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22 October 1944

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. BIELEFELD

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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3. BRUNSWICK/BUSSING

Description

MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

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4. HAMM

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

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Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 73
Number of aircraft Sent 27
Number of aircraft Effective 26
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 0
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 0
Number of people Killed In Action 0
Number of people Wounded in Action 0
Number of people Missing In Action 0
Number of people Evaded 0
Number of people Prisoners of War 0
Number of people Died in Captivity 0
Number of people Interned 0

5. HANNOVER/HANOMAG

Description

MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

A mix of 379 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

457th BG MISSION NO. 138: HANNOVER, GERMANY, 22 OCTOBER 1944
Comprising the 94th C Combat Wing, the 457th attacked the locomotive and tank works at Hannover.
Other targets attacked by the Eighth were auto works and transportation facilities at Brunswick, Hamm and Munster. Major Dickinson led the Group. Assembly was executed at the briefed altitude plus 2,000 feet because of clouds. The formation lost time over the continent because the winds were different from those forecast at briefing. Just before reaching the IP, the Group swung to the left of course in order to take interval behind the groups ahead. Because of ten-tenths clouds, the target was attacked by PFF 1,000 feet above briefed altitude. The change in altitude on the bomb run seemed very effective in offsetting the accuracy of the radar controlled antiaircraft guns.

Due to malfunction of the PFF equipment in the lead and deputy lead aircraft, the lead was turned over to the high squadron. Bombs were salvoed from 28,000 feet. The other two squadrons released their bombs on the smoke markers of the high squadron.
All craft returned without incident.

Units

  • 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...

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6. MUNSTER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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Service

People

  • Glen Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Lead Crew Squadron Operations Officer AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC

  • Robert Applin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Our pilot, Bob Applin, was a natural leader and an excellent pilot. - Barky Hovsepian, R/O Complete a 35 mission tour

  • Harold Boling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Photographer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Max Bunin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Rolland Bushner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Missions: 1944 - Aug 9 Saarbrucken; 12 Mourmelon sur Marne; 14 Dole/Tauaux/ 16 Madgeburg; 24 Hanover; 26 Dulmen; 30 Mainz; Sep 9 Mainz; 10 Ulm; 11 Madgeburg; Oct 5 Lippstadt; 7 Madgeburg; 9 Koblenz; 22 Hamm; 26 Bottrop; 30 Hamburg; Nov 5 Karlsruhe; 10...

  • Heath Carriker

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Dec 23, 44 on mission to Blatchen, ger. flack disabled aileron and rudder control with resulting loss of altitude from 23,000 to 8,000 ft. With elevator controls and all engines we made it back to Base 1:30 late. This was a close call! ...

  • Clayton Christiansen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Clayton Robert Christiansen went by the name Bob or his initials C.R. most of his life. He had 2 older ...

  • Robert Coverstone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38133 in poor weather over Thurleigh on return from Hannover mission. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Fred Eisert

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    1Lt Fred J. Eisert and his crew arrived at Horsham St. Faith on September 11, 1944, just as the group was coming off of combat operations for a month in order to ferry gasoline to Patton’s army in France. The crew flew their first mission on October 5...

  • Billy Ferguson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-107047 The Doodle Bug

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/2/44; Grenier 3/3/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 17/3/44; with R.V. Mercer force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44 with engine failure; battle damaged Berlin 3/2/45 with H. Palmer; force landed Charleroi, Bel; 97m, repaired & ret...

  • 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;...

  • 42-110160 Chris' Crate

    B-24 Liberator

  • 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...

  • 43-37775 OH! Hard Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 1/6/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-E] Snetterton 19/6/44 HELL'S CHARIOT; landing accident at base with Neal Keys 23/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; with Bill Evans to Scott Fd, IlL 10/7/45;...

  • 43-38030 My Achin' B

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/6/44; Kearney 28/6/44; Dow Fd 13/7/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-E] Chelveston 14/7/44; Missing in Action Hanover 22/10/44 with Phil Lichty, 2Lt Robert Coverstone, 2Lt John L Touchett, 2Lt Michael J Veraa, S/Sgt Albert B...

  • 43-38133

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Grenier 23/7/44; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-N] Chelveston 25/8/44; Missing in Action Hanover 22/10/44 with 2Lt John Mitchell, 2Lt William C Shoemaker, 2Lt Frank Watkins, Sgt Phillip R Mifsud, Sgt Ashton W...

  • 43-38617 New York Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/8/44; Hunter 7/9/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 19/9/44; with W.N. Dunwoody force landed Raydon afb, Suffolk 10/1/45; 80m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45;...

  • 44-10521 Laden Maid

    B-24 Liberator
    Crash landed in Si've, Sweden 02 Apr 1945. MACR# 13736

  • 44-6583 Cadet Nurse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Dow Fd 2/10/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Y] Horham 13/10/44; battle damaged Nurnberg 20/2/45 with R. Lee Young, #2 feathered, crash landed near A-78 AF Florennes, Bel; 9RTD; 39m, sal 28/2/45. CADET NURSE.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 19:41:46 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Mission Report for 14 October 1944
NARA document research provided by Brad Sullivan

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 19:37:00 466thHistorian Changes to event
Sources

466th BG Archives - Mission Report for 14 October 1944
NARA document research provided by Brad Sullivan

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 16:10:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents.

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 16:03:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents.

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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