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849

26 February 1945

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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission : 1,207 bombers and 726 fighters are dispatched to make H2X radar attacks on three Berlin rail stations; they claim 6-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s and 3 P-51s are lost:
1. 377 B-17s are sent to hit the Schlesischer rail station (363); 1 hits Osnabruck, a target of opportunity; 2 B-17s are lost and 21 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 18 MIA. 214 of 244 P-51s escort claiming 4-0-0 aircraft in the air.

2. 446 B-17s set out to hit the Alexanderplatz rail station (418); 4 others hit a target of opportunity; 1 B-17s is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 43 damaged; 8 airmen are KIA, 2 WIA and 9 MIA. Escorting are 232 of 240 P-51s; they claim 2-0-0 aircraft on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost (2 pilots MIA).

3. 361 B-24s are dispatched to hit the North rail station (285); 37 hit Eberswalde, the secondary target; 4 hit a target of opportunity; 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 26 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 3 MIA. The escort is 20 P-47s and 190 P-51s.

4. 17 B-17s and 6 B-24s fly screening missions.

5. 31 of 32 P-51 fly a scouting mission.

Source: The Eighth Air Force Historical Society - http://www.8thafhs.org/new/incl_missions.php

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. BERLIN

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RAIL STATION

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Units

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 711th Bomb Squadron

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3. BERLIN/ALEXANDERPLATZ

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RAIL STATION

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4. BERLIN/SCHLESISCHER

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RAIL STATION

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5. EBERSWALDE

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RAILROADS

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6. OSNABRUCK

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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Service

People

  • Arlan Allen

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner; Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Mechanical problems en route Berlin, left them for the return journey 26-Feb-45 force landed at Zolotonosha, Russia, after a short stay at Poltava they were flown out by Air Transport Cmd. RTD ...

  • Jack Barnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #208 dated 20 October 1944, Joseph Zink Crew. Immediately placed on Special duty with the 545th Bomb Squadron, 35 combat missions. ...

  • Walter Beckwith

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Mechanical problems en route Berlin, left them for the return journey 26-Feb-45 force landed at Zolotonosha, Russia, after a short stay at Poltava they were flown out by Air Transport Cmd. RTD ...

  • Jackie Bishop

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Edward Blattner

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    June 1, 1922: Edward Aloysius Blattner (Nickname: "Buddy") was born in Chicago Illinois ...

  • John Bookout

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

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Charles Bruckman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Damaged 34th BG aircraft (#43-38971) mid-air collision with Ol' Scrapiron (#42-31582). Ol' Scrapiron broke apart at the waist on 23 Mar 1945. Seven crewmen of Ol' Scrapiron killed in Action (KIA) including Bruckman. Two survived (Schlag and Shibble).

  • 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...

  • John Cadle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    B24 41-29456 damaged by flak on 26 Feb 1945 mission against Berlin. Pilot John Cadle flew a/c east and crew bailed out five miles inside of Soviet lines near Mansfelde, Germany. Crew returned to England in March 1945.

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Aircraft

  • 42-97392

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Dow Fd 5/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 11/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38823

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 26/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 545th Bomb Squadron/384th Bomb Group [JD-H] Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 23 October 1944; Missing in Action on a mission to Berlin, 26 February 1945 with Jack Barnett, Robert McCord Jones, John...

  • 44-6461

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 10/8/44. ...

  • 44-6968 Sonof-a-Blitz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 3/1/45; Grenier 15/1/45; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 22/1/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Sth Plains 4/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45.

  • 44-8316

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 10/8/44; Grenier 27/8/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 25/8/44; Mechanical problems en route Berlin with 2Lt Morton Perkins left them short of fuel for the return journey 26-Feb-45 landed at Zolotonosha, Russia [10 x RTD];...

  • 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.

  • 41-29456

    B-24 Liberator
    B24 41-29456 damaged by flak on 26 Feb 1945 mission against Berlin. Pilot John Cadle flew a/c east and crew bailed out five miles inside of Soviet lines near Mansfelde, Germany. Crew returned to England in March 1945.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:19:29 jhuck Changes to person associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; p. 281

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:18:09 jhuck Changes to event
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; p. 281

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 00:44:55 jhuck Changes to description, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: The Eighth Air Force Historical Society - http://www.8thafhs.org/new/incl_missions.php

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 00:42:02 jhuck Changes to event
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: 447 Bomb Group Website - http://www.447bg.com

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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