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308A

19 April 1944

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Description

BOMB TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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3. BUREN (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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4. ESCHWEGE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG MISSION NO. 28

ESCHWEGE, GERMANY

19 APRIL, 1944

The target was the Air Park and Airdrome at Eschwege, twenty-six miles east-southeast of Kassel. This was an important center for equipping field-workshop units which went into action on the front lines. The 457th flew with the 40th Combat wing rather than the 94th. Major Rod Francis was Air Commander of the Group, which flew the low box, and Lt. Edward R. Bender was pilot.

The primary target was not bombed because of smoke and haze over the target area. Secondary targets and targets of last resort were bombed, with varied bombing results. The 457th bombed an air field at Kassel. Eleven craft sustained battle damage.

The 457th furnished four aircraft for Air-Sea Rescue. This assignment was completed without incident.

Units

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

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5. GUTERSLOH (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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6. KASSEL/ALTENBAUNA (Secondary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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7. KASSEL/BETTENHOUSEN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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8. KASSEL/WALDAU (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group. This mission was part of the effort to achieve Allied air superiority in advance of the D-Day invasion. These important aircraft factories were all in the Berlin area. Low claims of enemy aircraft by the bomber crews were a testament to the effectiveness of fighter support.

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Tonnage dropped 433.5 T HE 181.1 T IB

9. KOBLENZ (Secondary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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10. LIMBURG (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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11. LIPPSTADT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

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Tonnage dropped 402.5 T HE 168 T IB

12. PADERBORN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group,445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group.

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Tonnage dropped 184.5 T HE 305 T IB

13. SOEST (Secondary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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14. Werl, Germany

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Note in my father's log.. Horace Turner, states, "Raided Werl, aircraft factory, perfect bombing, flak very light. It was a milk run."

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Service

People

  • James Bates

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • James Braa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    James Braa served as a ball turret gunner with the 566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Hethel, England. He completed his tour of 30 missions between March and June 1944, flying his final two missions on D-Day.

  • John Bristow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ball Turret gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #4238004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Not an original member of the crew. Assisted the wounded S/Sgt DeForest E. Main out of the...

  • Enrico Carpini

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    My dad, Enrico 'Rick' Carpini was from Linden, NJ and served as a radio gunner on a B-17G with the 305th Bomb Group/365th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions from 1/4/44-5/22/44. The pilot was John F. Schleifer from Buffalo, NY. The majority of his...

  • Maynard Craft

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Killed in Action (KIA). Not an original member of the crew. Very first mission. Cushing, MN PH

  • Gerald Gerber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to Eschwege, Germany. MACR #4052. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft XVIIB, Krems, Austria. ...

  • Charles Gordon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Charles Gordon flew 17 missions as a navigator and 18 as a bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Shipdham, England. ...

  • Michael Hoover

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions, many on 'The Lemon' DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ American Campaign Medal/ WW II Victory Medal/ Armed Forces Reserve Medal/ 2 Battle Stars

  • DeForest Main

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Rayburn crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down April 19, 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 'Ol' Man Tucker'. Mission #94 to the airfield at Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. 3 KIA, 6 POW. Wounded in the left side and leg by 20mm shrapnel. After bailing out, he was...

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Aircraft

  • 42-38004 Ol' Man Tucker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/11/43; Presque Is 30/11/43; Prestwick, UK 7/12/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 6/1/44; 6 Missing in Action Eschwege 19/4/44 with Bob Rayburn, Co-pilot: Maynard Craft, Radio Operator: Don Peterson (3 Killed in Action);...

  • 42-97257 'Knock-Out Baby!'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/44; Dalhart 3/3/44; Grenier 26/3/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-L] Horham 28/3/44; with Horace O. Turner, 24/4/44, Bombardier/Navigator [wia]; with J.C. Bertram 11/7/44, Waist gunner: Ray Carpenter [wia]; with T.G. Bek 24/12/44,...

  • 42-52566 Shack Date

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 04:00:46 ARowe95 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 03:58:25 ARowe95 Changes to event
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 08:14:03 aquaflow1 Changes to event
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Added by Karen Turner, daughter of Horace Turner, based on his handwritten log.

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 12:18:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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