfields in France
26September 18, 1943VIII ASC 61Airfields in France
27September 19, 1943VIII ASC 63
28September 21, 1943VIII ASC 65Beauvais, France airfield
29September 22, 1943VIII ASC 66Airfields in France
30September 23, 1943VIII ASC 67Airfields in France
31September 24, 1943VIII ASC 69Airfields in France
32September 27, 1943VIII ASC 73Airfields in France
33October 02, 1943VIII ASC 75St. Omer, France airfield
34October 03, 1943VIII ASC 76Airfields in France and the Netherlands
35October 08, 1943VIII ASC 80Airfields in France
TOTAL AIRCRAFT LOST:12

Non-Combat Related Accidents

#DATEREPORT
11943-03-30Aircraft: B-26B (#41-17915).
Organization: 450BS / 322BG of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Pilot: Sebille, Louis J.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: England England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
21943-04-02Aircraft: DB-7B (#AL381).
Organization: 450BS / 322BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: Russell, Richard S.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
31943-04-26Aircraft: B-26B (#41-17943).
Organization: 450BS / 322BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: Larey, Clyde H.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
41943-05-06Aircraft: B-26B (#41-18007).
Organization: 452BS / 322BG of Andrews Field, Essex.
Pilot: Matthew, Frederick A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Turweston AD England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
51943-05-29Aircraft: Lysndr IIIa (#V9583).
Organization: 449BS / 322BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
61943-05-29Aircraft: Lysndr IIIa (#V9735).
Organization: 449BS / 322BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
71943-05-29Aircraft: B-26B (#41-18103).
Organization: 452BS / 322BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: McDonald, Robert F.
Notes: killed due to structural failure.
Location: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
81943-06-22Aircraft: B-26B (#41-18003).
Organization: 452BS / 322BG of Andrews Field, Essex.
Pilot: Siler, Walter O Jr.
Notes: crash belly landing due to mechanical failure.
Location: Troston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
91943-08-04Aircraft: L-4B (#43-637).
Organization: / 322BG of Andrews Field, Essex.
Pilot: Mahe, Albert E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Hardwick, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
101943-08-14Aircraft: B-26C (#41-34884).
Organization: 449BS / 322BG of Andrews Field, Essex.
Pilot: Clarke, William D.
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Great Dunmow/ 4mi S England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
111943-08-15Aircraft: B-26B (#41-31803).
Organization: 450BS / 322BG of Andrews Field, Essex.
Pilot: Godwin, Harlan H.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: RAF Boscombe Down England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
121943-09-21Aircraft: B-26B (#41-31770).
Organization: 450BS / 322BG of Andrews Field, Essex.
Pilot: Humphreys, William V.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Andrews Field, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
131943-10-12Aircraft: L-4B (#43-619).
Organization: 451BS / 322BG of Andrews Field, Essex.
Pilot: Cordill, Clark (NMI).
Notes: forced landing due to weather.
Location: Boxted/ 4mi SE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
141945-03-18Aircraft: B-26G (#43-34155).
Organization: 451BS / 322BG of Beauvais.Tille, France.
Pilot: Barton, Lester E.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Beauvais.Tille, France France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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