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8 July 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2 T

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 69.5 T

3.

Description

HIGHWAY JUNCTION

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 28.9 T

4. ABBEVILLE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 26.2 T

5. Abbeville, France

Description

RAILROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 25.3 T

6. BARENTON (Opportunistic)

Description

RAILROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 49 T

7. CHANDAI (Opportunistic)

Description

RAILROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 20 T

8. 27190 Conches-en-Ouche, France

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 70 T

9. ETAPLES (Opportunistic)

Description

CHOKE POINT

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 24 T

10. ETAPLES (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 74.2 T

11. JAIGLE (Opportunistic)

Description

RAILROAD JUNCTIONS

Aircraft type

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Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is 94th Bomb Group, 95 Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 48.5 T

12. NANTES (Opportunistic)

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

The whole 8th Air Force heavy bombers were dispatched to attack tactical targets in the Paris area. The 45th A Combat Wing with the 388th Bomb Group "A" and "B", high and low respectively, was to have attacked a supply depot Northwest of Beaumont.

Our 28 aircraft were airborne by 0351 hours. 1 aircraft from each formation aborted for mechanical reasons and 3 aircraft from the A Group returned early because of inability to locate the formation. Formations were effected with difficulty due to the hours of darkness, and the Combat Wing never did get together.

The B Group followed by the A Group crossed the enemy Coast at the briefed point. Approximately 12 miles inside the French Coast the B Group encountered meager but extremely accurate flak from Cleres. The Group leader and his right wing man went down from this attack. Two other aircraft were so severely hit that they had to abort. The B Group reformed with the deputy lead taking over the lead.

The primary target was completely cloud covered and was not attacked. The A Group attacked a railroad bridge over the Seine River at Nantes-Gassicourt. The B Group attacked railroad tracks in the vicinity of Yvetot.

No enemy aircraft were seen. Meagre flak was encountered over the targets. The flak at Cleres which shot down two of our aircraft also caused major damage to 6 aircraft and minor damage to 5 others.

Lt. J. Klein was killed by flak. The following were wounded by flak: Lt. J. Pakiz and S/Sgt. L. Myers, F. Serio and J. Hollister.
18 aircraft returned to base by 0855 hours.

(From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).
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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 26.3 T

13. NANTES/GASSICOURT (Opportunistic)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 31.5 T

14. NOGENT (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 22 T

15. ORSEL (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 4 T

16. PAS-DE-CALAIS (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG -MISSION NO. 84 -HAUT-MAISNIT BLANGERMONT, FRANCE -8 JULY, 1944

A return was made by the Eighth Air Force to tactical targets in northern France. Bridges, railroads and pilot-less aircraft launching sites were objects of attack. The 457th was required to attack two of these V-1 launching sites with two 12-plane boxes. One was located in the orchards of the small rural village of Haut-Maisnil, six miles distant from Hesdin. The other, similarly hidden in orchards, was five miles to the east. Both were the Belhamin type sites and had been spotted as being active in launching V-1's on London.

The twenty-four plane formation required no wing assembly and each proceeded south to depart from the English Coast. Captain Dozier led the A box and Captain J. L. Smith the B box. The Channel was clear, but clouds were encountered as the French Coast was approached. These increased to ten-tenths over the two targets and no bombing could be accomplished. The A box then proceeded on the return route home. The B box flew around in the Abbeville area on various courses, looking for a target of opportunity. A break in the clouds was found over the Poix airdrome and bombs were released on this target. All the bombs fell on the field and across a runway in a concentrated pattern. The targets remained untouched.

Sgt. Paul A. Birchen, whose action on the 14 June mission, earned him the award of the Silver Star, was flying as top turret gunner, flight engineer for Lt. George J. Bennett. Paul said,
"They briefed us for three guns in the target area and the third one got me".

The top turret was shattered and combat was over for Paul. He spent two months in hospitals in England and an additional twelve months in the States, before being discharged. Paul's Silver Star award caught up with him in the hospital in the States and was presented to him in a hospital ceremony.

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 110.9 T

17. PAS-DE-CALAIS (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-24s is 34th Bomb Group, 486th Bomb Group, 487th Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 181.0 T

18. Poix, France

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 398th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 148.6 T

19. ROUEN (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 18 T

20. SCHORE (Opportunistic)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Only 486 of the bombers despatched are able to bomb due to weather. 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group,446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group,492nd Bomb Group,

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 53 T

21. ST ANDRE DE L'EURE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 33.6 T

22. ST VALLERY EN CAUX (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 32 T

23. WELLE (Opportunistic)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 36 T

24. YVETOT (Opportunistic)

Description

RAILROAD TRACKS

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 24 T

25. BRIDGES NEAR AMIENS

Description

COULD NOT FIND TARGET

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

The 306th flew 24 aircraft as "E" and "F" forces. Rendezvous was as breifed, but clouds obscured the target. The formation turned north looking for a target of opportunity, but clouds obscured the whole area. All bombs were returned.

Units

  • 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,...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0
Number of aircraft Effective 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 1

Service

People

  • Robert Allison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Flew 26 missions on 'Mission Bell', was wounded on 26th mission. Purple Heart, 4 Air Medals

  • George Brand

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    2nd Lt George C Brand flew 34 missions with the 401st Bomb Group, from 6 July 1944, mission to 30 October 1944. Brand was French, but enlisted in the US Army Air Forces,

  • Richard Cole

    Military | Colonel | Squadron Commander | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x missions. ...

  • Morgan Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Nicholas Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Eberly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 35 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Evans

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    The 50-page description of CPT Evans' military service is found at http://www.2ndair.org.uk/consumption/groups/public/documents/article/ncc175528.pdf (as listed in http://www.2ndair.org.uk/Second_Air_Division/Wartime_memories/index.htm).

  • Charles Gordon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Charles Gordon flew 17 missions as a navigator and 18 as a bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Shipdham, England. ...

  • John Hollister

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA

  • James Hollowell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
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Aircraft

  • 42-102435 Double Wallop

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Dorval 10/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB784]; transferred USAAF 31/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 1/7/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jim Crider, Co-pilot: Fred Gordon, (no nav), Bombardier: Bill Stewart, Flight...

  • 42-102589

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 30/4/44; On a local flight 9/7/44 with Doug McArthur, Co-pilot: Stamos Zades, Navigator: George Mille, Bombardier: Chas meyer, Flight engineer/top turret...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 13:07:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 13:05:21 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Correction to pin location

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 13:04:33 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Correction to pin location

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 13:03:44 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Correction to pin location

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 12:12:10 Emily Created event
Sources

396th Bomb Squadron Combat Diary, courtesy of Wayne Tolmachoff

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 11:25:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group. (From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:07 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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