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739

5 December 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Not yet known

Mission details

1. HERFORD

Description

APHRODITE MISSION TARGET UNKNOWN

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2 B-17 Castor drones are controlled by 3 -B17s and a P-38 observation aircraft (388th BG). Target unknown and results not determined. 17 P-51s provide escort.

Mission Statistics

Service

People

  • Thomas Barton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    newly assigned May 1944

Aircraft

  • 42-30353 'Ten Knights in a Bar Room'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 27/6/43; 334BS [BG-C]; 38m, transferred 388BG Aphrodite Project [remote controlled flying bomb filled with Torpex explosives], Knettishall; 803BS RCM...

  • 42-39824

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/9/43; Scott 27/9/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/11/43; Aphrodite Project, hit by Flak and crashed on secondary target Herford, Germany, 5/12/44. Command crew Lts T H Barton & F E Bruno baled out over UK. 5/12/44.

Revisions

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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