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415th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

Established as a B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron in early 1942. Engaged initially in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; redesignated as a heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic crossing from Brazil to Liberia, then transited east across central Africa to Sudan. Lastly the group reformed with the ground echelon which traveled by ship around the Cape of Good Hope, joining with air echelon in British Palestine.[2]

Assigned to the newly formed IX Bomber Command, the squadron operated from airfields in Egypt; Libya and Tunisia supporting the British Eighth Army in the Western Desert Campaign. Also staged long-range strategic bombardment of enemy military and industrial targets in Sicily; Italy and the Southern Balkans, including attacking the Nazi-controlled oilfields at Ploiești, Romania.[2]

Re-assigned to Fifteenth Air Force in southern Italy; continuing strategic bombardment raids on Occupied France; Southern Germany; Austria and targets in the Balkans. In the summer of 1944, the squadron participated in the invasion of southern France, assisted in the Soviet advance into the Balkans, and supported the partisans and guerrillas in Yugoslavia and neighboring countries.[3]

The squadron returned to the United States in May 1945; being re-designated as a B-29 Superfortress heavy bomb squadron and began training for deployment to the Central Pacific Area and conduct strategic bombardment raids over the Japanese Home Islands. Training continued until the unit was inactivated at the end of July, its equipment and personnel being merged into the other three squadrons of its host group.[4]

Structure

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  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

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People

  • John Bentley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | 98th Bomb Group
    Received DFC on 15 July 1944 per General Order 1847

  • Robert Craine

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | 98th Bomb Group
    Received DFC on 15 July 1944 per General Order 1847

  • Donald DiCoscoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Bombardier of B-24 Liberator #41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

  • John Gormey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Gunner on B-24 Liberator #41-11817 'Stinger' which participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya, gunner hit by flak WIA.

  • Howard LaLonde

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Navigator of B-24 Liberator #41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

  • William Nabors

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner, B-24 | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Paul Nicholson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret | 98th Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

  • John Oaks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

  • Andrew Opsta

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-24 Liberator #41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

  • William Pimm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

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Aircraft

  • 41-11817 'Stinger'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

  • 42-109799 Salt Lake Katie

    B-24 Liberator
    Details of acceptance and delivery from diary of William H. Nabors, Tail Gunner on Lt. James R. Perry Jr. crew: ...

  • 41-28854 'Better Late Than Never'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 15AF USAAF. Transferred to 721BS, 450BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Isarco/Albes, Italy 28-Feb-45 with Ed Lee crew; flak hit to #4 engine, dropped 1000ft before control regained. Crashed vicinity of Conegliano, Italy 6...

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01 November 2016 02:54:29 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations and media associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/415th_Flight_Test_Flight

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