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We were formed prior to the formation of the 482nd Bombardment Group ( RADAR ). We had to wait for the planes to land and be modified for RADAR use. Then to form the squadrons,bomb group, plus training. You will note that the squadrons had an official Squadron Patch but the BOMB GROUP DID NOT. Technically the bomb group did not exist according to Col. Bird. We took care of the bomb group. I designed the motto and plaque displayed during a few reunions we had, here in the states.The members voted on it.
The 440th Was the Best, Is the Best and will always be the Best. But the 482nd LED, FOUGHT AND TAUGHT. During their operational period they led 80% of the bombing missions over Europe. On D-Day they led 22 missions. DON'T LET ANYONE FORGET IT. "Lest We Forget"
Ex Sgt. Peter F. Ardizzi, 440th Sub Depot
My grandfather was a member of the 813th bomb Squadron. His name was SSgt Earl Kauffman and he flew with Lt./Capt. Davis' crew as the ball turret/waist gunner. He is the main reason I joined the service. He passed away last month on November 2nd, 2008. I don't know if any members of his crew are still around or access this sight but if they do I thought they should know if you would like to contact me p;ease by all means my e-mail is email@example.com.
TSgt Matt Kauffman, USAF
My dad, Charles O. Lance, was assigned to HQs 483d Bomb Group at Alconbury, England. He was a NCO and I believed he worked in Operations. He passed away in 1993.
oh yea,also if anyone has any info or pictures of my grandfather BRIGG YOUNG i would love to be able to pass it on to my father.i think he served in the 813th Bomb Squadron with Robert Day.
brig young was my grandfather,never had the chance to meet him,wish i could have.thanks for all the great information.
I was reading Lynn Wiseman's writeup and I would like to get in touch with her regarding her dad's memoir that she has. Lyn I have tried to set up an Outlook express account but to no avail. Maybe you could try to email me so that we can see if you have some info. on my dad. I do know he was in some capacity in the Officer's mess hall and I do have some good pics of him. He would be 85 years old this Feb. Please get in touch with me, I would sure like correspond on this matter.
My Father John H.Colville was a member of the 482nd. bombgroup in Alconbury England during WWll. Since my dad's passing I have become interested in the events that our great vet's achieved. I am looking for anyone that served in the 482nd. during 43,44 that may have known him or just want to contact me. I am trying to put together an autobiography on his life in England. I am a prouud member of the Eighth Air force Historical Society, I just would like to contact someone just to get revved up and meet some new people on the Air Corp.
My father was always very proud of his service in the 482nd at Alconbury. He has written a small memoir for us, his family, with pictures of his service and his friends and crewmates. I am very proud to have this record of his efforts and of the men he served with and would be happy to share it.
I am glad to have found the website, so that it is presented where it should be.
What an unbelievable and informative site.
It is a great tribute to the men of the mighty 8th and the 482nd bomb groups. I had the honor and privledge of flying in a B-17 bomber with the late and great Frank D. Murphy.
His book "Luck of the Draw" should be required reading of every high school student in America!
My father, John J. Hamilton, served in the 813th after training in Texas, Oklahoma and on the west coast. He married my mom on August 29, 1943. I enjoyed the visit and will be back - may send a pic or two.
My Father, Robert F. Day, served in the 813th Bomb Squadron from 1943 through 1945. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1942, trained in Texas and was shipped to England shortly afterwards. I do not know what unit he served in prior to joing the 813th in 1943, perhaps the 92nd.
Nice job on the Web site!
AWESOME job John!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! very much needed and long overdue to this overlooked Bomb Group. The ONLY BG actually assembled in England and Operational. All others trained in the States and came overseas.
You are now, and always my hero. I miss you so much.
a wonderfully informative site.
well done and useful content :)
Both informative and educational
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