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8th Air Force 554

15 August 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields in the Netherlands and Belgium.

219 B-17s are despatched from 1st Bomb Division Bomb Groups i.e. 91BG, 92BG, 303BG, 306BG, 381BG and 398BG (exact number from each Group not available in source data). 108 bomb the German airfield of Ostheim at Cologne, Germany; 65 bomb the German airfield Eschborn at Frankfurt, Germany; 38 bomb the German airfield at Wiesbaden, Germany; and 3 hit other targets of opportunity in the area. 9 B-17s from 303BG are MIA in the attack on Wiesbaden. 1 B-17 from 303BG and 1 from 306BG are DBR and 86 B-17s are damaged

350 B-24s are despatched by 2nd Bomb Division Bomb Groups i.e. 44BG, 389BG, 445BG, 446BG, 453BG, 458BG, 466BG, 467BG, 489BG, 492BG (exact number from each Group not available in source data). All targets are airfields: 91 bomb Wittmundhaafen; 90 bomb Zwischenhahn; 67 bomb Vechta; 54 bomb Plantlunne; and 10 bomb Hopstein. 4 B-24s from 466BG are MIA and 6 are damaged. This force is joined by the 1000 bombers despatched by the RAF.

298 B-17s are despatched by 3rd Bomb Division Bomb Groups i.e. 94BG, 95BG, 96BG, 100BG, 385BG, 390BG, 447BG. 388BG & 452BG stand down. All targets are airfields. 109 bomb Handorf; 104 bomb Venlo; 75 bomb Twente/Enschade; and 3 bom other targets of opportunity. 2 B-17s from 398BG are MIA, 6 are damaged.

65 B-24s are despatched by 3rd Bomb Division Bomb Groups i.e. 4BG, 486BG, 491BG, 493BG. 59 bomb the German airfield Juzaine at Florennes, Belgium; 1 bombs a target of opportunity. 1 B-24 from 493BG is MIA on Florennes, 3 are damaged.

OTHER EVENTS on this date: OPERATION DRAGOON begins at 0415 hours as British and American paratroops are deployed near Le Muy, France. The invasion is carried out mainly by 7th US Army and Free French forces under the command of General Alexander Patch. They are up against the German 19th Army under the command of Lt. Gen. Friedrich Wiese. The naval bombardment immediately preceding the invasion causes great confusion among the Germans and resistance is light. The main objective of the invasion is the capture of the port city of Marseilles. Thereafter force will proceed up the Rhone River valley to Lyon also spreading east towards the Italian border. Once Lyon is captured, the forces will continue North up the Saone River to Dijon. Long range objective is to link up with Patton's 3rd Army to cut off German forces remaining in Western France. By the end of the day 94,000 troops and 11,000 vehicles are safely ashore.

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

These were targets of opportunity in the vicinity of Florennes, Belgium attacked by B-24s from 3rd Bomb Division. The Bomb Groups that participated in this element were from 4BG, 486BG, 491BG and 493BG but exactly which aircraft and from which Group that actually bombed this target has not been determined.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2.5 T
Number of aircraft Sent 1
Number of aircraft Effective 1

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

These targets of opportunity were all in the Frankfurt/Wiesbaden area and attacked by 3 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division the Groups that participated were 91BG, 92BG, 303BG, 306BG,381BG, 398BG. The exact aircraft that made these and their respective Bomb Groups has not been determined.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 3 T
Number of aircraft Sent 3
Number of aircraft Effective 3

3.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

These targets of opportunity were all in the Handorf/Venlo/Enschede area of Holland. 3 B-17s of 3rd Bomb Division made the attacks. The Groups that participated were: 94BG, 95BG, 96BG, 100BG, 385BG, 390BG, 447BG, but which B-17s from which Groups actually made these attacks has not been determined.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 7.5 T
Number of aircraft Sent 3
Number of aircraft Effective 3

4. COLOGNE/OSTHEIM (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Ostheim airfield was bombed by a force of B-17s from 1st Bomb Division. 1BD despatched a total force of 219 B-17s of which 108 bombed this target. Exactly which Groups attacked this target has not been determined. Claims on enemy aircraft are based on Roger A. Freeman data but are listed under this target only for statistical purposes.

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 274 T
Number of aircraft Sent 219
Number of aircraft Effective 108
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 4
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 2

5. FLORENNES/JUZAINE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-24s is 34th BG, 486th BG, 491st BG, 493rd BG. 65 B-24s were despatched in this force and all had Florennes as the target. 59 were effective and 1 hit a Target of Opportunity in the area.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division
  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group were the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 146.3 T
Number of aircraft Sent 65
Number of aircraft Effective 59
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Evaded 6
Number of people Prisoners of War 3

6. FRANKFURT/ESCHBORN (Primary)

Description

Eschborn airfield at Frankfurt, Germany is the target.

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1st Bomb Division despatches at total force of 219 B-17s against three airfield targets at: Cologne/Ostheim; Frankfurt/Eschborn; and Wiesbaden. 65 are effective on Frankfurt. 91BG, 92BG, 303BG, 306BG, 381BG, 398BG participated but exactly which Group(s) bombed this target has not yet been determined.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 187.5 T
Number of aircraft Sent 219
Number of aircraft Effective 65

7. Handorf, Germany

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

3rd Bomb Division despatches 298 B-17s against 1 airfield in Germany and 2 airfields in Holland: Handorf, Germany; Venlo, Holland and Twente/Enschade, Holland. 94th BG, 95th BG, 96th BG, 100th BG, 385th BG, 390th BG, and 447th BG participated. Exactly which Group(s) attacked which targets has not been fully determined. 109 of the force despatched are effective on Handorf. The "Pictorial History of the 447th BG" shows a reproduction of the Operational Chart that says 41 B-17s from this Group went to Handorf and 41 were effective

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division
  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organisation and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29-Jun-1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28-Aug-42 to 31-Oct-42 than at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas from...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 274 T
Number of aircraft Sent 298
Number of aircraft Effective 109
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 10

8. HELIGOLAND (Primary)

Description

NAVAL BASE

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

This is an APHRODITE Project mission. B-17 42-30039 "Liberty Belle" 388BG/APH was packed with high-explosives and employed as a radio-controlled flying bomb.

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

Number of aircraft Sent 1
Number of aircraft Effective 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1

9. HOPSTEIN (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The airfield at Hopstein was bombed as a target of opportunity by 10 of 350 B-24s despatched by 2nd Bomb Division. The exact Group that bombed this target has yet to be documented.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 28.5 T
Number of aircraft Sent 350
Number of aircraft Effective 10

10. PLANTLUNNE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The airfield at Plantlunne, Germany was bombed by 54 of 350 B-24s despatched by 2nd Bomb Division. The exact Group(s) that attacked this target has not yet been documented.

Units

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bomb Group was a B-24 Liberator Group that flew out of Seething, Norfolk. The Group flew their first mission on the 22nd December 1943 and over the next eighteen months the air crews flew 262 missions over occupied Europe. These bombing...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 132.2 T
Number of aircraft Sent 350
Number of aircraft Effective 54

11. TWENTE/ENSCHADE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The airfield at Twente/Enschade, Holland is bombed by 75 of 298 B-17s despatched by 3rd Bomb Division. The exact Group(s) that made the attack has yet to be documented here.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 177.T T
Number of aircraft Sent 298
Number of aircraft Effective 75

12. VECHTA (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The airfield at Vechta, Germany is bombed by 67 of 350 B-24s despatched by 2nd Bomb Division. The exact Group(s) that attacked this target has yet to be documented.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 190.7 T
Number of aircraft Sent 350
Number of aircraft Effective 67
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 4
Number of aircraft Damaged 6
Number of people Killed In Action 18
Number of people Wounded in Action 1
Number of people Evaded 7
Number of people Prisoners of War 15

13. VENLO (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The airfield at Venlo, Holland is bombed by 104 of 298 B-17s despatched by 3rd Bomb Division. The exact Group(s) that made the attack have not yet been documented here, but 1 B-17 from 385th BG is MIA.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 207 T
Number of aircraft Sent 298
Number of aircraft Effective 104
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 8

14. WIESBADEN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1st Bomb Division despatched a force of 219 B-17s. Of the 219 that were despatched to bomb the airfield at Wiesbaden, Germany 38 were effective and 37 of those were from 303BG. 91BG, 92BG, 303BG, 306BG, 381BG and 398BG participated in the force. 303BG despatched a total of 39 B-17s that day, 37 hit the target but 9 were MIA.

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 108 T
Number of aircraft Sent 219
Number of aircraft Effective 38
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 9
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of people Killed In Action 29
Number of people Wounded in Action 8
Number of people Evaded 11
Number of people Prisoners of War 46
Number of people Died in Captivity 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 13

15. WITTMUNDHAFEN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

2nd Bomb Division despatches a force of 350 B-24s against 5 airfields in Germany (number effective in parentheses: Wittmundhafen (91); Zwischenhahn (90);Vechta (67); Plantlunne (54); Hopstein (10). 44th BG, 389th BG, 445th BG, 446th BG, 453rd BG, 458th BG, 466th BG, 467th BG, 489th BG, and 492nd BG participated. Exactly what Group(s) attacked which targets has not yet been determined. This mission is also accompanied by 1000 RAF bombers. No data on targets hit, losses, etc. of RAF force. 491st Bomb Group performs move on this date. Bomber Gunner claims are based on Roger A. Freeman data and are listed on this mission for statistical purposes.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division
  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 489th Bomb Group

    489th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews...

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 204.7 T
Number of aircraft Sent 350
Number of aircraft Effective 91
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 2

16. Bad Zwischenahn, Germany

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The airfield at Zwischenahn (Bad Zwischenahn) is bombed by 90 of 350 B-24s despatched by 2nd Bomb Division. The exact Group(s) that made the attack has not yet been documented.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 233.6 T
Number of aircraft Sent 350
Number of aircraft Effective 90

Service

People

  • John Archer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • William Baumback

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 August 1944 in AC #4250442. T/Sergeant. Baumback, 33548652, landed near Ruiselede, Belgium. Evaded. Escape & Evasion report : E&E Report #2033. See Lt Eadmer W Pease page.

  • Gerald Behrens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Edwin Bjorn

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Maldberg on 8/15/44 in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Boles

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Nijetrijne in B-24 #4295157

  • Robert Borst

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932 Crashed at Gelderingen

  • Earl Brosius

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Maldberg in B-17 Jigger Rouche 42-31423

  • 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.

  • John Capps

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen on 8/15/44 in B-24 True Love #4129449 POW

  • 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! ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-28932 Ramblin' Wreck

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully...

  • 41-29449 True Love

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-31154 Shack Happy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 7/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/10/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/43 with Norman Wiggin, Ray Hansen, Phil Harper, Andy Bezak, Ken Reynolds, Marvin Olson, Chester Lambert (7 Killed in Action); Phil...

  • 42-31183 Bad Penny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28-Sep-43; Grand Island 21-Oct-43; Wilmington 28-Oct-43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-J] Molesworth 18-Nov-43; transferred 358BS [VK-Y] ...

  • 42-31423 Jigger Rooche / Kraut Killer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/11/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-M] Molesworth 14/1/44. ...

  • 42-50442

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed on Mission 554 of 15 August 1944. Target : Florennes / Jusaine airfield, Belgium

  • 42-52597 Lady Lightning

    B-24 Liberator
    Our pilot (Arthur Kraft) picked the plane up at the Willow Run factory and had to sign a $50,000 voucher. We were a new group. In February 1944 we took off from West Palm Beach, F:L, stopped in Trinidad and then on to Belem, Brazil. From there we...

  • 42-95157 no name

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95283 Biff Bam

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52560 Laden Maid

    B-24 Liberator

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Crash sites

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 05:52:18 Clark B Changes to crash site associations and media associations
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Clark Beyer

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2017 23:05:53 cmckeever Changes to person associations
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Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2016 23:05:12 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
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466th BG Archives - 786th BS Combat Crew Mission Record chart

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2015 02:13:09 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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Attlebridge Diaries - John Woolnough

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 17:39:32 scooter6793 Changes to event
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Update

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2015 22:22:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 8-Feb-2015. Corrected typos in overall Mission Description.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2015 22:08:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 8-Feb-2015. Corrected typo in Mission description for Mission event #1.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2015 22:04:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 8-Feb-2015. Deleted 303rd Bomb Group from those participating at Cologne as 303rf BR Mission Report states that all 39 aircraft despatched by 303rd were destined for Wiesbaden. Only 37 of the 303rd compliments was effective on Wiesbaden.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 21:50:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type, Mission notes and Statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 21:45:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type, Mission notes and Statistics to Venlo event per MACR 7907.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 21:38:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type, added Mission Notes and Statistics to Venlo event per MACR 7907.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 21:30:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Statistics to Florennes event per MACR 7819.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 21:26:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type, Mission notes and Statistics to the Bad Zwischenahn event. Sources are the same as those cited in other entries.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 21:18:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type, Mission Notes and Statistics to Vechta event. See previous sources cited.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 21:11:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type, Edited Mission Notes and Statistics. See prior sources cited.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 21:06:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Fev-2015. Added Aircraft type, Mission notes and Statistics to Hopstein event.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 20:59:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type; Edited Notes and Statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 20:04:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Edited Wittmundhafen event.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 19:44:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Bomber Gunner claims on enemy aircraft based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 19:30:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type, Mission notes and Statistics to Wiesbaden event. "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman; 303rd BG Mission Report for 14-Aug-44.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 18:39:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type and Note to Heligoland event per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 18:28:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added BGs participating Aircraft type, Mission notes and Statistics to Handorf event.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 17:58:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added Aircraft type, Mission notes and Statistics to Frankfurt mission event. See previous sources cited.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 17:45:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added AIrcraft type, Mission notes and Statistics to Florennes Event. See source information previously cited on this entry.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 17:34:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added noted and Mission statistics to Mission Event #5. See previous entries for sources cited.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 17:26:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Moved note from Mission Event #4 to OTHER EVENTS in overall description, added Aircraft type attacking.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2015 17:23:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2015. Added OTHER EVENT to Description.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 22:35:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2015. Edited Noted on Mission event #3 and statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 22:26:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2015. Edited Statistics on Mission Event #1.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 22:25:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2015. Added Notes to Mission Event #2.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 22:20:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2015. Edited Mission Event 2 per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 22:14:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2015. Edited Mission event 1 based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 22:04:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2015. Corrected map location for Zwischenahn to Bad Zwisschenahn

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 21:54:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2015. Detail Description of Mission Narrative based on "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop and "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

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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