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Eighth Air Force Bomb Group Tail Markings
Prior to 13 September 1943 -- Several Groups were not yet assigned.
Dates shown are when the Group was operational.


1st Bomb Division Markings
91st BG
1 CBW
Bassingbourn, UK
7 November 1942
B-17
Squadron Codes
322 BS - LG
323 BS - OR
324 BS - DF
401 BS - LL
92nd BG
40 CBW
Podington, UK
6 September 1942
B-17
Squadron Codes
325 BS - NV
326 BS - JW
327 BS - UX
407 BS - PY
303rd BG
41 CBW
Molesworth, UK
17 November 1942
B-17
Squadron Codes
358 BS - VK
359 BS - BN
360 BS - PU
427 BS - GN
305th BG
40 CBW
Chelveston, UK
17 November 1942
B-17
Squadron Codes
364 BS - WF
365 BS - XK
366 BS - KY
422 BS - JJ
306th BG
40 CBW
Thurleigh, UK
9 October 1942
B-17
Squadron Codes
367 BS - GY
368 BS - BO
369 BS - WW
423 BS - RD
351st BG
94 CBW
Polebrook, UK
14 May 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
508 BS - YB
509 BS - RQ
510 BS - TU
511 BS - DS
379th BG
41 CBW
Kimbolton, UK
29 May 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
524 BS - WA
525 BS - FR
526 BS - LF
527 BS - FO
381st BG
1 CBW
Ridgewell, UK
22 June 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
532 BS - VE
533 BS - VP
534 BS - GD
535 BS - MS
384th BG
41 CBW
Grafton Underwood, UK
22 June 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
544 BS - SU
545 BS - JD
546 BS - BK
547 BS - SO
401st BG
94 CBW
Deenethorpe, UK
26 November 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
612 BS - SC
613 BS - IN
614 BS - IW
615 BS - IY
457th BG
94 CBW
Glatton, UK
21 February 1944
B-17
Squadron Codes
748 BS - red prop boss
749 BS - blue prop boss
750 BS - white prop boss
751 BS - yellow prop boss
398th BG
1 CBW
Nuthampstead, UK
6 May 1944
B-17
Squadron Codes
600 BS - N8
601 BS - 3O
602 BS - K8
603 BS - N7
482nd BG
Pathfinder Group
Alconbury, UK
27 September 1944
B-17 / B-24
Squadron Codes
812 BS (B-17) - MI
813 BS (B-17) - PC
814 BS (B-24) - SI
 



2nd Bomb Division Markings
44th BG
14 CBW
Shipdham, UK
7 November 1942
B-24
Squadron Codes
 66 BS - WQ
 67 BS - NB
 68 BS - GJ
506 BS - QK
93rd BG
20 CBW
Hardwick, UK
9 October 1942
B-24
Squadron Codes
328 BS - GO
329 BS - RE
330 BS - AG
409 BS - YM
389th BG
2 CBW
Hethel, UK
9 July 1943
B-24
Squadron Codes
564 BS - YO
565 BS - EE
566 BS - RR
567 BS - HP
392nd BG
14 CBW
Wendling, UK
9 September 1943
B-24
Squadron Codes
576 BS - CI
577 BS - DC
578 BS - EC
579 BS - GC
445th BG
2 CBW
Tibenham, UK
13 December 1943
B-24
Squadron Codes
700 BS - RN
701 BS - MK
702 BS - WV
703 BS - IS
446th BG
20 CBW
Bungay, UK
16 December 1943
B-24
Squadron Codes
704 BS - FL
705 BS - HN
706 BS - RT
707 BS - JU
448th BG
20 CBW
Seething, UK
22 December 1943
B-24
Squadron Codes
712 BS - CT
713 BS - IG
714 BS - EI
715 BS - IO
453rd BG
2 CBW
Old Buckenham, UK
5 February 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
732 BS - E3
733 BS - E8
734 BS - F8
735 BS - H6
458th BG
96 CBW
Horsham St. Faith, UK
24 February 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
752 BS - 7V
753 BS - J4
754 BS - Z5
755 BS - J3
466th BG
96 CBW
Attlebridge, UK
22 March 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
784 BS - T9
785 BS - 2U
786 BS - U8
787 BS - 6L
467th BG
96 CBW
Rackheath, UK
10 April 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
788 BS - X7
789 BS - 6A
790 BS - Q2
791 BS - 4Z
specified 13 May 1944 - never used 489th BG
95 CBW
Halesworth, UK
30 May 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
844 BS - 4R
845 BS - S4
846 BS - 8R
847 BS - T4
specified 13 May 1944 - never used 491st BG
95 CBW
Metfield, UK
2 June 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
852 BS - 3Q
853 BS - T8
854 BS - 6X
855 BS - Y2
492nd BG
14 CBW
North Pickenham, UK
11 May 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
856 BS - 5Z
857 BS - 9H
858 BS - 9A
859 BS - X4
489th BG
95 CBW
Halesworth, UK
30 May 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
844 BS - 4R
845 BS - S4
846 BS - 8R
847 BS - T4
491st BG
95 CBW
Metfield, UK
2 June 1944
B-24
Squadron Codes
852 BS - 3Q
853 BS - T8
854 BS - 6X
855 BS - V2



3rd Bomb Division Markings
94th BG
4 CBW
Bury St. Edmunds, UK
13 May 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
331 BS - QE
332 BS - XM
333 BS - TS
410 BS - GL
95th BG
13 CBW
Horham, UK
13 May 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
334 BS - BG
335 BS - OE
336 BS - ET
412 BS - QW
96th BG
45 CBW
Snetterton Heath, UK
14 May 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
337 BS - AW
338 BS - BX
339 BS - QJ
413 BS - MZ
100th BG
13 CBW
Thorpe Abbotts, UK
25 June 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
349 BS - XR
350 BS - LN
351 BS - EP
418 BS - LD
385th BG
4 CBW
Great Ashfield, UK
22 July 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
548 BS - GX
549 BS - XA
550 BS - SG
551 BS - HR
388th BG
45 CBW
Knettishall, UK
22 July 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
560 BS - none used
561 BS - none used
562 BS - none used
563 BS - none used
390th BG
13 CBW
Framlingham, UK
12 August 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
568 BS - BI
569 BS - CC
570 BS - DI
571 BS - FC
447th BG
4 CBW
Rattlesden, UK
24 December 1943
B-17
Squadron Codes
708 BS - CQ
709 BS - IE
710 BS - IJ
711 BS - IR
452nd BG
45 CBW
Deopham Green, UK
5 February 1945
B-17
Squadron Codes
728 BS - 9Z
729 BS - M3
730 BS - 6K
731 BS - 7D
486th BG
92 CBW
Sudbury, UK
7 May 1944
B-24 (B-17s were Square W)
Squadron Codes
832 BS - 3R
833 BS - 4N
834 BS - 2S
835 BS - H8
487th BG
92 CBW
Lavenham, UK
7 May 1944
B-24 / B-17
Squadron Codes
836 BS - 2G
837 BS - 4F
838 BS - 2C
839 BS - R5
34th BG
93 CBW
Mendlesham, UK
23 May 1944
B-24 / B-17
Squadron Codes
 4 BS - Q6
 7 BS - R2
 18 BS - 8I
391 BS - 3L
490th BG
93 CBW
Eye, UK
31 May 1944
B-24 / B-17
Squadron Codes
848 BS - 7W
849 BS - W8
850 BS - 7Q
851 BS - S3
486th BG
92 CBW
Sudbury, UK
7 May 1944
B-17 (B-24s were Square O)
Squadron Codes
832 BS - 3R
833 BS - 4N
834 BS - 2S
835 BS - H8
493th BG
93 CBW
Debach, UK
6 June 1944
B-24 / B-17
Squadron Codes
860 BS - N6
861 BS - Q4
862 BS - 8M
863 BS - G6
HQ 3rd BD
 
Unknown
seen in 486th BG
 

Sources:
  • Mighty 8th Cross-Reference http://mighty8thaf.preller.us - Fred Preller's great website for 8th AF Bomb and Fighter Groups. Data includes Group nickname, call sign, Aircraft ID Code, Type aircraft flown, Airfield locations(s) and date occupied, Squadron call signs and ID code.
  • The Mighty Eighth, by Roger A. Freeman, London, England, Jane's Publishing Co. Ltd, 1986, Hardbound, ISBN 0-7106, 0355 X. Also 2000 softbound edition by Sterling Publishing Co, NY. NY, ISBN 1-85409-531-5 Book contains:
    • Brief history of each 8th AF Bomb and Fighter Group and other operational units [pages 237 to 265]
    • Color aircraft drawings, with markings of each B-17 & B-24 and P-38, P-47 & P-51 Fighter Groups [between pages 282 and 283]
    • Detailed listing of marking changes for each Operational Bomb Group, Medium Bomb Groups, Fighter Groups and other operational units with unit tail markings, squadron ID letter codes, color identifications and dates marking and ID changes were made [Pages 283 to 295]