379th Bombardment Group (H)

379th Bombardment Group (H) (HM16N8)

Location: Pooler, GA 31322 Chatham County
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N 32° 6.944', W 81° 14.216'

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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 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)
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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 prayerfor those who were wounded, and for those who did not return.
♦♦♦♦

More than 6,000 personnel in 72 specialtiesmade 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 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??????????????????????????????????????????????????
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HM NumberHM16N8
Series This marker is part of the More Than Words series
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 1:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 477648 N 3553288
Decimal Degrees32.11573333, -81.23693333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 6.944', W 81° 14.216'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 6' 56.64" N, 81° 14' 12.96" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 175 Bourne Ave, Pooler GA 31322, US
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