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330th Bombardment Group, USAAF
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The 330th Bombardment Group, USAAF, had two incarnations during the Second World War, first as a training unit and then as a B-29 unit that took part in the strategic bombing campaign against Japan.
The group was activated on 6 July 1942 and became an Operational Training Unit using the B-24 to prepare units for combat. It later became a replacement training unit, before being inactivated on 1 April 1944.
The unit was reactivated on the same day, this time as the 330th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), using the B-29. In January-April 1945 the group moved to Guam to join the Twentieth Air Force.
The group's first combat operation came on 12 April 1945 and was an attack on the Hodogaya chemical plant at Koriyama. In April and May the group attacked the airfields being used by kamikaze aircraft that were attacking the invasion fleet off Okinawa.
After that the group carried out low-level night-time incendiary attacks against Japanese cities. It received two Distinguished Unit Citations - the first for attacks in July 1945 on industrial areas of Tokushima and Gifu and a hydro-electric plant at Kofu and the second for an August 1945 attack on Nakajima-Musashino near Tokyo.
After the end of the war the group was used to drop supplies to POWs and for show of force flights over Japan. It returned to the US in November-December 1945 and was inactivated on 3 January 1946.
July 1942-April 1944: Consolidated B-24 Liberator
April 1944-January 1946: Boeing B-29 Superfortress
|1 July 1942||Constituted as 330th Bombardment Group (Heavy)|
|6 July 1942||Activated and assigned to Second Air Force|
|1 April 1944||Inactivated|
|1 April 1944||Activated as 330th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy)|
|Jan-April 1945||To Guam and Twentieth Air Force|
|12 April 1945||Combat debut|
|Nov-Dec 1945||To United States|
|3 January 1946||Inactivated|
Commanders (with date of appointment)
Ma j Leroy A Rainey: 1Aug 1942
Lt Col John R Sutherland: 15Sep 1942
Lt Col John A Way: 1 Dec 1942
Lt Col Samuel C Mitchell: 6 Mar 1943
Lt Col Frank P Bostrom: 15 May 1943
LtCol Troy W Crawford: 27 Jul 1943
ColFrank P Bostrum: 11 Nov 1943
Lt ColTroy W Crawford: 27 Nov 1943-1 Apr1944
1st Lt James J Shaffner: 29 Apr1944
Maj John G Reiber: 3 May 1944
LtCol Estleg R Farley: 26 May 1944
ColElbert D Reynolds: 23 Jun 1944
ColDouglas C Polhamus: 12 Aug 1944-unkn
Salt Lake City AAB, Utah:6 Jul 1942
Alamogordo, NM: 1 Aug 1942
Biggs Field, Tex: 5 Apr 1943-1 Apr 1944
Walker AAFM, Kan: 1 Apr 1944-7 Jan1945
North Field, Guam: 18 Feb-15 Nov1945
457th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1944; 1944-1945; 1949-1951; 1952
458th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1944;1944-1945; 1952
459th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1944; 1944-1945; 1952
460th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1944; 1944
July 1942-April 1944: Second Air Force (training unit)
April-December 1944: 314th Bombardment Wing; XXI Bomber Command; Second Air Force (Training in US)
December 1944-1946: 314th Bombardment Wing; XXI Bomber Command; Twentieth Air Force
330th Bombardment Group (VH)
The 330th Bombardment Group ("Empire Busters") was a bomber group of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. It constituted on 1 July 1942 at Salt Lake City Army Air Base, Utah. The unit fought in the Pacific Theater. Its lineage and honors are now carried by the 330th Aircraft Sustainment Wing.
The unit was organized in 1942 as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator Replacement Training Unit (RTU) in New Mexico and Texas. In 1944, the Group was equipped with the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and was assigned to the 314th Bombardment Wing, training in Kansas for deployment to the Pacific Theater. Flying from North Field, Guam as part of the Twentieth Air Force, it entered combat in April 1945. The Group received two Distinguished Unit Citations for incendiary raids on the homeland islands of Japan. The Group returned to the United States in late 1945, and was inactivated on 3 January 1946.
330th Bomb Squadron
The insignia of the 330th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group.
93rd BG unloading over Germany
S/Sgt George A Eisel receives Distinguished Flying Cross from an unidentified General during ceremony at an air base somewhere in Iceland. 2nd Service Group, 29 June 1943. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A00219-75318AC. S/Sgt George Anthony Eisel Jr (was born on 3-Jan-10 - passed away on 25-Feb-64) he was the sole survivor after the crash of B-24D 41-23728 'Hot Stuff' on Mt Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland on 3-May-43 (General Andrews was onboard).
Robert "Jake" Jacobson (Bombardier - standing far left in Sep 42) at Alconbury Air Base, England. Bob was bumped from the return flight to the States by Gen. Andrews (Andrews AFB is named after him) and his staff. HOT STUFF crashed into a mountain on approach to Reykjavik, Iceland 1 May 43. The only survivor was the Tail Gunner, Sgt. George Eisel. Pilot Robert Shannon (standing far right), Navigator James Gott, and Gen. Andrews (along with his staff) were among those who were killed.
Casualties being removed from the crash site of B-24D 41-23738 Hot Stuff. Crashed into Mt Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland after an aborted landing. 3rd May 43.
Wreck of Consolidated B-24 (ac #123728) in Iceland, killing fourteen. Among those killed were, Lt. General Frank M. Andrews and Bishop Adna Wright Leonard. Only one member of the crew survived. 2nd Service Group, 4 May 1943. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A00401-C75306AC.
Wreck of Consolidated B-24 (ac #41-23728) in Iceland, killing fourteen. Among those killed were, Lt. General Frank M. Andrews and Bishop Adna Wright Leonard. Only one member of the crew survived. 2nd Service Group, 4 May 1943. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A00394-75305AC.
An airman's body lies amid the wreckage of B-24D 41-23738 'Hot Stuff'. The aircraft crashed into Mt Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland after an aborted landing at RAF Kaldadarnes, Iceland. 3rd May 43. All bar 1 x crew members and passengers perished in the crash.
Wreckage of a Consolidated B-24 which crashed near Grindavik, Iceland On 4 May 1943. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A00421-79032AC. This is actually a B-24D-1-CO Liberator (s/n 41-23728) named "Hot Stuff" from the 330th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. It crashed into a mountainside after an aborted landing at an RAF base in Iceland on May 3,1945. The plane was carrying Gen. Frank Andrews on an inspection tour of Iceland's bases. 13 men died in the crash, only one man survived, S/Sgt. George A. Eisel.
Established in early 1942 initially as a B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron, flying antisubmarine patrols. Later being redesignated as a heavy bomb group trained under Third Air Force in Florida. Completed training in late 1942 deploying to European Theater of Operations (ETO) as one of the initial heavy bomber squadrons assigned to VIII Bomber Command in England, September 1942.
Engaged in long-range strategic bombardment operations over Occupied Europe. Deployed to IX Bomber Command in Egypt in December 1942 operating from airfields in Libya and Tunisia. Raided enemy military and industrial targets in Italy and in the southern Balkans, including the Nazi-controlled oilfields at Polesti, Romania, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation for its gallantry in that raid. Also flew tactical bombing raids against Afrika Korps defensive positions in Tunisia supporting British Eighth Army forces in their advance to Tunis, in September and October 1943.
Returned to England with disestablishment of IX Bomber Command in North Africa. From England, resumed long-range strategic bombardment raids on Occupied Europe and Nazi Germany, attacking enemy military and industrial targets as part of the United States' air offensive. The squadron was one of the most highly decorated units in the Eighth Air Force, continuing offensive attacks until the German capitulation in May 1945.
Returned to the United States in June 1945 being re-manned and re-equipped with B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers. Trained for deployment to the Central Pacific Area to carry out very long range strategic bombing raids over Japan. Japanese capitulation in August canceled plans for deployment, instead became Continental Air Command (later Strategic Air Command) B-29 squadron.
During the Cold War, the squadron was equipped with new weapons systems as they became available, performing strategic bombardment training with the B-50 Superfortress, an advanced version of the B-29 in 1950. The B-50 gave the unit the capability to carry heavy loads of conventional weapons faster and farther as well as being designed for atomic bomb missions if necessary. By 1951, the emergence of the Soviet Mig-15 interceptor in the skies of North Korea signaled the end of the propeller-driven B-50 as a first-line strategic bomber. Received B-47 Stratojet jet bombers in 1954, and in 1955 began receiving early model of the B-52 Stratofortress. Inactivated in 1963 due to retirement of the B-52B and also budget restrictions.
Reactivated in 1988 as the 330th Combat Flight Instructor Squadron. The 330 CFIS received aircraft from the inactivating 320th Bombardment Wing (441st BS) at Mather AFB. Inactivated in 1991 after the end of the Cold War and the reduction of the B-52 fleet.
- , 1 March 1942 , attached 10 February 1951, assigned 16 June 1952 – 15 September 1963 24 August 1988-1 September 1991. , 1 Jun 1992-20 Jan 1994. , 13 Aug 2002-1 Oct 2002 , 1 Oct 2002-1 Oct 2011 , 1 Oct 2011-.
- , Louisiana, 1 March 194 , Florida, 18 May-13 August 1942 (AAF-102), England, 7 September 1942 (AAF-104), Englandc. 6 December 1942 – 15 June 1945
- , South Dakota, 26 June-26 July 1945 , Kansas, 20 August 1945 , New Mexico, 13 December 1945 , California, 21 June 1946 – 15 September 1963 24 August 1988 – 1 September 1991
WWII B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff – Setting the Record StraightUSAAF 93rd Bombardment Group, 330th Bombardment Squadron's B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff, the first "heavy bomber" and crew to successfully complete 25 combat missions in WWII. (Image Credit: B24HotStuff)
USAAF 93rd Bombardment Group, 330th Bombardment Squadron’s B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff, the first “heavy bomber” and crew to successfully complete 25 combat missions in WWII.
(Image Credit: B24HotStuff)
On a recent post here at Warbirds News, we reported on the anniversary of milestones in the history of what is perhaps one of the most famous bombers of all time, the Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, Memphis Belle. In the article comments, we were contacted by Air Force veteran Jim Lux who stated “The first heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force to complete 25 mission in World War II was the B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff. It completed its 25th mission on February 7, 1943, three and a half months before the B-17 Memphis Belle.”
The flight crew of the B-17 Memphis Belle under the command of Major Robert Morgan
(Image Credit: USAAF)
While the article on Memphis Belle had included the qualifier “first B-17 United States Army Air Force heavy bomber to complete 25 combat missions with her crew intact,” which on a factual basis at least made the article “correct” insofar as it specified that it was the “first to 25 missions with her crew intact,” but the truth is, while we’re reasonably knowledgable about WWII lore here, the name “Hot Stuff” didn’t spark any particular recollection in us or among the several other warbird enthusiasts we asked about it, though one fellow we spoke to did remember it as the plane General Andrews lost his life in, but generally there wasn’t much recognition. That in mind, we’d like to try set the record straight, though the waters in this case are especially muddy.
USAAF B-17s heading off to their uncertain destinies
(Image Credit: USAAF)
In 1942, during the first three months of America’s combat flights over Europe the average bomber crew was expected to complete 8-12 missions before being shot down or disabled. This in mind, the US Army Air Force decided that 25 missions while serving in a heavy bomber of the 8th Army Air Force would constitute a “completed tour of duty” because of the “physical and mental strain on the crew.” While the 25 Mission edict was a tall order when it was made, it was a number crews could believe in, and provided some hope of a light at the end of the tunnel, particularly necessary with the grim statistics bomber crews faced early-on, before long-range fighter escorts significantly improved mission survivability when they arrived later on in the course of the conflict.
The flight crew of the B-24 Hot Stuff under the command of Captain Robert Shannon
(Image Credit: USAAF)
The 25-mission milestone becomes harder to pin down when considering changing crew members due to rotation, death, injury, illness, leave and equipment failures leading to spare planes pressed into service, errant wartime record-keeping, etc. Setting aside all the caveats for the moment, the research performed and documentation provided by Jim Lux seems to conclusively show that the 93rd Bombardment Group, 330th Bombardment Squadron’s B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff and her crew flew their 25th mission on February 7, 1943 dropping bombs on Naples, Italy, and went on to fly five additional missions thereafter, before Hot Stuff and her crew were recalled to the United States, where they were scheduled to go on a War Bonds Tour, a home front publicity junket, where combat aircraft and crews of significant accomplishment were sometimes pulled from frontline service and flown back to the United States to serve as the stirring personification of the heroism of America’s military, helping move the paper and boosting public morale.
Aug. 19, 1943: Throngs of female aircraft workers signing their names on the B-17 bomber Memphis Belle in Long Beach, California
(Image Credit: Los Angeles Daily News Archive/ UCLA)
The 303rd Bombardment Group 358th Bombardment Squadron, B-17F Flying Fortress Hell’s Angels, after which the Group later named itself, completed its 25th mission on May 13, 1943. It became the first 8th Air Force B-17 to complete 25 combat missions and at the end of their tour, the crew of Hell’s Angels signed on for a second and continued to fly, going on to fly 48 missions, without ever turning back from their assigned target no less, before the aircraft was returned to the states on January 20, 1944 for its own publicity tour.
The 91st Bombardment Group, 324th Bombardment Squadron’s B-17F Flying Fortress Memphis Belle’s crew flew their 25th combat mission on May 17, 1943, against the naval yard at Lorient, France. Interestingly, this raid was the Belle’s 24th combat mission as the original crew occasionally flew missions on other planes and other crews took the Belle on missions as well. Those uncertainties aside, on May 19, the Memphis Belle flew its 25th combat mission on a strike against Kiel, Germany, though manned by a different crew. Those who flew the Memphis Belle did seem to have particularly good luck though as none of her crew died or was significantly injured on her missions, despite being routinely riddled with bullets and damaged by flak, reportedly going through 9 engines, both wings, two tails, and both main landing gear assemblies over the course of her seven month combat career.
US Army Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews, Commander of the European Theater of Operations
(Image Credit: US Army)
The story of Hot Stuff, heading home at last after at least 30 missions completed, ends in tragedy. The plane and her crew was on the return flight to the states for a War Bonds publicity and morale-boosting tour on May 3, 1943, and Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews, Commander of the European Theater of Operations needed to get back the the states as he had been summoned to Washington DC by the General of the Army, George Marshall. Andrews and his entourage hitched a ride on Hot Stuff, and in doing so bumped five crew members from the flight. Though they were supposed to refuel at Prestwick, Scotland before heading out over the Atlantic, the crew elected to skip stopping at Prestwick and proceed to their next waypoint, Reykjavik, Iceland. They arrived to find the weather at their destination quite dicey with snow squalls, low clouds and rain. After several landing attempts, the B-24 crashed into the side of 1,600-foot-tall Mount Fagradalsfjall, near Grindavik, Iceland. Upon impact, the aircraft disintegrated except for the tail gunner’s turret which remained relatively intact and 14 of the 15 aboard died except the tail-gunner who, though injured, survived the crash.
Hot Stuff memorial plaque installed in Iceland, larger monument to follow
(Image Credit: B24HotStuff)
Hot Stuff and her crew were soon forgotten. Lieutenant General Andrews is remembered however, Joint Base Andrews in Maryland is named in his honor. Discovering the historical discrepancy in 1999 through a friend and fellow Commemorative Air Force member, USAF Major Robert T. “Jake” Jacobson, who was one of the bumped crew members that fateful night, Jim Lux began seeking to correct what he sees as an injustice perpetrated by history and is working on not only getting Hot Stuff and her crew their place in the history books, but is also working to have a monument erected near the site of the crash, enlisting the US Ambassador to Iceland, Luis E. Arreaga as a liaison to the Republic of Iceland and has gained the support of a growing number of other Air Force retirees who after seeing the documentation, agree that the crew of Hot Stuff is getting short shrift. Lux has also been in contact with the National Museum of the United States Air Force, turning over to them debris he recently retrieved from the site of the crash and is negotiating with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for a Hot Stuff display. Last month, through his fundraising efforts, Lux returned to Iceland for a 70th anniversary memorial service attended by some of the descendants of the crew of Hot Stuff and a plaque was installed telling the story of Andrews, Hot Stuff and her last, ill-fated flight with a granite monument planned to be installed at a future date.
Countless acts of heroism, most gone unsung..
(Image Credit: USAAF)
Doubtless, Hot Stuff and her crew deserve to be remembered for their heroic accomplishment, as does the crew of Hell’s Angels, and all the other pilots and planes who served, regardless of circumstances of their sacrifice. That the Memphis Belle and her crew had a more storybook quality to their military careers that better fit with the narrative that the government desired for home-front consumption is obvious. After all the adversity, damage and close calls, no one was ever seriously injured, and her entire crew made it home. In fact, the mythic “Memphis Belle effect” was such that there wasn’t a death among those who had served on her for nearly 40 years after her last combat flight, in defiance of actuarial norms, and Americans, for better or worse are conditioned to respond to a happy ending, especially when it goes against all probability.
The old saw goes “the first casualty of war is truth,” and it is entirely likely that there were other planes and/or crews between Hot Stuff and Memphis Belle that completed the vaunted 25 missions that constituted a “completed tour of duty,” a bar that was moved at various times to 25, 30, and 35 missions, depending on the overall loss rates, the degree of mission difficulty, as well as the conditions that they were operating in. In the end the significance of specific mission counts are completely arbitrary. That the Memphis Belle story, though abetted by a government anxious to report uplifting and inspiring stories of the war to its people at home, captured the public’s imagination, doesn’t make the story any less inspiring and does not and should not be perceived as taking something away from the countless others who made sacrifices for their country, just as the recognizing the achievements of the crews of Hot Stuff and Hell’s Angels don’t diminish the sacrifices made by those unfortunate souls who went down in flames whether on their first, fourth or 24th mission in service to their country.
There will always be those who subscribe to particular yardsticks though, so to summarize:
Hot Stuff was the first B-24/crew and the first “heavy bomber” to complete 25 missions on February 7, 1943.
Hell’s Angels was the first B-17/crew to complete 25 missions on May 13, 1943.
Memphis Belle’s crew completed 25 missions May 17, 1943 (without any loss of life).
Memphis Belle, the plane completed her 25th mission on May 19, 1943 (without any loss of life).
Those interested in Hot Stuff and/or are looking to support the erection of the Icelandic monument to the brave men who served on her can connect with the organization HERE or the group’s Facebook page.
The Group's ground personnel arrived in the Port of Agana, Guam on 18 February 1945. The 854th Engineer Aviation Battalion was still busy putting the finishing touches on the parking aprons and taxiways for the 330th, which it had been working on since late November 1944.  There were two other bomb groups of the 314th Wing just settling into North Field the 19th Bomb Group and the 29th Bombardment Group had been there for several weeks.  The 330th's area of the airfield was still mainly jungle. While the 845th continued work, the ground echelon along with the 502nd Engineering Squadron of the 89th Air Service Group (ASG) began the detailed work of making the airfield operational.
The air crews continued to commute between Walker Army Air Field and Batista (Cayuga) Field in Cuba, to sharpen their combat training. Once back in Kansas in early March, they picked up their new Boeing B-29 Superfortresses and headed to Guam via Mather Field, California, Hawaii and Kwajalein. The first 330th aircraft set down at North Field, Guam on 25 March 1945.
The 330th first flew against the Empire of Japan on 12 April 1945, before its last squadron arrived. Its forty-seventh and final bombing strike was in the air at the hour the Japanese surrender was announced on 15 August 1945. The result was a bomb group with the lowest overall abort rate on the ground, and the highest over-the-target rate of any bomb group in the entire 20th Air Force. The 330th BG flew 1,320 combat sorties, 18,978 combat hours and had dropped 7,039 short tons (6.386 kt) of high explosives and incendiary bombs on its targets.
330th Aircraft Sustainment Group -->
The 330th Bombardment Group was constituted on 1 July 1942 at Salt Lake City Army Air Base, Utah. It was assigned to Second Air Force as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator Operational Training Unit (OTU) and later as a Replacement Training Unit (RTU). The group performed this training at Alamogordo Army Airfield in New Mexico, then later at Biggs Field near El Paso, Texas. 
With the drawdown of heavy bomber training in 1944, the group was redesignated as the 330th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy and became a Boeing B-29 Superfortress operational bomb group being assigned to the 314th Bombardment Wing, to be sent to the Pacific Theater as part of the war against the Japanese Empire. The group was assigned to Walker Army Air Field, Kansas for equipping and training. 
The group deployed to Guam in late 1944, and was assigned to XXI Bomber Command of the Twentieth Air Force. It entered combat on 12 April 1945 with an attack on the Hodogaya chemical plant at Koriyama, Japan. From April to May 1945, it struck airfields from which the Japanese were launching suicide planes against the invasion force at Okinawa. After that, operations were principally concerned with incendiary attacks against urban-industrial areas of Japan. It received a Distinguished Unit Citation for incendiary raids on the industrial sections of Tokushima and Gifu and for a strike against the hydroelectric power center at Kofu, Japan, in July 1945. Another DUC was received for attacking the Nakajima-Musashino aircraft engine plant near Tokyo in August 1945. The unit dropped food and supplies to Allied prisoners and participated in several show-of-force missions over Japan after the war. 
The Group remained in Western Pacific, although largely demobilized in the fall of 1945. Some aircraft were scrapped on Tinian others flown to storage depots in the United States. the group was inactivated in December 1945.
Air Force Reserve
With the end of World War II, the 330th was allotted to the Air Force Reserve. It was redesignated as the 330th Bombardment Group, and stationed at March Air Force Base, California for training with Boeing B-29 Superfortresses as a corollary unit of the active-duty Strategic Air Command 22d Bombardment Group. The group was activated on 27 June 1949 and assigned to the 330th Bombardment Wing under the wing base organization system. As a result of the Korean War its personnel were activated into Federal Service on 1 May 1951. The group was inactivated on 15 June, while many of its personnel deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa for combat duty. 
The 330th was again redesignated as the 330th Troop Carrier Group, Medium and assigned to the 1st Air Reserve District at Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Pennsylvania on 14 June 1952, when its parent wing replaced the 917th Reserve Training Wing there. One month later the group was inactivated and replaced by the 375th Troop Carrier Group, which had been released from active duty on 14 July 1952. 
Reactivated in 2005 as a depot support unit at Robins Air Force Base. The group managed sustainment activities for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft to ensure availability was adequate for the weapon system to fulfill its assigned missions. The 330th was inactivated on 30 July 2010.
The aircraft themselves were BMF (Bare Metal Finish) aluminium. The crews would polish them up as well they could (with av gas of course) in the belief that a clean aircraft was a fast/streamlined aircraft and would thus fly farther on its precious supply of fuel. That meant life not a bad rationale when traveling thousands of miles over open Pacific Ocean.
On their giant vertical stabilizers they wore a huge black box with a large BMF capital letter 'K'. This was to assist with picking your other squadron aircraft out of a crowded sky to form up on during the daylight missions. Just below the tails and up a little on the fuselage were the aircraft numbers. These were solid black on BMF background and about 4 feet high. The sixty or so aircraft that made up the 330th were divided into three Bombardment Squadrons (BS):
- 457th Bombardment Squadron
- Numbers: 1–16
- 458th Bombardment Squadron
- Numbers: 26–43
- 459th Bombardment Squadron
- Numbers: 51–69
In late summer the BMF 'K' was infilled with bright orange–yellow paint for better recognition. Also on the outside engine cowls were the aircraft numbers in black with orange/yellow lettering. Later in 1945, towards the closing days of the war, it was ordered that all aircraft would have their undersides painted glossy black. The intention was to mask them from the searchlights that otherwise would light up their shiny undersides like a new nickel with their BMF.
As it was part of the 314th BW, the 330th used the 'City of. " for naming their aircraft. This was a large navy blue globe with a bright orange/yellow footprint of North America. Within this would be a thick white flagpole with a wavy white 'City of. " flag attached depicting either the hometown of the A/C or one of the crewmen whose name was drawn out of a hat. They were allowed to have 'other' names and or artwork on the starboard side of their aircraft as well. The 'girlies' were allowed but any 'bloodthirsty' drawings would have to be scrubbed off for fear that if the plane were shot down, the Japanese propaganda photos would reinforce the belief that the planes were flown by 'barbarians' and potentially harm future downed airmen.
hi just come across you work,the pics in it are damn good,look forward to more,can i ask you if the pics like the one with the firemen working on the house are from a book and is the book availably to purchase,just really like what you are doing,thankyou ,John,,
Really nice work, hope you keep it up! Would be fun to see a map of the whole area with the bases on all together!
Hi, thank you for publishing a pic of the airfield at Deopham. My family lived at Stallards Farm, near Gt Ellingham. My brother, sister and I used to play on the airfield a lot in the 1960’s. Bit scary thinking back to what we & friends got up to – no health & safety back then. I remember the Control Tower, big swimming pool – probably for fire not swimming! Lots of drainage tunnels and the runway. Our farm had some wooden buildings almost certainly used by the airfield & some Nissan huts. Might have some photos somewhere!
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