484th BG824th BS825th BS826th BS827th BS

484th Bombardment Group (H)

April 1944 May 1944 June 1944 July 1944 August 1944 September 1944 October 1944 November 1944 December 1944 January 1945 February 1945 March 1945 April 1945


A textual summary of each mission flown by the 484th is provided for the months shown at the top of this page. For some missions, you will see what was called in the 484th, pilot flimsies. It might be helpful for the novice to understand how missions were done at least in the 484th Bombardment Group. The Fifteenth Air Force Headquarters assigned targets to the various bomb wings the day before a mission. The bomb wing then developed some details about that mission. Some examples of what the bomb wing would document include the targets assigned to the other bomb wings so there wouldn't be a problem when so many aircraft were flying at the same time, how the bomb groups would form up for the mission, what the route would be to the target and return, as well as other details about the mission. This information would be sent to the bomb groups as Operations Orders. Each bomb group would take this information and develop a plan for carrying out the mission. Specifically, the 484th would assign crews and aircraft to the mission. The crew list would be posted on the bulletin board the evening before the mission. At a briefing the morning of a mission, the pilots would be handed a typed-up sheet with all the details for the day's mission. This typed-up sheet was called a pilot flimsy. Crews were told to destroy these after a mission to keep them from falling into enemy hands. Most were destroyed, but not all. As a result, some of these documents have survived and have been included for some of the missions. Following the mission, the crews were debriefed and the bomb group sent a report back to the bomb wing with the results. This report was called the Operations Report.

Summarizing the above, every mission consisted of the Operations Order, the pilot flimsy and the Operations Report. On the 49th Bomb Wing, you will find the first and last of these three documents. The middle document will be following the mission’s summary.

Be aware that a lot of these documents have been lost in time and are not present.

The 484th Bombardment Group (H) took part in 208 combat missions from 29 April 1944 until 26 April 1945.  The following summarizes these missions.

USA line

484th Missions

Pilot Flimsies