Welcome to 92nd Bomb Group Document Library. We have thousands of documents that were retrieved directly from the National Archives. We have gone through and seperated them out based on date and type. Below you will find the Daily Bulletins, Mission reports, Load Lists, and other documents pertaining to the 92nd Bomb Group’s time in the European Theater. All documents are OCR searchable, please know OCR is not perfect in this regard as some of these documents were in really rough shape. Having your subjects First name, Last Name, ID # will provide best chances of finding reference.
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I am a researching the story of B-17F 41-24437 that was transferred to the 92nd BG, 327 squadron in August, 1942. She was one of the first B-17s to fly non-stop to Prestwick, Scotland. She was then one of six that flew the command staff to Operation Torch on November 5. On January 12, 1943 she the famous “Thunderbird” who made it back to Biskra with engines 3 and 4 out. Ernie Pyle wrote her story and it was Eisenhower’s favorite of the war. She made it back again in June, 1943 with the same engines out. Thunderbird flew over 100 missions and is the most famous B-17 not known today. Lt. Dana F. Dudley flew her for over 40 of her missions and went on to train B-29 pilots and own a Ryan PT-22 he named Lil Thunderbird after the war. I am looking for any records of the 92nd movement north in July, 1943 and the mission/crew lists for their flights in Sept-Nov, 1942.
I am trying to trace a location in Germany, almost certainly within the Ruhr (in the vicinity of Gelsenkirchen, Bochum, Dortmund), listed as ”Alm” in the 8th Air Force summary (8th AF mission no. 835, 19.02.1945: “422 B-17s are sent to hit benzol plants at Bochum (99) and Gelsenkirchen (36), oil refineries at Dortmund (74) and Alm (37) using Micro H and H2X; 162 hit the secondary target, the Munster marshalling yard (162) visually”).
Doing the basics yields no useful results as the only actual location I have found listed as ”Alm” is in Lower Saxony, 100s of kilometers away from the Ruhr; and ”Alm” is also a word which designates an alpine pasture (thus is commonly found without actually designating a location thus named).
This could maybe be a garbled spelling or potentially a misreading of ”Hamm” (30 km N.E. of Dortmund) or ”Hamme” (a district of Bochum), but that would be unusual, and in any case doubts won’t cut it. I have resorted to looking through the bomb group records to see if I can find further information about the target of each. The 92nd BG is one of the few for which I have not been able to find mission information for that day.
Any help would be appreciated.