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42-31883

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 30/12/43; Casper 4/1/44; Denver 4/2/44; Kearney 12/2/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-Y] Bassingbourn 22/3/44; Missing in Action 69m Merseburg 2/11/44 with Pilot: Herb Chouinard, Navigator: Dan DuBonis, Bombardier: Jim Hundley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Luther Salter, Radio Operator: Herschel Bowers, Ball turret gunner: Jim Foltz,Tail gunner: Carroll Tallant (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Ray Nickola, Waist gunner: Arnold Kramer (2 Prisoner of War); flak, #2 exploded and nose blew off, ship fell away before exploding and crashed Leipzig; Missing Air Crew Report 10304. THE JUB JUB BIRD.
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Service

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Randall Archer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Westeroden in B-17 44-6093

  • Herschel Bowers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 2 November 1944 in plane called 'Jub Jub Bird' on 21st mission. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Herbert Chouinard

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Leipzig in B-17 'Jub Jub Bird' #4231883

  • Daniel De Bonis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Leipzig in B-17 'Jub Jub Bird' #4231883

  • James Foltz

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Leipzig in B-17 'Jub Jub Bird' #4231883

  • Roy Griesbach

    Military | Lieutenant | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Pilot of the crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the Jub Jub Bird ...

  • John Hamner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-17 AG (Tail gunner)
    "Jack" Hamner served as a tail gunner with the 401st Bomb Squadron, of the 91st Bomb Group out of Bassingbourn, England. He flew 30 missions from 5 Jan 44 to 27 May 44. Eight of those missions were in "The Jub Jub Bird" (aircraft 42-31883) as confirmed...

  • R Harford

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Part of the Griesbach crew on the 26 March 1944 mission to Pas De Calais aboard the jub Jub Bird ...

  • James Hundley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    James Hundley served as a bombardier with the 401st Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group out of Bassingbourn, England. On 2 November 1944, he was flying in B-17 'Jub Jub Bird' #4231883 when it crashed at Leipzig and he was Killed in Action (KIA). He is...

  • Arnold Kramer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 11/2/44 at Leipzig in B-17 'Jub Jub Bird' #4231883

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Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
1st Mission Frankfurt, Germany 24 March 1944

FRANKFURT,GERMANY
The original target was the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt.
Crew: Lts. F. C. Ammann, F. L. Butler, Harold A. Levin, P. H. McNulty, T/Sgts. J. J. Lacorazza, F, D. Bynon Jr.,S/Sgts. I. F. Kennedy, C. E. Ciera, Howard Hornick, Frank Martin.
BOMBING RESULTS: Unobserved, due to undercast. Bombs dropped on PFF in Frankfurt Area.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Fairly good.
FLAK: Enroute to the target meager AA fire was observed out of range from the vicinities of Eupen, Bonn and Koblenz. Moderate AA fire at Schweinfurt was inaccurate for our lead group and rather
accurate for the high group flying farther to the right. At the target , moderate to intense, accurate AA fire was experienced. Meager fire reported from Brussels.
CASUALTIES: A/C 083 – T/Sgt. Robert A. Wood – Flak wound in right knee.

2nd Mission Pas-de-Calais, France 26 March 1944

PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE
Marquis Mimbyecques, France
Crew: Lts. R. J. Griesbach, C. R. Peck, J. R. Simonson, J. R. Piland, T/Sgts. E. J. Viskocil, R. G. Hartford, S/Sgts. R. E. Rigaud, J. D. Hamner, H. V. Lane, H. R. Small.
BOMBING RESULTS: Crews reported good results. Many bursts noted on Northwest and East corner of target. Target area was generally well covered.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered or reported.
FLAK: Moderate and accurate AA fire was experienced by our A/C in the target area.
CASUALTIES: None.

3rd Mission Saint-Jean-d'Angély 27 March 1944

JEAN D’ANGELY, FRANCE
Crew: A/C 883: Lts. R. J. Griesbach, C. R. Peck, J. R. Simonson, T.Sgt. E. J. Viskocil, S/Sgt. H. V. Lane, T/Sgt. R. G. Hartford, S/Sgt. H. R. Small, Sgt. R. E. Rigaud, S/Sgt. J. D. Hamner.
BOMBING RESULTS: Crews reported the aiming points were well hit.
FLAK: All AA fire observed by our aircraft was out of range.
CASUALTIES: None.

4th Mission Reims-Champagne, France 28 March 1944

REIMS CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Crew: Lts. S. L. Evans, R. W. Thompson, Harold (NMI) Levin, T. W. Harper, T/Sgts. R. R. Saffell, P. J. DelTorto, S/Sgt. R. N. Kasch, Pvt. A.A. Scelza, S/Sgts. W. W. Tressler, R. J. Schupp.
BOMBING RESULTS: Crews reported that our main point of impact was just short of the briefed MPI, with scattered hits on the aiming points. A large explosion was observed in the hangar area in the Northwestern section of the field.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered or observed.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Described as good.
FLAK: Meager, inaccurate AA fire was reported at vicinity of Dieppe. At the target, meager but accurate AA fire was experienced.
CASUALTIES: None.

5th Mission Waggum-Braunschweig, Germany 29 March 1944

BRAUNSCHWEIG, GERMANY
The primary target is situated at Waggum, Germany, four miles North of the city of Braunschweig.
The center of the industrial area in the same city was the secondary.
Crew:Lts. R. J. Greisbach, C. R. Peck, J. R. Simonson, M. M. Thomson, T/Sgts. E. J. Viskocil,
R. G. Hartford, Sgt. R. E. Rigaud, S/Sgts. J. D. Hamner, H. V. Lane, H. R. Small.
BOMBING RESULTS: Undercast forced attack on secondary by PFF, with unobserved results.
ENEMY AIIRCRAFT: Varying reports of up to 50 single engine E/F, including FW 190s and Me 109s, encountered over the target. Only one concerted attack was made on this formation. Our escort hit the enemy A/C before they could make a large concentrated attack forcing the one pass to be made in small numbers. Even during this pass, our fighter support was mixing it with the enemy
and followed those through the formation.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: fighter support was excellent. It was particularly effective over the target for a large number of E/A were encountered and many dogfights ensued. See preceding paragraph.
FLAK: Enroute to the target, meager, inaccurate AA fire was reported from vicinities of
Quackenbruck, Vecha and Nienburg. White bursts were reported from Vechta and Lenbrusk.
CASUALTIES: Ten Officers and men Missing In Action.

6th Mission Oldenburg, Germany 8 April 1944

OLDENBURG, GERMANY
Crew: Lts. R. J. Griesbach, C. R. Peck, J. R. Simonson, J. R. Piland, T/Sgts. E. J. Viskocil, R. G. Hartford, Sgt. R. E. Rigaud, S/Sgts. J. D. Hamner, H. V. Lane.
BOMBING RESULTS: Most crews described results as “Excellent.” Much fire and smoke was seen in target area.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Described as “good.”
FLAK: Enroute to the target, meager, inaccurate AA fire was experienced from the vicinity of Ijumiden. At the target AA fire was moderate and accurate for our A/C. From two to six Rockets
were reported in the target area, some bursting level and only a hundred yards in front. On the return journey, meager and accurate fire was reported from the vicinity of Detern.
CASUALTIES: None.

7th Mission Hamm, Germany 22 April 1944

HAMM, GERMANY
Crew: Lts. R. J. Griesbach (P), C. R. Peck (CP), J. R. Simonson (N), J. R. Piland (B), T/Sgts. E. J. Viskocil, R. G. Hartford, Sgt. R. E. Rigaud, S/Sgts. J. D. Hamner, H. V. Lane, Sgt. H. R. Small.
There was no formal interrogation of crews on this mission due to extreme late hour of return.
BOMBING RESULTS: Believed to be good. Target was obscured by smoke, but bombs landed in smoked area.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil.
FLAK: Meager AA fire at the coast on the way in and out. Target flak was meager to moderate.
CASUALTIES: Lt. J. W. Ryan, flying with the lead Aircraft of this group was MIA when this
aircraft was hit by a burst of flak and went down. All crew members believed safe due to the number of parachutes observed coming from the stricken aircraft.

8th Mission Metz, France 25 April 1944

METZ/FRESCATY, FRANCE
Crew:Lts. L. F. Rentmeester (P), W. W. Behrend (CP), R. N. Roberts (N), J. T. Ashby, T/Sgts. E. A. Diethorn, W. E. Simonson, S/Sgts. F. Topitz, G. A. Wiggett, O. H. Powell, P. F. Lunt.
BOMBING RESULTS: Bombing results described as good, both MPI’s being well covered by hits.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil.
FLAK: Meager inaccurate fire reported from a number of spots along the route, and at the target. Some very accurate AA fire was experienced just before reaching the French coast on the way out.
CASUALTIES:
S/Sgt. E. A. Earl, Right Waist Gunner, flak wounds, left eye and ear.
S/Sgt. C. R. Jones, Left Waist Gunner, flak wounds, chest shoulder.
T/Sgt. F. Savusak, Radio, flak wounds, left foot.
Lt. C. L. Pierce, Pilot, flak wound, knee.

9th Mission Avord, France 28 April 1944

AVORD, FRANCE
Crew: Lts. R. J. Griesbach (P), C. R. Peck (CP), J. R. Simonson (N), J. R. Piland (B), T/Sgt. E. J. Viskocil, S/Sgt. H. V. Lane, T/Sgt. R. G. Hartford, Sgts. H. P. Small, R. E. Rigaud, S/Sgt. J. D. Hamner.
BOMBING RESULTS: Bombing results believed to be generally good, though ground haze obscured the target to some extent.
FLAK: Meager to moderate, accurate AA fire at the target.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 25 to 40 Me 109’s and FW 190’s seen. About 10 minutes past the target one mass attack from 12 o’clock was made on this formation, but E/A did not press home the attack.
CASUALTIES: None.
NOTE: Capt. R. N. Roberts, with Col. Putnam flying as co-pilot led the entire combat wing on this, his last mission.

10th Mission Troyes, France 1 May 1944

TROYES, FRANCE
Crew: Lts. W. F. Nee, R. Aragona, L. F. Sylvester, R. Markley, S/Sgts. G. A. Scida, P. J. Branner, Sgt. L. A. Bielawski. T/Sgt. D. E. Spaulding, Sgt. R. Heimbach, S/Sgt. E. H. Hughes.
BOMBING RESULTS: Reported as good, with smoke rising to 5000 feet.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Excellent.
FLAK: The only AA fire encountered on this mission was at Nieuport on the enemy coast on the way out.
CASUALTIES: none.

11th Mission Sottevast, France 6 May 1944

SOTTEVAST, FRANCE
Crew: Lts. R. J. Guenther, G. Havrisik, J. W. Lowdermilk, L. V. Peterson, S/Sgts. J. Shoesmith, J. H. Bigham, N. Premonko, Sgt. N. J. Teems, H. F. Nicely, W. Peacock.
A military installation in the Cherbourg Peninsula was the target assigned to this group. However, the target area was completely covered by clouds so that no bombs were dropped.
BOMBING RESULTS: Bombs brought back.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good with escort all way in and out.
FLAK: A moderate barrage of AA fire was observed by our A/C in the target area.

12th Mission Berlin, Germany 7 May 1944

BERLIN , GERMANY
Crew: Lts. R. J. Griesbach, L. P. Gallagher, J. R. Simonson, J. H. Piland, T/Sgt. R. J. Viskocil, S/Sgt. H. V. Lane, T/Sgt. R. G. Hartford, S/Sgts. H. R. Small, R. E. Rigaud, J. D. Hamner.
BOMBING RESULTS: Unobserved due to 10/10 undercast.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Fair to good.
FLAK: Enroute to the target moderate and rather accurate AA fire was experienced between Dummer Lake and Osnabruck. At the target, AA fire was intense and some of it was accurate.
CASUALTIES: None.

13th Mission Konz, Germany 11 May 1944

KONZ KARTHOUS, GERMANY
The Railway Marshalling Yards and Workshops at Konz Karthous, on the East Border of
Luxemburg was the target assigned to this Group.
Crew: Lts. M. McKew, L. P. Gallagher, R. B. Paul, P. A. Goodall, T/Sgts. R. D. Bensheimer, F. G. Lavigne, S/Sgts. J. L. Magyar, D. C. Dotson, J. L> Anderson, M. Pitcock.
BOMBING RESULTS: Described as good with main concentration falling a little short and slightly West of briefed MPI.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered or observed.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Described as Excellent.
FLAK: None.
CASUALTIES: None.

14th Mission Berlin-Lichtenburg, Germany 19 May 1944

BERLIN, GERMANY
Today’s target was Lichtenburg in the West Central half of the city of Berlin.
Crew: Lt. McKew (only the aircraft commander listed in this report but Mckew's crew on previous missions was: Lts. M. McKew, L. P. Gallagher, R. B. Paul, P. A. Goodall, T/Sgts. R. D. Bensheimer, F.
G. Lavigne, S/Sgts. J. L. Magyar, D. C. Dotson, J. L. Anderson, M. Pitcock.)
BOMBING RESULTS: Bombing done on PFF due to clouds over target and some crews reported seeing bursts in the city.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: No attacks on this wing, but the wing to the right was attacked by from 40 to 75 E/A.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed.
FLAK: The only accurate AA fire for our groups was encountered at the target.
CASUALTIES: 10 Officers and men Missing In Action from A/C 455.
CREW MISSING IN ACTION: Lts. R. S. Wylie, J. J. Kozina, H. L. Hutchinson, F. O. Muzzy,
T/Sgts. J. J. Hageman, P. W. Noll, S/Sgts. W. L. Walker, F. J. George, W. E. Bracken.
REMARKS: While coming into target A/C 455 had the tail surfaces shot off by AA fire. It rolled over and went down. 20 objects were seen coming from plane, it believed to be part of crew making delayed jump.

15th Mission Vélizy-Villacoublay, France 20 May 1944

VILLACOUBLAY, FRANCE
Our target was the Villa Coublay A/C works and airfields, 5 miles southwest of Paris.
Crew: Lts. R. J. Guenther, G. Havrisik, J. M. Lwdermilk, L. V. Peterson, T/Sgt. J. H. Bigham, J. Shoesmith, S/Sgts. N. Premenko, H. F. Nicely, H. J. Teems.
BOMBING RESULTS: Crews report main concentration of bombs hit to the left of assigned MPI.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: One E/A observed 5000 ft above formation but chased off by our escort.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed.
FLAK: Moderate, accurate AA fire reported at the target.
CASUALTIES: None.

16th Mission Kiel, Germany 22 May 1944

KIEL, GERMANY
Our target was the industrial area in Kiel, just Northwest of the Krupp Submarine and Shipbuilding Yards, where the 10, 000 ton “Prinz Eugen” was built.
Crew: Lts. R. J. Griesbach, J. Oates, G. R. Moburg, J. R. Piland, T/Sgts. E. J. Viskocil, R. G. Hartford, S/Sgts. R. E. Rigaud, J. D. Hamner, H. R. Small.
BOMBING RESULTS: PFF run made, but bombing done visually. Area just North of briefed MPI was clear, so bombardier dropped on this with good results.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: No direct attacks on this Group. Crews reported that 12 to 15 E/A, mainly Me 109’s and several Me 110’s were engaged by our escort in a dogfight to the rear of our formation who kept them from making any definite attacks.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed and as stated above.
FLAK: Meager to moderate inaccurate AA fire experienced at the target.
CASUALTIES: None.

17th Mission Woippy, France 23 May 1944

SAARBRUCKEN, GERMANY
The Aevo-engine works at Woippy, 2 miles NNW of Metz was the primary target assigned to this Group, the Railway Traffic Center at Saarbrucken, the secondary.
Crew: Lt Griesbach (only the aircraft commander listed in this report but Griesbach's crew on previous missions was: Lts. R. J. Griesbach, J. Oates, G. R. Moburg, J. R. Piland, T/Sgts. E. J. Viskocil, R. G. Hartford, S/Sgts. R. E. Rigaud, J. D. Hamner, H. R. Small.)
BOMBING RESULTS: A PFF attack on secondary was made with unobserved results.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good.
FLAK: Meager, inaccurate AA fire was experienced by our A/C at the target. Meager AA fire observed out of range from vicinities of Rheims and Nieuport.
CASUALTIES: None.

18th Mission Berlin, Germany 24 May 1944

BERLIN, GERMANY
The center of the industrial area in Berlin was today’s target.
Crew: Lt Black (only the aircraft commander listed in this report)
BOMBING RESULTS: Described as good, with main concentration falling just North of briefed MPI.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 50 –75 single engine fighters attacked this formation near Bernaus. At the same time about 10 Me110s attacked but all were driven off by our fighter escort. The formation was
loose in a turn after the target but it assembled quickly into a tight formation when the E/A came in. Several B-17 were knocked out of the wing by this attack.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: As stated above.
FLAK: Meager AA fire reported from vicinity of Elbe River North of the target. AA fire was
moderate and accurate for many of our aircraft.
REMARKS: Aircraft 178 piloted by Lt. W. F. Nee was hit by flak in the left wing and was last seen in the Berlin area, losing altitude.

19th Mission Essey-lès-Nancy, France 25 May 1944

NANCY-ESSEY, FRANCE
The Nancy-Essey Airdrome was the target for this mission.
Crew: Lt Black (only the aircraft commander listed in this report)
BOMBING RESULTS: Crews describe bombing results as good with both MPI’s covered with smoke.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Excellent.
FLAK: None experienced.
CASUALTIES: None.

20th Mission Ludwigshafen, Germany 27 May 1944

LUDVIGSHAVEN, GERMANY
Today’s mission is the choke point in the Marshalling at Ludvigshaven. The marshalling is located on the West side of the Rhine river dividing Mannheim and Ludvigshaven.
Crew: Lt Griesbach (only the aircraft commander listed in this report but Griesbach's crew on previous missions was: Lts. R. J. Griesbach, J. Oates, G. R. Moburg, J. R. Piland, T/Sgts. E. J. Viskocil, R. G. Hartford, S/Sgts. R. E. Rigaud, J. D. Hamner, H. R. Small.)
BOMBING RESULTS: Photographic evidence indicates that our bombs fell short and to the left of MPI
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: No attacks on this Group. A dog-fight observed in Strasbourg area.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Described as good.
FLAK: Meager but accurate AA fire from vicinity of Beauvais. At the target, flak was moderate to intense and accurate.
CASUALTIES: 10 officers and men Missing In Action. Lts. Pressey, J. T. Hamilton, F/O D. E. Pinkerton, Lt. W. G. Quarve, T/Sgts. R. B. Vail, R. M. Comer, S/Sgts. S. B. Eure, M. Pitcock, C. L. Boston.
REMARKS: Aircraft 042 piloted by Lt. R. T. Pressey was last seen with 3 P-51’s covering it and one engine feathered, one chute seen.

21st Mission Dessau, Germany 28 May 1944

DESSAU, GERMANY
The Aero Engine factory of Junkers Company at Dessau, located in the Western outskirts of Dessau and about 32 miles Southeast of Magdeburg was today’s target.
Crew: Lt Powell (only the aircraft commander listed in this report)
BOMBING RESULTS: The Eastern half of city of Dessau hit by bombs.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: No direct attacks on this Group.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Generally good – there were a couple of instances where escort was not in evidence.
FLAK: Rather accurate, moderate AA fire experienced at Dessau.
CASUALTIES: None.
REMARKS: Aircraft 076 aborted from Holland due to losing oxygen system.

22nd Mission Poznań, Poland 29 May 1944

POSEN, POLAND
The target assigned to this group was the Focke Wolfe A/C Component Factory at Posen, about 150 miles west of Berlin.
Crew: Lt Knapp (only the aircraft commander listed in this report) 883 was not dispatched.
BOMBING RESULTS: Main concentration of bombs fell over and to the right of assigned MPI with several large explosions and much fire and smoke seen in target area.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 4 to 6 Me 109’s attempted to attack our group in the vicinity of Fohmorn.
They started a pass from 11 o’clock high, but due to P-51 interception , it was never completed.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good general cover, see above.
FLAK: AA fire observed from vicinities of Dummer Lake and Bassum, At the target, flak was
meager and accurate.
CASUALTIES: 10 officers and men Missing in Action from aircraft 076 – Lts. R. J. Guenther, G. Havrisik, J. M. Lowdermilk, L. V. Peterson, T/Sgts. J. Shoesmith, J. H. Bigham, S/Sgts. N. Premenko, H. J. Teems, H. F. Nicely.
REMARKS: Aircraft 076 was last seen with # 4 engine smoking after dropping bombs on the target. It is believed this crew went to Sweden.

23rd Mission 3 June 1944

HARDELOT, FRANCE
A medium coastal Battery at Hardelot was the target for today’s mission.
Crew: 1st Lt. McKew, Marshall
1st Lt. Gallagher, Leslie P.
1st lt. Ashby, Joseph T.
1st Lt. Pope, Jerome D.
T/Sgt. Densheimer, Robert D.
S/Sgt. Magyar, John L.
T/Sgt. Lavigne, Fred G.
S/Sgt. Dotson, Donald C.
S/Sgt. Anderson, Junior L.
BOMBING RESULTS: Unobserved – PFF.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed.
FLAK: Meager, inaccurate flak encountered at Berck Sur Mer.
CASUALTIES: None.

24th Mission Hardelot, France 4 June 1944

HARDELOT, FRANCE
Today’s target was a tactical one at Hardelot, France.
Crew: 1st Lt. Marshall McKew
1st Lt. Leslie P. Gallagher
1st LT Joseph T. Ashby
Sgt. Frederick E. Hannon
T/Sgt. Robert D. Bensheimer
T/Sgt. Fred G. Lavigne
S/Sgt. John D. Magyar
S/Sgt. Junior L. Anderson
S/Sgt. Donald C. Dotson
BOMBING RESULTS: Bombs fell in water, short and to the right of briefed MPI.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Very good.
FLAK: Moderate, black flak was observed in the target area after the formation had passed out of range. There was some flak seen in the
Boulogne area on the way back.
REMARKS: All A/C and crews returned safe, on the mission.

25th Mission Houlgate, France 5 June 1944

HOULGATE, FRANCE
There was much confusion on this mission with the A/C of this Group bombing nine different targets, so that it is impossible to give accurate
reports.
Crew: 2nd Lt. Gauthier, Donald B.
2nd Lt. Neuman, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Mannchen, Howard E.
2nd Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley W.
Sgt. Henson, Don C.
Sgt. Martinez, Vincente O., Jr.
Sgt. Obur, John
Sgt. Groff, Charles
Sgt. Burmaster, Stanley W.

26th Mission Boulogne-sur-Mer, France 10 June 1944

BOLOUGNE, FRANCE
Another tactical target, our Squadron provided 8 A/C and 9 crews for this mission.
Crew: 2nd Lt. Gauthier, Donald S.
2nd Lt. Neuman, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Mannchen, Howard E.
2nd Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley F.
Sgt. Henson, Don C.
Sgt. Martinez, Vincenti O., Jr.
Sgt. Gbur, John
Sgt. (name & serial # illegible)
Sgt. Burmaster, Stanley W.
BOMBING RESULTS: Unobserved.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good.
FLAK: Several rockets reported from vicinity of Boulogne. Three were rather close leaving a grey trail and showing a black burst.

27th Mission Aérodrome de Cambrai - Niergnies, France 12 June 1944

CAMBRIA-NIERGNES, FRANCE
Airdrome.
Crew: 2nd Lt. Gauthier, Donald E.
2nd Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Mannchen, Howard L.
2nd Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley F.
Sgt. Henson, Don C.
Sgt. Martinez, Vincento C., Jr.
Sgt. Gbur, John
Sgt. Groff, Charles
Sgt. Burmaster, Stanley R.
BOMBING RESULTS: Very good covering hangars and runways.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Fair.
FLAK: Meager, inaccurate black continuous and following. Increasing in intensity and accuracy as
we left target.

28th Mission Beaumont-sur-Oise, France 13 June 1944

BEAUMONT SUR OISE, FRANCE
Our target was the Beaumont Sur Oise airdrome which is a first class bomber base.
Crew: 2nd Lt. Gauthier, Donald S.
2nd Lt. Neumann, Harry Jr.
2nd Lt. Mannchen, Howard E.
2nd Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley F.
Sgt. Hensen, Don C.
Sgt. Martinez, Vincente O. Jr.
Sgt. Gbur, John
Sgt. Groff, Charles
Sgt. Burmaster, Stanley W.
BOMBING RESULTS: The lead and high group dropped on Gee fixes and think bombs fell about 1200 ft East of airdrome. There was 7-10/10
cloud cover over the target making visual bombing impossible.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed.
FLAK: Meager at Montdidier.
CASUALTIES: None.

29th Mission Bordeaux, France 15 June 1944

BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Crew: 2nd Lt. Donald S. Gauthier
2nd Lt. Harry Neuman, Jr.
2nd Lt. Howard E. Mannshen
2nd Lt. Stanley B. Kuligkowski
Sgt. Don C. Henson
Sgt. John Gbur
Sgt. VincenteO. Martinez, Jr.
Sgt. Charles Groff
Sgt. Stanley W. Burmaster
BOMBING RESULTS: Area well hit, many bombs on MPI.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Very good.
FLAK: Heavy barrage over target. Continuous following on either side. The barrage was low for the high group and accurate for the other groups.

30th Mission Hamburg, Germany 18 June 1944

HAMBURG, GERMANY
Our Squadron put 15 aircraft and crews on this mission , 14 of which dropped on the dock area in Hamburg and one on target of opportunity
at Renasburg.
Crew: 2nd Lt. Donald C. Gauthier
2nd Lt. Harry Neumann, Jr.
2nd Lt. Howard W. Mannchen
2nd Lt. Stanley F. Kuligkowski
S/Sgt. Don C. Henson
S/Sgt. John Gbur
S/Sgt. Vincente O. Martinez, Jr.
S/Sgt. Charles Groff
S/Sgt. Stanley W. Burmaster
BOMBING RESULTS: Much smoke noted in dock area.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good and on time.
FLAK: Intense and accurate AA fire, much of it low. Black with
some white stuff above, inaccurate rockets reported at target.

31st Mission 21 June 1944

BERLIN, GERMANY
The center of the city near the Air Ministry was the aiming point given to our group.
Crew: Lt Hutlin (only the aircraft commander was listed but in the following day's mission Lt Hutlin's crew was: 2nd Lt. Hultin, Arthur F.
F/O Cannary, Harry A.
2nd Lt. Miller, James R.
S/Sgt. Scott, Owen T.
T/Sgt. Roberts, Woodrow M.
S/Sgt. Meyers, Robert N.
T/Sgt. Dumont, Homer P.
S/Sgt. Franklin, Frank B.
S/Sgt. Martineau, Albert P.)
BOMBING RESULTS: The 91st “A” group flying with the 1st “A” Combat Wing bombed the primary with good results. The 91st “B” group flying with the 1st “B” Combat Wing dropped its bombs
approximately 8 miles East of Berlin due to mechanical error in Intervelometer.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Our “A” group was attacked by 50-75 Me 410s in the vicinity of Muntz Lake. The attacks were very concentrated and vicious and continued to the Strausberg area. During the first attack 4 of our aircraft were hit and knocked out of formation. The crews report from 6 to 10 E/A went down in flames.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Poor over and around the target area.
FLAK: AA fire was intense and accurate at the target. Flak was
observed from Lubeck on the way in and from Hamburg on the way out.
REMARKS: Aircraft 891 was last seen to peel out of formation at 5319 N and 1334 E after dropping its bombs. Aircraft 954 had its oxygen system out at the IP – it then went down to 13,000 feet North of Berlin and bombed Zehelenick. Obtained friendly fighters for escort and caught up with the formation as it went out over the North Sea.
The ball turret, radio and waist gunners were unconscious.
Transcriber’s Note: The copies of the Loading Lists for this Mission are completely illegible.

32nd Mission Distré, France 24 June 1944

DISTRE, FRANCE
Crew: 1st Lt. Donald S. Gauthier
2nd Lt. Harry Neuman, Jr.
2nd Lt. Howard E. Mannchen
2nd Lt. Stanley F. Kuligkowski
S/Sgt. Don C. Henson
S/Sgt. John Gbur
Sgt. Vincente O. Martinez, Jr.
Sgt. Charles Groff
Sgt. Stanley W. Burmaster
BOMBING RESULTS: Photos show good results. ???? was well hit.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Very good – P-38s and P-51s seen all around. Intense area support.
FLAK: Meager, fairly accurate, continuous following black puffs.

33rd Mission Toulouse, France 25 June 1944

TOULOUSE, FRANCE
The following Officers and EM
were killed returning from 180th Combat Mission to Toulouse, France. A damaged wing broke off from the A/C as a landing was attempted near
Wincanton, England. Lt. Peter Mikonis, Lt. Frank E. Pepper, Jr., Lt. Will H. Stevens, Lt. Joseph E. Sullivan, S/Sgt. R. C. Anderson, S/Sgt. Douglas K. Deurmyer, Sgt. Dean A. McDowell, Sgt. Richard A.
Mehlberg, Sgt. Ralph Stein.
Crew: 1st Lt. Donald E. Gauthier
2nd Lt. Charles E. Van Ausdell
2nd Lt. Howard E. Mannchen
2nd Lt. Stanley F. Kuligowski
S/Sgt. Don C. Benson
S/Sgt. John Gbur
Sgt. Vincente O. Martinez, Jr.
Sgt. Charles Groff
Sgt. Stanley B. Burmaster
BOMBING RESULTS: Photos show excellent results.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: Scarse.
FLAK: at Caen and target very inaccurate.
REMARKS: Lt. Mikonis and his crew, flying in aircraft 958 MIA.
When last seen, his # 2 engine was on fire and they seemed to be heading for Spain.

34th Mission Anizy-le-Château, France 28 June 1944

ANIZY, FRANCE
Today’s target is a railroad bridge over the pipe Canal, 8 miles Southwest of Laon and in the village of Anizy.
Crew: 1st Lt. Donald S. Gauthier
2nd Lt. Charles E. VanAusdall
2nd Lt. Howard E. Mannchen
2nd Lt. Stanley F. Kuligowski
S/Sgt. Don C. Henson
S/Sgt. John Gbur
Sgt. Vincente O. Martinez, Jr.
Sgt. Charles Groff
Sgt. Stanley W. Burmaster
BOMBING RESULTS: Generally poor for the entire Group.
ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.
FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed.
FLAK: Meager and inaccurate at the target.
CASUALTIES: None.

35th Mission 4 July 1944

Transcriber's Note: The Loading Lists for missions flown in July 1944 are as follows. None of the Loading Lists contain the target for the day.
Crew: 1st Lt. Gauthier, Donald S.
2nd Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Mannchen, Howard E.
2nd Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley F.
T/Sgt. Henson, Doin C.
S/Sgt. Martinez, Vincente O., Jr.
T/Sgt. Gbur, John
S/Sgt. Groff, Charles
S/Sgt. Burmaster, Stanley W.

36th Mission 6 July 1944

Transcriber's Note: The Loading Lists for missions flown in July 1944 are as follows. None of the Loading Lists contain the target for the day.
Crew: 1st Lt. Donald S. Gauthier
2nd Lt. Harry Neumann, Jr.
2nd Lt. Howard E. Mannchen
2nd Lt. Stanley F. Kuligowski
T/Sgt. Don C. Henson
T/Sgt. John Gbur
S/Sgt. Vincente O. Martinez, Jr.
S/Sgt. Charles Groff
S/Sgt. Stanley W. Burmaster

37th Mission 7 July 1944

Transcriber's Note: The Loading Lists for missions flown in July 1944 are as follows. None of the Loading Lists contain the target for the day.
Crew: 1st Lt. Gauthier, Donald S.
2nd Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Mannchen, Howard E.
2nd Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley F.
T/Sgt. Henson, Don C.
S/Sgt. Martinez, Vincente O., Jr.
T/Sgt. Gbur, John
S/Sgt. Groff, Charles
S/Sgt. Burmaster, Stanley W.

38th Mission 24 July 1944

Transcriber's Note: The Loading Lists for missions flown in July 1944 are as follows. None of the Loading Lists contain the target for the day.
Crew: 1st Lt. Gauthier, Donald S.
2nd Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Kincannon, William J., Jr.
2nd Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley R.
T/Sgt. Kaltenbach, Willis
T/Sgt. Gbur, John
S/Sgt. Martinez, Vincente O., Jr.
S/Sgt. Groff, Charles S/Sgt. Burmaster, Stanley W.

39th Mission 25 July 1944

Transcriber's Note: The Loading Lists for missions flown in July 1944 are as follows. None of the Loading Lists contain the target for the day.
Crew: 1st Lt. Morey, Allan N.
2nd Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Kincannon, William J., Jr.
2nd Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley P.
T/Sgt. Henson, Don C.
T/Sgt. Gbur, John
S/Sgt. Martinez, Vincente O., Jr.
S/Sgt. Groff, Charles
S/Sgt. Burmaster, Stanley W.

40th Mission 29 July 1944

Transcriber's Note: The Loading Lists for missions flown in July 1944 are as follows. None of the Loading Lists contain the target for the day.
Crew: 1st Lt. Morey, Allan N.
F/O Cannary, Harry A.
F/O House, Henry S., Jr.
1st Lt. Kuligowski, Stanley F.
T/Sgt. Harrison, Charles L.
S/Sgt. Aldebo, Andrew
T/Sgt. Savasuk, Fernand
S/Sgt. Stanton, Bernice E.
Sgt. Powers, Cyril J.

41st Mission 31 July 1944

Transcriber's Note: The Loading Lists for missions flown in July 1944 are as follows. None of the Loading Lists contain the target for the day.
Crew: 1st Lt. Allan N. Morey
F/O Harry A. Cannary
F/O Henry S. House, Jr.
1st Lt. Stanley F. Kuligowski
T/Sgt. Charles L. Harrison
T/Sgt. Fernand Savasuk
S/Sgt. Andrew Aldebo
S/Sgt. Bernice E. Stanton
S/Sgt. Leland E. Fleming

42nd Mission Chartres, France 1 August 1944

Chartres, France
We flew the Lead Group of the 1st “C” CBW, with Maj. Lord
flying as Acting Commander. All A/C but two attacked target with
generally good results. A/C 504 aborted due to Mech. Failure of No. 2
engine, A/C 993 brought bombs back due to malfunction in bomb bay.
Crew: Lt. A. N. Morey (only the aircraft commander was listed)

43rd Mission Mulhouse, France 3 August 1944

Mulhouse, France
mission to Mulhouse and secondary target, Croix De Metz Airdrome.
Crew: 1st Lt. R. H. Danekas (only the aircraft commander was listed)

44th Mission Bourron-Marlotte, France 7 August 1944

Sens-Bourron-Marlotte, France
German Air Dromes in France
Crew: 1st Lt. R. H. Danekas (only the aircraft commander was listed)
Our target at Sens
was attacked with fair results. Flak at target was nil. All A/C and crews returned safely.

45th Mission Brest, France 11 August 1944

Brest, France
Gun emplacements and troop or material concentrations in Brest Harbor.
Crew: 2nd Lt. H. E. Garner (only the aircraft commander was listed)
We flew the High Group on this mission, the target was attacked with
good results. Flak was meager-accurate over target. None of our A/C
are missing.

46th Mission Buc, France 12 August 1944

Buc, France
Airfield on the outskirts of Paris, a Bomber-Recon Unit and storage of
aircraft parts.
Crew: 2nd Lt. R. R. Goldsmith (only the aircraft commander was listed)
We flew Low Group.
None of our A/C are missing. Moderate but extremely accurate flak
was encountered over the target. Sgt. Chester Gunshev, Tail Gunner,
was seriously injured by flak.

47th Mission Le Manoir, France 13 August 1944

Le Manior, France
On the 13th of August we dispatched 5 A/C and no crews. A/C’s 069, 552,
144, 883 were flown by the 324th Squadron, A/C 911 was flown by the
322nd Squadron. Tactical targets along the Seine River in the vicinity of
Le Manior were bombed with excellent results. A/C 069 aborted because
of mechanical trouble.

48th Mission Frescaty, Moulins-lès-Metz, France 14 August 1944

Metz/Frescaty, France
Airdrome S. W. of Metz
Crew: 2nd Lt. Dick F.Gibson (only the aircraft commander was listed)
We flew the Lead Group with Maj. Lord flying as Acting
Commander in A/C 754. All A/C except 085 bombed with excellent
results. A/C 085 brought bombs back due to malfunction of bomb
racks. No AA fire was experienced. All our A/C returned safely.

49th Mission Ostheim, Germany 15 August 1944

Ostheim, Germany
Ostheim Airdrome east of Cologne.
Crew: 1st Lt. H. E. Garner (only the aircraft commander was listed)

50th Mission Neubrandenburg, Germany 25 August 1944

Newbrandenburg, Germany
The target was a FW-190
assembly plant at Newbrandenburg, about 80 miles North of Berlin.
Crew: 2nd Lt. W. W. Chouinard (only the aircraft commander was listed)
We flew Lead Group of 1st “B” CBW with Maj. M. D. Lord flying in
A/C 562 as Acting Commander. All our A/C returned safely. Flak at
target was nil. Target was bombed with good results.

51st Mission Gelsenkirchen, Germany 26 August 1944

Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Synthetic oil plant at Gelsenkirchen, Germany located about 6 miles NNE
of the city of Essen.
Crew: 2nd Lt. W. W. Chouinard (only the aircraft commander was listed)
We flew High Group of the “B” CBW. AA fire at the
target was intense and accurate. Bombing results were good. All our
A/C returned safely. Sgt. L. B. Wagner, Waist Gunner on A/C 883
was wounded in left shoulder and wrist by
flak at target.

52nd Mission Ludwigshafen, Germany 5 September 1944

Ludwigshafen, Germany
I. G. Farben-Industrie chemical factories on the west side of the Rhine River.
Crew: 1st Lt. Chouinard, Herbert W.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. DeBonis, Daniel
2nd lt. Hundley, James F.
S/Sgt. Salter, Luther E.
Sgt. Foltz, James A.
S/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
Sgt. Kramer, Arnold E.
Sgt. Tallant, Carrol B.
Bombing results were unobserved.
Flak experienced at the target was moderate., mostly inaccurate.
All our A/C and crews returned safely. One A/C from 322nd Squadron was lost over enemy territory.

53rd Mission Lutzkendorf, Germany 13 September 1944

Lutzkendorf, Germany
Synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, about 13 miles SW of Halle.
Crew: 2nd Lt. Askins, John J., Jr.
2nd Lt. Archer, Randell H.
2nd Lt. DellaPorta, Anthony
2nd Lt. Collier, Paul W.
Sgt. Beicker, Hilmer W.
Sgt. Webb, Robert N., Jr.
Sgt. Armstrong, Roger W.
Sgt. Azevedo, Ralph W.
Sgt. Loyless, Roy E.
Bombing
results were good. Moderate, accurate barrage and tracking AA
fire was experienced at the target. Fighter support was excellent.
All our A/C and crews returned safely.

54th Mission Mainz, Germany 21 September 1944

Mainz, Germany
Marshalling Yards
Crew: 1st Lt. Chouinard, Herbert W.
2nd Lt. Nikola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. DeBonis, Daniel
2nd Lt. Hundley, James F.
S/Sgt. Salter, Luther E.
S/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
Sgt. Foltz, James A.
S/Sgt. Hughes, Eldon H.
Sgt. Levandusky, Leo B.
Bombing results were good. Flak
At the target was moderate and rather accurate. Fighter support
Was fair. All our A/C and crews returned safely.

55th Mission Osnabrück, Germany 26 September 1944

Osnabruck, Germany
Marshalling Yards
Crew: 1st Lt. Chouinard, Herbert W.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. DeBonis, Daniel
2nd Lt. Hundley, James F.
S/Sgt. Salter, Luther E.
S/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
S/Sgt. Foltz, James A.
Sgt. Kramer, Arnold E.
S/Sgt. Tallant, Carrol B.
Bombing was done visually with fair results. Flak at the target was meager to moderate and accurate. Fighter support was excellent. All our A/C and crews returned safely.

56th Mission Cologne, Germany 27 September 1944

Cologne, Germany
Synthetic oil plant situated about 8 miles SSE of Cologne.
Crew: 1st Lt. Chouinard, Robert W.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. DeBonis, Daniel
2nd Lt. Hundley, James F.
S/Sgt. Salter, Luther E.
S/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
S/Sgt. Foltz, James A.
Sgt. Kramer, Arnold L.
S/Sgt. Tallant, Carrol B.
Due to weather conditions, which prevented visual bombing, the marshalling yards near the center of the city were bombed by
means of instruments. Flak was meager to moderate.

57th Mission Nuremberg, Germany 3 October 1944

Nurnberg, Germany
Tank and Diesel Engine Factory at Nurnberg. This plant produces
30% of the entire German Panzer Tank output. The secondary, PFF, target was the RR Station in the center of the city.
Crew: 1st Lt. Richard R. Sullenberger
2nd Lt. Jeffers, Earl L., Jr.
2nd Lt. Harlow, Clyde M.
1st Lt. Deyerle, BurnettL., Jr.
T/Sgt. Mahoney, Patrick F.
S/Sgt. Van Horn, Gaylord
S/Sgt. Brown, Glenn D.
S/Sgt. Hannon, Fredrick N.
S/Sgt. Shipp, George F.
Our Squadron flew High Squadron in the Group
Formation. The Group furnished “A” Group of 1st CBW. The
Secondary target was attacked by means of instruments. AA fire
at the target was meager and not very accurate. Fighter support
was good. All A/C and crews returned safely.

58th Mission Neubrandenburg, Germany 6 October 1944

Neubrandenburg, Germany
Neubrandenburg A/D. The target was a G.A.T. controlling station where
The assembly of FW 190’s was carried on.
Crew: 1st Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. DeBonis, Daniel
2nd Lt. Hundley, James F.
S/Sgt. Salter, Luther M.
S/Sgt. Foltz, James A.
S/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
S/Sgt. Wagner, Leon E.
S/Sgt. Tallant, Carrol B.
Our Squadron flew the
Low Squadron in the Group formation. The Group furnished the “B”
Group of the 1st CBW. The target was bombed visually with good results.
AA fire was experienced enroute to the target. Over target AA fire was nil. Fighter support was good. All A/C and crews returned safely.

59th Mission Freiberg, Germany 7 October 1944

Ruhland-Freiberg-Wurzen, Germany
Synthetic Oil Plant at Brux. Secondary target was Zwickau.
Crew: 1st Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. DeBonis, Daniel
2nd Lt. Hundley, James P.
S/Sgt. Salter, Luther F.
S/Sgt. Foltz, James A.
S/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
S/Sgt. Wagner, Leon E.
S/Sgt. Tallant, Carrol B.
Due to
weather conditions, the Lead and Low Squadrons bombed Freiberg
NE of Chemnitz, with very good results. The High Squadron bombed
the town of Wurzen with fair results. Both targets were bombed visually.

60th Mission Cologne, Germany 14 October 1944

Cologne, Germany
Marshalling Yards.
Crew: 1st Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. DeBonis, Daniel
2nd Lt. Hundley, James F.
Sgt. Salter, Luther E.
Sgt. Foltz, James A.
S/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
Sgt. Kramer, Arnold E.
S/Sgt. Tallant, Carroll B.
The target was bombed by means of instruments. Bombing results were unobserved. Flak was moderate to intense, generally inaccurate over target. The fighter support was very good. All A/C and crews returned safely.

61st Mission Cologne, Germany 17 October 1944

Cologne, Germany
Kalk-Nord Marshalling Yards.
Crew: 2nd Lt. Flanders, Edward J.
2nd Lt. Gaston, Elon M.
2nd Lt. Weinberger, Herbert H.
S/Sgt. Scudder, James
S/Sgt. Bennett, Carrol J., Jr.
Sgt. Lieberman, Harold
Sgt. Bacon, James M.
Sgt. Davis, John , Jr.
Sgt. Tabacco, Sebastiano
The target was bombed by means of instruments. Bombing results
were unobserved. Flak at the target was meager to moderate and
inaccurate. Fighter support was excellent. All A/C and crews returned
safely.

62nd Mission Brunswick, Germany 22 October 1944

Brunswick, Germany
Military Vehicle Factory at Brunswick. The factory was located on the south side of the city.
Crew: 1st Lt. Neumann, Harry, Jr.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. Bulion, Martin L.
2nd Lt. Hundley, James F.
Sgt. Salter, Luther E.
Sgt. Foltz, James A.
T/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
S/Sgt. Wagner, Laon B.
S/Sgt. Tallant, Carroll B.
The south edge of the city was bombed
by means of instruments with unobserved results. Approximately fifty bursts of inaccurate flak was encountered at the target.
Fighter support was excellent. All A/C and crews returned safely.

63rd Mission Hamburg, Germany 25 October 1944

Hamburg, Germany
Motor Transport Armored Factory about 10 miles West of Hamburg.
Crew: 1st Lt. Chouinard, Herbert W.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. Bulion, Martin L.
S/Sgt. Hannon, Frederick H.
Sgt. Salter, Luther E.
Sgt. Foltz, James A.
T/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
S/Sgt. Wagner, Leon B.
S/Sgt. Tallant, Carrol B.
Bombing was done by means of instruments with unobserved results.
AA fire was moderate and inaccurate at the target. Fighter support was excellent. All A/C and crews returned safely.

64th (Final) Mission 2 November 1944

Merseburg, Germany
Synthetic Oil Plant at Merseburg. The plant is one of the most extensive
in Germany, and ranks second in synthetic oil production.
Crew: 1st Lt. Chouinard, Herbert W.
2nd Lt. Nickola, Ray L.
2nd Lt. DeBonis, Daniel
2nd Lt. Hundley, James F.
Sgt. Salter, Luther E.
T/Sgt. Bowers, Herschel W.
Sgt. Foltz, James A.
S/Sgt. Kramer, Arnold E.
S/Sgt. Tallant, Carroll B.
The target was bombed by means of instruments with unobserved results. Moderate, inaccurate flak was experienced in the target area. After leaving the target the formation got off course and
experienced moderate to intense flak in the Falleseeser-Brunswick area. Fighter support was good until just after target when E/A attacked. At that time all (Balance of sentence illegible. Next sentence also illegible.) T/Sgt. G. D. Brown, Radio Operator in A/C 911, (Balance
of sentence illegible. Beginning of next sentence completely illegible, but sentence ends as follows: the A/C to explode and go straight down. A/C 093 , piloted by 1st Lt. J. J. Askins, Jr. was seen going down under control after a fire and explosion in the top turret. Nine chutes were observed, just after fire started, coming from this A/C. All other A/C and crews returned safely. The Group lost 13 A/C all together and had five men wounded on the ships that returned.
The Jub Jub Bird, was one of the 13 aircraft lost.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2017 19:53:00 WillieK Changes to events
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Date Contributor Update
09 July 2017 19:43:28 WillieK Changes to description
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Updated mission and crew data by Willie Kramer using 401st DAILY REPORTS Prepared by 1 Lts. Charles Albidress & J. E. Nilson and transcribed by Merle L. Choffel

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2017 19:37:13 WillieK Changes to events
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Date Contributor Update
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and transcribed by Merle Choffel

Date Contributor Update
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Transcribed by Merle Choffel

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2017 12:12:00 WillieK Changes to events
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Transcribed by: Merle L. Choffel

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 16:21:57 JasonR Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Websites of 8th A.F. Historical Society and 91st Bomb Group.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10304 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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