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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...

  • 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
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Henry Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA. 16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B17#42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scrapping a hill top. Lieutenant Dick lost a leg.

  • Frank Fabiano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, 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. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB.

  • Leroy Hames

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, 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. Wounded by flak in the left hip. Evaded for 4 days and covered 60 miles before being turned in by a Dutch farmer....

  • Guerdon Humason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Humason Crew. Flying Co-pilot to Major Post (535th Squadron Commander). 381st BG, 532nd, 8th AF. Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3100. Mission #16 to Kassel, Germany. MACR 129. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III & Stalag VIIA. ...

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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, 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...

  • 42-30192

    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...

  • 42-30213 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,...

  • 42-5829

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 2/3/43; Sioux City 19/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Bassingbourn 25/4/43 THE BETTER HALF; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-P/D] Kimbolton 18/5/43; 527BS [FO-D]; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43, with Larry Hoveland, Co-pilot...

Revisions

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

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 19:41:00 Mags Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

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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