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11 June 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 174 T

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 9 T

3. BEAUMONT-LE-ROGER (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1,055 bombers are despatched and 914 fighter sorties are flown. Original mission was to hit priority targets in Germany, but the weather remains foul. Over 400 bombers abort due to weather or the absence or malfunction of their PATHFINDER (PFF) radar bombing equipment. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group, 486th Bomb Group, 487th Bomb Group. All aircraft from 3rd Bomb Divisionfailed to bomb.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 83 T

4. BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 38 T

5. BEAUVAIS/NIVELLIERS (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 79 T

6. BEAUVAIS/TILLE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 30 T

7. BEREK (Primary)

Description

TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 81 T

8. BERNAY/ST. MARTIN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

4457th BG - MISSION NO. 64 - BERNAY-ST. MARTIN AIRFIELD, FRANCE

11 JUNE, 1944

On the sixth day of the invasion, the Eighth Air Force continued attacks against airfield and communications points to the rear of the German lines. The 457th comprised the high box of the 94th Combat Wing and dispatched eighteen craft to the airfield at Bernay-St.Martin, thirty miles east of Le Havre. It was a small dirt field, a satellite to a larger nearby field. Captain Wilbur D. Snow served as Air Commander with Lt. Alfred W. Fischer as pilot.

The target area had complete undercast which made bombing results unobserved. Gee Box fixes indicated the bombs were dropped away from the briefed target. The bomb mn was made at 15,000 feet. There was no enemy aircraft opposition and no flak was encountered.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 111 T

9. BLOIS/ST DENIS (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 123 T

10. CONCHES (Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 80 T

11. CORMEILLES-EN-VEXIN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

All B-24 Bomb Groups participated except 448th Bomb Group. 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, 489th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Group.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 92 T

12. CREIL (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 51 T

13. DINARD/PLUERTUIT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 91 T

14. MERLIMONT PLAGE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 77 T

15. MONTAUBAN (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 128 T

16. MONTFORD (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 70 T

17. POIX (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 13 T

18. PONTAUBAULT (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 96 T

19. TOUCQUET-PARIS-PLAGE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 68 T

20. VICOMTE-SUR-RANCE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 57 T

21. SAINT-ANDRÉ-DE-L'EURE / ILLIERS-L'ÉVÊQUE

Description

DID NOT BOMB

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Thew 306th Bomb Group sent 36 aircraft as 40th "B" Combat wing and 12 aircraft as high group of 40th "C" Combat Wing to targets in France. The wing leader of the "b" group climbed to 20,000 feet above England to get above the clouds and other combat wings did not follow. As a result, at the target other combat wings were below the clouds over the target and the wing leader was afraid to drop bombs for fear of hitting the aircraft below.

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0
Number of aircraft Sent 36

Service

People

  • Robert Allison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Flew 26 missions on 'Mission Bell', was wounded on 26th mission. Purple Heart, 4 Air Medals

  • Arthur Aull

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Barton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    newly assigned May 1944

  • William Brooks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    St. Dizier, France 24 Mar 1944; Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944; Hamm, Germany 22 April 1944; Leipheim, Germany 24 April 1944; Paderborn, Germany 26 April 1944; Siracourt, France 27 April 1944; Mimoyecque, France 28 April 1944; Liege, France 1 May 1944...

  • Robert Collins

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator; Statistics | 490th Bomb Group
    AWARDS: ...

  • Nicholas Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Milton Goodridge

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Stettin on 6/20/44 in B-24 Bottle Baby 44-40169. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Hollowell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    .

  • Martin Kilcoyne

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Arthur Crapsey crew. Reported to group on 19 Nov 1943. Completed 32 missions from Oct 1943-Sept 1944. He was injured on his second mission to Osnabruck, 22 Dec. 1943. He returned to active duty in April 1944 as a spare crewmember. ...

  • Ralph Maier

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wenden on 8/24/44 in B-24 Pistol Packin Bomma II #4251278. On his 24th mission, 1/Lt Ralph Maier was flying Deputy Lead of the 446th BG. When the lead B-24's bombsight malfunctioned, he became the...

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Aircraft

  • 42-30778 Old 66/Lady Margaret

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Gore 6/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Reno 14/8/43; Pierre 16/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; crashed on take off for France 13/8/44 with Leon Sutton, Co-pilot: Harlan Thompson, Navigator: George Healy, Bombardier:...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2017 01:39:50 cmckeever Changes to description
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2017 01:38:03 cmckeever Changes to description and person associations
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 11:24:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 12:04:01 Emily Created event
Sources

369th Bomb Squadron combat diary, courtesy of Wayne Tolmachoff

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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