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8th Air Force 963

21 April 1945

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1. INGOLSTADT

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

This is the last combat mission (Ingolstadt) flown by the 447th BG. They have flown 257 missions in 7,605 sorties and dropped a total of 17,103 tons of bombs. They report 97 aircraft MIA. B-17, TN 337756 "MILK WAGON" sets the record for 3rd Air Division with 129 missions and no turn-backs. The aircraft leave the UK 29/30 Jun 45 with ground unit on the 1st and 3rd Aug 45. Inactivated 7 Nov 45. This is the last combat mission flown by the 487th BG. They have flown 185 missions in 6,021 sorties and dropped 14,041 tons of bombs. They led the 3rd Air Division in bombing accuracy from Jan 45 to the end of the war with strikes within 1,000 ft of the aiming point. The aircraft left the UK the first week of Jul 45. The ground unit sailed on the Queen Elizabeth on 25 Aug 45. The group was inactivated on 7 Nov 45.

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2. LANDSBERG/AMLECH

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

This is the last combat mission flown by the 452nd BG. They have flown 250 missions in 7,279 sorties and dropped a total of 16,467 tons of bombs. They report 100 aircraft MIA. This Bomb Group had more Commanding Officers (9) than any other BG in 8th AF during the course of the war. The aircraft departed the UK in late Jun 45. The ground unit sailed on the Queen Elizabeth on 5 Aug 45. The group was inactivated on 28 Aug 45. This is the last combat mission flown by the 486th BG. They have flown 188 missions in 7,086 sorties and dropped 14,517 tons of bombes. They report 33 aircraft MIA. The 834 Bomb Squadron had the distinction of losing no planes or personnel on its first 78 missions. The aircraft left the UK the first week of Jul 45. The ground unit sailed on the Queen Elizabeth on 25 Aug 45. The group was inactivated on 7 Nov 45.

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3. MUNICH

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

This is the last combat mission for the 94th BG. They have flown 324 missions in 8,884 sorties and dropped 18,924 tons of bombs. They report 153 aircraft MIA. They remained in the UK until 11 Dec 45 and were inactivated in the US on 21 Dec 45. This is the last combat mission for the 96th Bomb Group. They have flown 321 missions in 8,924 sorties and dropped 19,277 tons of bombes. They report 189 aircraft MIA, this is the second highest MIA loss total in 8th AF. They are the first double-strength bomb group in 8th AF. Their aircraft left the UK with some transferred to continental units in Nov 45. The ground unit sailed on the Lake Champlain on 12 Dec 45. The group was inactivated on 20 Dec 45.

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4. SALZBURG

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Mission aborted due to cloud cover.

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Service

People

  • Billie Arnold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Howard Berger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator / Mickey operator, B-17 | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Sabatine Branco

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 combat missions from 1/8/45 to 4/21/45. Most of them in a B-17G 'Dinah-Mite' #44-8694.

  • 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...

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Colonel | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • Carl Falk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    One of the last crews assigned to the 785th BG to see combat. Completed four combat missions before hostilities ended.

  • Richard Farrington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Regensburg in B-24 'Black Cat' #4295592

  • Howard Goodner

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew B-24 'The Black Cat. ' Killed in Action (KIA) crashed at Regensburg. He had no parachute and came down in a free fall alongside bombs and oxygen tanks, spinning toward the Bavarian village of Scharmassing. He landed in a field outside town, his...

  • Howard Gurney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Born October 30, 1922 in Camden, N.J. Active service dates April 15, 1944-December 21, 1946; last rank Captain. Stationed at Rattlesden, B-17 pilot, 31 missions, chiefly assigned to American Beauty (43-37797). Became a building inspector in the...

  • Oliver Hawthorn

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Sulzbach, Germany in B-17 #42-97342

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Aircraft

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...

  • 42-97342 Struggle Buggy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/44; Hunter 4/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-H] Rougham 9/4/44; Missing in Action Ingolstadt 21/4/45 with Pilot Jack B. Kirk (Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: John G. Beck; Navigator: Lloyd G. Olson; Bombardier: Oliver...

  • 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)...

  • 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.

  • 44-40454 Betta Duck

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 493rd Bomb Group. Transferred to the 34th Bomb Group in early June 1944 and completed missoins from 12 June 1944 to 24 August 1944. Later transferred to the 466th Bomb Group, and eventually flown back to the US by Carl W Falk...

  • 44-10518 Queenie

    B-24 Liberator

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:14 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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