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11 August 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2.5 T

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 3 T

3. BELFORT (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of 96th Bomb Group, 100th BG, 388th BG, 447th BG, 452nd BG, 486th BG, 487th BG.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 185.7 T

4. COULOMMIERS (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Excerpt from Ted's Travelling Circus: 93rd Bombardment Group (H) - USAAF - 1942-45 by Carroll (Cal) Stewart. Page 368 "There were two Circus missions to Coulommiers Aerodrome; the effort was designed to "pot-hole" the field and further impede GAF mischief-makers.
Number 1 - six 329th Squadron pathfinders led squadrons of the Circus and 446th Group (Bungay). Lieutenants Edward W. Appell. Stoner and Hayes ushered the 93rd; Lieutenants Fischer, Elliott and Hagler showed the way for the Bungay crowd.
Number 2 - Thirty Circus ships were dispatched under Captain Wayne Beumeler, four aborted, 26 reached the targets, several didn't unload. The lead's navigational gear went haywire. Flak was intense and accurate. The 330th roamed France on a Cook's Tour, skirting Paris. However, the 328th and 409th squadrons scored well. The Circus dodged known ack-ack concentration during withdrawal, but drew fire over Pas de Calais. Five Libs took damage.
On the return, Lieutenant Hank Gruener had a tire blow-out half-way down the Hardwick runway, and the nose-wheel collapsed. His plane needed a wholesale face-lift. Lieutenant Glen R. Dunlap landed in southern England.
At day's end: nobody hurt.
Groundlings had enjoyed a hot summer day under azure skies. Late that night, British searchlight batteries were coning aircraft in an eerie sky. Not to worry. Libs were practicing night flight."

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th BG, 389th BG, 445th BG, 446th BG, 453rd BG, 458th BG, 466th BG, 467th BG, 489th BG, 491 BG, 492nd BG.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 100.8 T
Number of aircraft Sent mission one: 6 aircrafts and Mission two: 30 aircrafts
Number of aircraft Effective Mission one: unknown Mission two: 26 out of 30
Number of aircraft Damaged 5

5. MULHOUSE (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 185.7 T

6. NIVELLES (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 30 T

7. ORELANS/SARAN (Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 22.4 T

8. PACY-SUR-ARMANCON (Primary)

Description

TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 104 T

9. SAARBRUCKEN (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 172.5 T

10. ST FLORENTIN (Primary)

Description

TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 83 T

11. STRASBOURG (Primary)

Description

FUEL DUMP

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 93rd BG, 392nd BG, 448th BG.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 188 T

12. STRASBOURG (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 177.5 T

13. TOUSSUS LE NOBLE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-24s is 34th BG, 486th BG, 491st Bomb Group, 493rd BG.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 110 T

14. Vélizy, Villacoublay Air Base, France

Description

AIR DEPOT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is 94th BG, 95th Bomb Group, 100th BG, 385th BG, 390th BG,

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 136.3 T

Service

People

  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • Warren Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Boyd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Stanley Briggs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW).Shot down at Madgeburg on 9/11/44 in B-24 42-95258

  • Warren Callahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Warran Callahan served as a co-pilot with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Heath Carriker

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Dec 23, 44 on mission to Blatchen, ger. flack disabled aileron and rudder control with resulting loss of altitude from 23,000 to 8,000 ft. With elevator controls and all engines we made it back to Base 1:30 late. This was a close call! ...

  • Thomas Diamond

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Thomas Diamond served as a top turret gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Robert Dickerson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down at Madgeburg on 9/11/44 in B-24 #4295258 POW

  • Glen Dunlap

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Frank Elliott

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander - Command Pilot - Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Brigadier General Frank B. Elliott was born in Washington, D.C., in 1917. He graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., with a degree in chemical engineering in 1940. ...

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Aircraft

  • 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;...

  • 42-110089

    B-24 Liberator
    Ditched in North Sea on 11 August 1944.

  • 42-30778 Old 66/Lady Margaret

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Gore 6/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Reno 14/8/43; Pierre 16/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; crashed on take off for France 13/8/44 with Leon Sutton, Co-pilot: Harlan Thompson, Navigator: George Healy, Bombardier:...

  • 42-95258 "What a Sack"

    B-24 Liberator

  • 43-37797 American Beauty

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/44; Hunter 1/6/44; Grenier 14/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 16/6/44; crashed on base 10/1/45 with Chas Summers, sal 8/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction...

  • 42-52527 Reliable Babe

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 23:18:33 OReedergranddaughter Changes to description
Sources

Ted's Travelling Circus: 93rd Bombardment Group (H) - USAAF - 1942-45 by Carroll (Cal) Stewart. Page 368

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 23:17:34 OReedergranddaughter Changes to event
Sources

Ted's Travelling Circus: 93rd Bombardment Group (H) - USAAF - 1942-45 by Carroll (Cal) Stewart. Page 368

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 23:15:21 OReedergranddaughter Changes to event
Sources

Ted's Travelling Circus: 93rd Bombardment Group (H) - USAAF - 1942-45 by Carroll (Cal) Stewart. Page 368

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 23:09:49 OReedergranddaughter Changes to description, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Ted's Travelling Circus: 93rd Bombardment Group (H) - USAAF - 1942-45 by Carroll (Cal) Stewart. Page 368

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2015 22:55:21 OReedergranddaughter Changes to person associations
Sources

NARA MACR 8838

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 19:39:20 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

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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