By Martin W. Bowman
The third Air department: Elveden corridor was once the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. more often than not it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, yet integrated a few bases in Norfolk. a few devices had brief sessions flying B24 Liberators. The well-known 'Bloody Hundredth', established at Thorpe Abbotts was once normal of the devices in the third Air department. From June 1943 to January 1944 it focused its efforts opposed to airfields, submarine amenities and plane industries in France and Germany. January via may perhaps 1944, the gang bombed enemy airfields, industries, marshaling yards, V-1 missile websites, together with participation within the Allied crusade opposed to enemy plane factories in the course of huge Week, February 20-25, 1944. Participated within the first sunlight raid opposed to Berlin (March four, 1944) and accomplished a chain of assaults opposed to Berlin March 6, eight, 1944 for which the one centesimal Bomb workforce was once offered a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...
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Four B-17s parked near the explosion were destroyed and eleven others damaged. In June General Ira Eaker, Commanding General of VIII Bomber Command sent both the 1st and 4th Bomb Wings on two-pronged attacks against Emden, Kiel, Bremen, Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven in northern Germany on a single day. On the 11th the B-17s set out to bomb Bremen again but the target was covered with cloud down to about 5,000ft. Cloud also partially covered Wilhelmshaven. Even so, 168 Fortresses got their bombs away on target, while thirty others hit the secondary target at Cuxhaven.
The Allied artillery fired smoke shells every 500 yards along the front and barrage balloons were placed along the edge of the area. The use of radio signals was especially worthwhile when cloud covered the front lines and it helped to ensure accurate bombing. Worsening weather forced some groups to fly to the north of Britain to escape it and they were unable to get back to their bases for a few days. On 21 November the Eighth returned to Merseburg for the first of three more raids on the refineries in a week.
US fighters claimed seventy enemy aircraft for the loss of nineteen of their own. On the 20th 271 B-24s and B-17s in the 3rd Bomb Division set out to bomb Liege and Brussels but heavy cloud resulted in the 3rd Bomb Division having to abandon the mission. The bombers returned to France the next day and on the 22nd they bombed Kiel and Siracourt. Five B-17s were lost. With good weather continuing, the bombers made visual bombing attacks on targets in France on 23, 24 and 25 May. On the 27th the Eighth switched to German targets and 24 bombers were lost.