B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force-49th Bomb Wing in World War II

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The unit returned to the United States in July; many personnel being demobilized upon arrival.

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The group was inactivated on 18 August. Military Second Lieutenant Bombardier? Military Sergeant Top Turret Gunner st Bomb Group Bobby Joe Purvis was a top turret gunner from Cottonwood, Texas and lost on B Serial number on 31 March when weather and pilot error caused the aircraft to go missing, he's commemorated on the walls of the missing at Florence American Shot down and wounded aboard BH , 17 December Taken Prisoner of War.

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Constituted as st Bombardment Group Heavy on 19 May Activated on 1 July Moved to the Mediterranean theater, January-February , the air echelon flying Bs via the South Atlantic and stopping in North Africa before joining the ground echelon in Italy. Began combat with Fifteenth Air Force in April Engaged chiefly in bombardment of communications, industries, and other strategic objectives in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Rumania, Yugoslavia, and Greece.

Supported Fifteenth Air Force's counter-air operations by bombing enemy airdromes and aircraft centers, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation for a mission on 13 Apr when the group battled its way through enemy defenses to attack an aircraft components plant in Budapest, Hungary. Participated in the effort against the enemy's oil supply by flying missions to such oil centers as Brux, Blechhammer, Moosbierbaum, Vienna, and Ploesti.

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Received second Distinguished Unit Citation for a mission against oil facilities at Ploesti in July when, despite flak, clouds, smoke, and fighter attacks, the group bombed its objective. Also operated in support of ground forces and flew some interdictory missions. Hit artillery positions in support of the invasion of southern France in August and flew supply missions to France in September. Aided the Allied offensive in Italy in April by attacking gun emplacements and troop concentrations. Dropped supplies to prisoner-of-war camps in Austria during May Returned to the United States in July.

Inactivated on 18 Aug Eric Knitter's uncle, Howard Farr, served as a ball turret gunner in the th Squadron of the st BG and flew the mission on July 2, Biographical Note.

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