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2 October 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2.5 T

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 40.3 T

3. COLOGNE

Description

MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

41CBW is 303rd BG, 379th Bomb Group & 384th BG.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 272.5 T

4. FRITZLAR AIRFIELD (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 30 T

5. GESECKE

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 21.5 T

6. KASSEL (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX - William Craig Hunter notes from mission: No. 1500 Lb Henschel & Son Tank Factory France, Belgium, Germany, England

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 271.8 T

7. KASSEL/BETTENHAUSEN (Primary)

Description

ORDNANCE FACTORY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG, 351st BG, 379th BG, 385th BG, 389th BG, 401st BG, 457th BG, 486th BG. 381st Bomb Group & 457th Bomb Group stand down

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    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.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 319.4 T

8. KASSEL/HENSCHEL (Primary)

Description

MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is34th BG, 44th BG, 94th BG, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th BG, 385th BG, 388th BG, 390th BG, 447th BG, 452nd BG, 486th BG, 487th BG, 490th Bomb Group 493rd BG.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    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 970.6 T

9. WEISBADEN (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 75.3 T

Service

People

  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • 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 Collins

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator; Statistics | 490th Bomb Group
    AWARDS: ...

  • Thomas Flemming

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Thomas F Flemming served as a pilot with the 323rd Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group. ...

  • 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.

  • Ernest Fuxa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/16/44. Killed in Action (KIA) 10/18/44 (Leverkusen). Pilot: E. Lehnhausen. Plane was 'Flak Magnet' #4250596

  • 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.

  • William Hunter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    William Craig Hunter was from Wheeling, West Virginia. He proudly served in the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, 3rd Division, 412 Squadron. Stationed at Horham, England, he was a B-17 co-pilot from 10/2/1944 to 12/30/1944 and pilot from 1/14/1945 to...

  • 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...

  • Charles Majeske

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Charles Majeske enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 25 July 1942 in Saginaw, Michigan at the age of 22. He was a 2nd Lieutenant when assigned to the 384th Bomb Group stationed at Grafton Underwood in England and flew his first mission as copilot...

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Aircraft

  • 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;...

  • 42-38013 "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. ...

  • 42-97760

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 31/5/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 11/1/46.

  • 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...

  • 43-37917 Pauline

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 5/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned to the 545BS/384BG, squadron code JD-B, Grafton Underwood on 17/7/44; transferred with the group to Istres, France for passenger duties (Project Green); Salvaged 31/12/45. PAULINE...

  • 44-8146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 20/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/2/46; RetUS, 613 BU Phillips 29/4/46.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 06:29:31 Blessed Event Changes to event
Sources

Matt Webster

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:08 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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