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26 November 1944

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. ALTENBEKEN

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RAIL VIADUCT

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3. BIELEFELD

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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4. BIELEFELD/SCHIDESCHE

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RAIL VIADUCT

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A mix of 208 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data. The 491st Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (1st of 1)

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5. GUTERSLOH

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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6. HAMM

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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7. HANNOVER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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8. HERFORD

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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9. MISBURG

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Note re: A/C 42-102565 and Joseph M. Price from source : http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=price&GSfn=joseph&...

"Sgt Price was a B-17 gunner flying a mission to Germany. Flying over Holland, he and other crew bailed out of the plane over Ijssel Lake, before it crashed in Apeldoorn."

Sgt Price's story, along with many others, may be found in the book, "Not Home for Christmas, A Day in the Life of the Mighty Eight", by John Meurs.

457th BG MISSION NO. 152 : MISBURG, GERMANY : 26 NOVEMBER, 1944
The natural oil refinery at Misburg was the target for the 457th. Although last hit by the 2nd Division on 4 November, it had been left completely undamaged.

The Group comprised the 94th B Combat Wing, with Major Peresich as Air Commander.

Assembly was accomplished without difficulty and the formation proceeded to the target area. The route to the IP was flown as briefed. Some difficulty was encountered over enemy territory when it became necessary for the Group to "S" on course in order to stay in proper position behind the preceding group. Following in trail of groups ahead, the Group overshot the IP. The bomb run was combined PFF and visual. The target area was visible from the IP, but the MPI was obscured by both clouds and smoke. The bombs were dropped, the lead aircraft performing the sighting operation.

The flak was moderate to intense and it was fairly accurate. A number of aircraft sustained damage. Bomb results were unobserved.

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.

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 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...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron

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10. MISBURG

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 292 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

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11. OSNABRUCK

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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Service

People

  • Harold Adams

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

  • John Barringer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26 November 1944 in B-24 #4250467

  • Joseph Black

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 11/26/44 in B-24 #4250467

  • John Blumenstock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Norman Brunswig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed on 11/26/44 in B-24 #4250467

  • 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...

  • Monroe David

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed ner Parchim in B-17 'Green Weenie' #43-38644 on 5 Dec 44

  • 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...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102565 The Ugly Duckling

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-M/H] Nuthampstead 27/4/44. ...

  • 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;...

  • 42-39993 Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

  • 42-50467

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-97185

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Wright 23/2/44; Gr Island 28/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 20/3/44; transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-J] Thurleigh 31/3/44; Missing in Action Dresden 14/2/45 with Capt Boylston Lewis, Co-pilot: Bob Whitelaw,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 10:31:20 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
03 March 2015 14:51:30 Timothy McKeown Changes to event
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C. Timothy McKeown

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2015 02:28:49 Timothy McKeown Changes to media associations
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C. Timothy McKeown

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2015 16:03:02 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Updated event details from source : http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=price&GSfn=joseph&...

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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