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15 December 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

2. HANNOVER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 241 P-47s and P-51s provides escort. Mix not given in available data.

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

Mission Statistics

3. KASSEL

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG MISSION NO. 160 : KASSEL, GERMANY : 15 DECEMBER, 1944

Weather grounded the Eighth for three days. It was 15 December before a mission could become airborne.

In a continuing effort to disrupt Germany's transportation system, the marshalling yards at Kassel were the target. Major Peresich led the thirty-six plane formation comprising the 94th B Combat Wing, flying second in the Division line.

After assembling, the Group climbed approximately 2,500 feet above briefed altitude because of weather conditions. As a result of the additional climbing, the Group arrived at the first Control Point about three minutes late and ten miles right of course.

Division assembly line was not flown as briefed, but the Group was in proper position behind the 35 1st Bomb Group. Because of poor visibility at the Dutch coast, the low squadron fell behind the formation and was unable to see the other two squadrons. Course to the target was flown approximately as briefed, except the Group was a little above briefed altitude in order to avoid weather conditions.

The IP was reached on time, about five miles left of course. Bombing was done in Group formation by means of PFF equipment. Dense contrails hindered visibility and made it difficult to identify the lead squadron. The low squadron, having dropped a short distance behind the lead, released its bombs a minute later than the other two squadrons. Altitude over the target was 27,500 feet. Cloud tops were estimated at approximately 30,000 feet, and the results of the bombing were unobserved. Flak was light and no losses were sustained.

Units

  • 1st Bomb 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

  • Robert Burry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Robert L Burry was killed on 15 December 1944 returning from a mission on Kassel. Weather became very heavily overcast and the aircraft was trying to land using radio beacons. They hit the radio tower at Daventry and all of the crew members who did not...

  • 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

  • Jack Q Means

    Military | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group

  • John Mernagh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Flew 50 missions from 22 December 1943 to 1 February 1945. Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/ 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation.

  • Ambrose Reese

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Ambrose Willard Reese was born August 4, 1923, in Kingston, Pa., to the late Ambrose and Marjorie (Walters) Reese and moved to Palm Coast from Scotch Plains, N.J., in 1986. He was an Army Air Corps veteran serving as a B-17 pilot in World War II,...

  • Philip Rodgers

    Military | Lieutenant | Lead Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    First mission was on D-Day. Tour was successfully completed. Crew accepted a policy not to use the Lord's name in vain and credited it with their good luck.

  • Robert Schlader

    Military | Staff Sergeant | LWG/TG (left waist gunner/tail gunner) | 351st Bomb Group
    Robert Laverne Schlader was born March 2, 1925, at Cresco, Iowa, the son of Virgil and Gladys (McCarville) Schlader. He graduated from the Floyd Consolidated School. Bob served in the AAF during WWII as a LWG/TG on a B-17 with over 35 missions over...

  • Thomas Thompson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Genthin on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 'Moonlight Mission' #4338606

  • Lester Wise

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Lester Allen Wise was born June 27, 1922 and grew up on a farm in Midland, Michigan as an only child, son of Carry Addison Wise and Dora Ethel Sellers. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-31778 Wells Cargo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Salina 28/12/43; Kearney 4/1/44; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-A] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 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.

  • 43-38973

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/10/44; Dow Fd 1/11/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 5/12/44; ex-Kassel 15/12/44 with Finis Harris, John Griffin, R.L. Mason, Laverne Ridge, Herschel McCoy, Cliff Melton, Robert L Burry, Willie Barnes, Charles Nordland (9 Killed...

  • 44-6509

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 28/8/44; Grenier 15/9/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [H] Glatton 30/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; Sth Plains 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 44-6597 Supermouse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 12/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; Sth Plains 1/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. SUPERMOUSE.

  • 44-8146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 20/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/2/46; RetUS, 613 BU Phillips 29/4/46.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 02:33:40 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise who flew on this mission with Jack Q Means as co-pilot

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 19:23:49 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise pilot of B-17 (42-31778) 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group, flew from Great Ashfield to Hannover, on this, his second mission, 15 Dec 1944.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 14:48:05 Virginiawise50 Changes to event
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise, who was a pilot on this mission to Hannover, Germany in Wells Cargo ( B-17 Flying Fortress, 42-31778) as part of the 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group.

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 10:53:43 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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