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835

19 February 1945

Official description

Not yet known

Description

1,100 Heavies Hit Nazi Rails

More than 1,800 8th Air Force heavies resumed the air offensive against Nazi communications and industrial targets yesterday after a day of inactivity, hammering objectives at Osnabruck, Rheine and Seiger and pounding areas in the Ruhr.

The Libs and Forts were escorted by about 500 Mustangs and Thunderbolts, which dived low to strafe communication lines. One group of fighters accounted for nine truck and five railway cars, while another destroyed 148 locomotives and 365 oil cars in the Hanover area.

The Krauts also took it from the British and from U.S.bombers based in Italy.

Lancasters of the RAF Bombers command, escorted by Mustangs, yesterday afternoon attacked the important communications center of Wesel in support of Canadian 1st Army's offensive.

From Italy, Libs and Forts soared out to belt rail yards in Vienna.

Mission details

1.

Description

SCOUTING MISSION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

2. ALM

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

3. BOCHUM

Description

BENZOL PLANT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

4. DORTMUND/HARPENERWEG

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

5. GELSENKIRCHEN

Description

BENZOL PLANT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

6. HANNOVER-MAGDEBURG-BRUNSWICK

Description

FIGHTER SWEEPS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

7. HASELUNNE

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

8. JUNGDENTHAL

Description

VEHICLE PLANT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

9. MESCHEDE

Description

VEHICLE PLANT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 122 P-47s and P-51s provides escort. Mix not given in available data.

Mission Statistics

10. MUNSTER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Mission 281, 8thAF/ 379thBG/ A. Edwards B-17 Crew: Flown on 2/19/1945
Mission City: Munster Country: Germany Mission Target: Marshalling Yards Aircraft: 42-38183 Name: The Lost Angel
Crew: Alfred E Edwards Jr, Lester Bohne, Billy C Hulsey, Vernon T Calhoun, Wallace I Pfieffer, Janel D Hamilton, William H Melvin Jr., Harry G Chaoona, Michael Rusnak .

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

Mission Statistics

11. OSNABRUCK

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 44
Number of aircraft Effective 42
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 0
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 0

12. RHEINE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

13. SIEGEN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

14. WESEL

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Service

People

  • Robert Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Robert Atkins served as a tail gunner with the 733rd Bomb Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Old Buckenham, England.

  • John Barnes

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Nephi Berkenpas

    Military | Colonel | Aircraft Mechanic, Instructor Pilot for B-24, B-17, B-25, Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Aircraft Maintenance | 351st Bomb Group

  • John Bookout

    Military | Captain | pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Jan 1945

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Keith Bryant

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

  • John Burk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    John McKale Burk was born 30 November 1924 in Ventnor, Atlantic County, NJ to Frederick Grater Burk (20 April 1891 Philadelphia, PA -19 June 1948 Philadelphia, PA) and Mary Cunningham McKale Burk (21 February 1895 Philadelphia, PA - 20 October 1990...

  • Frank Calicura

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Frank Calicura served as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group. ...

  • Luis Coppola

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

  • Jean Elissalde

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Jan 1945

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Aircraft

  • 43-39014 Hot Shot Charlie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 6/11/44; Grenier 14/11/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bassingbourn 9/1/45; (flew two POW trips) ; 26m Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-6838 "Spirit of Martinez" aka "Cal's Rascals"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 27/11/44; Grenier 16/12/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-E] Horham 1/1/45; battle damaged Chemnitz 6/2/45 with D.V. Tregoning, force landed B-53, Merville, Bel. then rep; 53m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 23/6/45;...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 04:27:25 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/mission/277

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 04:25:56 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/mission/277

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 04:24:43 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/mission/277

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 04:11:05 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
Sources

Newspaper article

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 03:55:56 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to media associations
Sources

Owner of source material captured

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 04:41:25 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/314

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 05:40:13 Figmnt Changes to event
Sources

http://www.8thairforce.com/379th/search/crew_member_listing_for_mission....

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 05:30:41 Figmnt Changes to event
Sources

http://www.8thairforce.com/379th/search/crew_member_listing_for_mission....

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2014 10:04:55 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Moved pin from Alm US to ALM Germany

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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