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VIII Bomber Command 79

29 July 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); 381BG (24); 303BG (20); 379BG (19); and 384BG (17) are dispatcher to Kiel, Germany. 95 were able to bomb the target at Kiel, but 44 others (303BG; 379BG and 384BG) encountered cloud cover and smoke over the target and they ended up attacking targets of last resort. Also this formation dropped 767,000 leaflets over the city. A total of 4 B-17s from the groups that attacked Kiel Failed to Return (FTR) - 21KIA 21POW 1DIC. Another 2 were Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) but these crews all were RTD. The bomber gunners in this formation claimed 33-2-29 of the attacking enemy aircraft; another 2 B-17s from the groups that were forced to divert to other targets Failed to Return (FTR) - 4KIA 16POW. The bomber gunners in this formation claimed 13-4-4 of the attacking enemy aircraft.

A second element of a combined force of 81 B-17s from: 94BG (15); 95BG (8); 96BG (11); 100BG (21); 385BG (16); 388BG (10). 54 of these were effective on the target. 4 B-17s of this formation Failed to Return (FTR) - 21KIA 10POW 10RTD (Rescued by ASR). Fighter resistance against this group was light. The bomber gunners claimed 0-2-0 of attacking fighters.

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Cloud cover at Kiel forces 44 of this formation to seek targets of opportunity.

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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 107.25
Number of aircraft Sent 56
Number of aircraft Effective 44
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 7
Number of people Killed In Action 4
Number of people Prisoners of War 16
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 13
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 4
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 4

2. KIEL (Primary)

Description

NAVAL BASE

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1 YB-40 Gunship from 92nd Bomb Group participates. Cloud cover frustrates bombing causing 44 to bomb targets of opportunity. This element also drops 767,000 leaflets. No fighter escort.

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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 207.90
Number of aircraft Sent 112
Number of aircraft Effective 95
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 4
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 55
Number of people Killed In Action 22
Number of people Wounded in Action 8
Number of people Prisoners of War 21
Number of people Returned To Duty 20
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 35
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 29

3. WARNEMUNDE (Primary)

Description

HEINKLE AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

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...

  • 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 129.00
Number of aircraft Sent 81
Number of aircraft Effective 54
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 4
Number of aircraft Damaged 7
Number of people Killed In Action 21
Number of people Prisoners of War 10
Number of people Returned To Duty 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 2

Service

People

  • Howard Avery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29700 which crashed near Schleswig. Prisoner of War (POW). Original crew #8 No MACR found.

  • Evald Benson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Evald Benson reported to the ETO on 4 April 1943. He flew as Co-Pilot on the Thomas Ledgerwood crew, but was flying with Berryman Brown when shot down. He completed 5 missions before being shot down on the 29 July 1943 Kiel mission in B-17 #42-5766....

  • Carroll Briscoe

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. He was the 35th Officer to complete 25 missions. Reported on 05 Feb 1945 with the 2AF weather scouts. Retired as a Colonel from the USAF in 1972. ...

  • Thomas Cawley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 29 July 43 in B-17 42-29700 on mission to Kiel Germany.

  • Chester Conover

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on mission to Kiel, Germany in B-17 42-29700. PH

  • Harry Cornell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Damaged by flak and fighters on a mission to Frankfurt, GR on 24 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31544 left formation after the target and crashed NNW of Ghent, Belgium after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Crawbuck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Larson crew. Original member of the Tucker crew. Member of the Hagarty crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3118 'The Green Hornet'. Mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany. Struck by an...

  • L Fecteau

    Military | Radio Operator

  • Gene Foster

    Military | Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed/ died on this date DFC, PH

  • Robert Goldman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) - crashed on 29 July 43 in B-17 42-29700 on mission to Kiel, Germany. No MACR found.

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Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-29690 Old Faithful

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Syracuse 15/4/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-S] Earls Colne 12/5/43; transferred 366BS/305BG [KY-L] Chelveston 14/7/43; severe battle damaged Warnemunde 29/7/43 with crew? (P)...

  • 42-29700 JIMMIE BOY

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-O] Bassingbourn 17/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 545th Bomb Squadron/384th Bomb Group [JD-E] Station 106, Grafton...

  • 42-29731 Ol' Swayback, Moore Fidite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Presque 8/4/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 MOOR-FIDITE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action...

  • 42-30213 Lil' One

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 1/6/43; crashed on take off for Bremen after encountering mechanical problems 13/11/43 with Bob Simons, Co-pilot: Alvin...

  • 42-5360 Old Faithful, War Bride

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/11/42; New Castle 13/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-N] 8/1/43; Missing in Action [35m] Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Schwaebe, Co-pilot: Harry Dumse, Navigator: Paul Degnan, Bombardier: Wilburn Wiley, Flight engineer...

  • 42-5766

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 31/12/42; Salina 8/1/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Morrison 10/4/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-G] Thurleigh 2/6/43. Missing in Action Kiel 29 July 1943 with Berryman H. Brown, Co-pilot: Evald W. Benson, Navigator: Edgar P.Fergon, Bombardier:...

  • 42-5867 ALICE From DALLAS

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 2/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-O] Thorpe Abbotts 30/5/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Roy Clayton, Co-pilot: Ray Nutting, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 17:25:47 william henry Changes to description
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Correct typos

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 19:39:16 Mags Changes to aircraft associations
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303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 18:39:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to Warnemude element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 18:38:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to Kiel formation statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A> Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 18:36:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to the statisitcs of the 44 aircraft that were diverted by weather to bomb targets of last resport per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Rober A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 18:33:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

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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