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321st Bombardment Group References


General Bob Knapp's 321st Lives On

by: Ollie Smith, © 1992: Ollie Smith, Track 29 Press, Deatsville, AL

The story of the 321st BG, by a pilot of the 447th BS.  


 321st Headlines  

Headline Articles, Headquarters and Squadron Rosters

A collection of pdf files derived from scans of newspaper articles and AAF documents. 321st Headlines pdf format and legibility provided by Bob Ritger, proud nephew of 1st Lt. Frederic C. Ritger (321st, 446th).

Available: 321st Bomb Group Headlines


445th Bomb Squadron

Impressions and Experiences of an Air Corps GI in the Mediterranean Theater
of World War II

by: Barnard Seegmiller, 1996: Privately Published

From the diary of Sgt. Seegmiller, an armorer with the 445th BS.  Covers from April 15, 1942 to the end of the war. 206 pages.

Available- Write Sally Brown, 11470 Canton Court, Sandy, UT 84092 or email Sally Brown


Untold & Unsung ... The Unknown

by: Frederick H. Lawrence (321st, 445th Crew Chief), 2003: Trafford Publishing
The role of the Air Force ground support personnel in the waging of the air war, WWII.

336 pages; quality trade paperback (softcover); catalogue #03-1510; ISBN 1-4120-1131-0

Proceeds of all sales have been pledged to Fred's charities for children with disabilities.
Available -  Untold and Unsung

About the Author

The redundancy of 8th Air Force in WWII documentaries, books, and the exclusion of all other Air Forces in the above Historical Archives, prompted me to write of my 12th Air Force operations in our two and a half years overseas. Never is the role of Ground support personnel mentioned. The 321st Bomb Group had many, many firsts!


Mediterranean Mitchells

by: Frederick H. Lawrence (321st, 445th Crew Chief), 2005: Trafford Publishing
Never published accurate first hand account of events of the forgotten 12th Air Force unit.

420 pages; quality trade paperback (softcover); catalogue #04-1425; ISBN 1-4120-3597-X
Available -  Mediterranean Mitchells


446446th Bomb Squadron


Valley of the Skunk - The Story of a Haven

by: Roland Paulson (321st, 446th), © 1996 The National Writers Press, Aurora, CO
"Valley of the Skunk" is the true story of the Ames, Iowa native, war veteran and Iowa State and Harvard graduate. Paulson's book is a human interest story.

"It's a story of survival and a reminder that people can do anything if they have the determination." -R.P.-



Shot Down Over Italy

by: John W. Lanza, © 2010 Bright Spot Books ISBN-10: 0982752903

On May 26, 1944, a B-25 Mitchell bomber with a seven-man crew was shot down over Nazi-occupied Italy. At the time, Italy was a battleground in a complex, controversial, drawn-out, and bloody war of attrition. When disaster struck, the fate of each crew member rested, first, on the ability of the pilot to control the ship so that they could bail out; and, second, on who reached them first when they hit the ground - Mussolini's Fascists, Hitler's Nazis, or the partisans that formed the Italian Resistance.

This is a true story of survival.

Author's Website: Shot Down Over Italy


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