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30 April 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1. CLERMONT-FERRAND/AULNAT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 294.5 T HE

2. LYON/BRON (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92 Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 37 - LYON, FRANCE

30 APRIL, 1944

The mission was a continuation of the drive commenced to wipe out the German anti-invasion fortifications. Twenty- four aircraft of the 457th were dispatched to attack Lyon-Bron Airfield, being used as a German fighter base. The Group assumed the Wing lead position with Lt. Col. Raymond L. Cobb flying as Air Commander and Lt. J. L. Smith as pilot.

All bombs were dropped on the primary target with excellent results. There were direct hits on the hangar assigned as the main aiming point, and all bombs were within 2,000 feet of that point. No enemy aircraft attacked and flak was light. All aircraft returned without damage.

April concluded with the Group having flown fifteen missions over a twenty-two day period, a comparatively busy month.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division
  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 277.5 T HE

3. SIRACOURT (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 203 T HE

Service

People

  • Steve Andrychuk

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top turret gunner/ flight engineer | 452nd Bomb Group

  • Arthur Aull

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group

  • James Braa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    James Braa served as a ball turret gunner with the 566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Hethel, England. He completed his tour of 30 missions between March and June 1944, flying his final two missions on D-Day.

  • 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. ...

  • Frank Perez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    From 4 April 1944 to 7 October 1944, he flew 32 missions as a Ball Turret Gunner. On 6 June 1944, D-Day he and his crew flew to Caen, in order to bomb a nearby airfield. However, cloud cover prevented Perez's and 5 other aircraft from dropping their...

Aircraft

  • 42-107017

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 1/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 6/3/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Bill Warren, Bombardier: Jerome Fontaine (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Gene McClellan, Flight engineer/top...

  • 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:...

  • 42-97383

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 10/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 20/4/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 1/5/44; 336BS [ET-F]; with E.R. Fletcher force landed RAF Woodbridge 3/10/44; with J.D. Waddell force landed Belgium...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 13:04:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

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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