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VIII Bomber Command 80

30 July 1943

Official description

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Description

The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21); 379BG (24); 381BG (18); and 384BG (13) despatched to bomb the Bettinhuasen/Fieseler aircraft factory at Kassel, Germany. 94 of these aircraft are effective on the target. 6 B-17s Fail to Return (FTR)-21KIA 29POW 10RTD (Rescued by ASR) another 6 returned to England but were Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR)-11KIA 49RTD 10WIA. This element was escorted by P-47s. Fighter resistance is fierce, the bomber gunners of this element claim 40-7-29 on attacking enemy aircraft.

The second element is a combined force of 67 B-17s from: 94BG (15); 95BG (6); 96BG (10); 100BG (17); 385BG (7); and 388BG (12) are despatched to bomb the Waldau/Fiesler aricraft factory at Kassel, Germany. 37 aircraft are effective on the target. 6 B-17s Failed to Return (FTR)-10KIA 34POW 1DIC 1EVD 9RTD (Rescued by ASR). This element is also escorted by P-47s. The fighter resistance is not as great against this element as they are attacking 15 miuntes behind the first element. The Bomber Gunners claim 8-6-3 of the attacking fighters.

Mission details

1. KASSEL (Primary)

Description

BETTERNHAUSEN FIESELER AIRCRAFT WORKS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

107 P-47s with belly tanks escort this 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...

  • 352nd Bomb Group
  • 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...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 217.25
Number of aircraft Sent 119
Number of aircraft Effective 94
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 6
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 6
Number of aircraft Damaged 64
Number of people Killed In Action 42
Number of people Wounded in Action 10
Number of people Prisoners of War 29
Number of people Returned To Duty 59
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 40
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 7
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 29

2. KASSEL (Primary)

Description

WALDAU FIESELER AIRCRAFT WORKS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1 B-17 from 94th Bomb Group and two B-17s from 100th Bomb Group drop 16 X 250 IB and 20 X 500GP on Targets of Opportunity 37 aircraft hit the primary.

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 83.25
Number of aircraft Sent 67
Number of aircraft Effective 40
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 6
Number of aircraft Damaged 18
Number of people Killed In Action 10
Number of people Wounded in Action 3
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 34
Number of people Returned To Duty 15
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 8
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 6
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 3

Service

People

  • Walter Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Humason Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3100. Mission #16 to Kassel, Germany. MACR 129. Killed in Action. S/Sgt Anderson and Sgt Robbins (LWG) attempted to bail out though the rear door which was stuck. They...

  • Richard Bailey

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

  • Chester Beasley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VIIA and XVIIB. S/Sgt...

  • Joseph Blanton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Baled out, "Rather was thrown out of A/C by ships motion" luckily with his parachute. Prisoner of War...

  • Donald Boyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30202. Initially evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. Sheltered in many places, notably in Antwerp and Brussels, he was caught in a trap and arrested by the Gestapo on 4 September...

  • Claude Campbell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DSC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • Alfred Casaly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot, Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Humason Crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Flying Tail Gunner, Major Post (535th Squadron Commander) was pilot for this mission. Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3100. Mission #16 to Kassel, Germany. MACR 129. Wounded in the left arm by flak...

  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Henry Jr. was a graduate of the 1940 class of Cumberland County High School. Two classmates, and football team members, graduating from CCHS in 1938, Ben H. West Jr. and Cecil G. Buttram were killed in action. AMM 3rd Class Ben H. West Jr. enlisted Dec...

  • Carl Denny

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: PH.

  • Henry Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA. 16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Lieutenant Dick lost a leg.

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Aircraft

  • 42-29635 Augerhead

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina 7/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-M] Molesworth 26/3/43. 18 missions. Missing in Action on the mission to bomb the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France on 31 August 1943. Pilot: William J. Monahan; Co-pilot: Louis M....

  • 42-29731 Ol' Swayback, Moor 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...

  • 42-29746 Excaliber

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Gt Falls 23/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salinas, Cal 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 12/7/43; Missing in...

  • 42-30192

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 5/6/43; Assigned 379 Kimbolton 5/6/43; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-Y] Horham 27/6/43; 5m, Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Bob Jutzi, Co-pilot: R.D. Paterson, Bombardier: Wilbur Collins, Flight...

  • 42-30202

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Dow Fd 18/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall. Missing in Action Kassel 3 July 1943. Pilot : Earl E. Pickard, Navigator Robert J. Hoke, Bombardier Wallace N. Soderberg, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner...

  • 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...

  • 42-3100

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/2/43; Presque Is 27/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Alconbury 1/5/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-A1] Ridgewell 20/7/43; Missing in Action 1+m Kassel 30/7/43 with Maj Bob Post (Sq CO), Co-pilot: Guerdon Humason, Navigator: LeRoy Hames,...

  • 42-3131 Winnie The Pooh, Flak Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/43; 19/4/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Molesworth 4/6/43; RWG Leon Kesky Killed in ActionSchweinfurt 17/8/43; 40m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with John Carothers, Co-pilot: Chas Frost, Radio Operator: George Rajcula...

  • 42-3158 Max

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/3/43; Morrison 31/3/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y] Molesworth 2/6/43; Missing in Action Hanover 29/4/44 with Jim Fisher, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gus Johnson[body recovered from lake 20/5/44] (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot:...

  • 42-5177 Fast Worker Mk II, Fast Woman

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/10/42; New Castle 19/10/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Molesworth 1/2/43; battle damaged Bremen 28/11/43 with Harry Bolsover, Co-pilot: Chas Rice, Navigator: Byron Clark, Bombardier: Chas McLain, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 19:25:29 ARowe95 Changes to aircraft associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 19:41:00 Mags Changes to aircraft associations
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303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 20:29:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 11-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to the Waldau element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 20:28:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 11-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims against enemy aircraft to the Bettenhausen element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 20:26:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 11-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 11:19:13 Emily Changes to media associations
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Associated Media based on images associated with missions in Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Diary.

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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