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Introducing the Kids’ Corner

June 8, 2020
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Welcome to the Kids’ Corner! The mission of The Heritage League is educating following generations about the sacrifices of our ancestors of the Bomb and Fighter Groups of the Second Air Division in World War II. Kids’ Corner is a new idea for Heritage League. Our goal is to involve and educate the next generation.…

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President’s message December 2019

January 16, 2020
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Last November was our time to always remember and be grateful. We started with Veteran’s Day (2nd Monday in November) in the US honoring all of our Veterans present and past, and we also thank them for their service; especially of the approximate 7,000 2nd Air Division troops who did not come home. We are…

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Combat Groups of the 2nd Air Division

Bomb Groups – Heavy

44th BG – Shipdam
93rd BG – Hardwick
389th BG – Hethel
392nd BG –  Wendling
445th BG – Tibenham
446th BG – Bungay
448th BG – Seething
453rd BG – Old Buckenham
458th BG – Horsham St. Faith
466th BG – Attlebridge
467th BG – Rackheath
489th BG – Halesworth
491st BG – Metfield
492nd BG – North Pickenham

Fighter Groups

4th FG – Debden
56th FG – Boxted
355th FG – Steeple Morden
361st FG – Bottisham
479th FG – Wattisham
Personnel and English lads
Personnel and English lads

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Historical articles

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The B-24 Liberator

January 24, 2020
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Just as the Handley Page Halifax was overshadowed in the UK by its partner, the Avro Lancaster, so the B-24 never gained the popular appeal of its USAAF partner, the Boeing B-17. In fact, the B-24 was newer, more efficient, built in far greater numbers and, unlike the B-17, served on every front in World…

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History of the 2nd Air Division Association

July 29, 2019
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The Second Air Division Association (also known as the 2ADA) traces its initial meeting to 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. It was organized as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Illinois on January 10, 1950. Members of the original Board of Directors were 2nd Air Division veterans Marilyn Fritz, Howard W. Moore, Jordan It Uttal,…

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A Brief History of the 2nd Air Division

July 29, 2019
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The Second Air Division evolved out of the reorganization of the VIII Bomber Command into the Eighth Air Force. Starting as the Second Bomb Wing, it become the Second Bomb Division. In September 1944 a fighter wing was assigned, and in January 1945 it was redesignated the Second Air Division. The Second Air Division’s first…

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Military Research

Government Research Resources

January 24, 2020
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The following data has come from various sources including Scott Burris of Army Air Forces and www.b24.net. We hope these references will help you in your research. National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records This is where you obtain Service Records (201 file) located in St. Louis. Note that a fire in 1973 destroyed many…

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ArmyAirForces.com Forum Project

January 24, 2020
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Welcome to the ‘project page’ for saving, and hopefully re-presenting, the entire content of http://forum.armyairforces.com, which was started back in 1998. The Heritage League role The League is generously allowing this project to operate under its non-profit auspices. This does not mean that The Heritage League is promising to do the work—or expend the funds—necessary…

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Military Research by the Heritage League

January 24, 2020
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We, of the Heritage League, are dedicated to the preservation of the military records of our veterans. These documents in of themselves have no real meaning until you can see how one man’s record might connect him to units, awards and decorations. Since the loss of so many veteran’s records in the 1973 Fire at…

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The Mighty D8a Project

January 24, 2020
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Under the direction of the Heritage League of the Second Air Division – USAAF, a database development effort called the “Mighty D8a Project” (D8a is read as Data) is underway. The scope of this project is huge in that missions and personnel information from some forty (40) bomb groups of the Eighth Air Force’s three…

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