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VIII Bomber Command 11

7 September 1942

Official description

Not yet known

Description

97BG despatches 15 B-17s to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland; 301BG despatches 14 B-17s to bomb targets of opportunity (O) in and around Utrecht, Holland.

Mission details

1. ROTTERDAM

Description

SHIP YARD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

There is no fighter escort for this mission.

Units

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 17.50
Number of aircraft Sent 15
Number of aircraft Effective 4
Number of aircraft Damaged 3
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Wounded in Action 3
Number of people Returned To Duty 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 8
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 4
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 7

2. UTRECHT

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 5.00
Number of aircraft Sent 14
Number of aircraft Effective 5
Number of aircraft Damaged 1
Number of people Wounded in Action 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 4
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 6
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 5

Service

People

  • Julius Kleinman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action while serving as a Ball Turret gunner aboard B-17E 41-9074, 97BG/340BS 7-Sep-42 on mission to Rotterdam, Holland. Sgt. Kleinman was the only KIA on the aircraft which returned with battle damage to Polebrook. 8 other crewmen returned...

Aircraft

  • 41-9074

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Boise 359BS/303BG 10/4/42; Presque Is 31/5/42; Slated 94BG; transferred 340BS/97BG Polebrook 28/7/42; sustained battle damaged over Rotterdam 7/9/42 and returned to Polebrook. with Capt Hughes, Ball turret gunner: Sgt Julius L. Kleiman KIA,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 18:40:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on Utrecht per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 18:39:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims to statistics on Rotterdam per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 18:42:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Oct-2014. Mission description based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:16 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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