Tagged 8th Air Force

George Lentz was B-17 top turret gunner in 8th Air Force

George Lentz of Rotonda, Fla. was a staff sergeant in the 385th Bomb Group, 549th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Wing of the 8th Air Force in World War II. He flew 29 combat missions as an engineer and top turret gunner in a B-17 “Flying Fortress” at the end of the war from a base near…

2nd Lt. Carl Citron flew 33 missions in 8th Air Force

2nd Lt. Carl Citron hadn’t been in England but a few weeks when his unit, the 466 Bomb Group, 786 Squadron, of the 8th Air Force, was assigned to a low-level bombing mission in their B-24 Liberators against the German submarine pens at Brest along the coast of Nazi-occupied France.

Col. Carl Citron takes last flight on WW II B-24 bomber

Col. Carl Citron (Ret.) took a sentimental journey last Thursday morning at Venice , Fla. Municipal Airport on a B-24 “Liberator” bomber like the one he piloted a lifetime ago on 33 combat missions over Nazi occupied Europe in World War II. He was in ecstasy during the 30 minute flight down memory lane as the four-engine heavy bomber circled Venice a 1,000 feet below.

Even though the crew of the B-17   bomber “Straighten Up and Fly Right” was   shot down in a raid over Germany they all   survived the ordeal. 2nd Lt. Leonard Pogue   is standing second from the right.

Dutch Underground rescued B-17 crew

Second Lt. Leonard Pogue knew he and the other eight members of his B-17 bomber crew were in for a bad day when they were informed of their target. For the second day in a row, the crew of “Straighten Up and Fly Right” was ordered, along with the rest of the 493rd Bomb Group,…

A ‘Guest’ of the Fuhrer

They were supposed to fly their final bombing mission, their 35th, over Cologne, Germany on Friday 13th, 1944. They didn’t do it. That was a big mistake.