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28 January 1945

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. BIELEFELD

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INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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3. COLOGNE/GREMBERG

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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B-17 Flying Fortress

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457th BG MISSION NO. 179 : COLOGNE, GERMANY : 28 JANUARY, 1945

There had been reports of considerable movement of German troops from the Western Front to the Eastern Front (the German Ardennes Offensive had been crushed). The targets were the vast marshalling yards at Cologne, where massive troop movements could be coordinated.

The 457th comprised the 94th A Combat Wing, with Major Doherty as Air Commander. Combat Wing assembly was accomplished. A wind change interrupted the time schedule and made a deviation in course necessary, placing the Group about seven miles left of course.

Proper position in the Division formation along the Division assembly line was attained.

The route from the end of the Division assembly line to the IP was flown approximately as briefed. Slight deviations in course were caused by the necessity of remaining in Division formation. Just before the IP, the Group swung wide to the right because the flux-gate compass was not functioning normally and some difficulty was experienced with the PFF equipment. However, corrections were made and the Group crossed the IF on course. Cloud coverage was ten tenths and bombing was done by means of G-H equipment in Group formation. The bombs were released from 25,000 feet.

After the bombs were dropped, the plane piloted by Lt. William P. Boyes left the formation near Coblenz, with one engine feathered, but apparently under control. It later crashed near Coblenz. Two crewmen lost their lives, one evaded and six were captured and became prisoners of war.

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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4. COLOGNE/HOHENZOLLERN

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RAIL BRIDGE

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5. DUIESBERG/RHEINHAUSEN

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RAIL BRIDGE

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6. DUISEBERG

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HIGHWAY BRIDGE

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7. DUISEBURG/HOENBUNDBERG

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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8. FRIEMERSHEIM

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INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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9. GNEISENAU

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OIL REFINERY

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10. GUTERSLOH

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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11. KAISERSTUHL

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OIL REFINERY

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12. LIPPSTADT

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INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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13. NEHEIM

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INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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Service

People

  • George Bachman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B17 Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Parents: George and Pauline (Matthias) Bachman they were married in March 1911 ...

  • Keith Bryant

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Luis Coppola

    Military | Captain | Pilot on B-17 | 379th Bomb Group

  • Harry Freivogel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator. B24. 2nd Air Division, 448th Bomb Group, 714 Bomb Squadron, 29 complete missions | 446th Bomb Group
    After marriage in 1941, Harry enlisted for the draft, and in his own words " being patriotic or probably knowing the regular draft would get me sooner or later and I would be drafted into the regular Army, I decided I would enlist in the Army Air Corps...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Howard Hovis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Toggelier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Harry S Culver crew. 28 x combat missions. Wounded in knee aboard battle damaged B-17 42-97141 'Mary Jane II' on Soest mission 28-Jan-45, force landed continent. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Melvin Loes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Melvin "Moon" Loes volunteered for service in 1943 and joined his crew in Tampa in 1944. He arrived into England on 23 November 1944. On his second mission, his crew lost 2 of 4 engines and made an emergency landing in France. Moon completed 27...

  • Elmo Maiden

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-97141 'Mary Jane II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Grenier 1/3/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-A] Podington 22/3/44; battle damaged Soest with Lt Culver 28/1/45, lost 2 engines, force landed continent, T/Sgt Howard B Hovis (WIA) 9 x RTD, 1 x WIA; Salvaged 9/3...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2017 20:17:39 jancheta Changes to person associations
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JA Update

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 11:16:39 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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