B-24D Liberator Lead Assembly Ship 'Green Dragon' of 389th Bomber Group, US 566th Bomber Squadron, RAF Hethel, Norfolk, England, Feb-Jul 1944, photo 1 of 2

Caption   B-24D Liberator Lead Assembly Ship 'Green Dragon' of 389th Bomber Group, US 566th Bomber Squadron, RAF Hethel, Norfolk, England, Feb-Jul 1944, photo 1 of 2 ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
9 Oct 2017 12:59:47 AM

The 389th Bomb Group arrived at Hethel in June 1943 under the command of Colonel Jack Wood and immediately began an intensive training programme in low-level flying. By the end of June thirty B-24s from the group were dispatched to North Africa to form, with the 44th and 93rd Groups, the 201st Provisional Wing of the Ninth air force for a Major operation against the heavily defended Ploesti oil refineries during which the group lost four aircraft shot down, two force landing in Turkey and seven others landed in Cyprus. For their role in this raid the 389th would be awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation, and one of its pilots, 23-year-old Second Lieutenant Lloyd Hughes would be awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor. Returning to Hethel in October ‘The Sky Scorpions’ spent the remainder of the war on numerous mission over Europe. By the end of May 1945, when the Group finally departed, they had completed 321 missions for the loss of 116 aircraft (14 in Africa) – a very creditable achievement.

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