RAF 148 squadron based at Brindisi Italy

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    Hi
    I am researching the RAF 148 squadron when they were based at Brindisi in Italy. In the Diary that I have that started my research the crew I am interested in had close connection with American service men Air force and Navy.
    I am hoping to get in contact with anyone with memories of those days or are able to point me in the direction of possible leads.
    The 148 flew Halifax Bombers at this time fitted with Merlin engines on SOE/partisan missions to Northern Italy, Yugoslavia and Poland. In the photographs I have is one of an USAAF liberator that I presumed crash landed at Brindisi it is over all silver with a square on the tail as a unit marking does anyone know which unit it could be from?
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    Steve what year are we talking about ? there were 4 B-24 bomb groups of the 15th AF that had a black square at the top portion of the twin tails...

    460th
    464th
    465th
    485th bomb groups under the 55th bomb wing
     
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    Welcome to the site FFF. :)
     
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    Cheers for the welcome and reply, I must apologise for not getting back earlier as I have been suffering from a sinus infection which has made screen staring painful, anyway.
    Erich the year we are talking about is 1944 Jan to Aug, the photo shows a Square to the top of the Libs tail plane with a band below it of the same color, also on the fuselage there is a circle of the same color with what looks like an L in it but the main wing cuts the top of the circle of. When I say color I should say same shade as it is a B&W piccie but I believe the intact engine cowl front is colored (might be red) the ship is an overall silver.
    I am presuming the picture is at Brindisi as that is where the crew was based, but it also could have been a diverted Lib from another station.
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    the unit would be the 465th bomb group, and yes the engine cowlings would have a colored band on them.....

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    Cheers for that Erich, will have a go at finding the info on the group and whether any vets about from it.
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    FFF, you may want to take a look at Frank Ambrose's page on the 465th:

    Mission and History of the 15th AF-465th Bomb Gp (H) in Italy

    According to him, the group was based at Panatella Air Base, Italy. But the plane picture at Brindisi would not have been unusual. Planes diverted for all kinds of reasons.
     
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    cheers for that link
     
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