By Martin W. Bowman
The third Air department: Elveden corridor was once the Headquarters of this department of the eighth US military Air strength. commonly it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, yet integrated a few bases in Norfolk. a few devices had brief classes flying B24 Liberators. The well-known 'Bloody Hundredth', established at Thorpe Abbotts used to be commonplace of the devices in the third Air department. From June 1943 to January 1944 it targeted its efforts opposed to airfields, submarine amenities and airplane industries in France and Germany. January via may well 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 monstrous 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 hundredth Bomb team used to be presented a moment Presidential Unit quotation. in the summertime of 1944 oil...
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Air Marshal Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris sent a message on behalf of the RAF to his opposite number, Carl Spaatz, at High Wycombe. ‘Heartiest congratulations on the first US bombing of Berlin. It is more than a year since they were attacked in daylight, but now they have no safety there by day or night. All Germany learns the same lesson’. The Eighth was stood down on 7 March, but the following day more than 600 bombers, escorted by 891 fighters, returned for the third raid on ‘Big-B’ in a week. The 3rd Bomb Division led the Eighth to the VKF ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the suburbs east of Berlin, More than 460 bombers hit Erkner with ‘good results’, while seventy-five others bombed targets of opportunity.
To reduce fighter attacks Le May’s B-17s were to fly on to North Africa after bombing the target while the 1st Bomb Wing flew a parallel course to Schweinfurt to further confuse the enemy defences and return to England. However, the 1st Bomb Wing was delayed by thick inland mist for 3½ hours after the 4th Bomb Wing had taken off and though four Thunderbolt groups were to escort the Regensburg force, only one P-47 group made the rendezvous with the 4th Bomb Wing as planned. They could not possibly protect the long, straggling formation, which stretched for 15 miles and Fortresses in the rear of the formation were left without any protection at all.
Instead, a practice mission was flown by the 3rd Bomb Division to test new Pathfinder Force (PFF) equipment and techniques, bomb loads being hastily removed and some aircraft stripped of their guns. The Fortresses B-17s completed assembly without incident, but over the North Sea fifteen fighters bounced them. General Eaker ordered that H2S-equipped Fortresses should accompany the force of 305 bombers to Emden on 27 September. The German port was chosen because of its proximity to water, which would show up reasonably well on the cathode ray tubes.