Related Websites

384th-Related Websites

Stories Told by A Bomber Pilot

Dewayne "Ben" Bennett was a pilot with the 384th Bomb Group. Ben writes about his experiences, and also has a lot to say about the members of his crew. It is clear the affection he had for each of them. Ben passed away in 2011, but we maintain his site out of respect for his service.
 

Cindy Farrar Bryan's "The Arrowhead Club" Blog

Cindy Farrar Bryan, author, researcher, and website team member, blogs about the findings of her research into her father’s history with the 384th Bombardment Group. George Edwin Farrar, a gunner on the Buslee Crew, was the sole survivor of that crew when they were involved in a mid-air collision on the 28 September 1944 mission to Magdeburg, Germany.
 

Carol's 384th Site - Under Restoration

A website dedicated to her Uncle Marion L Parker, by Carol Picker (was Carol Schafer). Parker lost his life during a mission on 27 April 1944, a mission that was expected to be a "milk run." The site also contains many stories from veterans. This site became unmaintained some years ago, and is being restored from a (probably incomplete) backup made about 10 years ago. Restoration began on 31 March 2017, and will likely continue for a while.
 

Lt. Winthrop A. Jackson Photo Gallery

Winthrop Jackson, III, built this site as a tribute to his father, Lt. Winthrop A. Jackson, Jr., the Clayton Crew, and the 384th Bomb Group. This site has many photos.

Lt. Jackson joined the 544th Bomb Squadron of the 384th Bomb Group as the copilot of the John Clayton Crew, in November 1943. On one of his first missions he had to ditch his B-17 in the English Channel, because of extensive battle damage. Later, he would be wounded in action and removed from combat status.

Note: these pages are maintained on the 384thBombGroup.com domain out of respect for the service of the Jackson Family to our country.
 

A 384th Mission - March 24, 1945

David Habura's website based on the personal collection of MAJ Thomas Dale Hutchinson, with detail on the March 24, 1945 mission.
 

Historic Wendover Airfield

The 384th trained at Historic Wendover Airfield for three months after being formed in December 1942. In all, 19 bomb groups destined for combat service trained there. Of these groups, 12 were assigned to the 8th AF in England, 4 were assigned to the 15th AF in Italy, and the 7th AF (Pacific), 14th AF (CBI), and 20th AF (Pacific) each received one. When Wendover was chosen by the USAAF as the location for the top secret Manhattan Project flight crew training, no further training of groups for conventional bombing was done there. Colonel Paul Tibbets, commanding the 509th Composite Group, trained his crews for the atomic bomb missions at Wendover.

Wendover is an out-of-the-way location, but it is easy to get to, being a couple of hours west of Salt Lake City on Interstate 80 at the Utah-Nevada border. A very active organization - the Historic Wendover Airfield Foundation - has embarked on an ambitious project to restore much of the airfield. A new museum has been established in the restored John T. Brinkman Service Club. The Club houses numerous exhibits related to Historic Wendover Airfield, as well as having facilities for meetings and banquets. The organization also holds air shows, typically in September.
 

The Fighting Scouts (at Little Friends)

The "Scouting Force" was an idea that Col. Budd Peaslee had, based on his experience leading bombing missions without up-to-date knowledge of weather conditions along the route and in the target areas. E. Richard Atkins' great site on the history of Peaslee's post-384th BG legendary Fighting Scouts, now part of the Little Friends website maintained by Peter Randall.
 

Hill Aerospace Museum (USAF Site)
Hill Aerospace Museum (Aerospace Heritage Site)


The Hill AFB site contains history pages on the 384th BG and Wendover Field.
 

 

OTHER 41st COMBAT BOMBARDMENT WING GROUPS

 
 

MUSEUMS

The National Museum of The Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah (Pooler), Georgia
The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana
The National WASP WWII Museum, Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas. The National WASP WWII Museum seeks to educate and inspire all generations with the story of the WASP: Women Airforce Service Pilots – the first women to fly American military aircraft – women who forever changed the role of women in aviation!
The National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, Ohio
Hill Aerospace Museum (USAF Site) - This site contains history pages on the 384th BG and Wendover Field.
Hill Aerospace Museum (Aerospace Heritage Site)
Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Mesa, Arizona
Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum, Gilmer, Texas
Champaign Aviation Museum, Urbana, Ohio
Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona
The New England Air Museum, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Connecticut

MUSEUMS IN ENGLAND

Aviation Museum Guide, UK
American Air Museum in Britain, Duxford, England
RAF Museum, London, England
RAF Museum, Cosford, England
Newark Air Museum, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
The Wings Museum, West Sussex, England - "Where history comes alive"
The Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum, Peenemünde, Germany - reconstructing the history of the creation and use of the V-Weapons.

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