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767th Bomb Squadron

Squadron

Established in mid-1943 as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron; trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in February 1944, being assigned to Fifteenth Air Force in Southern Italy.

Engaged in very long range strategic bombardment missions against enemy strategic targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Balkans until April 1945. Bombed aircraft factories, assembly plants, oil refineries, storage areas, marshalling yards, airdromes, and other objectives until the German Capitulation in May 1945.

Most of squadron was demobilized in Italy in May 1945; returning to United States with skeleton staff. Re-equipped and redesignated a B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomb squadron, and received new personnel. Began training under Second Air Force for planned deployment to the Western Pacific Area (WPA), however Japanese Capitulation in August led to inactivation of squadron in October

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  • 461st Bomb Group

    461st Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was constituted in May 1943 as a B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment group and activated on 1 July at Wendover Field, Utah.[1] It trained under II Bomber Command at several airfields in Utah, Idaho, and California, with group elements undergoing...

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People

  • Albert Arrotta

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Hailey crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 44-41158; hit by fighters, aflame and with three engines out, crashed Olomouc, Czech. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10650 ...

  • Palmer Arrowood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Hailey crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 44-41158; hit by fighters, aflame and with three engines out, crashed Olomouc, Czech. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10650 ...

  • Gordon Behling

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 561BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer mission in B-24 42-51319 'Welcome Wagon'; A/C mauled by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10651 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Guy Bosso

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Chas Lang crew. 12 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer in B-24 42-51322 17-Dec-44; lagging behind formation, set upon by Fw190, #3 engine set aflame, A/C exploded. Baled out into Danube. RTD MACR...

  • Frederick Capalbo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 561BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer mission in B-24 42-51319 'Welcome Wagon'; A/C mauled by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10651 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Clay

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Chas Lang crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer in B-24 42-51322 17-Dec-44; lagging behind formation, set upon by Fw190, #3 engine set aflame, A/C exploded. Baled out, Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10742 ...

  • Donn Demarce

    Military | First Lieutenant | co-pilot | 461st Bomb Group
    Lt Donn Demarce was a B-24 co pilot. His B-24 was shot down on 12/18/1944, most of the crew bailed out and the plane crashed near Budapest, Hungary. He was shot down on his 31st mission. He was captured and sent to Stalag Luft I, Barth , Germany.

  • Lawrence Dixon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Hailey crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 44-41158; hit by fighters, aflame and with three engines out, crashed Olomouc, Czech. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10650 ...

  • Robert Drew

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier ? / Navigator ? | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 77. ...

  • Wilfred Engelke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Chas Lang crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer in B-24 42-51322 17-Dec-44; lagging behind formation, set upon by Fw190, #3 engine set aflame, A/C exploded. Baled out, Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10742 ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-51319 'Welcome Wagon'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer mission with Capalbo crew; Fell behind formation, A/C mauled by fighters, crew baled out. Exploded over Prague 17-Dec-44. 1 x EVD, 7 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 10651

  • 44-41044

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-41120

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-28681 Hard Guy

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-28689 Sweet Chariot

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-28913

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery with Gavlan crew; set upon by Fw190's, #3 engine set alight, both waist gunners and tail gunner wounded, fell out of formation, attempted to make it to friendly territory...

  • 42-51322

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechammer with Chas Lang crew 17-Dec-44; lagging behind formation, set upon by Fw190, #3 engine set aflame, exploded. 4 x RTD, 7 x POW. MACR 10742

  • 44-41158

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 767BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery with Hailey crew; shot down by Fw190, went down through overcast aflame, having lost 3 x engines. 3 x POW 6 x KIA MACR 10650

  • 41-29321 Omaha Ann

    B-24 Liberator
    41-29321 (767th #64) An original group aircraft, flown overseas by Harold Strong's crew. She survived the war and returned to the USA on June 8, 1945.

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Date Contributor Update
12 November 2016 20:01:39 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types and unit encompassing associations
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/767th_Bombardment_Squadron

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