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No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center

Unit

Established as a provisional unit at Bovingdon on 27 August 1942, and equipped with B-17Es transferred from the 92nd Bomb Group.

From the Autumn of 1942 provided training for bomber crews to assess them of the state of their training and to provide instruction on equipment and procedures relevant to operating in the UK, and flight assembly and formation procedures pertaining to the 8th Air Force. On three occasions 11 CCRC provided aircraft and personnel to support combat missions.

On 16 August 1943 the unit was reorganised and provisionally titled the 2900th Combat Crew Replacement Centre Group (Provisional).

Redesignated No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center on 12 November 1943

Structure

Part of
  • VIII Bomber Command

    VIII Bomber Command

    Command
    VIII Bomber Command was constituted and activated in 1942. It oversaw heavy bombardment operations until February 1944, when it was redesginated as the 8th Air Force.

Encompassing
Not yet known
Previously was
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Became

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

Stations

Station Location Date
Established Bovingdon 27 August 1943

Connections

People

  • Jack Berry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • James Buford

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • William Colantoni

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After graduation in 1935 from Centerville High School, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1935 to 1938, called back to active duty in 1941. He flew on Edward J. Hennessy crew. Reported to the ETO on 30 Dec 1942. He earned two probables enemy...

  • Walter Fieg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Curtis Howe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Assistant Flying Control Officer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Howe was dismissed from the USAAF on 31 March 1943, after being away without leave and neglecting his duties between 12 January 1943 and 28 January 1943. ...

  • Herbert Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    24 June 1943, B-17 #41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Edward Maliszewski

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew as a temporary sub as Copilot for Riordan crew. Completed 27 missions. He was one of the 4 original pilots of group. Transferred to Bovingdon in Mar 1943. Trans to 11th CCRC on 05 Jun 1943. He was the 8th Officer to AM w/6OLC, DFC w/3OLC, PH

  • Ralph Menees

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Ramon Sherer

    Military | Private First Class | Engineer
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

  • Harry Thompson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on take-off.

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Aircraft

  • 41-9085 Jarrin' Jenny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17E Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9085) nicknamed 'Jarrin' Jenny' became the first USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress to land in the UK, when it landed at Prestwick on 1 July 1942. ...

  • 41-9174

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 29BG MacDill 7/5/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; transferred 326BS/92BG Bovingdon 9/42; transferred 326BS/11CCRC 1/43; crashed on take off from Bovingdon on navigation exercise 24/6/43; with Jim Buford, Co-pilot: Jack Berry, Navigator...

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.

  • V9778

    Lysander
    Westland Lysander Mk III V9778, assigned to 11th Combat Crew Replacement Centre, 8AF USAAF.

  • DR945

    Defiant
    Bolton Paul Defiant TT II target tug, on strength with 326th BS, later 11th Combat Crew Replacement Center, 8AF USAAF.

Citations

None

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2019 13:41:18 Emily Changes to type, category, name, nicknames, description, air forces, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations, unit became association and stations
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual, pp 118-125

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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