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319A

26 April 1944

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY

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2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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3. Brunswick, Germany

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 33 - WAGGUM / BRUNSWICK, GERMANY

26 APRIL, 1944

The target was the ME-110 aircraft assembly plant at Waggum, a repeat of Mission 22 flown on March 29th. Since the last mission, all buildings hac been repaired except one, and an entirely new hangar had been constructed. The Group supplied 24 planes and led the 94th Combat Wing with Col. Luper leading as the Air Commander. Lt Russell M. Selwyn was pilot.

Due to heavy undercast at the primary target, all aircraft dropped bombs on the secondary target within the nearby city of Brunswick. Bombing results were unobserved. Flak over the target area was moderate to heavy, with six aircraft sustaining damage.

Groups flying behind the 94th Wing caught heavy concentrations of flak.
For the Eighth Air Force, this mission was noteworthy for the lack of enemy aircraft opposition and for the fact that bombers returned to their respective bases without and losses reported.

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 269.5 T HE 110 T IB

4. Brunswick, Germany

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

The lead PATHFINDER (PFF) aircraft of the last Combat Bombardment Wing of the 3rd Bomb Division had a fire which caused the failure of the PATHFINDER (PFF) equipment, so bombs were dropped in the Hildesheim/Hannover area. Heavy overcast prevented all Groups from bombing the primaries. 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, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 345T HE 86T IB

5. HILDESHIEM/HANNOVER

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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6. PADERBORN (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

The entire formation fails to bomb because there were no EQUIPPED-equipped aircraft in the formation and overcast prevented visual bombing.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00

Service

People

  • James Bates

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

  • William Brooks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    St. Dizier, France 24 Mar 1944; Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944; Hamm, Germany 22 April 1944; Leipheim, Germany 24 April 1944; Paderborn, Germany 26 April 1944; Siracourt, France 27 April 1944; Mimoyecque, France 28 April 1944; Liege, France 1 May 1944...

  • Frank Deuerling

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew on 'Priority Girl' 42-97305 on June 18, 1944.

  • John Frisbie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH Buried Lorraine American Cemetery Plot G Row 6 Grave 4 St Avold, France

  • John Hoegen

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Douglas Irvine

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Sgt. Douglas James Irvine killed in action on 29 April 1944. He was Born 1 May 1923 in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the second oldest of 9 children. On June 25th 1940, at the age of 17, he immigrated to Vandalia, Montana, where he lived and...

  • Elmer Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

  • Joseph Kotulak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Lindgren

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Armorer Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Adger Matthews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97501. Killed in Action (KIA). PH MACR 4253

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Aircraft

  • 42-107017

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 1/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 6/3/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Bill Warren, Bombardier: Jerome Fontaine (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Gene McClellan, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-37980

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [D] Knettishall 1/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Joe Coyner Wounded in Action, Co-pilot: Harry Monroe, Navigator: Fulton Sandler, Bombardier: Don Wiley, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-39882

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/11/43; retUS Bradley 10/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45.

  • 42-94952 Shack Rat

    B-24 Liberator
    Crash-landed and caught fire at Clastres, France, 22 Sep 44, while on loan to 458th BG for truckin' operations.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2017 17:23:15 WWII37 Changes to media associations
Sources

711th Bombardment Squadron (H), 447th Bombardment Group (H)
B-17-G #42-39882, “My Gal” Crew
Top Left to Right: August E. Herlth, Eugene G. D'Albero, Larry S. Hatfield, Martin J. Gruber
Bottom Left to Right: William M. Lindgren, Bailey E. Swadley, Raymond L. Hayes, William H. Stoyer, Rocco J. LoCarro, Louis L. Jenkins

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 12:52:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

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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