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17 January 1945

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. BIELEFELD/SCHILDESCHE

Description

RAIL VIADUCT

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Not yet known

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3. BOKUM

Description

AIRFIELD

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4. HAMBURG

Description

SUBMARINE PENS

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5. HAMBURG/ALBRECHT

Description

OIL REFINERY

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6. HAMBURG/RHENANIA

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 61 P-47s and P-51s escort. Mix not given in available data.

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7. HARBURG/RHENANIA

Description

OIL REFINERY

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8. PADERBORN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG MISSION NO. 175 : PADERBORN, GERMANY : 17 JANUARY, 1945

The 457th comprised the 94th A Combat Wing with Lt. Cot. Francis as Air Commander for the Group and the 1st Division's A formation. The primary target was communication centers in Altenbeken.

Combat Wing assembly was accomplished without incident. The Group Leader, having noted bad weather conditions, continued to climb above briefed altitude before reaching the first Control Point.

Division assembly line was flown approximately as briefed. Over the Channel, the formation encountered increasingly difficult weather conditions, which continued from this point to the IP. Course was flown approximately as briefed except for slight deviations to the right and left.

The IP was crossed approximately on course. The G-H equipment malfunctioned on the bomb run and lead was turned over the PEF aircraft after the formation had passed over the primary target. A 360 degree turn to the left was executed and a run in Group formation was made on railway workshops at Paderborn, the secondary target, located halfway between Munster and Kassel. The formation, in the process of turning, was too close to Paderborn for the PFF equipment to pick up the city for a normal PFF run.

Bombs were released on the smoke markers of preceding groups. Cloud coverage was ten tenths and visibility was about three miles. Results were unobserved due to cloud coverage. Flak was moderate with three craft sustaining damage.

Units

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb 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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Service

People

  • Jesse Adcock

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | B-17 Toglier in WWII; Aircraft Maintenance until 1967 retirement | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Dec 1944. Flew 55+ missions in B-17 as togglier. Adcock grew up on a farm in Ellisville, Mississippi, USA. He was career Air Force, retiring in 1967 as a Chief Master Sergeant (CMSAF). Born 3/8/1924 Died 3/16/2017

  • 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

  • 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

  • Karl Eisele

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier; Pathfinder Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Initially on B-24 42-95024, the “Gypsy Queen” piloted by Leo Bauman. After its crash, reassigned to other planes. On the 20th mission in January 1945, plane was hit by flak and landed in Sweden. Interned in Sweden until 8 May 1945. B-24 42-51523, the ...

  • 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. ...

  • Robert Holliday

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Robert Holliday flew his first few missions as the co-pilot with Lt. Shambaugh. He then flew the majority of his missions (18 out of 30) in A/C 44-48431, OR-W, "Cheri II." His co-pilot was Edward Fagnani.

  • Max Huffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armorer Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Harold Krumsiek

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Harold Krumsiek Jr. was born on April 10th 1924 in Worcester, MA. His parents were Harold and Bernice. ...

  • Bernard Kyes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • 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.

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Aircraft

  • 44-8602

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 28 October 1944; Grenier 10 December 1944; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green January 1945. Flew on the Ehrang marshalling yards mission 2 January 1945 (Navigator: Lt LaVerne R. Olson KIA). Battle-damaged Hamburg 17 January 1945 with...

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 11:13:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Correction to Connection to reflect Bomb Divisions redesignation to Air Divisions from 1 Jan 1945.

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 11:05:42 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 18:43:09 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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