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654th Bomb Squadron

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  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

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People

  • Raymond Armstrong

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radar Technician | 25th Bomb Group
    KIFA aircraft de Havilland DH98 Mosquito NS538 exploded mid-air near Newmarket/Kennet during test flight.

  • Robert Balser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Chaff-dispensing mission to Hamburg in Mosquito RF999 20-Mar-45. RTD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Bartlett

    Military | Corporal | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 March 1945.

  • Bernard Blaum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from Graypea mission (chaff dispensing) mission to Hamburg, Germany in Mosquito RF996, 20-Mar-45. Suffered fuel vapour lock to both engines. Baled out over Fohr, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR...

  • Warren Borges

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    He flew 35 missions from May/June to December 1944 in the 306th BG. Then flew Mosquitos Mark XVI from December 1944 to August 1945 for photo and Weather Recon in the 25th BG, 653/654 BS. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Brooks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 25-Oct-44 night photography mission to Duisberg (Joker) in Mosquito NS582. Baled out, struck tail of plane. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Carroll Bryan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 654th 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Local training flight in Mosquito NS638 crashed at Debden, England 23-Dec-44. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: PH.

  • William Cannon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to ??, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions in B-17's. 2nd tour assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Schweinfurt, Germany in Mosquito NS677; aircraft was downed by fighters POW. MACR 10237 ...

  • John Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 447BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 missions in B-17's as Co-pilot. 2nd tour as pilot of weather reconnaissance mission Mosquito's, assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Catalano

    Military | 25th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • MM370

    Mosquito
    Crew was briefed to take movies of the operation 13.08.1944. The pilot in his eagerness to do a great job stayed too low, and his plane was hit by bomb fragments, causing it to crash. ...

  • NS-311

    Mosquito
    On August 7, 1944, Mosquito NS311 was on H2X photography (MICKEY) mission to Salzburgen, Germany. Crashed at Wycombe Marsh just outside High Wycombe after returning from Normandy beaches. Pilot and navigator initially listed as Missing in Action (MIA)...

  • NS509

    Mosquito
    Shot down over Emkendorf, northen Germany, during a blue stocking, weather mission. 21st Jan 45. Friendly fire, from P-51 Mustang, port engine knocked, Observer was wounded and rendered unconscious, whist A/C in spin, pilot managed to hook on the...

  • NS570

    Mosquito
    de Havilland Mosuito PR Mk XVI NS570 654th BS, 25th BG, 8th AF, lost on weather mission, shot down by E/A nightfighter, pilot Clayborne O Vinyard, crew bailed out A/C crashed near Gerharhofan, Germany. 2 POW. MACR 9231.

  • NS583

    Mosquito
    Assigned to 654th BS, 25th BG, 8th AF. On 8 February 1945, two Joker night-photo ships were dispatched by the 25th BG to photograph Misburg and Hamburg. The Deurog Synthetic Oil Refinery at Misburg had 10/10ths clouds so Hanover was photographed as a...

  • NS625

    Mosquito
    Mosquito PR Mk XVI NS625, lost on photo recon mission to Bremen, pilot 1st Lt Ray L Musgrove. 1 KIA / 1 POW. MACR 7949.

  • NS677

    Mosquito
    de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk XVI, 654th BS, 25th BG, 8th AF. On Nov 1, 1944, H2X (Mickey) mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, aircraft was downed by fighters near Arnstein, Germany. Shot down flying a secret Mickey mission. Observer wounded in shooting...

  • RF996

    Mosquito
    MACR 13185, Graypea mission from Watton to Hamburg, along with RF988, RF992 and RF996 flew line abreast dispensing chaff in front of the lead B17 formation, intercepted by Me262's. A/C abandoned after one engine failed, other running rough[ Fuel lock...

  • MM388

    Mosquito
    Crash Landing En route to Hatfield, Substantial damage, Vance J. Chipman (pilot). 2/9/44. Landing accident, RAF Alconbury, Minor Damage, Robert P. Howle Jr (pilot). 18/2/45. ...

  • NS538

    Mosquito
    NS538 one of 654th Bombardment Squadrons five "Mickey ships" and was the USAAF's H2-X equipped prototype. Crashed after an mid air explosion on the 8th Sept 1944 with the loss of the crew F/O Russell C Whitmer (pilot) USAAF and MSgt Raymond C Armstrong...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:44:42 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Type added.

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2014 17:31:02 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
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Production list.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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