Pooler in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
489th Bomb Group
1943 - 1945
Dep Commander: Lt. Col. Leon R. Vance
Medal Of Honor
Dedicated to all who served with the
489th and a memorial to those of the
group who gave their lives in the cause
of freedom and human dignity
World War II
Location. 32° 6.957′ N, 81° 14.215′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Touch for map. Located adjacent to I-95, Georgia exit 102, (US 80 east), at 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. 491st Bombardment Group (H) (a few steps from this marker); 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) (a few steps from this marker); 385th Bombardment Group (H) (a few steps from this marker); 398th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (a few steps from this marker); 355th Fighter Group (a few steps from this marker); B/G John S. Allard 379th Bombardment Group (H) (within shouting distance of this marker); Rackheath Station 145 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pooler.
Regarding 489th Bomb Group. In an attack against coastal defenses near Wimereaux on 5 Jun 1944, the group's lead plane was seriously crippled by enemy fire, its pilot was killed, and the deputy group commander, Lt Col Leon R Vance Jr, who was commanding the formation, was severely wounded; although his right foot was practically severed, Vance took control of the plane, led the group to a successful bombing of the target, and managed to fly the damaged aircraft to the coast of England, where he ordered the crew to bail out; believing a wounded man had been unable to jump, he ditched the plane in the Channel and was rescued. For his action during this mission, Vance was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Also see . . . 489th Bombardment Group - Eighth Air Force Historical Society. ...engaged primarily in bombing strategic targets such as factories, oil refineries and storage plants, marshalling yards, and airfields in Ludwigshafen, Magdeburg, (Submitted on May 26, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, World II •
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