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340th BOMB GROUP MISSIONS
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340^{th }BOMB
GROUP SQUADRON PATCHES
A colorful daily accounting
of 340^{th} BG life and combat from 1943 to 1945 expanding and
personalizing the mission documentation below:
487^{th} SQUADRON HISTORY and WAR DIARY
AUTHOR’S NOTES:
My father, Charles M. Cook, was a pilot in the 487^{th} Squadron
and flew combat bombing missions from Alesan base
DATE 

NUMBER 
SQUADRONS 
PHOTO 
REPORT 
COMMENTS 








Begin OPERATION TORCH: 






Liberate 






Begin OPERATION STRANGLE: 






Cut German supply lines in Italy 













Axis forces surrender in
Tunisia 












2 
486, 488, 489 
x 

486^{th} 2 ships downed 

3 
487, 488, 489 
x 



Terni M/Y (marshalling
yard) 
4 
486, 488 
x 




5 
487, 488, 489 
x 




7 
486,487,488,489 
x 




12 
486,487,488,489 
x 




16 
486,487,488,489 
x 




27 
486,487,488,489 
x 




26 
487, 489 
x 




33 
487, 489 
x 




36 
487, 488, 489 
x 




59 
486,487,489 
x 




63 
486,487,489 
x 

Vesuvius erupting; 3/22 base destroyed 


66 
486,487,488,489 
x 




68 
486,487,488,489 
x 




69 
486,487,488,489 
x 




70 
486,487,488,489 
x 




74 
486,487,488,489 
x 




79 
486,487,488,489 
x 




80 
487, 488, 489 
x 




84 
486,487,488,489 
x 




Perugia A/D (Aerodrome) 
88 
486,487,489 
x 

7K and 7T downed 

89 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
9N Crew wounded and returned to base 


90 
486,487,488,489 
x 




91 
486,487,488,489 
x 




92 
486,488,489 
x 




94 
486,487,488,489 
x 




97 
486,487,488,489 
x 






340th BG 


Moved to Alesan Air Base, 

103 
486,487,488,489 
x 




104? 
486,487,488,489 
x 




105 
488? 
x 




106 
486,487,489 
x 




109 
487, 489 
x 




110 
486,487,488,489 
x 




114 
486,487,488,489 
x 




117 
486,487,488,489 
x 






340th BG 


Alesan Air Base bombed by Germans 

143 
486, 488 
x 




145 
486, 488 
x 




147 
487 
x 




151 
486, 489 
x 




149 
487, 489 
x 




152 
487, 489 
x 




154 
486, 488 
x 
x 



155 
487, 489 
x 




156 
486, 488 
x 
x 




340th BG 

x 



157 
486, 489 
x 
x 



158 
488, 489 
x 




159 
487 
x 
x 



160 
486,488 
x 
x 



163 
486, 487, 488 
x 
x 



164 
486 
x 
x 




166 
488, 489 
x 




487 

x 



167? 
487, 488 
x 
x 



Gricigliana N RR Br 
168 
489 
x 










169170 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



171 
487, 489 
x 
x 



Orte Rd Br PM 
173? 
486, 487 
x 



174 
486, 487 
x 
x 



175 
487, 488 
x 
x 



176 
489 
x 




177178 
486,487,489 
x 
x 



179 
486, 487,489 
x 
x 



181 
486, 488 
x 
x 



182 
487, 489 
x 
x 



184 
486, 487, 488 
x 
x 


185 
486, 489 
x 




186 
488, 489 
x 




187 
486, 487 
x 
x 



188189 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



190191 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
Bandits shot down 


192193 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



194195 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



198 
486,487 
x 




196? 
488,489 
x 




197198 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



199200 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 


202 
486,487 

x 



203204 
486,487,488 

x 




340th BG 

x 



206207 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



208209 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
3 487th ships holed; Ryerson
wounded 


210 
486, 487 

x 
4 plus 7 ships holed; wounded 


211 
486, 487 
x 
x 
Attacked by bandit ME109s 



486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
9 ships holed; Lt B. Bloomberg wounded 


217 
486, 488, 489 
x 
x 



218 
487, 488, 489 
x 
x 



219220 
486,487, 489 
x 
x 



221222 
486, 487,489 
x 
x 
10 FW190 bandits; 1 ship holed 


223224 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
5 ships holed; wounded; 2
engines out 


225? 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
10 ME109 and FW190 bandits 


226?227 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
1 ship holed; Lt Frazier wounded 


228 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



229 
486, 487, 488 
x 
x 




487,488,489 

x 



232 
486, 487, 489 
x 
x 




486,487,489 

x 




486, 487, 488 

x 



234 
486,488, 489 
x 
x 



235 
486, 487, 488 
x 
x 



236 
487,488,489 
x 
x 



237 
487,488,489 
x 




238 
486,487,489 
x 
x 
5 ships holed 


239 
486,488,489 
x 
x 



241 
486,487,488 
x 
x 
6 ships holed; Lt B. Bloomberg wounded 



340th BG 

x 



243 
487,488,489 
x 
x 



AUG 1944 SUPPORT 

340th BG 




245246 
486,487,489 
x 
x 
6 ships holed; 1 ship holed 


247 
486,488,489 
x 
x 



249 
486, 487 
x 
x 



252 
487,488,489 
x 
x 



254 
487,488,489 
x 
x 
4 ships holed; 2 wounded 


256 
486, 487 
x 
x 



257 
487, 489 
x 




258 
486,488,489 
x 
x 
1 ship downed; crew killed and wounded 


261 
486,487,488 
x 
x 



264 
487 
x 
x 



265 
489 
x 




266 
486 
x 
x 



267?268 
486487 
x 
x 



269? 
489 
x 




271,273, 274 
486, 487, 488 
x 
x 



276277 
486,488 
x 
x 



278 
487 
x 
x 



D 

340th BG 




283286 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 


287289 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
340th BG 24 ships holed; 6T, 9P downed 


290291 
487, 488, 489 
x 
x 



556 
487, 488, 489 
x 





487 

x 



515?, 516 
486,487,489 
x 
x 
2 ships holed 


517 
486, 489 
x 
x 



518 
486,488,489 
x 
x 
488th 2 ships holed 


519520 
486,487,488 
x 
x 



521? 
486, 487 

x 




522 
488, 489 





487 

x 



525 
486, 487 
x 
x 
3 bandit ME109s 



487 

x 



529 
486, 489 
x 
x 



530 
486, 488 
x 




531 
486, 489 
x 





340th BG 

x 



533 
486, 487 
x 
x 



534 
487, 488, 489 
x 
x 



536537 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



538539 
486,487,489 
x 
x 



541543 
486,487,489 
x 
x 



544545 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
3 ships holed 


548549 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



550551 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



553 
486,487 

x 



555 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
6 ships holed; 7J, 7L serious 


556 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



557559 
486,487 

x 
7N engine shot out 


560562 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
6 ships holed; 7Y hydraulics shot out 


563564 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



565 
488, 489 
x 

Awarded Distinguished Unit Citation 


566 
486, 487 
x 
x 




487 

x 
Clouds 


571 
487, 489 
x 
x 



572? 
487 

x 



573 
486, 488 
x 




574 
489 
x 





340th BG 

x 



576 
487 
x 
x 



577 
489 
x 




578 
486, 488 
x 




579 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



581 
487, 488, 489 

x 
7A engine fire; 8+ ships holed. 


584 
486,487,488,489 

x 
2 ships holed 


585 
487, 488 

x 



590 
486, 487, 489 

x 
Clouds 


591 
486,487,488,489 

x 
5 ships holed; Lt. R Meek killed, Lt B. Bloomberg, Lantz, Trudell
wounded 


593594 
486,487 

x 
9 ships holed 7H serious 



487 

x 
5 ships holed; 2 wounded 



340th BG 

x 



598 
486,488,489 
x 
x 
9E Downed 


600601 
486,487,489 

x 



OPERATION BINGO begins 

340th BG 


All out bombing of 

602603 
486,487,488 
x 
x 
3 ships holed; 5 bandits: 1 downed 


604 
486, 489 
x 
x 



606 
486, 487 
x 
x 



608 
486,487 

x 




487 

x 
Clouds 


612 
487, 488 

x 




487 

x 
3 ships holed 


615616 
486,487,488 

x 



623, 628 
486,487 

x 
Clouds 


625626 
486 

x 



631 
486.487 
x 
x 



638 
487, 488 
x 





340th BG 

x 



641 
486,487 

x 




486,487 

x 



644 
487 

x 



645,647 
487th; 57th BW 

x 
Many bandits; 340th: 3 ships downed 


650 
487,488,489 

x 



652653 
486,487,488,489 

x 



658 
486,487,488,489 

x 
1 ship holed; 7V missing 


663 
486,487 

x 



665 
486,487,489 
x 
x 
Clouds; 486th&489th bombed 


667 
486,487 

x 



668670 
486,487,488,489 

x 
3 ships holed; witness C47 crash 


671 
487, 488 

x 
2 ships holed 


673674 
486,487,489 

x 
11 ships holed; 2 wounded 



340th BG 

x 



679680 
486,487,489 
x 
x 



683 
486,487,488 

x 
1 ship holed 


686 
487,488 
x 
x 



690 
487, 489 

x 
1 wounded Lt Frazier 


691,692 
486,487,488 
x 
x 



693 
486,487,489 

x 
1 ship holed 


694695 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



Trento M/Y (marshalling
yard) 
696 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
6 ships holed; 7L downed 

697698 
486,487,488,489 

x 



699 
486,487 

x 



704 
486,487 
x 
x 



706 
486,487 

x 



708 
486,487 

x 
3 ships holed; 7B Sgt White wounded 


707 
487,488 
x 
x 



710711 
486,487,488,489 

x 
2 ships holed 


714715 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
3 ships holed 



340th BG 

x 



720721 
486,487,488 

x 



723724 
486,487,488,489 

x 
1 ship downed; 


732 
486,487,488,489 

x 
3 ships holed 


747 
486,487,488 
x 
x 
7 ships holed; Lt Adams wounded 


751 
486,489 
x 
x 
Crew wounded 


Pizzigettone Brs 
752 
487,488 


2 ships holed; Lt Ware wounded 

754755 
486,488 
x 
x 
6 ships holed; 3 ships downed 


San Michele RR Br / Salorno 
761 
486,487,489 
x 
x 
2 bandits downed 

Enego RR Br / Ora 
769 
486,489 
x 



772 
486,487,488 
x 
x 



776777 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 



780 
486,488,489 
x 
x 
3 ships holed 


782783 
486,488,489 
x 
x 



785 
486,487,489 
x 
x 



787 
486,488,489 
x 
x 



Mori RR Fill / Rovereto 
788 
486,487,488 
x 
x 
1 ship holed; 1 wounded 

790 
486,487 
x 
x 



792 
486,488,489 
x 
x 



793 
486, 487,489 
x 
x 
2 ships holed; 1 ship downed 


798 
486,487 
x 
x 



801802 
486,487,488,489 
x 
x 
5 ships downed 


805806 
486,488 
x 
x 



808 
486,488 
x 
x 



809 
486,488 
x 
x 



810 
486,487,488 
x 
x 


