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379th Bombardment Group (H)

 
 
379th Bombardment Group (H) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 19, 2007
1. 379th Bombardment Group (H) Marker
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379th Bombardment Group (H)
Activated 26 November 1942 Boise, Idaho
Assignment
1st Air Division 41st Combat Wing USAAF Station 117
Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, England
20 May 1943 — 4 July 1945


Combat Record
First Mission St. Nazaire, France 29 May 1943
Last Mission Pilsen, Czechoslovakia 23 April 1945
330 Missions   1,473 Casualties
       France               513 KIA
      Germany            122 MIA
      Belgium              785 POW
      Poland                34 Evadees
   Netherlands          19 Internees
   Czechoslovakia                              
315 Enemy Aircraft Shot Down      149 B-17s Lost In Combat
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Led 8th AF In Bombing Accuracy
Led 8th AF In Lowest Absortive Rate
Led 8th AF In Number of Most Effective Bombing Sorties
Two Distinguished Unit Citations
Dropped 26,460 Tons Of Bombs
157 Combat Missions of B-17G Ol' Gappy Tops In 8th Air Force
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Commanders
Col. Maurice A. Preston    Col. Lewis E. Lyle
Nov. 1942 — Oct. 1944    Oct. 1944 — May 1945
Deactivated
379th Bombardment Group (H) Marker Backside text image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 28, 2013
2. 379th Bombardment Group (H) Marker Backside text
25 July 1945 Casablanca, Africa

Dedicated September 20, 1997
To Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice &
To Everyone Who Served In The 379th Bomb Group


(Backside text)
♦♦♦♦

Before each mission flight crew members said, "Thank God for those who keep us and our B-17s flying." After each mission ground support personnel said, "Thank God for those who made it back."

And the noise of war was silenced when all of us said a quiet prayer for those who were wounded, and for those who did not return.
♦♦♦♦

More than 6,000 personnel in 72 specialties made the 379th Bomb Group the best in the 8th Air Force
Ack-Ack Crews • Ambulance Crews • Bakers • Barbers
Chaplains • Clerks • Cooks • Control Tower Crew • Dentists
Doctors • Fire Fighters • Ground Defense Unit • Group Bombsight
Group Operations • Headquarters Group & Squadron
Historians • Kitchen Police • Legal • Link Trainers • Mail Room
Marching Band • Medical Corpsmen • Military Police
Motor Pool • Nurses • Orderlies • Propeller & Governor Shop
PX Personnel • 379th Quartet • Service Group & Squadron
Squadron Equipment Units • Squadron Operations
Surgeons • Station Compliment Squadron • Sub Depot
Toggliers
379th Bombardment Group (H) Marker, located at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 27, 2011
3. 379th Bombardment Group (H) Marker, located at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
Orchestra • Training Unit • Weathermen
Chemical, Ordnance, Quartermaster,Signal & Transportation Companies
Communications, Engineering, Equipment, Finance, Group Photo,
Intelligence & Parachute Sections


524th 525th 526th & 527th Bombardment Squadrons
Flight Crews                             Ground Crews
Pilots • Co-Pilots • Navigators                Crew Chiefs
Bombardiers • Toggliers                           Armorers
Group & Squadron Lead Crews             Chemical Crews
Radar Navigation Bombardiers              Electricians
Radio Operators-Gunners                        Mechanics
Top Turret Gunners-Engineers               Metalsmiths
Ball Turret Gunners                                    Ordnance Crews
Waist Gunners • Tail Gunners                                                  

 
Location. 32° 6.944′ N, 81° 14.216′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Bourne Avenue. Click for map. Located Near Georgia exit 102, I-95 North,follow signs to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler GA 31322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B/G John S. Allard (here, next to
379th Bombardment Group image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 28, 2013
4. 379th Bombardment Group
Thanks!
To the Ground Crews of the
379th Bomb Group
who, during World War Two,
Through their hard work and persistence,
Made it possible for the flight crews
to be number one in the 8th Air Force
in the number of sorties flown
and also in the amount of bombs dropped!
Henry Pearce, Navigator 524 SQ




this marker); The Resistance (here, next to this marker); Lewis Elton Lyle (here, next to this marker); 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) (here, next to this marker); 491st Bombardment Group (H) (a few steps from this marker); WW II Bombardiers (a few steps from this marker); Lace's Aces (a few steps from this marker); 493rd Bomb Group (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Pooler.
 
Also see . . .  379th Bombardment Group Association. Early History: Activated 26 November 1942 at Gowen Field, Idaho. The Group assembled at Wendover Field, Utah on 2 December 1942. They trained there until 2 March 1943 then moved to Sioux City AAF, Iowa on 3 February 1943 until their departure 9 April 1943. The ground unit moved for final processing at Camp Douglas, Wisconsin and then to Camp Shanks, New York. They sailed on the Aquitania on 10 May 1943 and arrived at Clyde on 18 May 1943. The Aircraft left Sioux City, Iowa on 9 April 1943 and flew to Bangor, Maine via Kearney, Nebraska and Selfridge, Michigan. They commenced overseas movement on 15 April 1943 by the
379th Bombardment Group, Lew Lyle Commander 1944-45 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 28, 2013
5. 379th Bombardment Group, Lew Lyle Commander 1944-45
With Honor and Thanks
to the brave combat crews
and dedicated support personnel
who made our enviable record possible
Lew Lyle
303rd Bomb Group     379th Bomb Group
North Atlantic ferry route. (Submitted on January 23, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
379th Bombardment Group two Commanding Officers and two Chaplains image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
6. 379th Bombardment Group two Commanding Officers and two Chaplains
379th Bombardment Group Commander Lewis Elton Lyle image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
7. 379th Bombardment Group Commander Lewis Elton Lyle
379th Bombardment Group - 525th Squadron -"Tenny Belle" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
8. 379th Bombardment Group - 525th Squadron -"Tenny Belle"
379th Bombardment Group - 526th Squadron - "White Lightnin" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
9. 379th Bombardment Group - 526th Squadron - "White Lightnin"
379th Bombardment Group - 526th Squadron -"Wish Bone" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
10. 379th Bombardment Group - 526th Squadron -"Wish Bone"
379th Bombardment Group - 527th Squadron - "POW- Ash Wednesday 1945" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
11. 379th Bombardment Group - 527th Squadron - "POW- Ash Wednesday 1945"
379th Bombardment Group - 527th Squadron -"Stanley's Stalwarts" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
12. 379th Bombardment Group - 527th Squadron -"Stanley's Stalwarts"
KIA or POW
379th Bombardment Group - 527th Squqdron -"Mac's Crew" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
13. 379th Bombardment Group - 527th Squqdron -"Mac's Crew"
Kimbolton England
379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squqeron - "Notable Service" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
14. 379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squqeron - "Notable Service"
"Ol Gappy" 157 Combat Missions Tops in the 8th AF
379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Missoula Mauler" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
15. 379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Missoula Mauler"
Kimbolton England
379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Crew of Fatso" and " Scarlett O'Hara" (Lower) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
16. 379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Crew of Fatso" and " Scarlett O'Hara" (Lower)
379th Bombardment Group - 526th Squadron - "Elsie Mae" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
17. 379th Bombardment Group - 526th Squadron - "Elsie Mae"
379th Bombardment Group - 527th Squadron - "Ye Olde Pub " and "Carol Dawn" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
18. 379th Bombardment Group - 527th Squadron - "Ye Olde Pub " and "Carol Dawn"
379th Bombardment Group - 95th Squadron - A Super Crew image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
19. 379th Bombardment Group - 95th Squadron - A Super Crew
379th Bombardment Group "Blue Hen Chick" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
20. 379th Bombardment Group "Blue Hen Chick"
Rattlesden England 1944-1945
379th Bombardment Group (H) 525th Bomb Squadron image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
21. 379th Bombardment Group (H) 525th Bomb Squadron
Based at Kimbolton,
Huntingdonshire, England
379th Bombardment Group - 526th Squadron - "Matoshko"s Crew" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
22. 379th Bombardment Group - 526th Squadron - "Matoshko"s Crew"
34 Missions
379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Paddy Gremlin" image. Click for more information.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
23. 379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Paddy Gremlin"
2nd Schweinfurt Mission 14 Oct 43
"Black Thursday" Crew
Heros All

Click for more information.
379th Bombardment Group -527th Squadron - Lt. Russel J Norris Crew image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
24. 379th Bombardment Group -527th Squadron - Lt. Russel J Norris Crew
379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Powerful Katrinka" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
25. 379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Powerful Katrinka"
31 Missions
379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Wound Twip Wabbit" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
26. 379th Bombardment Group - 524th Squadron - "Wound Twip Wabbit"
35 Missions
379th Bombardment Group Stained Glass (Door) at the nearby Chapel of the Fallen Eagles image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
27. 379th Bombardment Group Stained Glass (Door) at the nearby Chapel of the Fallen Eagles
379th Bombardment Group Banner image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2013
28. 379th Bombardment Group Banner
 
 
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