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8th Air Force 911

24 March 1945

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Description

"8th AF Aided Paratroops

Having culminated its role in the Rhine crossing Saturday with blazing bomber and fighter sweeps up and down enemy territory, activities of the 8th Air Force fell off sharply yesterday as approximately 250 Liberators and some 250 Mustangs and Thunderbolts attacks three underground oil storage units near Brunswick and Hamburg.

"But on Saturday, the 8th put together a mighty procession of bomers and fighters which flew 3,000 sorties in cooperation with the troops streaming across the river. The bombers, which had been devastating enemy airfields east of the Rhine for three days, plastered 16 more and dropped weapons and supplies in a daring low-level operation to paratroops immediately after they had landed.

From dawn to dusk Thunderbolts and Mustang patroled the battle area, riddling troop concentrations, supply columns, rail yards and airfields. Only 66 Nazi fighters were met, an indication of the results of the bombers' relentless attacks on Luftwaffe fields, and 53 of these were shot down. The 8th lost 22 bombers and four fighters during the day.
Liberators which dropped supplies to airborne troops bore thhe brunt of
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Mission details

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. ACHMER

Description

AIRFIELD

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3. FURSTENAU/VECHTEL

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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4. HESEPE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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5. HOPSTEN

Description

AIRFIELD

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6. KIRTORF

Description

AIRFIELD

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7. NORDHORN

Description

AIRFIELD

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8. PLANTLUNNE

Description

AIRFIELD

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9. RHEINE

Description

AIRFIELD

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10. SIEGEN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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11. STEENWIJK

Description

AIRFIELD

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12. STORMEDE

Description

AIRFIELD

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Notes

These missions are escorted by a mix of 95 P-47s and P-51s. Mix not given in available data.

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13. TWENTE/ANSCHEDE

Description

AIRFIELD

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14. TWENTE/ZIEGENHAIN

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

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Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 38
Number of aircraft Effective 37
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 0
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 0
Number of people Killed In Action 0

15. VAREL

Description

AIRFIELD

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16. VARRELBUSCH

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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17. VECHTAL

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

A mix 1,158 P-47s and P-51s fly area support for the bomber raids. Mix not given in available data. In AIRBORNE OPERATIONS the IX Troop Carrier Command dispatches 2000+ transports and gliders to drop and land the British 6 Airborne and the US 17th Airborne Divisions (plus artillery, vehicles, ammunition and other supplies) East of the Rhine River North and West of Wesel as the British 2nd Army and the US Ninth Armies cross the Rhine River to the NW and SE.

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18. WESEL

Description

SUPPLY DROP (BRITISH)

Aircraft type

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Notes

Supplies are dropped to British forces and US forces. Supplies are dropped from low altitude (300-400 feet). Losses are mostly due to small arms fire.

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19. WESEL

Description

SUPPLY DROP (US)

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20. WITTMUNDHAFEN

Description

AIRFIELD

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21. ZWISCHENAHN

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Service

People

  • Elmer Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Applin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Our pilot, Bob Applin, was a natural leader and an excellent pilot. - Barky Hovsepian, R/O Complete a 35 mission tour

  • Paul Armentrout

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    44-45. 30 missions ETO 8th AF. Last 13 as lead crew -- lead 8th AF on Wesel low-level supply drop 24 March 1945. Return to States as a captain after VE Day. Assigned to reserve, discharged 7 February 1980 as LieutenantC.

  • John Barnes

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    John Barnes was born January 31, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Leonard and Gertrude Barnes of Emporium, PA . He received his undergraduate and Ph.D from Penn State University. He served in WWII as the navigator of the “Spirit of Martinez with...

  • Theodore Bartle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Theodore Bartle was Navigator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Nephi Berkenpas

    Military | Colonel | Aircraft Mechanic, Instructor Pilot for B-24, B-17, B-25, Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Aircraft Maintenance | 351st Bomb Group

  • Joel Berly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. On 3rd mission, an aborted mission to Stuttgart; Crashed Braydon Crag, Cheviot Hills on 16-Dec-44 returning to base due to failure of Gee and radio compass. Retired to Duty (RTD). Became lead radio operator and flew...

  • Jackie Bishop

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Harvey Bujold

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Engineer/Top turret gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • John Burk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    John McKale Burk was born 30 November 1924 in Ventnor, Atlantic County, NJ to Frederick Grater Burk (20 April 1891 Philadelphia, PA -19 June 1948 Philadelphia, PA) and Mary Cunningham McKale Burk (21 February 1895 Philadelphia, PA - 20 October 1990...

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Aircraft

  • 42-95240 The Old Veteran

    B-24 Liberator
    On supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane, flying at 300 ft, was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies. After being hit the B-24 nosed straight...

  • 44-6509

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 28/8/44; Grenier 15/9/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [H] Glatton 30/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; Sth Plains 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 44-6838 Spirit of Martinez, Cal's Rascals

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 27/11/44; Grenier 16/12/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-E] Horham 1/1/45; battle damaged Chemnitz 6/2/45 with D.V. Tregoning, force landed B-53, Merville, Bel. then rep; 53m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 23/6/45;...

  • 44-8549 Just Joyce

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/44; Hunter 5/11/44; Grenier 3/12/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 16/12/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46. JUST JOYCE.

  • 44-8568

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/44; Hunter 6/12/44; Grenier 20/12/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-X] Molesworth 22/1/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/12/45.

  • 44-40277 'Miss Used'

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft flew 64 missions with 458th and was one of the 10 original AZON/Aphrodite project** control planes. Served as 'Mother Ship' to B-17F 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on mission to bomb Mimoyecques, France. 4-8-44. ...

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-15056 Jackie

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-49322

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 02:02:43 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 02:00:48 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
Sources

Newspaper article

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 01:44:16 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 01:42:48 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description and person associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 01:41:59 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 01:40:45 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 00:22:49 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59 tied with news paper

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 16:08:26 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

https://www.google.com/maps/place/52%C2%B026'07.1%22N+7%C2%B023'50.2%22E/@52.4353,7.39728,4z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:13 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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