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489th Bomb Group, USAAF

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Flight Officer Frank White Bartlett jr. 847th Bomber Squardon 489th Bomber Group Heavy (d.29 May 1944)

I am inquiring for information, My Uncle, Frank White Bartlett, was in England, at Halesworth Air Base in April 1944 with the 847th. Bomber Squardon. He was a Flight Officer. He was killed in a plane crash prior to D-Day. The story I have heard was they were having an aircraft fly by for some VIP's prior to D-Day when the wing tips touched and at least 4 planes in formation crashed. I have not been able to find any details of this and hoping someone might point me in the right direction or have been there. I never knew him and I was in the Air Force in Veit Nam, I want to take my Mother to England to see her brother's markers at Cambridge Cemetery. She is 80 years old and in very good shape. Thanks for hearing my story.

John T. Scales

Charles Dwight Darby 489th Bomb Group 644th

My grandfather, Charles Dwight Darby, was a B-24 bombadier in the 489th Bomb Group, 644th Squadron, initially trained at Wendover in Utah, and ultimately was stationed at and flew out of Halesworth in England during the months surrounding D-Day. He participated in the D-Day mission, and only several days later did his plane crash on takeoff, killing many of his crew members. He survived and, after a year in hospitals back in the States, proceeded to live a long life and have a very large family. He was a successful CPA in Tampa, FL.

Trae Williams

Lt. Michael Hannan 846th Bomb Sqd. 489th Bomb Group

My grandfather, Lt (later Captain) Michael Hannan, USAAF was stationed at Halesworth with the 489th BG, 846th BS as an armament officer for the B-24s. I've visited there and contacted the 489th BG association but I was hoping someone might have an additional story or two to share from that time. He passed in 2002 but I was fortunate to grow up on his stories of wartime England and I have some photos and momentos from his time there as well. His influence and example resulted in myself becoming an 8th AF bomber pilot.

Scott Hannan

Lt. Col. Harry Tidwell Wagnon 489th Bomb Group

Lt Col Wagnon was lead pilot in one of the squadrons. May 30, 1944 was his first mission. He bombed many facilities and was instrumental in the bombing of St Lo to rout the Nazis.

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