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VIII Bomber Command 132

18 November 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The German airfield of Oslo/Kjeller, Norway is the target for a force of 102 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division that included: 44BG (34); 93BG (20); 389BG (26); and 392BG (22). 82 aircraft are effective on the target. 9 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 61KIA 30INT. 1 aircraft crashlanded upon return at Shipdham, UK, 10RTD. 2 airmen in returning aircraft were KIA and 9 others Wounded in Action (WIA). The bomber gunners claim 10-7-5 of attacking German aircraft.

Mission details

1. OSLO/KJELLER (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

4 B-24s dropped 44 X 500GP on Rygge Air Depot as a Target of Opportunity.

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group to be given B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 model that was fitted with a nose turret on the production line, an adaptation...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 73.75
Number of aircraft Sent 102
Number of aircraft Effective 82
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 9
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 10
Number of people Killed In Action 65
Number of people Wounded in Action 9
Number of people Prisoners of War 7
Number of people Interned 20
Number of people Returned To Duty 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 7
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 5

Service

People

  • William Budai

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1921, he enlisted in the Army in Aug. 1942. Despite surviving the harrowing Ploesti raid in August 1943, he was shot down on 18 November 1943 while a gunner on the B-24 "Vagabond King" (42-40787). He was killed when his plane...

  • Edward Donnelly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #42-40128 'War Baby. ' Plane landed in a farm field in Sweden. It was repaired and flown to near by airport. Crew interned in Falon, Sweden at a ski resort until December 1944.

  • Teddy Dudziak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #427486 'The Shark. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Farmer Johnson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • George Kelsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 3-Jan-43 in B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" while serving as Waist Gunner her was injured when the aircraft crash-landed near Haverfordwest when it ran out of fuel returning from a mission the St. Nazaire, France ...

  • John McCormick

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-40787 'Vagabond King. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Pilot 1/Lt John B.McCormick, DFC MIA/KIA ...

  • Julius Naber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4129471. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Nabors

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner, B-24 | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • James Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    served in several bomb groups. . . see 2ND AIR DIVISION book, p 411

Aircraft

  • 42-40787 "Vagabond King"

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #42-40787 "Vagabond King" was in the 565th Bombing Squadron, the 389th Bombing Group, the 8th Air Force. It flew on 1st Aug, 1943 on Operation Tidal Wave, to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, piloted by John B McCormick....

  • 42-7482 Shack Rat

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew 13 missions with 392nd Bomb Group

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 18:11:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2015 18:10:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

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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