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8th Air Force 182

11 January 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD element is composed of 114 B-17s despatched to Halberstadt, Germany as their primary target. These two elements are attacked by approximately 500 German fighters, the heaviest fighter resistance encountered since the 14-Oct-43 attack on Schweinfurt, Germany.

A combinded force of 234 B-17s also joins in the mission and are despatched from 3rd Bomb Division with the aircraft factories at Brunswick, Germany as their primary target.

138 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division are also despatched to bomb the aircraft factories at Brunswick as their primary target.
The attacks are summarized below:

1st Bomb Division: 177 B-17's from: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; and 401BG are dispatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target. 139 are effective on the target, 20 others hit targets of opportunity. 34 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 122KIA 235POW 6EVD. The bomber gunners of this element claim 174-32-63 Luftwaffe aircraft (total probably exaggerated); 2 battle damaged aircraft make crashlandings upon return and are deemed to Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) and are eventually salvaged but there are no casualties on these two; in addition another 3 aircraft sustain heavy damage but manage to return to England, 6KIA 4POW 1EVD 19RTD. A total of 83 aircraft are damaged with 3 airmen KIA and 11 WIA.

1st Bomb Division: 114 B-17's from: 305BG; 306BG, 384BG and 482BG are dispatched to Halberstadt, Germany as the primary target. 52 aircraft are effective on the primary and 55 others bomb targets of opportunity. 6 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) (Freeman claims 8, but MACR research confirms only 6 FTRs in this element) 50KIA 8POW 2EVD. 1 aircraft is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) but 10RTD. 43 aircraft return with battle damage and 1 airman if KIA and 18 are WIA aboard these aircraft. The bomber gunnerss of this element claim 35-11-19 Luftwaffe aircraft (probably exaggerated).

3rd Bomb Division: A combined force of 234 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG and 447BG are despatched to bomb the aircraft factories at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. Only 47 aircraft are effective on the target. 114 bomb Osnabruck, Germany as a Target of Opportunity (TO); 25 bomb Bielefeld as a TO, 22 hit Piene as a TO; 10 hit Herford as a TO and 1 drops on Nienenburg as a TO. 16 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 45KIA 103POW (2 of these died in captivity) 10 RTD (Rescued by ASR). Freeman claims one aircraft was a Category E (DBR loss) but no accident report confirms that claim. Stan Bishop's "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" has correctly identified this DBR loss as occuring on 12-Jan-44. 47 aircraft are damaged and 5 airmen aboard these aircraft were WIA. The bomber gunners from 3BD and 2BD (see below) claim a combined total of 19-17-16 of attacking German fighters.

2nd Bomb Division: A total of 138 B-24s from: 44BG; 93BG; 389BG; 392BG; 445BG; 446BG and 448BG are despatched to bomb the aircraft factories at Brunswick, German as the primary target. 4 B-24's of this element are PFF aircraft , this being the first time B-24's are used in this capacity. None of the aircraft managed tto bomb at Brunswick, but 58 strike at Meppen, Germany as a TO, 1 hits Lingen as a TO and 7 others bomb other Targets of Opportunity (TO). 2 aircraft Failed to Return 15KIA 5POW. Freeman claims 1 B-24 Damaged Beyond Repair but no report was found to confirm that claim. 7 aircraft were damaged but there were no other casualties.

(NOTE: The original description for this mission included the fighter escort statistics, but that information has been transferred and included under VIII Fighter Command 216)

HQ 96th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) is activated at Horsham St Faith, England.

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

20 aircraft from Bomb Groups included in 1st Element attacked this target but which aircraft from which Bomb Groups could not be determined from source data.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 57.30
Number of aircraft Sent 20
Number of aircraft Effective 20
Number of aircraft Damaged 8

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

55 aircraft from Bomb Groups included in 2nd Element attacked this target but which aircraft from which Bomb Groups could not be determined from source data.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 73.37
Number of aircraft Sent 55
Number of aircraft Effective 55
Number of aircraft Damaged 23

3.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 21.00
Number of aircraft Sent 7
Number of aircraft Effective 7

4. BIELEFELD (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

25 aircraft from Bomb Groups included in 3rd Element attacked this target but which aircraft from which Bomb Groups could not be determined from source data.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 70.00
Number of aircraft Sent 25
Number of aircraft Effective 25
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 5
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 9

5. BRUNSWICK (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Among the Pathfinder (PFF)-equipped aircraft are 4 B-24s, this is the first time that B-24s have been used in this capacity. The 94th Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (2nd of 2). The 379th Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (2nd of 2) Bomber gunner claims of 19-17-16 are stated here as the combined claims of both the B-17 element and the B-24 element that had Brunswick as thier primary target.

Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 162.90
Number of aircraft Sent 56
Number of aircraft Effective 47
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 11
Number of aircraft Damaged 9
Number of people Killed In Action 34
Number of people Wounded in Action 5
Number of people Prisoners of War 77
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 19
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 17
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 16

6. Brunswick, Germany (Primary Target)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Cloud cover prevents bombing on the primary.

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...

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bomb Group was a B-24 Liberator Group that flew out of Seething, Norfolk. The Group flew their first mission on the 22nd December 1943 and over the next eighteen months the air crews flew 262 missions over occupied Europe. These bombing...

  • 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 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 136
Number of aircraft Effective 0
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Missing In Action 20

7. HALBERSTADT (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The 305th Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (2nd of 2). The 306th Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (1st of 2) All casualties from 2nd element bundled.

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 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,...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 69.37
Number of aircraft Sent 59
Number of aircraft Effective 52
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 6
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 19
Number of people Killed In Action 51
Number of people Wounded in Action 18
Number of people Prisoners of War 10
Number of people Returned To Duty 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 35
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 11
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 19

8. HERFORD (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

10 aircraft from Bomb Groups included in 3rd Element attacked this target but which aircraft from which Bomb Groups could not be determined from source data.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 15.60
Number of aircraft Sent 10
Number of aircraft Effective 10
Number of aircraft Damaged 1

9. LINGEN (Target of Opportunity)

Description

Railroad marshalling yard bombed as a Target of Opportunity

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Twenty-one B-24's of the 445th Bomb Group dropped a total of 210 500lb incendiary bundles on the target. Five aircraft of the 448th Bomb Group joined with the 445th and dropped 60 500lb General Purpose bombs on the target. The 389th Bomb Group provided 2 PFF aircraft that dropped 24 500lb General Purpose bombs with 4 smoke markers.

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...

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 58.5
Number of aircraft Sent 23
Number of aircraft Effective 23

10. MEPPEN (Target of Opportunity)

Description

Targets of Opportunity - City center, railroad station, canal shipping, canal locks, and a factory.

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

44th Bomb Group (H) - 19 aircraft dropped 202 500lb GP; 11 bombed the canal and railroad station, 8 dropped on the canal locks.
392nd Bomb Group (H) - 11 aircraft dropped 121 500lb GP; 11 bombed the city center
448th Bomb Group (H) - 13 aircraft dropped 156 500lb GP; 6 bombed the city center, 6 bombed an unidentified factory near Zundberg, and 1 bombed an unknown target.

Units

  • 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...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bomb Group was a B-24 Liberator Group that flew out of Seething, Norfolk. The Group flew their first mission on the 22nd December 1943 and over the next eighteen months the air crews flew 262 missions over occupied Europe. These bombing...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 119.75
Number of aircraft Sent 43
Number of aircraft Effective 43
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Missing In Action 20

11. NIENBURG (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1 aircraft from Bomb Groups included in 3rd Element attacked this target but which aircraft from which Bomb Group could not be determined from source data.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 1.90
Number of aircraft Sent 1
Number of aircraft Effective 1

12. OSCHERSLEBEN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Fierce fighter opposition encountered as more than 500 attack. Heaviest fighter attack since the 14-Oct-43 attack on Schweinfurt. The 91st Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (2nd of 2). The 92nd Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (1st of 1). The 303rd Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (1st of 1). The 381st Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (2nd of 2). The 401st Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (1st of 2). All casualties from 1st Element bundled.

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 398.82
Number of aircraft Sent 157
Number of aircraft Effective 139
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 36
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 4
Number of aircraft Damaged 76
Number of people Killed In Action 120
Number of people Wounded in Action 11
Number of people Evaded 6
Number of people Prisoners of War 247
Number of people Returned To Duty 39
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 174
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 32
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 63

13. OSNABRUCK (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

114 aircraft from Bomb Groups included in 3rd Element attacked this target but which aircraft from which Bomb Groups could not be determined from source data.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 250.02
Number of aircraft Sent 114
Number of aircraft Effective 114
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 4
Number of aircraft Damaged 28
Number of people Killed In Action 18
Number of people Prisoners of War 19
Number of people Returned To Duty 10

14. PEINE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

22 aircraft from Bomb Groups included in 3rd Element attacked this target but which aircraft from which Bomb Groups could not be determined from source data.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 42.30
Number of aircraft Sent 22
Number of aircraft Effective 22
Number of aircraft Damaged 4

Service

People

  • Frank Amazeen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Athen Anagnos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533d BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Mite'. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. MACR 1881. Killed in Action...

  • Arthur Aull

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group

  • Philip Ball

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Perot crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F #42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines, knocking off the wing. The ship...

  • George Balmore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Original member of the carqueville crew. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories in Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. T/Sgt Balmore was...

  • Kenneth Betts

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Beus

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Might'. MACR 1881. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Edwin Bosley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Perot crew. Not the original LWG. Unknown crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Lost 11 January 1944 on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. B-17F 42-5878 'Yankee Eagle' was rammed by an FW 190 between the #1 and #2 engines,...

  • Harold Brassfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37886 'Blitzing' Betsy' was severely damaged by attacks from several FW190s causing it to collide with another 388th B-17, exploding in mid-air and crashing near Emmen,...

  • John Brogden

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Saur crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Lost on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944. An ME109 exploded near B-17G #42-37962 'Betty Lou' and the engine split the bomber in two. MACR 1976. Killed in Action ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...

  • 41-24605 Knock-out Dropper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-R] Bangor 22-Sep-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; First 8th Air Force aircraft to complete 50, then 75 missions- 27-Mar-44; with M/Sgt Buford Pafford as crew chief; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5-Jun-44; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-29487 Ritzy Blitz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/12/42; Salina 2/2/43; Duncan 23/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-K] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; 48m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Wayne Hedglin, Co-pilot: Don Jones, Navigator: Carey Goodwin, Waist gunner: Bill Francisco,...

  • 42-29999 Fertile Myrtle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Presque Is 2/5/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 8/5/43 GENIE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-Z] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 18m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with...

  • 42-30207 Big Red

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG [ -T] Knettishall 14/6/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 27/3/44 with Julius Lederman, Co-pilot: Waite Law, Bombardier: John Luzell (3 Prisoner of War)...

  • 42-30212 Quarterback

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; transferred Aphrodite project, Missing in Action V-sites, Watten 6/8/44 with Lt Joeseph P Andrecheck & T/Sgt Raymond Healy (2...

  • 42-30425 Roger Dodg'-Her

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-J] Rougham 9/7/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Sam Lemly, Co-pilot: Martin Michels, Navigator: Fred Ehrhart,...

  • 42-3057 Picadilly Commando, Blonde Bomber

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/43; Nashville 27/2/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [LG-N] Wildflower 21/3/43; Bassingbourn 26/3/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben on its 38th mission, 11 January 1944 to Oschersleben, Germany. Pilot Wayne E. Murdoch chute failed to...

  • 42-31115 Hells Belles

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Jim Feeneynot found till 25/2/44, Radio Operator: Norman Kajut, Waist gunner: Marion Forbis,Tail gunner: Lou LeFevre (4...

  • 42-31138 Winged Fury

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Romulus 10/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44 with Art Nelson, Co-pilot: Art Livermore, Navigator: Maurice White, Bombardier: Bill Matuszewski, Flight...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2017 17:11:57 WWII37 Changes to media associations
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711th Bombardment Squadron (H), 447th Bombardment Group (H)
B-17-G #42-39882, “My Gal” Crew
Top Left to Right: August E. Herlth, Eugene G. D'Albero, Larry S. Hatfield, Martin J. Gruber
Bottom Left to Right: William M. Lindgren, Bailey E. Swadley, Raymond L. Hayes, William H. Stoyer, Rocco J. LoCarro, Louis L. Jenkins

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2016 17:49:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 7-Jan-2016 Edited Mission Narrative for format

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2016 23:41:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Jan-2016. Added the combined bomber gunner claims of both the B-17 and B-24 elements that had Brunswick as their primary target per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2016 23:36:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Jan-2016. Added bomber gunner claims to statistics of Halberstadt element per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2016 23:34:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Jan-2016. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to Oschersleben element per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

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06 January 2016 23:09:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 6-Jan-2016. Moved fighter Mission Description to VIII Fighter Command 216.

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2016 22:28:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
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Lee Cunningham 6-Jan-2016. Edited Mission title and Mission Description with correct losses based on MACR documentation and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 21:04:29 B24Mike Changes to event
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Source document: 2nd Air Division Mission Report obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 21:00:53 B24Mike Changes to description
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Air Force Combat Chronology

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 20:57:05 B24Mike Changes to event
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Source document: 2nd Air Division Mission Report obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:54:25 B24Mike Changes to event
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Source document: 2nd Air Division Mission Report obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:51:39 B24Mike Changes to event
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Source document: 2nd Air Division Mission Report obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:37:32 B24Mike Changes to event
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Source document: 2nd Air Division Mission Report obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:28:09 B24Mike Changes to event
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Source document: 2nd Air Division Mission Report obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:24:30 B24Mike Changes to event
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Source document: 2nd Air Division Mission Report obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:20:46 B24Mike Changes to event
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Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:16:20 B24Mike Changes to event
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Source document: 2nd Air Division Mission Report obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 19:04:38 B24Mike Changes to event
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Second Air Division Mission Report, 2AD F.O. #180; obtained from Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 18:33:01 B24Mike Changes to event
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Mighty Eighth War Diary, page 166

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 18:19:22 B24Mike Changes to event
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Second Air Division Tactical Mission Report for 11/01/44 , 2AD Field Order No. 180 (Obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL)

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 16:37:29 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
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Associated B-17 42-39775 "Frenesi" as it was on this mission that this aircraft of the 94th Bomb Group suffered battle damage.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:16 AAM AAM ingest
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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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