Academic journal article Air Power History

History Mystery Answer

Academic journal article Air Power History

History Mystery Answer

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On May 13th, 1942, the B-17F "Hell's Angels" (#4124577) became the first heavy bomber to complete 25 combat missions in the European Theater. "Hell's Angels" was assigned to the 358th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bombardment Group (H) and flew from RAF Molesworth. After completing her twenty-fifth mission, "Hell's Angels" remained in theater until 1944, and flew a total of forty-eight missions without any injured crewman or abort. "Hell's Angels" returned to the United States in January 1944, to tour various war factories. Unfortunately after the war, "Hell's Angels" was sold for scrap in August 1945.

The second heavy bomber to complete 25 combat missions was aircraft #41-24485 "Memphis Belle." The "Memphis Belle" was assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H) and flew from RAF Bassingbourn. She became the first aircraft to complete 25 missions and RETURN to the United States. As an interesting side note, a replacement crew flew her on her 25th mission. After her 25th mission, piloted by her primary aircraft commander, Capt Robert Morgan, "Memphis Belle returned to the United States for a War bond tour. After touring the country on a war bond tour, then Major Robert Morgan completed a second combat tour; this time in the Pacific flying the B-29 Superfortress. …

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