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24 April 1944

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1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUINTY

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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3. ERDING (Primary)

Description

AIR DEPOT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

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, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group. Bombers also released 480,000 leaflets.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 31 - ERDING, GERMANY

24 APRIL, 1944

Luftwaffe installations, airdromes, and factories in southern Germany were the targets. The 457th was assigned the airfield and the air depot at Erding, a supply base for aircraft parts and equipment used by the Luftwaffe in the Mediterranean. The Group supplied twenty-four aircraft to fly the low box in the 94th Combat Wing. The formation was led by Major Fred A. Spencer as Air Commander and Captain Jerry Godfrey as pilot.

Me-109s and FW-190s attacked the formation on the bomb run and after the bombs were dropped. After a quick rally of the formation with the Wing, the attacks ceased. No planes were lost; however, two planes received major damage, and one received minor damage.

Flak at certain points along the way was moderate but accurate.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 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 443 T HE

4. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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5. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN/LOWENTHAL (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group. 1 3rd Bomb Division attacked Neckarsulm because the primary was obscured by smoke.
Note in log of Horace Turner, "Raided Friedrichshafen-Bad formation, Flak was terrific. Flak hit me in leg. It was a long and tiresome mission. Bombed gear factory. Flak hit plane."

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 423 T HE 163T IB
Number of aircraft Damaged One known..42-97257, hit by flak.
Number of people Wounded in Action One known.. Horace Turner

6. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN/MANZELL (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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7. GABLINGEN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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2nd Bomb Division was made up of 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 4454th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group. The 44 Bomb Group was scheduled to participate but was grounded due to an outbreak of ptomaine poisoning.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 303 T HE 232T IB

8. LANSBERG (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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9. LEIPHEIM (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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10. NECKARSULM (Secondary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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11. Oberpfaffenhofen, Weßling, Germany

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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Service

People

  • William Alles

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297477 'Porky's Pig.'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) He flew 19 combat missions.

  • William Anstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Wounded on B-17 42-31495, 24 April 1944, 8th Air Force mission #315. 29 combat missions.

  • John Asher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Togglier | 384th Bomb Group

  • James Atkins

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31346 'Shack Rabbit.' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Atkinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97372. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew report #4349. POW

  • Francis Barnes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #56 dated 24 March 1944, Charles F. Gowder Crew. 32 combat missions.

  • James Bates

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • George Beaugh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #56 dated 24 March 1944, Charles F. Gowder Crew. 31 combat missions.

  • William Bice

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97372, BOOBY TRAP. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR #4349. POW

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-107058 White Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Grenier 29/2/44; force landed Gr Island with Rich Buttorff 8/3/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 24/4/44; 546BS [BK-C]; detailed Hannover 5/8/44 with Frank Mead, Co-pilot: Tom Daniel, Navigator...

  • 42-31346 SHACK RABBIT

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/10/43; Grand Island 31/10/43; Wilmington 27/11/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-Q] Grafton Underwood 20/1/44; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 24/4/44 with Walter L. Harvey, Navigator: Johnson W. Rule, Bombardier: Richard E. Rader,...

  • 42-31816

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10 January 1944; Great Falls 14 January 1944; Kearney 28 January 1944. Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-V] Chelveston (a GH ship) 15 nFebruary 1944. Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 24 April 1944 with Capt Joseph W. Lincoln; Co-pilot:...

  • 42-39932 Sweat 'er Out

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/10/43; Gr Island 5/11/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-H] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; 11 x missions; was set for mission to Bernburg 6/7/44 with Russ Lockhart, Co-pilot: Porter Ham, Navigator: Bob Grilley, Bombardier: John Jardine, Flight...

  • 42-97221

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; with Phil Birong force landed base 6/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Langford Lodge, UK 3/4/44; Assigned 92BG Podington 24/3/44; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; Missing in Action...

  • 42-97257 'Knock-Out Baby!'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/44; Dalhart 3/3/44; Grenier 26/3/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-L] Horham 28/3/44; with Horace O. Turner, 24/4/44, Bombardier/Navigator [wia]; with J.C. Bertram 11/7/44, Waist gunner: Ray Carpenter [wia]; with T.G. Bek 24/12/44,...

  • 42-97372 BOOBY TRAP

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/44; Kearney 12/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-P] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with Ralph Haley, Co-pilot: Bill Bice, Bombardier: Don Masterson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 09:05:11 aquaflow1 Changes to event
Sources

Added by Karen Turner, daughter of Horace Turner.

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2015 11:20:27 Lucy May Changes to event
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Updated mission pin from 'OBERPFAFFENHOFEN' (coming up in an incorrect location) to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 12:45:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:06 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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