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15 June 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 22 T

2. ANGOULEME (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG - MISSION NO. 67 - ANGOULEME, FRANCE

15 JUNE, 1944

A German panzer division, which had been disposed in southwestern France, was scheduled to entrain at Angouleme for the Normandy beachhead. The delay or destruction of the division had been requested by the Allied ground forces. The 457th and the 35 1st Groups were assigned the task. The 457th sent thirty-six aircraft aloft to compose the entire 94th B Combat Wing. The 351St comprised the A Combat Wing. Major William F. Smith was the 457th's Air Commander with Captain Russell M. Selwyn as pilot of the lead B box. Major Theodore C. Hoffman was Commander of the high B box with Lt. Mark R. Beicher as pilot, and Major Jacob M. Dickinson Commander of the low B box, with Captain Alfred W. Fischer as pilot.

Entry into France was over the Normandy beachhead. CAVU conditions existed for the first time since the commencement of the invasion and the entire fighting area was visible to the crews. The Group bombed the marshaling yards with excellent results, leaving a pile of rubble. The special request of the ground forces had been fulfilled.

En route back to England, along the coast of the Bay of Biscay, across the Brest Peninsula and the English Channel, perfect visibility enabled the crews to observe the vast shipping of both the enemy forces and the Allies There was no enemy aircraft opposition and flak was light and inaccurate.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air 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 204 T

3. BEAUVOIR (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 176 T

4. BORDEAUX/MERIGNAC (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 343 T

5. BUC (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 63 T

6. CINQ MARS (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 141 T

7. ETAMPES/MONDESIR (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 118 T

8. ÉVREUX (Primary) / FAUVILLE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 183 T

9. GAEL (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35 T

10. GUYANCOURT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 69 T

11. HANNOVER (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 5 T

12. HANNOVER/MISBURG (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division attacks on these targets were made by the B-17 Groups, i.e. 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group, 486 Bomb Group, 487th Bomb Group.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 419 T

13. HELGOLAND ISLAND (Opportunistic)

Description

TROOP CONCENTRATION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2 T

14. LA POISSONNIERE (Primary)

Description

RAIL JUNCTION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 176 T

15. LE MANS (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 46 T

16. LE PORT BOULET (Primary)

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

All 2nd Bomb Division except the 458th Bomb Group and all of the 3rd Bomb Division take part. 12 B-24s use Azon missiles against the Etaples railroad bridge and 7 others use missiles against the Pecrone railroad bridge.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 267 T

17. NANTES (Opportunistic)

Description

VIADUCT

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 25 T

18. NANTES (Primary)

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGE-NORTH

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 210 T

19. NANTES (Primary)

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGE-SOUTH

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 137 T

20. ORLEANS/SARAN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 36 T

21. ST CYR (Primary)

Description

COMMUNICATIONS TARGETS

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 81 T

22. TOURS -LA RICHE (Primary)

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35 T

23. TOURS-LA RICHE (Primary)

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 174 T

24. TOURS-LA-FRILLERIE (Primary)

Description

TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 199 T

25. WESERMUNDE (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 40 T

26. WILSTER (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 42 T

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

  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • 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: ...

  • Lee Conner

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Lee's original aircraft was named "Do Bunny", after his soon to be wife, Doris Christianson (Frank Christianson's sister). However; upon arrival at Wales, the aircraft they named was given to another crew.

  • Nicholas Duncan

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

  • Charles Eberly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 35 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Flick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Hatchett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Russell T. Hatchett “Tom” Ball Turret Gunner ...

  • Melvin Hedrick

    Military | Sergeant | flexible gunner/ Togglier | 384th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-102589

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 30/4/44; On a local flight 9/7/44 with Doug McArthur, Co-pilot: Stamos Zades, Navigator: George Mille, Bombardier: Chas meyer, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-38052 Lucky Stehley Boy, Hotshot Green

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G-25-DL 42-38052 was one of 2,400 B-17 Flying Fortress four-engine heavy bombers built under license by the Douglas Aircraft Company at Long Beach, California from 1943 to 1945. -052 was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces on Christmas Eve, 24...

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 11:37:23 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
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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