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445th Bombardment Group (Heavy)

 
 
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
1. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Marker
Inscription.  
   Flying bombing missions out of their base at Tibenham,England, during World War II, the 445th Bombardment Group (H), 2nd Air Division, flew B-24 Liberators deep into Nazi-held Europe. The 700th, 701st, 702nd and 703rd Bombardment Squadrons(H) were assigned to the group and all were supported by superior ground personnel.
   The 445th Bomb Group flew 280 missions and 6,323 sorties from 13 December 1943 to 25 April 1945. They lost a total of 138 aircraft but were never stood down. On 24 February 1944, the 445th together with other bomb groups of the 2nd Air Division participated in an attack on the Gothaer Waggonfabrik, A.G. located at Gotha, Germany, a manufacturing site for ME 110s. The 445th Bomb Group received the Presidential Unit Citation for action on this mission. They successfully located the target and bombing with extreme accuracy and devastating results, they dealt the Luftwaffe a most telling blow.
   On 27 September 1944, the 445th suffered the greatest loss by one group on a single mission of the Eighth Air Force. With Kassel, Germany as their assigned target, 37 B-24S took off from Tibenham. They never reached Kassel,
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dropping their bombs near Gottingen, approximately thirty miles northeast of Kassel. Having left the main bomber stream, the planes of the 445th were isolated. They were attacked by more than 100 German fighters, losing 25 aircrews and airplanes. The next day, on 28 September 1944, ten B-24S from the bomb group successfully dropped their bombs on the Kessel target and returned to Tibenham.
   Four decades later, the Kassel Mission Memorial Association was formed. Today the Kassel Mission Historical Society in collaboration with their former German foes continues to honor airmen of both countries who were killed in action on that fateful Kassel mission day.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is February 24, 1944.
 
Location. 32° 6.946′ N, 81° 14.25′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Memorial can be reached from 175 Bourne Avenue.. Located adjacent to I-95, Georgia exit 102, (US 80 east), at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pooler GA 31322, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "P T's Pirates" (here, next to this marker); 2nd Strategic Air Depot (here, next to this marker); Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew (a few steps from this marker); 1st Lt. Harlan Leroy Cook (a few steps from this
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Marker, at left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
2. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Marker, at left



marker); 486th Bombardment Group (H) (a few steps from this marker); Pandora's Box (a few steps from this marker); "Hard 17" (a few steps from this marker); Members Of The Rüsselsheim Death March (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pooler.
 
Also see . . .  445th Bombardment Group. History and Aircraft Photos and more... (Submitted on June 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 700th Sqdn image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
3. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 700th Sqdn
Shoe Shoe Baby
29 Missions
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 701st Squadron image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
4. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 701st Squadron
1945 Lead Crew
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 701st BS image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
5. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 701st BS
Swan Sons
Shot down near Offein, Germany 24 Feb 44
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 702nd BS Woo Wagon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
6. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 702nd BS Woo Wagon
Lt. Col. Floyd R. (Bob) King
B-24 Pilot
27 Missions
Enlisted Pilots Program Class of 43B
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 703rd Squadron image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
7. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 703rd Squadron
1945
2ndLt George Fagerquist Pilot
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 702nd Squadron image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
8. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 702nd Squadron
King Kong
Shot down September 27, 1944
On mission to Kassel, Germay
POW or KIA
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Marker found at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2013
9. 445th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Marker found at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,646 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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