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22 October 1944

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1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. BIELEFELD

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INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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3. BRUNSWICK/BUSSING

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MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

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4. HAMM

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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5. HANNOVER/HANOMAG

Description

MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

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B-17 Flying Fortress

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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

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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People

  • Glen Alexander

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

  • 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.

  • 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! ...

  • 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...

  • Alan Finch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    35 missions from June 1944 to Decmber 1944 DFC

  • 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. ...

  • Robert Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    completed 33 missions on B-17 'Sugar Jo' Air Medal w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Ashton Hewitt

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in the collision with B-17 43-38030 "My Achin' B" in poor weather over Thurleigh returning from mission. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10833 Awards: PH.

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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;...

  • 42-97105 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...

  • 43-38030 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...

Revisions

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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