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The Second Was First

The Second Was First

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The 2nd Bomb Group History
The 2nd Bomb Group History

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The
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The lives and times of the men of the Second Bombardment Group (Heavy)during World War II. Training, deployment, the missions, missing air crews,personal stories, escape narratives, and reflections of the author during combatwith the 12th and 15th Air Forces in North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945.
 
Copyright © 1999 by Charles W. Richards.All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.ISBN 0-9675054-0-2Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 98-75082
Cover photograph:
“Tail Crazy,” A B-17 of the 49th Squadron. A 20mm cannon wasinstalled in the tail, replacing one 50 caliber machine gun. It was an attempt to offsetthe 20mm cannons in the enemy aircraft. (Picture furnished by Charles Hollenberg,Tail Gunner, 49th Squadron.)
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Formation of B-17s of the 2nd Bombardment Group overItaly on the way to the target.
 Description of emblems on cover (top left clockwise):
20th Bomb Squadron: Approved June 12,1924. A pirate standing on an aerial bomb and hurling a hand grenade; 429th Bomb Squadron:Approved May 12, 1930. A Yellow quatrefoil bordered with red and Indian head in black warpaint with three red feathers attached to scalp lock. Indian’s arms are holding a drawn bow andarrow in black; 96th Bomb Squadron: Approved March 4, 1924 from World War I emblem. Ared devil with a white aerial bomb against a black triangle with white edges; 2nd BombardmentGroup: Libertatem Defendimus; 49th Bomb Squadron: Approved March 3, 1924 from WorldWar I emblem. Wolf’s head against an orange disc edged with gray.Printed by Maverick Publications, Inc.P.O. Box 5007 • Bend, Oregon 97708
 
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GLOSSARY OF TERMS...........................................................IIIFOREWORD.....................................................................IVACKNOWLEDGMENTS...........................................................VIROLL OF HONOR...............................................................VIIIWORLD WAR II CAMPAIGNS......................................................XIPRE-WORLD WAR II - 1918/1941....................................................1ORGANIZATION AND TRAINING...................................................3MOVE TO COMBAT..............................................................16OPERATIONS: APRIL/JUNE, 1943..................................................33OPERATIONS:JULY/NOVEMBER 1943..............................................58OPERATIONS:DECEMBER 1943- JANUARY 1944....................................101OPERATIONS: FEBRUARY 1944..................................................138OPERATIONS: MARCH, 1944.....................................................215OPERATIONS: APRIL, 1944.......................................................238OPERATIONS: MAY/JUNE 1944...................................................268OPERATIONS: JULY, 1944........................................................289OPERATIONS: AUGUST, 1944....................................................317OPERATIONS: SEPTEMBER, 1944.................................................360OPERATIONS: OCTOBER, 1944...................................................374OPERATIONS: NOVEMBER, 1944.................................................395OPERATIONS: DECEMBER, 1944..................................................412OPERATIONS:JANUARY/FEBRUARY, 1945.........................................447OPERATIONS: MARCH, 1945.....................................................480OPERATIONS: APRIL/MAY/JUNE,1945.............................................505THE FINAL CHAPTER...........................................................511INDEX.........................................................................514

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Pvt. Harless C. Underwood Tank Commander was with the 191st tank Bn., broke threw the gustau line, at Anzio, Italy May 1943, tank destroyed, Wounded With Severe burns, he was my Dad, would like to find more info. on this battle.
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