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27 April 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

From the diary of Lt. David W LeBlanc: " This afternoon we went to Nancy France and it turned out to be a bad day. We had #3 off the group leader. It wasn't very deep in France when #3 engine started running terribly rough so we feathered it. While determining our trouble we fell back considerably and Knight moved up and took our place. Shortly after he did that we were hit by extremely accurate flak. The very last bursts knocked Copley and Knight down. They both had fires in the right wings. Three or four chutes were seen leaving Cope's ship - none from Knight's ship. Both planes blew up in the air. Nick, our navigator was riding with Cope. It was his next to last trip - he asked to go. Hayward was with Cope and he was on his last mission. We were unable to keep up so dropped our bombs. Came back across France alone and at 12,000 feet. #4 Engine busted a cylinder and we feathered it and restarted #3. Our electrical system went out because of a fire in #2. Result was that we had no radio, turrets, turbos, hydraulics. P47s picked us up half-way back and remained with us all the way. Thank God for them. We landed at the coast as our gas was very low."

Mission details

1. BLAINVILLE SUR L'EAU (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 556.7 T HE

2. CHALONS SUR MARNE (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

3. LE CULOT (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Clouds prevented bombing of primary or secondary. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 264.5 T HE & FRAG

4. Nancy, France / Essay, France

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 92nd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 371 T HE 74.8 T IB

5. OSTEND/MIDDELKERKE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

6. TOUL/CROIX DE METZ (Primary)

Description

LANDING GROUND

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Service

People

  • Edgar Burton

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Flew 25 missions, ending just before D-Day. Flew on D Day just to see it. According to him, he never saw a German fighter but did see lots of flak.

  • Enrico Carpini

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    My dad, Enrico 'Rick' Carpini was from Linden, NJ and served as a radio gunner on a B-17G with the 305th Bomb Group/365th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions from 1/4/44-5/22/44. The pilot was John F. Schleifer from Buffalo, NY. ...

  • John Cortelletty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #423534 "Ol' Dad" and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). Mission was to THIONVILLE (EAC).

  • Michael Hoover

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions, many on 'The Lemon' DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ American Campaign Medal/ WW II Victory Medal/ Armed Forces Reserve Medal/ 2 Battle Stars

  • Raymond Lestico

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Navigator / Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #423534 "Ol' Dad" and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). Mission was to THIONVILLE (EAC), France.

  • Julius Naber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4129471. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Henry Putek

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    November 1943 - June 1944. Pilot, Putek crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Returned to England after an explosion and ensuing fire near the top turret while enroute to Nancy a/f, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-40025 'Touch the Button Nell'. Mission #66....

  • Elmer Romigh

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Pilot - one of the original cadre of pilots for the 466th BG Also served in Korea and Vietnam

  • Lloyd Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot/co-pilot | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Westcot Stone

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions from February to August 1944.

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Aircraft

  • 42-3534 Ol' Dad

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/7/43; Dyersburg 31/8/43; ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2017 01:12:10 B17VforVictor Changes to description
Sources

Diary of Lt. David W. LeBlanc 305th Bomb Group.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 12:29:08 Lucy May Changes to event
Sources

Changed location for mission event no. 4 from 'NANCY/ESSAY (Primary)' to 'Nancy, France' and 'Essay, France'.

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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