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16 November 1944

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1. DUREN

Description

SCREENING MISISON

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2. DUREN

Description

TRANSPORTATION TARGET

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3. ESCHWEILER

Description

TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG MISSION NO. 148 - ESCHWELLER, GERMANY 16 NOVEMBER, 1944

In order to provide direct support of ground troops near Aachen, German troop concentrations and gun emplacements at Eschweiler were selected as the target of this mission. Major Snow led the Group, the 94th Combat Wing, and the 1St Division A Wing.

The route to the target was flown on course. The IP was crossed on course. Cloud cover was ten tenths over the target. The line of friendly flak was observed. No enemy flak was encountered. The bombs were released from 22,000 feet. Clouds obscured the results of the attack.

Later, the Commanding General of the 104th Infantry Division, General Terry Allen, forwarded the following TWX through channels:
"Doughboys thank you for a fine job. Certainly appreciated it. Please inform all participants."

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.

  • 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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Service

People

  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • Curtis Adamy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Vermont Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x missions (Aachen, Hamm, Hamm, Merseburg). Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg; hit by flak after bombs away, crashed Flur Oberkotzau, Germany. 30-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10831 Awards: AM, PH.

  • 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

  • George Asprocolas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Dale Avers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Barnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 44-6142 on 16 November 1944, Killed in Action. Missing Air Crew Report # 10448

  • Robert Blumenfeld

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Peter Brennan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier | 388th Bomb Group

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-97194 Good Pickin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-O] Horham 11/3/44; with G.M. Jackman force landed B-53 Merville, Belg., 10/5/45; with Lt Henderson force landed A-70 Laon, France 20/5/45; 114m Returned to the USA...

  • 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;...

  • 42-38013 "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. ...

  • 42-50766

    B-24 Liberator
    "Part of the formation that attacked the Bingen marshalling yard on 2 December 1944 was the Liberator of pilot Herbert L. Bayless of 44 BG (506 BS). Like the ship of pilot Billingsley it was also attacked by German Me-109’s of IV./JG 3 and set ablaze....

  • 42-51531

    B-24 Liberator
    For reasons unknown, the Liberator left formation over The Netherlands and was lsot, with all 10 men on board Missing In Action (MIA). They are all memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge.

  • 43-38333 Heavy Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/7/44; Kearney 31/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 12/8/44; with C.E. Willis force landed A-82 Rouvres, Fr 20/2/45; 73m, crash landed base with ?, non op 6/5/45; ditched North Sea with Roger Sundin 26/5/45....

  • 43-38776 Passion Wagon/Victory Devils

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 20/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 13/10/44; 67m, Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 29...

  • 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.

  • 44-8207

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 10/7/44; Langley 5/8/44; Grenier 29/8/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/44; 563BS; battle damaged Hamburg 31/12/44 with Wayne Davis, Maj Bill Harrell, Fred Dearing, Bill Stafford, Ed Van Every, Orvil Gough, Earl Jasper, Lt...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 01:16:35 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Report on Mission 142, Ground Support - Eschweiler, Germany - 16 November 1944

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 10:14:40 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 18:43:08 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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