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8th Air Force 556

16 August 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars.

1st Bomb Division- B-17s (91BG, 92BG, 305BG, 306BG, 351BG,379BG, 381BG, 384BG, 398BG, 401BG, 457BG; 303BG stands down) 425 B-17s are despatched to the following targets: Delitzsch; Schkeuditz; Halle; Bolen, Naumburg, Halberstadt and Other. Number effective: 379; Aircraft MIA 10; Aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR): 3; Aircraft damaged 234.

2nd Bomb Division- B-24s (44BG, 389BG, 445BG, 446BG, 453BG, 458BG, 466BG, 467BG, 489BG, 491 BG, 492BG) 366 B-24s are despatched to the following targets: Dessau; Kothen; Magdeburg-Neustadt; Magdeburg-Rothensee and Other. Number effective 326; Aircraft MIA 7; Aircraft DBR 1; Aircraft damaged 173.

3rd Bomb Division-B-17s (94BG, 95BG, 385BG, 388BG, 390BG, 447BG) 96BG, 100BG & 452BG stand down. 234 B-17s are despatched to the following targets: Rositz, Zeitz and Other. Number effective: 209; Aircraft MIA 6; Aircraft DBR 0; Aircraft damaged 88.

3rd Bomb Division - B-24s (34BG, 486BG, 491BG, 493BG). 65 B-24s are despatched to the following targets: Halberstadt, Quedlinburg and Other. Number effective 62; Aircraft MIA: 0, Aircraft DBR: 0; Aircraft damaged: 1.

The 8th Air Force dropped heavy bomb loads on Zeitz which would seriously damage the German oil supply and would eventually break down the entire German war machine. Very rough. Watched one plane go down. There were 15 in all shot down.

Mission details

1. Quedlinburg, Germany

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

This target of opportunity bombed by a single B-24 from 3rd Bomb Division. The target of Quedlinburg was designated as a target of opportunity for this element, so it is presumed that this B-24 bombed an installation near that location.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2.6 T
Number of aircraft Sent 1
Number of aircraft Effective 1

2. Delitzsch, Germany

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

These targets of opportunity were attacked by 9 B-17 aircraft from 1st Bomb Division. The targets of Delitzsch, Schkeuditz, Halle, Bolen were the primaries, so it is presumed that these aircraft bombed installations in and around these locations.
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Airfield Attacked: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st "B" Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. Good visibility in the target area contributed to good bombing of this large Luftaffe facility near Leipzig. Although the lead aircraft of the low group ran into propwash on the bomb run, which caused an upset to the bombsight, overall results for the 42st "B" wing were

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 20.1 T
Number of aircraft Sent 9
Number of aircraft Effective 9

3. Magdeburg, Germany

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

These targets of opportunity were bombed by 2 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division. The primary targets for this element were Dessau, Kothen, Magdeburg-Nuestadt aircraft factory and Magdeburg-Rothensee oil refinery, so it is presumed that these targets were installations in and around these locations.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 3 T
Number of aircraft Sent 2
Number of aircraft Effective 2

4. Rositz, Germany / Zeitz, Germany

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

These targets of opportunity were bombed by 3 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. The primary targets for this element were the oil refineries at Rositz and Zeitz, Germany, so it is presumed that these installations were in and around those locations.

Units

Mission Statistics

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

5. Böhlen, Germany

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The oil refinery at Bolen, Germany is the primary target for this element. 88 of 425 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division were effective. Losses were: 305BG 1 and 306BG 2. Damaged beyond repair: 92BG 1 305BG 1

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 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,...

  • 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 206.7 T
Number of aircraft Effective 88
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of people Killed In Action 11
Number of people Prisoners of War 16

6. DELITZSCH (Primary)

Description

AIR DEPOT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG, 351st BG,379th BG, 381st BG, 384th BG, 398th BG, 401st BG, 457th BG. 303rd Bomb Group stands down. The air depot at Delitzsch, Germany is one of four primaries designated for this element of 425 B-17s. 102 of 425 are effective on this target. No losses are recorded against this target.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 259.8 T
Number of aircraft Effective 102

7. DESSAU (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORY

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. 99 of 366 B-24s are effective on the aircraft factory at Dessau, Germany. Losses: 389BG 1; 445BG 2. Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) 493BG 1.

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...

  • 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 233.4 T
Number of aircraft Effective 99
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 26
Number of people Prisoners of War 2

8. HALBERSTADT (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The airfield at Halberstadt, Germany is bombed as a target of opportunity. 13 of 425 B-17s from 1 Bomb Division make the attack. There are no aircraft losses among this element.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 27.5 T
Number of aircraft Effective 13

9. HALBERSTADT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-24s is 34th BG, 486th BG, 491st Bomb Group, 493rd BG. The German airfield at Halberstadt is the primary target for this element 51 of 66 B-24s are effective on the target. There are no MIA aircraft in this element. 493BG 1 Damaged beyond repair (DBR)

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division
  • 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 117 T
Number of aircraft Effective 51
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 9

10. Halle (Saale), Germany

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The German aircraft factory at Halle, Germany is the primary target for this element. 60 of 425 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division are effective on the target. Losses: 91BG 5. Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) 91BG 1

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 148.3 T
Number of aircraft Effective 60
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 6
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of people Killed In Action 31
Number of people Prisoners of War 25
Number of people Returned To Duty 7

11. KOTHEN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The aircraft factory at Kothen, Germany is the primary target for B-24s despatched by 2nd Bomb Division. 71 of 366 are effective on this target. There are no aircraft losses in this element

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 188.5 T
Number of aircraft Effective 71

12. MAGDEBURG/NEUSTADT(Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The German aircraft factory at Magdeburg/Neustadt is the primary target for this element of B-24s despatched by 2nd Bomb Division. 67 of 366 are effective. Aircraft Losses 448BG 1; 453BG 1.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division
  • 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...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 189.1 T
Number of aircraft Effective 67
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Killed In Action 18
Number of people Prisoners of War 1

13. MAGDEBURG/ROTHENSEE (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The Rothensee oil refinery at Magdeburg, Germany is the primary target for this element of B-24s despatched by 2nd Bomb Division. 87 of 366 are effective on this target. Aircraft losses: 467BG 1; 489BG 1.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division
  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 225 T
Number of aircraft Effective 87
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Killed In Action 17
Number of people Prisoners of War 2

14. Naumburg, Germany

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The industrial area of Naumburg, Germany is attacked as a target of opportunity by B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division. 15 of 425 are effective on this target. There are no aircraft losses in this element.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 28.9 T
Number of aircraft Effective 15

15. QUEDLINBURG (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The German aircraft factory at Quedlinburg, Germany is bombed as a target of opportunity by 10 of 65 B-24s despatched by 3rd Bomb Division. There are no aircraft losses for this element.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 30 T
Number of aircraft Effective 10

16. ROSITZ (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is 94th BG, 95th Bomb Group, 385th BG, 388th BG, 390th BG, 447th BG. 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group & 452nd Bomb Group stand down. The oil refinery at Rositz, Germany is one of the primary targets for this element of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. 105 of 234 are effective on the target. No aircraft losses.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 250.8 T
Number of aircraft Effective 105

17. SCHKEUDITZ (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The German aircraft factory at Scheuditz, Germany is the primary target this element for 92 of 425 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division are effective on this target. Losses: 351BG 1.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 217.4 T
Number of aircraft Effective 92
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 3
Number of people Prisoners of War 6

18. ZEITZ (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The oil refinery at Zeitz, Germany is the primary target for this element of B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division. 101 of 234 are effective on this target. Losses 95BG 6.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division
  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 226.1 T
Number of aircraft Effective 101
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 6
Number of people Killed In Action 24
Number of people Prisoners of War 28

Service

People

  • Leslie Algee

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner/Toggelier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' while serving as Nose Gunner/ Toggelier. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed near Marzhausen/Hebenshausen, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Warren Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Frederick Baldwin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31673 'Lassie Come Home' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed at Deiderode, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA) Fighters from IV.(Sturm)/JG 3...

  • John Barclay

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed near Marzhausen/Hebenshausen, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Vernon Bauerline

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31634 'Texas Chubby" while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft attacked by German fighters. Crashed near Eichenberg, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Claton Baugh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down on 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 43-39000 while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was attacked by fighters, set on fire, bomb load detonated and the aircraft disintegrated in mid-air. The reamins of the aircraft fell near Lehna, Germany. Killed in Action ...

  • Vincent Beach

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' while serving as Engineer/Top Turrent Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed at Marzhausen/Hebenshausne, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • J. Bowlan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    While serving a Co-Pilot on B-17G 43-37613 on 16-Aug-44 the aircraft was severely damaged by enemy aircraft. The pilot managed to fly the stricken aircraft back to England and landed at Boreham, Essex, UK. The aircraft was too badly damaged to repair...

  • Lee Bratcher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 43-38000 while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was attacked by fighters, set on fire, bomb load detonated and aircraft disintegrated in mid-air. Aircraft crashed near Lehna, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Charles Brudo

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down16-Aug-44 in B-17G 43-38012 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed at Witzenhausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

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Aircraft

  • 42-102518 Damn Yankee

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Grand Island 31/3/44; Grenier 8/4/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-K] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; 100+m, transferred with group to Istres for mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. DAMN YANKEE.

  • 42-102632 Due Back

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 1/4/44; Dow Fd 18/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG [CQ-B] Rattlesden 22/4/44; Missing in Action Ausum A/Fd, Ger 27/8/44 with Hugh Bowers, Co-pilot: Jim Doster, Navigator: George Pasvanis, Bombardier: Leonard Moore, Flight...

  • 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;...

  • 42-31589 'Patty Ann'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Gt Falls 1/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-O] Horham 23/1/44; 72m, Missing in Action Zeitz 16/8/44 with Lou Price, Radio Operator: Bill Dixon, Ball turret...

  • 42-31634 Texas Chubby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 42-31634 'Texas Chubby - The J'Ville Jolter' was delivered Cheyenne 1-Dec-43; Portland 3-Dec-43; Boise 5-Dec-43; Kearney 16-Dec-43; Ft Wayne 25-Dec-43; Grenier 27-Dec-43; Presque Is 3-Jan-44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-O] Bassingbourn 23-Jan-4....

  • 42-31673 Lassie Come Home

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 42-31673 'Lassie Come Home' was delivered Cheyenne 6-Dec-43; Kearney 17-Dec-43; Harrisburg 8-Jan-44; New Castle 9-Jan-43; Presque Is 11-Jan-44; Prestwick 16-Jan-44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 16-Jan-44; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-B] Bassingbourn 27...

  • 42-31702

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 4231702 was delivered Denver 9-Dec-43; Kearney 28-Dec-43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-A] Polebrook 30-Jan-44. Sustained a direct hit from flak over the target, the aircraft factories at Schkeuditz, Germany on 16-Aug-44. Aircraft exploded in mid-air...

  • 42-39996 Boston Bombshell

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' was delivered Long Beach 29-Oct-43; assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bassingbourn 14-Jan-44. Attacked by German aircraft on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attack caused the left wing to catch...

  • 42-94914 Agony Wagon

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24H 42-94914 'Agony Wagon' 498BG/846BS was hit by a bomb dropped from above by 93BG over the target of Magdeburg, Germany which struck the aircraft between engines #1 and #2 causing complete failure of the wing and setting the aircraft on fire. (9...

  • 42-97105 Paper Doll

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Selfridge Fld 3/2/44; Dorval 4/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB-768]; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Parchim 7/4/45 with Lew Hickman, Arnold Wolf, Cawthorn Perdue, Albt Vawter, Herman Meyer (5 Prisoner of War); John...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2018 08:21:46 marshaferraro Changes to person associations
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Personal list of 30 missions Lloyd C. Kenagy participated in with the 401st Bomb Group 613th Squadron between Aug 1, 1944 and April 11, 1945.

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2017 07:09:22 cmckeever Changes to description and person associations
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Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

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12 November 2016 10:05:32 thalerk Changes to event
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http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thMission.php?Missio...

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2016 23:08:36 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
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466th BG Archives - 786th BS Combat Crew Mission Record chart

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 22:11:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. The description of 8AF Mission 556 was made by Mr. Cunningham as a test of the difficulties attendant to adding all the links, descriptions, statistics, etc. within the website structure. The two primary sources are "The Mighty EIghth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman for participating units, targets, and overall statistics. "The Losses of the 8rh & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE is the primary source for identifying aircraft losses and DBRs for any given date. The Freeman data and the Bishop Hey data is verified from one source to the other. The final determinants are: the Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRS); the National Archives Records Administration (NARA) for POW and Escape & Evasion Reports; and the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) for burials in American Cemeteries in Europe. NO single source contains as comprehensive a record as that attempted by the American Air Museum in putting together the research efforts of many many dedicated researchers into a single source. Please, excuse the lengthy list of source citations as the website structure made the demands.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 21:46:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 101-Dec-2014. Added Unit associations, Description and Statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 21:36:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. Corrected typo in Jothen description.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 21:33:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. Added Description and Statistics per "The Mighty 8th War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & john A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 21:18:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. Edited overall Mission Description adding statistics to elements per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

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10 December 2014 20:58:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. Added description, unit association and statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A , Freeman and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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10 December 2014 20:50:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. Added aircraft type, DBR statistics per "The Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & john A. Hey MBE.

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10 December 2014 20:39:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. Added Description and Map Association per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary"; added statistics per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 20:29:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. Added Description, map location and Statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 20:20:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-DEc-2014. Corrected map association.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2014 17:39:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-Dec-2014. Attempt to straighten out map association on Bohlen, Germany.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 23:15:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added 1 loss for Scheuditz event and Statistics per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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09 December 2014 23:05:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added description, Unit association and Statistics to the Scheuditz event per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 22:57:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Corrected Statistics on Halle event per 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. Roger A Freeman's MIA count was in error in his "The Mighty Eighth War Diary."

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09 December 2014 22:50:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added description, unit association and Statistics to 3BD Quedinburg event per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 22:41:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Corrected map association, added description, Unit associations and Statistics to Halle event per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 22:22:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added description, unit association and Statistics to 3BD Halberstadt primary per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "Losses of the 8rh & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 22:14:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Correction of typo in Halberstadt description.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 22:12:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added Unit Associations, description and Statistics to Halberstadt event per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman, "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 22:03:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added Unit associations and Statistics to Dessau event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 21:48:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014 Added DBR count from 92BG and 305BG and added 92BG to Unit Associations per "Lossed of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 21:35:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014 Added Unit associations to Mission Event 5

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 21:32:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014 Added Unit association to Mission Event 4.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 21:29:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added connection of 2BD for Mission Event 4.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 21:12:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2104. Added Units to Mission Event 2

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 21:10:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014 Added Units to Mission Event 1.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 21:02:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added Notes and aircraft type to Mission Event 6 per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 20:51:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014, Added aircraft type to Mission Event 5.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 20:48:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added aircraft type and map locations to Mission Event 4.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 20:45:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Added aircraft type to ME 3.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 20:42:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Mission details on Bolen, 1BD B-17s per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 20:25:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Edited description of TO hit by a B-24 from 3rd Bomb Division per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 20:19:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014 Detail of TO's for 3BD B-17s per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 20:14:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Detail of TOs for 2BD per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 20:06:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 19:55:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Minor edit to Mission Narrative.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 19:53:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 19:38:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
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Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. Primary Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman and "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop.

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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