Pooler in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
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, 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
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.
Location. 32° 6.946′ N, 81° 14.25′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from 175 Bourne Avenue.. Touch for map. Located adjacent to I-95, Georgia exit 102, (US 80 east), at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Pooler GA 31322, United States of America.
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 marker); 486th Bombardment Group (H) (a few steps from this marker); Pandora's Box (a few steps "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 . . .
1. Overview of the Kassel Mission - Kassel Mission Historical Society. ...The 445th was leading the 2nd Combat Wing, the other groups in the wing being the 389th and the 453rd. The lead ship was that of Capt. John Chilton, with Maj. Donald McCoy as command pilot.... (Submitted on June 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Eighth Air Force Historical Society - 445th Bombardment Group. ...striking such targets as industries in Osnabruck, synthetic oil plants in lutzendorf, chemical works in Ludwigshafen, marshalling yards at Hamm, an airfield at Munich, an ammunition plant at Duneberg, underground oil storage facilities at Ehmen, and factories at Munster.... (Submitted on June 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. 445th Bombardment Group. History and Aircraft Photos and more... (Submitted on June 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 714 times since then and 54 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.