Welcome to the Kassel Mission Historical Society. Our new web home is made possible through member support, friends of the Society, and contributions made by friends and family in memory of mission veteran John V. Cadden, (December 30, 1923 – August 16, 2011).

The Kassel Mission Historical Society is incorporated in the state of Michigan as an Educational non-profit corporation, and is certified as a Federal Income Tax-Exempt 501 (c) (3) Veterans Organization.


Purposes of the Kassel Mission Historical Society are:

  •    To perpetuate and promote the memory and history of the Kassel Mission of 27 September 1944 by the
          445th Bomb Group of the 8th Army Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 2nd Combat Wing.

  •    To fund and dedicate one or more memorials to the Kassel Mission at appropriate locations.

  •    To publish and promote books, articles, and video productions about the Kassel Mission and the 445th
           Bomb Group, Tibenham, England, in World War II.


KMHS Members

The Americans 
Veterans of the 445 Bomb Group, their family, and friends, authors, historians, World War II buffs, and other interested parties join together to make up the Kassel Mission Historical Society.

The Germans 
KMHS recognizes the epic work of Walter Hassenpflug of Ludwigsau Germany as the "founding father" of Kassel Mission research. Also recognized is  Guenter Lemke of Heringen Germany for his role as our chief translator, and KMHS archeologist Eberhard Haelbig of Eisenach, Germany.

The English 
KMHS recognizes the Norfolk Gliding Club that now maintains the field at the former 445th airbase in Tibenham. In 2007, the club applied for a grant to create a 445th Heritage Center at the base. KMHS supports and will contribute in all possible ways to make this project a reality as Tibenham once again becomes a destination for those traveling in England.

KMHS welcomes all Tibenham residents from 1943 to the present and thanks them for sharing recollections of the 445th BG. KMHS also recognizes and supports the beautiful 2nd Air Division Library, in Norwich England.