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142

25 June 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 105.7 T

2. ABBEVILLE/DRUCAT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 26.4 T

3. AMINES/ST MAURICE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 24 T

4. AUBE-SUR-RISLE (Opportunistic)

Description

TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 29.6 T

5. BEUVRY (Primary)

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Group. Airfields, power/transformed stations and an oil depot are the targets Luftwaffe opposition is very light. Most losses attributable to AA fire.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 63.5 T

6. BOULOGNE (Primary)

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 15 T

7. BOURGE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 118.6 T

8. Calais, France

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 20.7 T

9. CHOCQUES (Primary)

Description

CHEMICAL PLANT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 3.8 T

10. DOULLENS (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 36 T

11. Holque, France

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 18.6 T

12. LA VAUPALIER (Primary)

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 14.5 T

13. MAZINGARBE (Primary)

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 47.8 T

14. MOUNTBARTIER (Primary)

Description

OIL DEPOT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG - MISSION NO. 77 - MONTEBARTIER, FRANCE

25 JUNE, 1944

The target was a buried oil dump in southern France, situated in the village of Montebartier on the banks of the Midi Canal, the connecting waterway between the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean Sea. The 457th furnished all 36 craft for the 94th C Combat Wing. Major Leroy Watson was Air Commander with Lt. Dozier as pilot of the lead C box. Lt. Joseph Reilly was Commander of the low C box, with Lt. Harris S. Mathis as pilot. Lt. Max D. Peterson was Commander of the high C box with Captain Donald E. Lady as pilot.

Again the route to the target took the Group over the invasion coast. The weather was CAVU over the target and bombing results were good. Bombing was from 15,000 feet. Flak was moderate to heavy and accurate, with four craft suffering damage.

Lt. Scott B. Ormsby's plane was hit by a flak burst starting a fire in one engine. Four of his crew bailed out. However, he dropped his bombs in the Channel and returned to the Base. Lieutenants Edwin R. Stevens, SherriH R. Williams and Charles C. Canfield, all flying in the lead box, were hit in their engines and gas tanks and aborted the mission. Capt. Richard E. Hoelzer, flying in the low box, was hit and knocked out of the box, but returned to the Base.

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 147 T

15. NUNQUE (Primary)

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 13.4 T

16. PERRONE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 25.8 T

17. Pont-à-Vendin, France

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 13.5 T

18. ST AVORD (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-24s is 493rd Bomb Group, 486th Bomb Group, 487th Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Group, 490th 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 132.8 T

19. ST OMER/LONGUENESSE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 26.5 T

20. Tingry, France

Description

POWER STATION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 21 T

21. TOULOUSE/BLANGNAC (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 143.5 T

22. TOULOUSE/FRANCAZAL (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 382nd Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 398th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group, 482nd Bomb Group.

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.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 230.5 T

Service

People

  • Alexander Andrews

    Military | General | Observer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 3 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. ...

  • Karl Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Brittain

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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.

  • Robert Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan'. A/C hit in nose by direct flak hit. Partially deafened by blast, baled out on 'prepare to bale' order. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6738. ...

  • Paul Gelman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew missions with the 385th Bomb Group between 25 June 1944 - 12 October 1944.

  • Robert Kaufman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'.

  • James Lalonde

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Maatta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. Fatally wounded on mission to Coulanges, France. A/C B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' hit in nose by direct flak hit. Severely wounded in both legs and with internal injuries, died of wounds prior to...

  • Kenneth Murgatroyd

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 42-31037 'Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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...

  • 43-37663

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Grenier 1/6/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR- ] Gt Ashfield 7/6/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with A.L. Benefield (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Dick Barry, Navigator: Herb Kozel, Bombardier: Leon Davidson...

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 05:02:37 MRB Changes to name, description and aircraft associations
Sources

Information found on his official mission list.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 12:29:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Amendment to location

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 12:28:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Amendment to location

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 12:27:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Amendment to location

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 12:26:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Amendment to location

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 12:24:54 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 18:43:07 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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