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8th Air Force 212

6 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the German airfields at Nancy/Essay and Dijon/Longvic; the primary target for 2nd Bomb Division was the V-Weapon site at St.Pol/Siracourt; and the primary target for 3rd Bomb Division was the Germany airfield at Romilly-sur-Seine. Cloud cover caused the formations to break up and they then sought targets of opportunity. The claims of the bomber gunners of all Bomb Divisions were bundled in the source data as 3-3-0 and these have been displayed in the statistics of 3BD. Mission summary as follows:

3rd Bomb Division: 189 B-17s are despached from: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG. 60 aircraft attacked the German airfield at St. Andre de L'eure, France and 40 aircraft bombed the German airfield at Evreux/Fauville. Both are Targets of Opportunity (TO). 3 aircraft Faield to Return (FTR) - 21KIA 9POW. 1 aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) upon return in a crash attributed to Pilot Error. 10RTD. 30 aircraft were damaged. There were no other casualties of losses.

1st Bomb Division: 303 B-17s are despatched from: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; 384BG and 401BG and bomb the German airfield at Caen/Carpiquet, France as a Target of Opportunity (TO) 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 2KIA 8POW. 1 aircraft with battle damage is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) in a crash landing upon return. 3 airmen on this aircraft baled out over France and managed to evade capture. - 6RTD 3EVD. 13 aircraft are damaged. There are no other casualties or losses.

2nd Bomb Division: 150 B-24s from: 44BG; 389BG; 392BG; 445BG; 446BG; 448BG and 452BG are despatched. 37 bomb the German airfield at Chateaudun, France and 9 bomb the V-Weapon site at Eclimeux. Both are Targets of Opportunity (TO). 1 aircraft is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) in a crash on take off - 7KOM 3 INJ/RTD. 7 aircraft are damaged. There are no other casualties.

Mission details

1. CAEN/CARPIQUET (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division diverted to this target. 60 bomb Caen/Carpiquet Airfield.

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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 166.50
Number of aircraft Sent 303
Number of aircraft Effective 60
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 13
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 8

2. Ch√Ęteaudun, France

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division diverted to this target

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...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 93.00
Number of aircraft Sent 150
Number of aircraft Effective 37
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 8
Number of people Returned To Duty 2

3. DIJON/LONGVIC (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Primary target for 1st Air Division was Dijon/Longvic. It was obscured by clouds so it was not attacked.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Effective 0
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 8

4. ECLIMEUX (Opportunistic)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division diverted to this target

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 25.25
Number of aircraft Sent 9
Number of aircraft Effective 9

5. EVREUX/FAUVILLE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division diverted to this target

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 142.00
Number of aircraft Sent 40
Number of aircraft Effective 40
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 10
Number of people Killed In Action 12
Number of people Prisoners of War 8

6. Nancy, France / Essay, France

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

303 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division are despatched. Weather and mechanical problems cause 243 from this formation to abort mission.

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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 243
Number of aircraft Effective 0
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Evaded 3
Number of people Returned To Duty 6

7. ROMILLY SUR SEINE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

189 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division are despatched. Weather and mechanical problems cause 89 from this formation to abort mission. Primary obscured by clouds, 100th Bomb Group hit targets of opportunity.

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...

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 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 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 89
Number of aircraft Effective 0
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 9
Number of people Prisoners of War 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 10

8. ST. ANDRE DE L'EURE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division diverted to this 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...

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 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 178.00
Number of aircraft Sent 150
Number of aircraft Effective 60
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of aircraft Damaged 20
Number of people Killed In Action 21
Number of people Prisoners of War 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 3
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 3

9. ST. POL SIRACOURT (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

150 B-24s from two Bomb Group are despatched. Weather and mechanical problems cause 107 from this group to abort mission. Primary St. Pol/ Siracourt obscured by clouds, 37 bomb Chateaudun Airfield and 9 bomb Eclimeuax V-weapon site.

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...

  • 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...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 107
Number of aircraft Effective 0
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 8
Number of people Returned To Duty 2

Service

People

  • Conrad Blalock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Putek crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Returned to England after an explosion and ensuing fire near the top turret while enroute to Nancy a/f, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-40025 'Touch the Button Nell'. Mission #66. The pilot gave the...

  • James Bomar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Putek crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. B-17 #42-40025 'Touch the Button Nell' was set afire in the cockpit and top turret area on mission #66 to the airfield at Nancy, France. The pilot gave the bailout order which was followed by the...

  • Herbert Burgasser

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Putek crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. B-17 #42-40025 'Touch the Button Nell' was set afire in the cockpit and top turret area on mission #66 to the airfield at Nancy, France. The pilot gave the bailout order which was followed by the Nav, Bom...

  • Harvey Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Putek crew, 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Returned to England after an explosion and ensuing fire near the top turret while enroute to Nancy a/f, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-40025 'Touch the Button Nell'. Mission #66. The pilot gave the...

  • Alfred Coffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Putek crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Returned to England after an explosion and ensuing fire near the top turret while enroute to Nancy a/f, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-40025 'Touch the Button Nell'. Mission #66. Lt Coffman was ordered...

  • Richard Conant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic Gunner 748 - Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Walter Empric

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Bombardier on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down on 11 April 1944 on his 17th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag Luft III (Sagan,...

  • Wilton Fremaux

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Wilton Fremaux enlisted on September 14, 1942. 26 missions; B-17 Flying Fortress; T/SGT; Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner. He was from Alexandria, Louisiana. He was stationed at Kimbolton, England with the 379th Bomber Group, 524th Bomb Squadron....

  • Lifford French

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    November 1943 - April 1944. ...

  • Mario George

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Captain

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Aircraft

  • 42-30595 'Gremlin Gus II' "Olin's 69'ers"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/7/43; Kearney 16/7/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/7/43; (34m) transferred Aphrodite project as OLIN'S 69'ERS; when War Weary, fuselage cut down and vehicle windshield fitted before open...

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 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...

  • 42-37886 Blitzing Betsy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/10/43; Gr Island 21/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Lowell Watts captured by civilians, Co-pilot: Bob Kennedy, Navigator: Emmett Murphy, Bombardier: Ed Kelley, Flight engineer...

  • 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. ...

  • 42-40025 Touch the Button Nell

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/11/43; Denver 22/11/43; Kearney 24/11/43; RAF Valley, Wales 14/12/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-X] Ridgewell 6/1/44; severe battle damaged Nancy 6/2/44 with Henry Putek, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lifford French, Radio...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 21:54:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Made connections to participating units (bundled for 3rd BD) and added statisitics per "The Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 21:49:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Added Note to Dijon element per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 21:44:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Added Statistics to Chateaudun element per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 21:40:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Corrected statistics on Caen element per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 21:16:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Feb-2016. Added Mission Description per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 10:22:35 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

updated location

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 10:21:42 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

updated locations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:17 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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