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17 September 1944

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 23.4 T




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This is the beginning of OPERATION MARKET GARDEN. The 8th Air Force targets 117 flak batteries and other installations. First mission for 34th Bomb Group in B-17s.1st Bomb Division was made up of 92nd BG, 303rd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG, 351st BG, 379th BG,381st BG, 384th BG, 385th BG,389th BG, 401st BG, 457th BG, 486th BG. 91st Bomb Group stands down. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is34th BG, 44th BG, 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group, 385th BG, 388th BG, 447th BG, 452nd BG, 486th BG, 490th BG, 493rd BG. 95th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group and 390th Bomb Group stand down.


  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 3115.6 T



  • 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.

  • Robert Eby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Oscar Flores

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Oscar Flores served as a waist gunner with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • William Gaylor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier - 1035 | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Willis crew; Remained an Air Force officer until 1972, retired as Lt. Colonel; Was an Electronics Engineer for the Air Force; Did the same job as a civilian after retiring. Died February 1986.

  • Omar Kelsay

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #49 dated 14 March 1944, as crew pilot (as KEISAY). SO #51 dated 17 March 1944 amended last name to KELSAY. 27 combat missions. ...

  • Lloyd Kenagy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Lloyd Kenagy served as a ball turret gunner with the 401st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Deenethorpe, England.

  • Carl Landwehr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Gunner, Enlisted | 401st Bomb Group

  • Willard Lawrence

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Willard Lawrence was born on Jul. 12, 1921 in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA. His career included thirty years active duty in the United States Air Force, serving in three wars (WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War) as a pilot and later as a comptroller, he...

  • Richard Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Richard Lewis was a Pilot in the 493rd Bomb Group/862nd Bomb Squadron. He and his original crew were assigned B-24 Serial #42-50650 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine on 19 May 1944. They flew it to England and probably were on board it for their first...

  • Ned Mertz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) B-17G 43-37548 took off from Station 155, England on a bombing mission over Berlin, Germany. They were attacked and shot down by German Aircraft and crashed near Liepe, Germany. The group had it worst day of the war, they lost a...

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  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

  • 42-75815 Patrica Baby

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 43-37756 Milk Wagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/44; Kearney 27/5/44; Dow Fd 8/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 9/6/44; completed 129 missions with no abort; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...


Date Contributor Update
20 February 2018 08:49:49 marshaferraro Changes to person associations

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
27 September 2014 18:43:08 AAM AAM ingest

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'.