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By Martin W. Bowman

The third Air department: Elveden corridor used to be the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. normally it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, yet integrated a few bases in Norfolk. a few devices had brief classes flying B24 Liberators. The recognized 'Bloody Hundredth', established at Thorpe Abbotts was once average of the devices in the third Air department. From June 1943 to January 1944 it centred its efforts opposed to airfields, submarine amenities and plane industries in France and Germany. January via might 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 immense 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 centesimal Bomb team was once provided a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...

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On 15 March 1,353 bombers, escorted by 833 fighters, bombed the German Army HQ at Zossen, near Berlin and a marshalling yard at Oranienburg. Two days later 1,328 B-17s and B-24s, escorted by 820 fighters, bombed targets in west and north central Germany. On 18 March the bombers returned to Berlin. Twelve B-17s and a B-24 were shot down by Me 262s. On 22 March 1,301 B-17s and B-24s bombed targets east of Frankfurt and military encampments in the Ruhr in preparation for the Allied amphibious crossing of the lower Rhine.

The raid proved a disaster for the 100th Bomb Group, which lost seven B-17s. The Eighth lost twenty-six bombers in total, fourteen of them from the 3rd Bomb Division. Next day 378 B-17s bombed targets in East Prussia and Poland on the 3rd Bomb Division’s longest mission to date when 115 B-17s headed to the Arado aircraft component plant at Anklam, near Peenemünde. They were a diversion for the 263 Fortresses in the 4th Combat Bomb Wing, which attacked the Polish port of Gdynia (a 1,500-mile round trip), and the Focke-Wulf plant at Marienburg.

Mission aborts by the PFF aircraft caused the 95th, 96th, 100th and 388th Bomb Groups to turn back before the enemy coast, leaving just sixty-one unescorted B-17s in the 94th, 385th and 390th (in the 4th and 13th Combat Bomb Wings) to continue to the target. Four B-17s were lost. For the first two weeks of November England was blanketed by thick fog and airfields were lashed with intermittent showers and high winds. On the 13th 272 B-17s and B-24s were sent to bomb Bremen, although only 143 bombers got their bombs away and sixteen heavies were lost.

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