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836

20 February 1945

Official description

Not yet known

Description

"Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000 high explosive bombs and some 300,000 incendiaries"....

"The bombers had a protective screen of more than 700 mustangs and Thunderbolts, some of which strafed rail lines in the Hanover, Stuttgart, and Nuremberg areas. The 55th Mustang Group, which disabled 81 locomotives Monday, shot up another 89 yesterday"

"The raiding force met only minor air opposition".

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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2.

Description

MISSION ABORTED

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Weather causes the mission to be abandoned over Belgium

Mission Statistics

3. NURNBERG

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

4. NURNBERG-STRAUBING

Description

FIGHTER STRAFING

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 194 P-47s and P-51s strafe rail and road targets. Mix not given in available data.

Mission Statistics

5. SCHILTACH

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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6. STEIG

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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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

  • John Barnes

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    John Barnes was born January 31, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Leonard and Gertrude Barnes of Emporium, PA . He received his undergraduate and Ph.D from Penn State University. He served in WWII as the navigator of the “Spirit of Martinez with...

  • Robert Birney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group
    Bob Birney was assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron on 5 February 1945 and completed 26 missions between 19 February 1945 and 20 April 1945.

  • John Bookout

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

  • Keith Bryant

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

  • 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

  • Leroy Elfert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Jean Elissalde

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

  • Herbert Geller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the 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;...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 44-6509

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 28/8/44; Grenier 15/9/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [H] Glatton 30/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; Sth Plains 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 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.

  • 44-6838 Spirit of Martinez, 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;...

  • 44-8146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 20/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/2/46; RetUS, 613 BU Phillips 29/4/46.

  • 42-50336 Pale Ale

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 05:50:40 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
Sources

made changes to text error

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 05:08:08 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
Sources

newspaper article in personal collection

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 04:55:12 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 00:57:28 bkhougham Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

My father was Henry Wynia, the bombardier. I found this information along with the plane's name, Pale Ale, in his WWII military papers.

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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