Commanding Officer

CAPT Lionel J. Cormier

Operations

CAPT Raymond Baguley

Operations

CAPT George E. McNeice

Operations

1st LT Miller

Operations

1st LT Roy M. Scott

Flight Surgeon

CAPT Hickerson

Adjutant

1st LT George A. Reed

Sqd. Armament Off.

1st LT Foster

Sqd. Eng. Off.

1st LT Jones

Call Sign: PEBBLY

Call Letters: 4N

Squadron Color: Blue

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Bombardiers of the 833rd Bomb Squadron.

Front row (L to R): Noah Henson; Ron Casperson; Fred Hermann (behind bombsight); Joe Rogers. Back Row (L to R): Harold Ealer; Walt Hummel; ? Smith; Morton McConnell; James Stewart; John Clarke; Chester Scott; Merle Medley; Jordan Goldberg. (reprinted from the O&W N/L Fall '90)

The 833rd was originally referred to as the "Wyverns" squadron. The symbol chosen is fashioned after the Heraldic monster used on Sir Frances Drake's coat of arms. The beast was a fire spitting bird with draconic tail and tongue. A bomb and 50 caliber machine gun were added to complete the link between the historic and modern missions this emblem became associated. The emblem was drawn from a prototype found in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. When the 486th received its first Pathfinders they were assigned to the 833rd BS. At the same time all lead aircraft were assigned to the 833rd, and it became this squadron's responsibility to maintain the lead ships and train their crews. Thus, the 833rd was alternatively known as "the Pathfinders."

The 486th Pathfinders used the British radio navigation system Gee-H, which was deployed starting in the Spring of 1944.  This system was a follow on to the Oboe and Gee radio navigation systems. GEE-H radar sets, although very helpful and accurate, had several short comings. They were limited in range (200 miles from the English ground stations with the lead A/C at 25k ft), frequently failed or easily jammed, and required highly trained operators. When the 486th gave their B24s up to the 2nd air division, they also lost their pathfinders. During the month of August, the 486th relied on other groups for pathfinder bombing cues. Late in August of 44 the pathfinder B17s began to arrive. These carried the new An/APS-15 radar sets (cover name H2X). The crews, however, called them "Mickey sets."  (for more on Gee-H, see GEE-H and OBOE, Through the Cloud Bombing)

The Mickey sets were located in the radio compartment of the A/C with the transmitter replacing the ball turret. The radar return was displayed on the operators scope clearly marking ground features to a radius of 50 miles at an operating altitude of 25k feet. Natural landforms; e.g., water, land and forests, as well as man made objects could easily be seen.


Assigned Aircrews

The listings show the pilot name, a/c name, a/c type, number and a/c id.
Blue names indicate crew photos

Armament
Foster
06/02/08
Communications
Christopher
09/01/01
Engineering
Jones
07/24/25
Alexander
The Last Roundup
17G #927 G
12/18/01
Andrews
Andy's Angel
24H #732 M
05/27/01
Austin
Unknown
24H #991 R
01/15/01
Belanger
Unknown
17G #867 C
06/09/01
Berry
Superstitious Aloysius
24H #673 J
08/31/02
Borger
Lonesome Polecat Too
17G #363 T
12/18/01
Brooks
Unknown
17G --- -
08/30/12
Braun
Various
17G
12/18/01
Burkhardt
Baby Shoe II/III
17G #218 V
05/27/01
Carroll
Unknown
17G #943 G
05/27/01
Carter
Unknown
24H #663 C
12/18/01
Chisena
Unknown
17G # -
05/27/01
Cole
Various
24H
06/16/01
Corbett
Various
17G # -
12/18/01
Cornelison
Unknown
17G # -
04/01/12
Coy
The Last Round Up
17G #927 G
05/27/01
Davis
Unknown
17G -- -
08/04/06
Deckelmayer
Baby Shoe III
17G #292 V
12/18/01
Delaplaine
Unknown
17G # -
05/27/01
DeWitt
Tommy Thumper
24H #880 S
06/16/01
Dickerson
Lucky Lady
24H #523 D
05/28/01
Dimel
Baby Shoe
17G #218 V
07/15/01
Dunbar
Unknown
17G # -
12/18/01
Eakin
Various
17G - -
08/27/01
Emery
Unknown
17G # -
12/18/01
Estersohn
Sleepy Time Gal
17G #007 D
03/02/02
Ewen
Unknown
17G # -
12/18/01
Fellmeth
Funny Face
24H #673 T
03/14/02
Fishel
Unknown
17G # -
05/28/01
Frawley
Various
17G # -
12/20/16
Gibbs
Umbriago
17G #983 M
12/18/01
Gibson
Unknown
17G # -
05/28/01
Glashoff
Low Pressure Lulu
17G #646 G
12/30/01
Goettel
Lady from Hell
24H #681 H
05/28/01
Hall, R.
Unknown
17G - -
05/28/01
Harris
Unknown
17G #970 S
10/05/02
Heuser
Various
17G # -
05/26/02
Hodges
Lush Thrush
17G #657 T
06/13/01
Holdefer
The Fertile Turtle
17G #943 G
05/28/01
Howard
Unknown
17G # -
04/01/12
Huff
Unknown
24H #758 N
05/28/01
Jackson
Various
17G # -
07/09/03
Martin
Unknown
17G # -
12/03/03
McAnelly
Unknown
17G # -
06/10/01
Melahn
Unknown
17G # -
06/13/01
Mentzer
Unknown
17G #163 H
04/21/01
Miller, B.
Unknown
24- - -
06/04/06
Moseley
Jane's Wittle Wabbit
24H #751 E
10/27/07
Nelson
The Short Arm
17G 616 A
03/26/00
Ogle
(Various)
 
04/12/03
Pankow
Various
17G
03/16/03
Petersen
Unknown
17G - -
11/09/00
Rapp
Sleepy Time Gal
17G #007 D
10/23/04
Rex, J. L.
Consolidated Mess
24H #475 B
05/28/01
Riley
Various
17G
11/15/03
Ringler
Unknown
17G #599 R
05/28/01
Rohan
Various
B17G # -
02/18/08
Roper
Unknown
24H # -
01/12/02
Sather
Unknown
24H # -
10/18/06
Shaw
Shaw's Sinners
B17G # -
05/28/01
Springer
Unknown
24H #663 G
05/28/01
Stroebe
Unknown
17G - -
07/05/03
Towne
Unknown
24H #639 -
05/28/01
Tubbs
Unknown
17G - -
05/28/01
Vance
Lonesome Polecat Too
17G #363 T
12/18/01
B. Ward
Unknown
17G #867 C
07/16/05
D. Ward
Unknown
17G # -
03/29/05
Weatherly
Unknown
24H #631 G
05/28/01
Wegener
Unknown
17G # -
05/28/01
E. White
Unknown
17G # -
05/28/07
M. White
Semi-Eager
24H #695 L
05/28/01
Yochem
Unknown
24J #588 -
05/28/01
     

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