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8 May 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2.5 T HE

2. BERLIN (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The 45 Combat Bombardment Wing became separated from the Berlin force and came under heavy attack by German fighters. They bombed Brunswick as a target of last resort.

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 405th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 398th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

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. 96th Bomb Group takes a beating, losing 10 B-17s.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 41 - BERLIN, GERMANY

8 MAY, 1944

The center of Berlin was the target. The 457th put up the lead box and two-thirds of the high box in the 94th Combat Wing. Col. Luper served as Air Commander of the lead A Wing, with Lt. Russell M. Selwyn as pilot. Captain William F. Smith was Air Commander of the high box, while Lt. Charles D. Brannan was pilot. The 40 1st Bomb Group comprised the low box.

The target was completely overcast, so the fourteen attacking aircraft bombed the primary target with unobserved results. Ten aircraft bombed Brandenburg and its vicinity, also with unobserved results; eleven craft attacked targets of opportunity.

Bombing was done in a wing bombing formation. The smoke bomb of the wing lead PFF craft failed to operate and trail smoke. This complication caused a problem to develop because the low and lead groups could not see the bombs fall. Upon being advised the bombs had been dropped, the other craft sought optional targets.

Flak opposition was intense, damaging seventeen aircraft. One of the craft in the low box (401st) took a direct hit causing it to go into a spin and crash. Only one chute was observed.

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.

  • 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 892 T HE

3. BRANDENBURG (L)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 42 T HE

4. BRUNSWICK (L)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 101.5 T HE

5. Brunswick, Germany

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 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 794.5 T HE

6. MAGDERBURG (L)

Description

OIL REFINERIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 18.5 T HE

Service

People

  • Danny Altman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 'Jeanne Rickey' for 25 x combat missions. Had 2 x missions on D-Day, 4 x bombing missions to Berlin. ...

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Claimed Me109 on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, flying tail gunner for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover to an RAF...

  • James Bates

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

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • Russell Boyko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4563 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Carter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4563 ...

  • Robert Claar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548th 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Had sun glasses shot off his nose on 8-May-44 Berlin mission in B-17 42-97530, co-piloting for 1Lt Frederick H Ihlenburg. "Quittin' Time" and crew barely made it home over white cliffs of Dover...

  • Cullen Cotton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4563 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Czapko

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    One of the original cadre of pilots for the 466th BG Led his crew to a successful completion of a 30 mission tour.

  • Leonardo Davies

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to return (FTR) Berlin 8-May-44 in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa'; A/C hit by flak behind ball turret. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

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Aircraft

  • 41-28743 Eastern Beast

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BBG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by 20mm flak direct hit taking out the Oxygen, electrical and hydraulic systems and starting a large fire. Went into dive after leaving the target area of Brunswick 8-May-44. S/Sgt's Carlson and Cannon bailed...

  • 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...

  • 42-30212 Quarterback

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; transferred Aphrodite project, Missing in Action V-sites, Watten 6/8/44 with Lt Joeseph P Andrecheck & T/Sgt Raymond Healy (2...

  • 42-30595 'Gremlin Gus II' "Olin's 69'ers"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/7/43; Kearney 16/7/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/7/43; (34m) transferred Aphrodite project as OLIN'S 69'ERS; when War Weary, fuselage cut down and vehicle windshield fitted before open...

  • 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:...

  • 42-30855 "Ol' Massa"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/43; Gr Isle 3/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dana Lenkelt, Co-pilot: Wendell Johnson, Bombardier: Harry Dershimer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Pack, Radio...

  • 42-31495 Wabbit Twacks

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 16/12/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-R] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; Missing in Action Sottevast, France 8 May 1944 with James Foster, Co-pilot: Clifford Johnson, Navigator: Joseph...

  • 42-31741 Thunderbolt/Hi Fever

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/1/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Capt Jim Zengerle, Co-pilot: Albt Millin, Navigator: Walt Travis, Bombardier: Capt Wayne Barnett,...

  • 42-31786 Jeanne Ricky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; Grenier 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Andy Drobysh, Co-pilot: Harry Gousha, Navigator: Clem Irons, Bombardier: Bob Hudson,...

  • 42-31928 Powerful Katrinka

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 6/2/44; destroyed on base by Luftwaffe bombing 23/5/44, possibly the only B-17 lost this way. POWERFUL KATRINKA.

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Crash sites

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 02:20:06 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 13:21:28 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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