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8th Air Force 957

17 April 1945

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1. AUSSIG

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RAIL JUNCTION

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2. AUSSIG

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RAIL STATION

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3. BEROUN

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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4. DRESDEN

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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5. DRESDEN

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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B-17 Flying Fortress

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6. DRESDEN

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RAIL CENTER

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50 Luftwaffe fighters are encountered, mostly jets. 4 Jets are shot down. These raids on the city of Dresden were some of the most controversial of the war. Many civilians were killed in the resulting firestorm.

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7. FALKENAU

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RAIL JUNCTION

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8. FISCHERN

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RAIL JUNCTION

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9. KLADNO

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RAIL JUNCTION

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10. ROUNDNICE

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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11. ROUNDNICE

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OIL DEPOT

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Service

People

  • Donald Adams

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x missions. Credited with 2 destroyed and 2 damaged (ground). ...

  • Elmer Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Billie Arnold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • Max Bartholomew

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Co-Pilot; Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Bluford

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    The Rev. Robert Bluford Jr. has been a B-24 bomber pilot in World War II, preacher, historian, preservationist, a Presbyterian pastor and campus ministry director in the Southeast, and the Virginia Press Association’s Virginian of the Year for 2011. He...

  • Joseph Bonanno

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melvin Carlson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 14168 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • John Childs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102544 'Sack Time'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 7/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-K] Molesworth 12/5/44, 360BS [PU-K]; Missing in Action Dresden 110m 17/4/45 with Blaine Thomas, Max Bartholomew, Joe Bananno, Harry Haynes, Walter Smith, Luis...

  • 42-31072 Betty J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-K] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; TDY Polebrook 16/6/44, ret 6/7/44; TDY Egypt 6/8/44, ret 29/8/44; force landed continent 3/3/45; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit,...

  • 42-39993 Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

  • 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)...

  • 43-38917 Not Today Cleo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 10/10/44; Grenier 17/10/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 20/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 23/11/45...

  • 44-8146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 20/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/2/46; RetUS, 613 BU Phillips 29/4/46.

  • 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.

  • 44-8850 Humms Bumms

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/45; Hunter 7/2/45; Dow Fd 19/2/45; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 21/2/45;RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 20/12/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 06:39:08 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=251

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 06:37:24 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to event
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=251

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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