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8th Air Force 928

5 April 1945

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1. BAYREUTH

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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2. BAYREUTH

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MUNITIONS DUMP

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3. FURTH

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AIRCRAFT FACTORY

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4. FURTH

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AMMUNITION DUMP

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5. FURTH/UNTERSCHLAUERSBACH

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AIRFIELD

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6. GRAFENWOHR

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MUNITIONS DUMP

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7. INGOLSTADT

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MUNITIONS DUMP

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8. INGOLSTADT

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MUNITIONS PLANT

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9. NURNBERG

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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10. NURNBERG

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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11. NURNBERG SOUTH

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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12. PLAUEN

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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A mix of 280 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

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13. WEIDEN

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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People

  • Frank Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    5 April 1945, Ball Turret Gunner on 44-8430, RECALL when the ship collided with 43‑37843 in bad weather on return. Landed at Airfield A-87 (Charleroi, Belgium) after 3 crewmembers, the Navigator, Togglier and Engineer/TT Gunner, bailed out.

  • Clarence Bailey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's Crew. Sgt Clarence Bailey flew 10 missions, from 04/04/1945, mission #241, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a Tail Gunner.

  • Fred Bender

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Fred Bender served as a flight engineer and top turret gunner with the 785th Bomb Squadron of the 466th Bomb Group. On 5 April 1945, he was Killed in Action (KIA) when his aircraft, B-24J A/C# 42-51531, was shot down over Holland. His body was never...

  • Nephi Berkenpas

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

  • Keith Bryant

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Frank Calicura

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Frank Calicura served as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group. ...

  • George Cathey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Luis Coppola

    Military | Captain | Pilot on B-17 | 379th Bomb Group

  • Varsall Cowley

    Military | Armorer Gunner | 487th Bomb Group

  • Glendon Day

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Zonnemaire in B-24 #4450747

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Aircraft

  • 42-31932 Purdy Baby/Miss Cue/Sister Kate/Rick-O-Shay IV

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Gr Island 1/2/44; Grenier 23/2/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-H] Framlingham 23/2/44 RICK-O-SHAY IV then PURDY BABY; taxi accident on base with Harry Robison 16/3/45; 101m, Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 6/7/45; 4168 Base...

  • 42-51531

    B-24 Liberator
    For reasons unknown, the Liberator left formation over The Netherlands and was lsot, with all 10 men on board Missing In Action (MIA). They are all memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge.

  • 42-97128 Screwball Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Alexandra 15/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 6/3/44; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 527BS/379BG [FO-M] Kimbolton 28/12/44. ...

  • 43-37843 ALEX

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    43-37843 Del Cheyenne 27/5/44; Kearney 6/6/44; Dow Field 27/6/44; Ass 547BS/384BG [SO-B] Grafton Underwood 21/7/44; collision damage Ingoldstadt on 5/4/45 with B-17 44-8430, RECALL. Crashed, all crew bailed out and RTD. ALEX

  • 43-38229 Better Duck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-N] Horham 1/45; with D.G. Helgeson force landed A-78 afb Florennes/Juzaine, Bel. 9/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45;...

  • 43-38617 New York Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/8/44; Hunter 7/9/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 19/9/44; with W.N. Dunwoody force landed Raydon afb, Suffolk 10/1/45; 80m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45;...

  • 43-38771

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 19/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned PFF 534BS/381BG [GD-E] Ridgewell 6/11/44; 25m Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38933 Dear Mom II/Weary Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 14/10/44; Dow Fd 26/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 29/10/44; while on navigation exercise 17/5/45 with H.J. Cole, cp V. Ferguson, two navigators and two grounded crew, on as makeshift ttg and r/op (6 Killed in Action); crash...

  • 43-39014 Hot Shot Charlie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 6/11/44; Grenier 14/11/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bassingbourn 9/1/45; (flew two POW trips) ; 26m Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-39056

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 20/11/44; Grenier 2/12/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-V] Gt Ashfield 3/12/44; when parked at Horsching, Austria was hit by 44-8320 on 20/5/45; Salvaged n/battle damaged 6/9/45.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 03:20:09 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Virginia a Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise, who flew as pilot on this mission with Jack Q. Means as co-pilot.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 18:40:34 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise, B-17 (43-39056) pilot 8thAir Force, 385th Bomb Group, who flew on mission from Great Ashfield, England to Unterschlauterbach, 5 Apr 1945

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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