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478

17 July 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Took off at suppertime and missed the target by at least 40 miles. Flak was extremely close. Minor damage.

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 15 T

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 44 T

3. ANIZY LE CHATEAU (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 92.50

4. AUXERRE (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 69.5 T

5. BELFORT (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 149 T

6. COULANGES (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 85 T

7. DOLLENS (Primary)

Description

ROAD JUNCTION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35.5 T

8. EU BRIDGES (Opportunistic)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 33 T

9. FREVENT (Opportunistic)

Description

RAILROAD AND ROAD JUNCTION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35 T

10. FREVENT (Primary)

Description

RAIL JUNCTION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 75 T

11. GIEN (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 108 T

12. HAM-SUR SOMME (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 97.5 T

13. HESDIN (Opportunistic)

Description

FUEL DUMP

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35 T

14. JOINGNY LA ROCHE (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

These are all tactical targets. The Allies are getting frustrated with the slow advances being made in the hedgerow country SE of Normandy. Advance is by one farmers field at a time and casualties are mounting. Allied high command is contemplating the idea of using the bomber forces in a tactical, close-air-support role to enable a breakout between Vire and Avranches by elements of Omar Bradley's 1st Army. (OPERATION COBRA). Elements of 4 fighter groups afterwards strafe ground targets claiming 23 locomotives, 18 trucks, and 55 railcars destroyed. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 100th 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.

  • 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 72.5 T

15. JUSSEY (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 106 T

16. LAON (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 33 T

17. LES FOULONS BRIDGES (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 38 T

18. NANTEUIL (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 118 T

19. NEUVY-SUR-LOIRE (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 85 T

20. RILLY LA MONTAGNE (Primary)

Description

AMMUNITION DUMP

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Group. 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

  • 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.

  • 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 198 T

21. ST DIZIER (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 30.8 T

22. SULLY (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 79.5 T

23. TERGNIER (Opportunistic)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 36 T

Service

People

  • 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).

  • Melvin Hedrick

    Military | Sergeant | flexible gunner/ Togglier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Lester Nichoson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Donald Rollinger

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew on Stacie's Special. As a member of the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, 335th Squadron, he participated in 31 missions over enemy occupied Europe. He flew a total of 249 hours and 5 minutes in combat against the enemy as lead waist gunner on B...

  • Bernard Vaughan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    8th USAAF pilot with the 487th BG (July '44) and 493rd BG (July '44 - Mar '45). Credited with 33 combat missions (13/B24 & 20/B-17) from July-Dec 1944 including five missions to Merseburg. In addition to the bombing missions, during the month of Sept ...

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2017 19:28:16 cmckeever Changes to description and person associations
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

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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