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29 November 1944

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1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. ALTENBEKEN

Description

RAIL VIADUCT

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3. BIELEFLED/SCHILDESCHE / Bielefeld, Germany

Description

RAIL VIADUCT

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Notes

A mix of 261 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

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4. HAMM

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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5. MISBURG

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

A mix of 419 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

457th BG MISSION NO. 153 : MISBURG, GERMANY : 29 NOVEMBER, 1944
This was the Group's second successive attack on the natural oil refinery at Misburg, but again the bombing results were unobserved due to ten tenths cloud cover over the target. A regular group of 36 aircraft was dispatched plus a screening force referred to as "D" Squadron.

With Lt. Colonel Francis in the lead, the Group effected assembly and the formation proceeded to the Continent. At the Dutch coast a three-gun battery threw up some meager and inaccurate flak. From the coast the Group flew east to a point between Bremen and Osnabruck, where it headed southeast into the IP. From there a ninety degree turn to the left brought the formation on the bomb run. Bombs were dropped from 26,200 feet. Bomb results were unobserved because of cloud undercast. Flak was meager and inaccurate.

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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6. MISBURG

Description

SCREENING MISSION

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7. OSNABRUCK

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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Service

People

  • Harold Adams

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

  • Joseph Almand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 missions. Flew on b-24 'Slick Chick'

  • 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.

  • Jackie Bishop

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th 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! ...

  • Lewis Carter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Counter Measures/Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Zwickau on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 'Daisey Mae' #4338368

  • Robert Crabb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot / Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    1st Lieutenant Robert L. Crabb was born July 29, 1921, the son of Jeremiah and Grace Crabb. His hometown was Williamsburg, Kansas. ...

  • Richard Dillon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 25 missions, 1 to Berlin and 3 to Merseberg. Was lead navigator for last 6 missions Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster; EAME ribbon w 3/battle stars Passed away 25-June-2017, buried in Columbia SC

  • Alan Finch

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

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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. ...

  • 42-39993 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. ...

  • 42-97760

    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.

  • 43-38501 SWEET CHARIOT

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/44; Kearney 21/8/44; Grenier 7/9/44; Assigned 546th Bomb ...

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2016 00:00:43 466thHistorian Changes to event
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 10:36:05 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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