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342A

7 May 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

39 of 600 B-17s dispatched on a PFF attack on Berlin bomb targets of opportunity.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 15.5 T HE
Number of aircraft Sent 39

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 82.5 T HE

3. BERLIN (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 40 - BERLIN, GERMANY

7 MAY, 1944

The target was the same as Mission No. 39, the Friecfrjchstrasse railroad station. The Group supplied twenty- four planes to form the high box in the 94th Combat Wing. Major Theodore C. Hoffman was Air Commander, and Lt. Malcolm E. Johnson was pilot.

The target area was completely covered with clouds, so bombing was done by PFF. Bombing results were not observed. Flak was moderate but accurate, and eleven aircraft received damage.

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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 700.5 T HE

4. BERLIN (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 546 T HE

5. Münster, Germany

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44, 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group.

Units

  • 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.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 412 T HE
Number of aircraft Sent 147

6. Osnabrück, Germany

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 446 T HE
Number of aircraft Sent 165
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1

Service

People

  • James Bates

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • George Bingham

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat mission. ETD ...

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • James Braa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    James Braa served as a ball turret gunner with the 566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Hethel, England. He completed his tour of 30 missions between March and June 1944, flying his final two missions on D-Day.

  • Palmer Bryan

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Edgar Burton

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Flew 25 missions, ending just before D-Day. Flew on D Day just to see it. According to him, he never saw a German fighter but did see lots of flak.

  • Frank Deuerling

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew on 'Priority Girl' 42-97305 on June 18, 1944.

  • Nicholas Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

  • Clarence Flinn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    29 missions, December 1943 - May 1944 DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Aircraft

  • 42-100422

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-102406

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    483rdBG/817thBS/15th AF - Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Morrison 8/4/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 15/4/44; Missing in Action Belgrade 7/5/44 with Bill Lanford, McCabe, Varischetti, Macy (4 Prisoner of War); Dinovo, Sharp, Duquette, Beach,...

  • 42-107017

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 1/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 6/3/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Bill Warren, Bombardier: Jerome Fontaine (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Gene McClellan, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-107061 Peg O' My Heart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 9/2/44; Gr Island 18/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Laon 8/5/44 with Searl Pickett, Co-pilot: Bob Roan, Navigator: Bob Shields, Bombardier: Mervin Jacobs, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Abar (5...

  • 42-30778 Old 66/Lady Margaret

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Gore 6/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Reno 14/8/43; Pierre 16/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; crashed on take off for France 13/8/44 with Leon Sutton, Co-pilot: Harlan Thompson, Navigator: George Healy, Bombardier:...

  • 42-31235 "GOIN' DOG"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/10/43; Gr Island 16/10/43; Nashville 26/11/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-C] Grafton Underwood 6/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Theo Goller, Co-pilot: Greg Martin, Navigator: Joe Cittandin, Bombardier: Gene Grilli, Flight...

  • 42-31580 'Merry Widow'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Paine Fd 27/11/43; Portland 3/12/43; Cheyenne 5/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Sth Bend 3/1/44; Grenier 8/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-A] Bassingbourn 29/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5...

  • 42-3324 "RIKKI TIKI TAVI"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned (F-9 photo-recon) 339BS/96BG [QJ-H] Andrews Fd 5/6/43 GEORGIA PEACH; Snetterton 12/6/43; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Neil Behrens, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carroll Taylor (2 Prisoner...

  • 42-37714 "RONCHI"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/8/43; Scott 20/10/43;slated 401BG, Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-T] Polebrook 11/11/43; Missing in Action 17m Berlin 7/5/44 with Bob Presley, Co-pilot: Mixon Stamper, Navigator: Jim Simpson, Bombardier: Herb Mosebach, Flight engineer...

  • 42-37791 Blues in the Night

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/8/43; Scott 27/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 19/10/43; 1 BAD 23/10/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; then 526BS/379BG [LF-S] Kimbolton 7/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Tom Smith, Co-pilot:...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2016 13:21:33 Rainer Changes to event
Sources

MACR 4934

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2016 12:38:24 Rainer Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps51153/airforcehistory/usaaf/chron/ind...

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2016 12:35:02 Rainer Changes to event
Sources

http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps51153/airforcehistory/usaaf/chron/ind...

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2016 12:28:14 Rainer Changes to event
Sources

http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps51153/airforcehistory/usaaf/chron/ind...

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2016 12:27:22 Rainer Changes to event
Sources

http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps51153/airforcehistory/usaaf/chron/ind...

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 13:17:14 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 18:43:06 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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