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834

17 February 1945

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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OIL REFINERY

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895 bombers and 183 fighters are despatched to hit synthetic oil plants in Germany and the Frankfurt marshalling yard; deteriorating weather forces the recall of 261 B-17s and 288 B-24s; the weather was so bad that some aircraft controls froze and several had to jettison their bombs during assembly.

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3. ASCHAFFENBURG

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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4. FRANKFURT

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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5. GIESSEN

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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6. HANAU

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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People

  • Sabatine Branco

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 combat missions from 1/8/45 to 4/21/45. Most of them in a B-17G 'Dinah-Mite' #44-8694.

  • Peter Brennan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Fred Eisert

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    1Lt Fred J. Eisert and his crew arrived at Horsham St. Faith on September 11, 1944, just as the group was coming off of combat operations for a month in order to ferry gasoline to Patton’s army in France. The crew flew their first mission on October 5...

  • John Fay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • 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 Gautreau

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    The VFW Post in Lynn, MA is named in his honor

  • Guy Greene

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions, total of two hundred fifty three hours and thirty minutes in combat. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Gross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Hamaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot/Element Leader (WWII); Command Pilot (Transport Command) | 452nd Bomb Group
    Completed 36 combat missions from February 3, (Berlin) through April 16, 1945. Piloted "Lady Gay" to bomb Chemnitz but was forced down by flak in Ghent, Bel. on February 6, 1945. All crew survived. Flew A/C back to Deopham Green following repairs. Flew...

  • Chester Hewitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38933 Dear Mom II/Weary Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 14/10/44; Dow Fd 26/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 29/10/44; while on navigation exercise 17/5/45 with H.J. Cole, cp V. Ferguson, two navigators and two grounded crew, on as makeshift ttg and r/op (6 Killed in Action); crash...

  • 44-6597 Supermouse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 12/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; Sth Plains 1/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. SUPERMOUSE.

  • 44-8210 Sweetheart of Seattle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 11/7/44; Langley 8/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Z] Rougham 14/9/44; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-J] Horham 11/44; with L.W. Jensen, Radio Operator: Paul Rupard, Waist gunner: - Olson [2wia] 24/2/45; 53m, RetUS,...

  • 44-8549 Just Joyce

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/44; Hunter 5/11/44; Grenier 3/12/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 16/12/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46. JUST JOYCE.

  • 44-8604 Section Eight

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 31/10/44; Grenier 15/12/44; Dow Fd 15/12/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-X] Horham 17/12/44;with Bill Dunwoody force landed B-53 Merville Afd, Bel. 19/3/45; battle damaged Holzwickede 23/3/45 with Bill Dunwoody, Co-pilot: M. Burrows,...

  • 42-51149

    B-24 Liberator
    Ditched in North Sea after mission recall, 17 February 1945. MACR 16087

Revisions

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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