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    Hi All

    Has anyone any info on the 422nd Bomb Squadron during the time they flew night raids with Bomber Command? The USAAF outfit were under British control and used British bombing methods. They flew 35 sorties with losses of two B-17s.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Found Reference to USAAF 422nd Night Fighter Squadron:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Hurn#422d_Night_Fighter_Squadron

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    Peter,

    422nd BS (305th BG) at RAF Chelveston experimented with night-flying missions during the summer of 1943 and was involved in leaflet-dropping.

    One mission with RAF apparently on 16/17 December 1943 to Hannover.

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    Leendert

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    Thanks guys.

    Leendert, could you please clarify the date of 16/17 December raid to Hannover as Middlebrook states a raid to Berlin on that date, no American aircraft mentioned. I have since found that five B-17s were involved in the Montlucon raid which took place on the night of 15/16 September 1943.

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    Last edited by peter; 22nd February 2009 at 14:58.

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    Default American unit serving with Bomber Command

    Hello Peter,

    I had an inquiry on another forum last year. A question about the fate of two US airmen.

    "422nd BS (305th BG) was operative as Night Leaflet Squadron until late June 1944, where 406th BS took over.

    I am reading the Special Operations:

    AAF AID TO EUROPEAN RESISTANCE MOVEMENTS 1943 - 1945 (AAFRH-21).

    An extract from the AAF Story:

    On the night of 12/13 May 1944, one of five B-17's was attacked over Denmark by a Ju-88, which was destroyed; but two of the crew were killed and three were wounded.

    If you go to the ABMC website, you will find the two sergents, Barber and Waller from 422nd BS, both died on 12. May 1944. Final rest Cambridge American Cemetery."

    Perhaps a little more details for your file.

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    Finn Buch

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    Finn,

    Many thanks for the additional guidance it very much appreciated.

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    Peter

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    Peter,

    Suggest you visit the ArmyAirforces.com site. Go to "Forums" and select 305th BG. There are several threads there discussing the 422nd Bomb Squadron`s activities during that period. Log-on not necessary to view posts but required if you wish to post.

    http://www.armyairforces.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 22nd February 2009 at 19:07.

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