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Harry Aaron Berger

Civilian

Born in 1921; used to say that he was the "old guy" in his unit..
Flew 12 missions beginning February 23, 1945
Washed out of pilot school..
Logbook signed Certified Correct, Robert W. Suckow, Captain, A.C.
Most heroic moment: Kicking the stuck bomb bay door closed
Flew on the April 15 1945 Royan France mission (first use of napalm)
Flew with pilot Max A. Taylor on Missions on 3/10/1945 and 3/11/1945.
Note: Max crash landed Headwind Herkey (42-50293) on 2/27/45 or 2/2/1945 (sources differ)(Mission 8A 851 to Halle).
WWII letters home are archived and indexed at Chapman University Center for American War Letters

Service

People

  • Richard Hewitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 4 April 1945 in B-24 #4250664 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Lyle Peck

    Military | 445th Bomb Group

  • William Pelto

    Military | 445th Bomb Group
    5-05-05 Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50592). ...

  • Donald Pickard

    Military | 445th Bomb Group

  • Clement Scerback

    Military | 445th Bomb Group

  • Robert Suckow

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    15 missions - 8 as wing positions, then Command Pilot, Squadron & Group lead Operations Officer. ...

  • Max Taylor

    Military | 445th Bomb Group
    As pilot, crash landed Headwind Herky on 2/2 or 2/27/ 1945 (sources differ) on Mission 8A 851 to Halle.

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 702nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-50664

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50710 Maria Lupine

    B-24 Liberator
    This was one of 4 aircraft to survive the disaster on 27 Sept 1944 at Kassel, Germany. 31 of 35 planes were shot down over Germany (25), crash-landed on the Continent (3), landed at Manston (emergency strip - 2), or crashed near the home field (1). ...

  • 41-29146 Nita

    B-24 Liberator
    Nita was flown by Pilot Lyle J. Peck in Mission 8A 851, Operation Varsity, supporting the crossing of the Rhine. Nita attacked the airfield at Achmer Germany. Light flack reported.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 851

    27 February 1945
    1,107 bombers and 745 fighters are dispatched to hit road and rail communications at Halle and Leipzig using H2X radar

  • 881

    11 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 889

    15 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 901

    21 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 951

    15 April 1945

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 21:07:18 seyij Changes to nickname
Sources

flight log book in the possession of Phil Berger

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 14:06:13 iseyij Changes to role
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Harry A. Berger logbook

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 14:02:32 iseyij Changes to person associations
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Harry A. Berger logbook

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2019 19:13:01 iseyij Changes to person associations
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American Air Museum site

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 23:27:38 iseyij Changes to biography
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Harry A. Berger Logbook in the possession of Philip Berger

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 23:18:50 iseyij Changes to aircraft associations
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Harry A. Berger logbook

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 23:16:45 iseyij Changes to aircraft associations
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Harry A. Berger logbook in the possession of Philip Berger

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 23:14:08 iseyij Changes to aircraft associations
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Harry A. Berger logbook

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 23:11:06 iseyij Changes to aircraft associations
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Harry A Berger logbook

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 23:02:19 iseyij Changes to biography and person associations
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Harry A. Berger Logbook

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 22:54:46 iseyij Changes to person associations
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Harry A Berger Logbook

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2019 22:49:33 iseyij Changes to mission associations
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Missions from Harry A Berger Logbook

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 17:59:24 iseyij Changes to biography
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Philip Berger

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 17:58:21 iseyij Changes to biography
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Philip Berger

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 17:49:09 iseyij Changes to biography
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Philip Berger

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2017 14:57:23 iseyij Changes to biography
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Philip Berger

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2016 20:25:37 iseyij Changes to nickname
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posted pic but part of the name is not visible

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2016 18:03:03 iseyij Changes to biography
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I have aerial target photos of the April 15 Royan Mission: Target No. 11 & 137

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2016 17:57:49 iseyij Changes to biography
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I have aerial target photos of the April 15 Royan Mission: Target No. 11 & 137

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2016 17:50:05 iseyij Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

TBD

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Birsic / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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