About the Forgotten Bomb Group

A great post – even the comments are a must-read for information!

My Forgotten Hobby

“When the Army Air Forces Headquarters in Washington tallied the bombing accuracy of every bomb group in combat, I was astonished to find that the 308th led them all.”
General Claire Chennault in his Memoirs




“The 308th… performed some of the most accurate bombing
of the US Army Air Forces and used the first American
“smart bomb” called the Azon. The 308th also sustained
the highest casualty rate in the USAAF, for its missions
were long and hard, often conducted at very low level
and at night through the very heart of Japanese-
occupied territory and over their controlled sea lanes.”

“The 308th flew nearly 600 combat missions under conditions
that would have been deemed impossible in Europe. At the
end of a 12,000-mile supply line, every ounce of gasoline,
every bomb, every spark plug, had to be dragged over the
hazardous, high altitude route across the mountains, along

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on April 22, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. The Twentysomething Social Recluse

    Really interesting article, and I’m glad I read the comments too for the extra links and information.
    I was terrible at history in school but now I’m older I think it is one of the most fascinating subjects! Thank you for sharing – as always 🙂


  2. Mandy! Oh…I loved the nose art part. My favorite Vargas girl was painted as nose art on a B24 Liberator. She was named the Strawberry Bitch. The men who flew those missions have some incredible (and hair-raising) stories…

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  3. This is very good, and the link to the post about nose art is well worth taking.

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  4. A great post indeed, GP Cox!
    Thanks for reblogging.
    Warm greetings to you all from the Rhine Valley,
    close to the Brücke from Remagen,
    Dina & co

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    • Thank you for stopping in, Dina.
      Pierre has been a mentor of mine since I started as a complete novice here in our blogging community. He’s an excellent historian.
      I think the Florida summer is moving in, but I can’t complain, we’ve had a great Spring this year!
      Have a great weekend!
      GP Cox

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  5. Pierre Lagacé

    It’s a very disturbing account of a mission.


  6. That was a great post!!!


  7. “More hazardous than flying over the Hump.” Now that’s hazardous. –Curt


  8. Pierre Lagacé

    This is also another story…


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  9. The great thing about blogging, is that you learn something new every day, no matter how old you are.
    I had no idea about the WW2 ‘smart bomb’, the Azon, and it was fascinating to imagine someone trying to guide them in with a joystick.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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