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2 August 1944

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 12 T

2. BERNAY (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35 T

3. COURTALAIN (Opportunistic)

Description

RAIL JUNCTION

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 20 T

4. CRETON (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Tonnage dropped 9 T

5. MANTEREAU (Opportunistic)

Description

SUPPLY TARGET

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 111.5 T

6. MERY-SUR-OISE (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

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Notes

The 388th Bomb Group furnished two 12 aircraft Groups which flew lead and low of the 45th B Combat Wing, plus 3 aircraft to fly with the 452nd BG in the 45th A Combat Wing.
12 aircraft plus 1 PFF aircraft of the A Group and 13 aircraft of the B Group took-off by 1307 hours. The 3 aircraft flying with the 452nd took-off at 1310 hours. 2 aircraft from each of our Groups aborted.
Formations were effected and the briefed route to the target was followed. Favorable weather conditions prevailed over the target and it was attacked visually. Bombs were away at 1705 hours from 22,900 feet. Strike photos show excellent results for the B Group with the MPI being covered by a tight pattern.

The only flak encountered was at the target, which was very accurate and intense. No enemy fighters were seen. Six crew members were wounded by this flak.

One aircraft was shot down with the others returning to base by 2008 hours.
Lt. Balboni in aircraft 42-97171, was lost due to flak. The nose of his a/c was blown off and the bail-out alarm was given. Everyone got out except the co-pilot who crash-landed the plane southeast of Pontoise and it was 70% destroyed. The crew was being shot at during descent, and the pilot was severely wounded. He later died in a German Hospital near Paris. The engineer, T/Sgt. Furfaro, was also wounded and was in the same hospital. He was still in the hospital when the Germans fled and Sgt. Furfaro was taken to a French home until turned over to the American forces. The rest of the crew were POW's.

When captured, the first stop for the enlisted men was Beauvais, France, then to Brussells, Belgium, Oberslau, Germany, Wetzlar, Germany, St. Wendell, Germany and finally to Stalag IV. They were marched out of Stalag IV on February 6, 1945 and marched through 92 villages until liberated on April 26th at Bitterfield, Germany by the 104th Infantry.

(From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).
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Units

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 107.R T

7. NEUVY-SUR-LOIRE (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

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Notes

93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd 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.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 124 T

8. NOGENT-SUR-SEINE (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 105.5 T

9. PACY-SUR-ARMANCON (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 30 T

10. PARIS/DUGNY (Primary)

Description

BRIDGE

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 93.6 T

11. PARIS/GENNEVILLIERS (Primary)

Description

SUPPLY TARGET

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Notes

94th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

Units

  • 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 124.7 T

12. Sens, France

Description

OIL DEPOT

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 78 T

13. ST DIZIER (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 36 T

Service

People

  • Robert Allison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Flew 26 missions on 'Mission Bell', was wounded on 26th mission. Purple Heart, 4 Air Medals

  • Arthur Aull

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group

  • Robert Baber

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-17 42-102700 "I'll Get By" Shot down by flak and crashed near Lisieux. 2-8-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elmer Bockman

    Military | Captain | Command Pilot, Pilot, Mission | 95th Bomb Group
    Mission Command Pilot B-17 "I'll Get By" 42-102700. Shot down by flak and crashed near Lisieux. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Collyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner B-17 "I'll Get By" 42-102700, Shot down by flak and crashed near Lisieux on 8/2/44, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lee Conner

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Lee's original aircraft was named "Do Bunny", after his soon to be wife, Doris Christianson (Frank Christianson's sister). However; upon arrival at Wales, the aircraft they named was given to another crew.

  • Morgan Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Dallas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Navigator B-17 "I'll Get By" 42-102700, Shot down by flak and crashed near Lisieux. 2-8-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joe Dobbs

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #4252480. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clement Ehmet

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #4129365. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Aircraft

  • 42-102700 "I'll Get By"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Dow Fd 3/5/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 4/5/44; 22m, Missing in Action Paris 2/8/44 with Capt Bob Baber, Co-pilot: Jasper Kaylor, Navigator: Ray Dallas, Bombardier: Frank Sohm, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 42-97171

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 8/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG [L] Knettishall 12/3/44; Missing in Action Paris 2/8/44 with Don Balboni (Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Fufaro (evaded capture); Co-pilot:...

  • 42-97206 Woolf Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 16/3/44; damaged in taxi collision with 42-107225 at Hardwick Afd 7/6/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Gaston Efird, Co-pilot: Bruce Merickle,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 09:17:42 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

http://www.8thafhs.com/maps.php?lat=48.2047&lon=3.2744&target_name=SENS+...

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 16:03:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group. (From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).

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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