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8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

21 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Guttersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are incuded as a primary target. Weather and heavy fighter opposition hamper the bombing effort. The contigent from 3rd Bomb Division is the only one that has PFF aircraft so their results are better. A total of 861 heavy bombers take to the air for the attack. Mission Summary as follows:

3rd Bomb Division: 281 B-17s from: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG are despatched to bomb the airfield at Diepholz and Brunswick City. 175 are effective on Diepholz and Brunswick City; 88 aircraft are effective on the industrial areas of Hannover and the airfields at Alhorn and Verden as Tartgets of Opportunity (TOs). 4 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 19KIA 21POW. 3 aircraft are Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR), 1 with battle damage in a crash landing upon return - 10RTD and 2 that sustain a mid-air collision during assembly - 21KIA. 4 airmen are WIA in returing aircraft. 36 aircraft are damaged. The bomber gunners in this despatch claim 2-5-2 of attacking German aircraft.

1st Bomb Division: A combined force of 336 B-17s from: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; 384BG; 401BG; 457BG and 482BG are depached to the primary German aifield targets at Guttersloh; Lippstadt and Werl, Germany but cloud cover obscures these targets and the formations seek out Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 285 aircraft are effective on the following airfields as Targets of Opportunity (TOs): Achmer, Hopstein, Rheine, Diepholz, Quackenbruck and Bramsche. In addition, the railroad marshalling yards at Coevorden and Lingen, Germany are bombed as Targets of Opportunity (TOs). This is the firs comabt mission for 457BG. 9 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 24KIA 60POW(1DIC) 5RTD (rescued by ASR). 63 aircraft are damaged. 4 airmen are KIA and another 14WIA in returning aircraft. The bomber gunners of this element claim 12-5-8 of attacking German aircraft. It is not known how many German aircraft were destroyed or damaged on the ground in these strikes, but damage to facilities runways and flak batteries was extensive.

2nd Bomb Division: A combined force of 244 B-24s from: 44BG; 93BG; 389BG; 392BG; 445BG; 446BG; 448BG and 453BG are despatched to bomb the airfields of Achmer and Handorf, Germany. 11 aircraft managed to bomb the airfield at Achmer using PFF equipment; 203 others bomb the airfields at Diepholz, Verden and Hesepe, Germany and the industrial areas of Lingen as Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 3 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 13KIA 17POW. 1 aircraft is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) - 1KIA 9RTD. 3 airmen aboard returning aircraft are WIA. 6 aircraft are damaged. The Bomber gunners of this element claim 5-6-4 of attacking German aircraft.

Mission details

1. ACHMER (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

285 B-17s of the 336 despatched manage to bomb airfields and marshalling yards. Statistics bundled.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 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, 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 Citations, the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 806.00
Number of aircraft Sent 336
Number of aircraft Effective 285
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 6
Number of aircraft Damaged 63
Number of people Killed In Action 21
Number of people Prisoners of War 33
Number of people Died in Captivity 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 5
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 12
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 5
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 8

2. ACHMER (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

244 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division are despatched to attack German airfields at Achmer and Handorf, Germany as the primary targets. Only 11 aircraft are effective on Achmer, as clouds frustrate bombing attempts. Most divert to bomb the airfield as Diepholz, Germany as a target of opportunity.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division
  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 28.35
Number of aircraft Sent 42
Number of aircraft Effective 11
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 6
Number of people Killed In Action 12
Number of people Prisoners of War 9
Number of people Returned To Duty 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 5
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 6
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 4

3. ALHORN (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND

4. BRAMSCHE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND

5. BRUNSWICK CITY (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division attacked 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...

  • 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...

  • 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-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organisation and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29-Jun-1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28-Aug-42 to 31-Oct-42 than at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas from...

  • 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 Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent 193
Number of aircraft Effective 175
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 4
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 36
Number of people Killed In Action 40
Number of people Wounded in Action 4
Number of people Prisoners of War 21

6. COEVORDEN (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND

7. DIEPHOLZ (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

482nd Bomb Group dropped on this target. It has not been determined if other 1st Bomb Division aircraft also bombed this target.

Units

  • 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 Not determined
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 9

8. DIEPHOLZ (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Not yet known

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...

  • 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 523.13
Number of aircraft Sent 203
Number of aircraft Effective 203

9. DIEPHOLZ (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

"BIG WEEK" continues hammering German aircraft production and airfields. This 3rd Bomb Division element was the only element that had a Pathfinder (PFF) aircraft assigned, but even so, most formations had to bomb Targets of Opportunity because of cloud cover. This is the last mission flown under VIII Bomber Command structure.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 414.58
Number of aircraft Effective 175
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 2
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 5
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 2

10. GUTERSLOH (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The airfields at Gutersloh, Lippstadt and Werl were the primary target for 1st Bomb Division formations, but the targets were obscured by clouds. All divert to Hannover as the best target of opportunity, Others bomb Targets of Opportunity. The 457th Bomb Group flies its first mission and has its first loss.

457th BG MISSION NO. 1 - GUTERSLOH - LIPPSTADT, GERMANY

21 FEBRUARY 1944

The first mission of the 457th was flown on the second day of The Big Week to Gutersloh and Lippstadt. The total operation of the day for the Eighth Air Force was directed against Brunswick, Diephol; Achmer, Gutersloh and Lippstadt. The 457th operation was flown in two formations, A and B. The A Formation, consisting of nineteen aircraft, assigned to fly the high box in the 94th A Combat Wing, and was dispatched to Gutersloh. The B Formation consisting of seventeen aircraft, went to Lippstadt. Both were airparks for the storing of enemy fighters. The A Formation was led by Col. Luper with Lt. J. L. Smith, pilot. Major Henry B. Wilson, Deputy Group Commander, led the B Formation with Lt. Vinton H. Mays as pilot.

The A Formation failed to assemble with the 94th A Combat Wing (CBW), but joined with the 41st CBW. Its target was an Airdrome near Hamm.

Bombing results were nil. A complete undercast obscured the target and when the Wing Leader dropped on a target of opportunity in the target area, twelve ot the crews released bombs. The Group Leader and other planes held their bombs, and failing to find a better target, returned to the Base.

A solid undercast prevented the B Formation, flying the high box of the 94th B Combat Wing, from dropping bombs as no PFF (radar equipped) aircraft was provided. The Formation leader searched for a target of opportunity. Finding none, the formation jettisoned bombs in the North Sea, a short distance from the Dutch Coast.

Notwithstanding the bombing results, two significant events occurred on the mission. Lt. Llewellyn (Lew) G. Bredeson, flying aircraft No 42-31596, was shot down on the bomb run, becoming the first 457th crew to be lost in combat.

The plane of Lt. Edward B. Dozier, who was to become one of the 457th's lead pilots, was attacked by four enemy fighters and was shot up so badly it had to be salvaged. The entire tail was badly damaged. Practically all the controls were gone, the oxygen system was out and the communications system was gone.
In spite of the riddled condition of the ship, Lt. Dozier brought the plane back, making a good landing. The tail gunner, Sgt. Hyman Kaib, and the waist gunner, Sgt. Dwight Anderson, were credited with downing an FW-190. The radio operator, Sgt. Seymour Pliss, died from flak wounds.
Lt. Dozier later was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the courage, coolness, expert skill and superior airmanship he displayed.

(Compiler 's Note: Both aircraft were in the A Formation) The mission was summed up as an interesting introduction into the many factors that can complicate and affect a bombing mission in this theater.

The aircraft of Lt Llewellyn Bredeson was lost on this date.

Units

  • 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 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 0
Number of aircraft Effective 0
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 18

11. Handorf, Germany

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been confirmed that any 2nd Bomb Division aircraft were able bomb Hgandorf.

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 0
Number of aircraft Effective 0

12. HANNOVER (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

88 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division Groups attack aircraft factories at Hannover, Germany as a target of opportunity.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 209.47
Number of aircraft Sent 88
Number of aircraft Effective 88

13. HESEPE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 8

14. HOPSTEIN (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND

15. LINGEN (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

16. LINGEN (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND

17. LIPPSTADT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

No confirmation that any aircraft from the 1st Bomb Division element dropped on this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 0
Number of aircraft Effective 0

18. QUAKENBRUCK (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND

19. RHEINE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND

20. VERDEN (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND

21. VERDEN (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

22. WERL (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

No confirmation that any aircraft from the 1st Bomb Division element dropped on this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 0
Number of aircraft Effective 0

Service

People

  • Julius Blake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Julius Blake enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1942 and followed heavy bomber pilot training. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 94th Bomb Group / 332nd Bomb Squadron in England. He was Pilot of B-17G #42-31150 when it lost an engine on a mission...

  • 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,...

  • Edgar Burton

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Flew 25 missions, ending just before D-Day. Flew on D Day just to see it. According to him, he never saw a German fighter but did see lots of flak.

  • Edwin Carmell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Edwin Carmell served as a co-pilot with the 563rd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Knettishall, England.

  • Enrico Carpini

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    My dad, Enrico 'Rick' Carpini was from Linden, NJ and served as a radio gunner on a B-17G with the 305th Bomb Group/365th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions from 1/4/44-5/22/44. The pilot was John F. Schleifer from Buffalo, NY. The majority of his...

  • Donald Cooper

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231691. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Arthur Gibbons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group

  • Glen Hartzell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | general maintenance, spare bomber gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Roy Island

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Keeffe

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    James Keeffe Jr.'s biography and time in service is the subject of the book “Two Gold Coins and a Prayer” written by James H. Keeffe III, his son. It is available from a number of book outlets. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-37839 Little Willie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/9/43; Gr Island 14/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [ -D] Knettishall 26/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 9/3/44 with Bernie Dopko, Co-pilot: Gene Krifka, Navigator: Glenn Cederstrom, Bombardier: Bill Kelly, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 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...

  • 42-73506 Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24J #42-73506 44th BG, 506th B Sq 'Black Jack' (2nd) - Lt G Johnson Crew - his plane was the 2nd B-24 'Black Jack'. On 8 Apr 1944, on a mission to attack the Airdrome, Langhagen, Germany, his plane was attacked by Messerschmitt ME-109s and was shot...

  • 42-7764 Bag O' Bolts

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by flak and fighters on 21 February 1944. The aircraft acquired 400 bullet holes and damage, but limped back to Seething. Two members of the crew were wounded and a third baled out over Germany, the rest returned to Seething

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2017 03:34:29 gish1893 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Glen Hartzell diary

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2016 23:50:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Feb-2016. Added bomber gunner claims to 3BD Diephilz (primary) Mission Event per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2016 23:47:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Feb-2016. Added bomber gunner claims to 1BG Achmer Mission Event per "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2016 23:45:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Feb-2016. Added bomber gunner claims to 2BD Achmer statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2016 23:42:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 12:56:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission detail added courtesy of Diane Reese - http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Narratives/MA1.html

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2014 10:27:48 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Moved pins from the middle of the sea to Verden, Hopsten, Hesepe and Achmer Germany

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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