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14 January 1945

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1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Description

FIGHTER SWEEPS

Aircraft type

P-51 Mustang

Notes

A mix of 116 P-47s and P-51s fly a fighter seep over North. Germany. Mix not given in available data.

After escorting Bombers, pilots of the 353rd Fighter Group, 351st Fighter Squadron lead by Blue Flight Leader, Lt. Billy J. Murray with Pilots Lt. John W. Rohrs, Lt. George J. Rosen, and Lt. Clarence Geiger observed 2 ME262's traveling north at 10,000ft. Murray maneuvered the flight to bounce out of the sun from 20,000ft and took the jet on the left, observing strikes from the left nacelle to the right. The pilot immediately veered high and right to evade almost hitting his wingman. The pilot was observed to bail out at this point. Rohrs managed to get behind the right ME262 wingman and raked him with fire. Rosen joined in and the plane began an immediate dive straight into the ground. No chute was observed and both pilots Rohr and Rosen reported that the German pilot was most likely wounded or dead prior to the crash. Murray would be credited with a confirmed victory and Rosen and Rohrs shared the second plane.

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3. Germany

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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BERG, Germany

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4. COLOGNE

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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5. COLOGNE/DEUTZ

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HIGHWAY BRIDGE

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6. COLOGNE/HOHENZOLLERN

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

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7. COLOGNE/RODENKIRCHEN

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

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8. DERBEN GERMANY

Description

OIL REFINERY

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9. EHMEN

Description

OIL REFINERY

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10. HALLENDORF

Description

OIL REFINERY

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11. HEMMINGSTEDT

Description

OIL REFINERY

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12. MAGDEBURG

Description

OIL REFINERY

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13. OSNABRUCK

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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14. WANGEROOGE ISLAND

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Service

People

  • Robert Adams

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Robert H. Adams flew many missions with the 323rd Bomb Group. Promoted to Captain he was Pilot of B-26 Serial 42-107588 on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. ...

  • Warren Anderson

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 323rd Bomb Group
    Captain Warren Anderson was Bombardier on B-26 Serial 42-107588 hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. In the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11926, Captain Anderson mentions he was immediately...

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • George Burnett Jr

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 323rd Bomb Group
    Captain George Burnett Jr was Navigator on B-26 Serial 42-107588, hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. Wounded, he was captured - Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Raymond Carlson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Flemming

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Thomas F Flemming served as a pilot with the 323rd Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group. ...

  • David Francis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 14 January 1945

  • Lewis Funk

    Military | Master Sergeant | Photographic Chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Lew was born in Wattenberg, Colorado, on Jan 30, 1921, to John and Alta Funk. An Eagle Scout who served in the National Guard at Fort Logan, he attended photo school for the Army at Lowry Air Force base. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant as the...

  • Richard Garlichs

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-107588

    B-26 Marauder
    42-107588 was the lead ship on the mission of the 453rd to bomb the wooden bridge over the Our River at Steinebrück, near Saint-Vith, Belgium on 14 January 1945. In the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11926 -, Lt Mitchell E. Mussman, flying in number 3...

  • 44-20149

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-14808 Donna J

    P-51 Mustang
    The aircraft was called the "Donna J" and flown by Lt. Billy J. Murray of the 353rd FG/351st FS. It was crash landed on Jan. 17, 1945 by Lt. Robert Wiehe with engine trouble 2.5 miles SE of RAF Wattisham. Wiehe survived the crash.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2018 09:55:11 marshaferraro Changes to person associations
Sources

Personal list of 30 missions Lloyd C. Kenagy participated in with the 401st Bomb Group 613th Squadron between Aug 1, 1944 and April 11, 1945.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2017 20:57:10 dwgdallas Changes to event
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From the Personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 17:09:14 dwgdallas Changes to event
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"Jonah's Feet are Dry" --a history of the 353rd FG by Graham Cross

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 16:57:27 dwgdallas Changes to person associations and media associations
Sources

The personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2016 19:49:07 dwgdallas Changes to person associations
Sources

Murray was credited on this date with shooting down his only air kill of a ME-262 fighter.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 14:27:24 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

Might Eighth War Diary by Roger Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 14:20:34 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

http://8thafhs.com/maps.php?lat=52.4261&lon=12.0014&target_name=DERBEN+G...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:09 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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