Abbreviations, Acronyms, Codewords, Terms
Four-engine, midwing bomber, developed in 1930s by Boeing. Used widely during World War II in Europe and the Mediterranean theaters. Nine crewmembers. The F-model, used in the Schweinfurt-Regensburg raids of August 1943, had maximum takeoff weight of 72,000 pounds; top speed of 311 miles; and a service ceiling of 35,000 feet. It carried a bombload of 20,800 pounds. Total produced for the AAF, 1940-1945: 12,692.
Four-engine, midwing bomber, developed by Consolidated Vultee and used in World War II. Eight to 10 crewmembers. Flew in all combat theaters but was especially useful in the Pacific Theater on long-range missions. Served as a bomber, tanker, and transport. The first model used operationally by Army Air Forces bomber units was the B-24D in 1942. The D had a maximum takeoff weight of 60,000 pounds; top speed of 303 miles per hour at 25,000 feet; service ceiling of 32,000 feet; and a combat range of 2,850 miles. Later Ds carried a bombload of 12,800 pounds. Total produced for the AAF, 1940-1945: 18,190.
Made by North American, the twin-engine, single-wing B-25 was one of Army Air Forces' best medium bombers of World War II. Three to 6 crewmembers. Bombload was 3,000 pounds. The B-model added a power-operated turret, with a 2-gun retractable ventral turret replacing the prone gunner's position in the tail. The Doolittle raid to Japan in April 1942 from the USS Hornet was flown in B-25Bs. The B-25B's maximum takeoff weight was 28,460 pounds; top speed, 300 miles per hour at 15,000 feet; service ceiling, 23,500 feet; and combat range, 1,300 miles. Total produced for the AAF, 1940-1945: 9,816.
Built by Martin, the B-26 Marauder was a twin-engine, single-wing, medium bomber. Three crewmembers. Sent to Australia in December 1941, B-26As saw action in the Pacific theaters from 1942-1945. Beginning in 1942, they also operated from bases in Alaska and, in November 1942, from North Africa. The B-model commenced operations in Europe in May 1943 with Eighth Air Force. The Ninth Air Force used B-26Bs very successfully in a tactical role, supporting the invasion of Europe from the United Kingdom. The B-26B's maximum takeoff weight was 34,000 pounds; best speed, 317 miles per hour at 14,500 feet; service ceiling, 23,500 feet; and combat range, 1,150 miles. Total produced for the AAF, 1940-1945: 5,157.
Built by Boeing and used predominantly in the Pacific, the B-29 featured a pressurized cabin, highly advanced remote-control firing system, and a bomb capacity of 20,000 pounds. Powered by 4 Wright R-3350 radial engines, the bomber had 10 crewmembers. The A-model had a maximum takeoff weight of 141,100 pounds; top speed of 358 miles per hour at 25,000 feet; a service ceiling of 31,850 feet; and a combat range of 4,100 miles. Total produced for the AAF, 1940-1945: 3,763.
Used by the Navy as a rescue plane, the B-29 Superdumbo carried inflatable lifeboats which were dropped from the air into the water.
Four engine, single-wing bomber, built by Consolidated. Ten crew members. Bombload, 20,000 pounds. Maximum takeoff weight was 111,500 pounds; top speed, 357 miles per hour at 30,000 feet; service ceiling, 30,700 feet; and combat range, 2,500 miles. The B-32 lagged far behind the B-29 in development. Only 15 saw limited combat in the Pacific at the end of World War II.
Long-range bomber developed by Consolidated. Thought to have potential value in bombing Japan, a contract for 100 B-36s was let in 1943. However, the war was over before the B-36 first flew on August 8, 1946. Normally carried 15 crewmen, including 4 relief men. The B-36s maximum takeoff weight was 410,000 pounds; top speed, 411 miles per hour at 36,400 feet; service ceiling, 39,900 feet; and combat range, 6,800 miles. The Strategic Air Command flew B-36s from 1947 to 1956.
Branch Budget and Legislative Planning Branch, War Department
Eniwetok Island, Marshall Islands
Mitsubishi type 97 light bomber (Japanese)
Mt. Reamur, Bismarck Archipelago
Cape Gloucester, New Britain
Kerama Retto, Nansei Shoto Islands, Japan
British Admiralty Delegation
Garua Harbor, New Britain
Military bridging designed by British engineers
Plan for interception and sinking of 3 enemy blockade runners by American Task Groups in conjunction with air patrols from Natal and Ascension Island (January 1944)
Grand Cayman Island, B.W.I.
Sub-port of embarkation, Excursion Inlet, Alaska
Old Providence Island, Caribbean Sea
LCT landing inside Onorisi Pass, New Goergia-Munda Area, Solomon Islands
Cape San Jacques, French Indo China
Operations against Hastings Harbor, Victoria Point Area, Burma
Doke Doke, New Georgia, Solomon Islands
Casablanca, French Morocco
Gozo Island, Mediterranean Sea
Arimegi Plantation, New Britain
The Rhine River crossing (24 March 1945)
Marshall Islands Campaign
St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Eten Island, Truk Lagoon, Caroline Islands
Macclesfield Bank, South China Sea
Arawe Harbor, New Britain
Leru Island, Florida Group, Solomon Islands
Air reconnaissance from North Russia apparently for German BB Tirpitz (May-June 1944)
Nasubata Channel, Palawan Island, P.I.
Lua Point, Treasury Island
Capetown, Union of South Africa
Groups of U.S. submarines to penetrate the minefields in the Tsushima Strait, Japan Sea, and carry out a 3 weeks offensive patrol against the enemy shipping (27 May-30 June 1945)
Rooke Island, Bismarck Archipelago
Undaga Island, Bismarck Archipelago
Combined sea and air operation to intercept Japanese submarines carrying important officials from Germany to Singapore (11-13 November 1943) (G.B.)
Plan for capture of Dakar (formerly BLACK and PICADOR).
U.S. Naval Base, Londonderry, Ireland
U.S. Naval Base, Gore Loch, Scotland
U.S. Naval Base, Laugh Erne, Ireland
U.S. Naval Base, Loch Ryan, Scotland
BASEBALL or BB
England to Russia air shuttle
Wu Hsii Island, Formosa Strait
First U.S. Naval Training Base, British Isles
First assault on mainland of Italy by 8th Army, ferried from West Sicilian ports to landing beaches north of Reggio (3 September 1943) (G.B.)
Plan for American air support of USSR In event of Japanese attack on Soviet Union. Also code name for U.S. survey project of air facilities in Siberia.
Rocket launcher, hand-carried (anti-tank weapon)
BOLERO Combined Committee (London)
BOLERO Combined Committee (Washington)
Bureau Central de Renseignements et d'Action (Central Intelligence and Operations Bureau)
Release of certain information to Tito to coordinate peak of Partisan activity
A training exercise held in the Slapton Sands area in England in March 1944, employing elements of the VII Corps and simulating the later assault on UTAH Beach
Pulap Island, Caroline Islands
Nusam Island, Solomon Sea
La Perouse Strait, Santa Cruz Islands
U.S. First Military District
Emirau Island, Admiralty Islands
Makari, Bougainville, Solomon Islands
Jenkins Bay, Sideia Island
Richtofen Bay, New Britain
Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands
Siota, Florida-Tulagi Group, Solomon Islaznds
Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands
Operations against Hokkaido, Japan
Cape Croiselles, New Guinea
Steel gates used either as barricades or beach obstacles. Also known as Element "C."
Anatahan Island, Marianas Islands
Yap Island, Caroline Islands
Faisi, Bougainville, Solomon Islands
South Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands
Mitsubishi type 1 twin-engine medium bomber (Japanese)
Porlock Harbor, New Guinea
Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands
Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island, Bismarck Archipelago
Pambukan Sur, Samar, P.I.
Feint to screen UTAH Beach assault force during Normany invasion
Pointe Noire, French Africa
American Mission, Fortaleza, Brazil
Special security procedure for future operations.
Accra, Gold Coast, Africa
Mission Pier, Trobriand Island, New Guinea
Mave (Rahe) River, New Guinea
Huon Peninsula, New Guinea
Establishment of air forces at Zara (Yugoslavia)--April, 1945
Lae, New Guinea (canceled)
Christmas Island, Pacific Ocean
Doma Cove, Solomon Islands
Trobriand Island, New Guinea
Covering operation for DRACULA (27 April-6 May 1945) (G.B.)
Kumbum Village, New Guinea
Combined operation for capture of prisoners and equipment from the enemy Radio Direction Finder Station at Bruneval, France (27-28 February 1942) (G.B.)
Ceuta, Spanish Morocco, Africa
Plan for seizure of Dakar (later PICADOR and BARRISTER).
Enogai, New Georgia, Solomon Islands
Segi Village, New Georgia Island, Solomon Islands
Operations of Commander-in-Chief, Air Forces, Pacific, to occupy Japanese held territory after the surrender
Sabotage operations by French workers
Wewak Airdrome, New Guinea
Safi, French Morocco, Africa
Safi, French Morocco, Africa
Choiseul Island, Solomon Islands
Madu Island, Flores Sea, N.E.I.
BLUEPrewar plan for the defense of the United States, should war occur.
Kaylan Point, Florida-Tulagi Group, Solomon Islands
Daly Rock, Treasury Island
Hate Tabako Airdrome, Halmahera Island, N.E.I.
BLUIE EAST 2
Weather station near Angmagssalik, on the east coast of Greenland
BLUIE WEST 1
Narsarssuak, Greenland air base
BLUIE WEST 8
Northern Greenland air base
Bora Bora Island, Society Islands
Static (division) [German]
Vitiaz Strait, New Guinea
Operations for the capture of Malaya
Operation of transferring American armed forces from the United States to the United Kingdom
Cruciform steel silos (part of MULBERRY)
Tui Island, Bismarck Archipelago
Kiska Island, Aleutian Islands
Fort Chimo, Province of Quebec, Canada
Bachelors' Office Quarters
Military Attaché, Haiti, West Indies
Alaskan-Siberian Air Ferry Project
BOSCOTelephone directory of American and British delegations at QUADRANT.
Yulinkan, French Indo China
Budget Office, War Department
Aircraft for Malta from U.S.S. Wasp and H.M.S. Eagle (8-15 May 1942)
Air attack on shipping in harbour of Venice--21st March, 1945
Dar Es Salaam, Tanganykia, Africa
Moemi Airdrome, New Guinea
Norupena Point, Torokina Island, Solomon Islands
Br Jt Stf Miss
British Joint Staff Mission
Fotuna Point, Treasury Island
Cover name for General Marshall during Casablanca Conference.
Amphibious operation launched from Corsica with the object of capturing Elba, Mediterranea (17 June 1944)
Amphibious Training Group, Southwest Pacific
Operation to deliver a second heavy air strike on the German BB Tirpitz in Altenfiord and incapacitate her for the rest of the war (19 May 1944) (G.B.)
Denial to enemy of Mogadishu, Italian Somaliland, and reception base; destruction of shipping and harbor facilities and minelyaing of approaches (2 February 1941) (G.B.)
Markham River Valley, New Guinea
Missana Island, Celebes, N.E.I.
Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago
Ndeni Island, Santa Cruz Islands
Removal of General Kreipe and party from Crete (14 May 1944)
Western Entrance to Gulf Bone, Celebes, N.E.I.
Laiana Beach, New Georgia-Munda Area, Solomon Islands
Operations for capture of Sardinia
Dry Sand Cove, Florida-Tulagi Group, Solomon Islands
Operations for the liberation of Malaya and to open the Straits of Malacca
Landing ground--north-east Burma (1944)
Puluwat Island, Truk Lagoon, Caroline Islands
Olson's Landing, New Georgia-Munda Area, Solomon Islands
Kahili Airfield, Bougainville, Solomon Islands
Nankina River, New Guinea
Operation to counter an enemy breakout, either through the English Channel or through the Northern Passage, with the object of attacks on shipping (March 1945)
Naha, Okinawa Jima, Nansei Shoto Island, Japan
British Guiana, South America
Palmyra Island, Line Islands
BOLERO-SICKLE Combined Committee
Operation against Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal (21 June-15 November 1943)
Geographical location in connection with ARGONAUT
Build-up Control Office, Portsmouth, England. Controlled the flow of personnel thru the Concentration Areas, Marshalling Areas, and Embarkation Areras for the Normandy invasion.
Mt. Lambe, Solomon Islands
Bureau of Yards and Docks
Attack by 6th Corps to establish base north of Cisterina, west coast of Italy (23 May-4 June 1944) (G.B.)
Wough Bay, Tetipari, Solomon Islands
Nura Island, Solomon Islands
Hai K'au (Kaiko), Formosa
Amphibious operations for capture of Akyab, Burma (21 June-15 November 1943)
Map Island, Yap, Caroline Islands
Projected Navy capture of Martinique and Guadaloupe, Caribbean Sea
Establishment of allied officers at German Naval Headquarters at Trento and Trieste, Italy, on surrender (30 April-1 June 1945)
Reconnaissance on the beaches of Sumatra by a naval party (23-24 April 1944) (G.B.)
Bureau of Naval Personnel
Roi Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
Special force operation mounted by Headquarters, Allied Armies in Italy
Djilolo Passage, Halmahera Island, N.E.I.
Oued Bou Reg, French Morocco
"Attack at night expected"
Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands
Operations against Reggio-Sangiovanni Area, Italy
Operations for the capture of Wake Island
BW Sied--Bevollmachtigter des OKW fur Siedlugsfragen
Armed Forces Plenipotentiary for Settlement (German: p. 52)
Trobriand Island (Kiriwina)
Unea Island, Bismarck Archipelago
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