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875

9 March 1945

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Description

Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 875: 1,045 bombers and 443 fighters are dispatched to hit marshaling yards and industrial plants in Germany; they claim 0-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 bombers are lost:
1. 423 B-17s are sent to hit the Ost (150) and Main (222) marshaling yards and a casting plant (38) at Frankfurt visually and using Micro H, H2X radar and smoke markers; 6 B-17s also fly a screening mission; 3 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 182 damaged; 7 airmen are WIA and 28 MIA. Escorting are 94 of 101 P-51s; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft in the air.

2. 318 of 336 B-17s attack the marshaling yard and a large tank factory at Kassel visually; 6 other B-17s fly a screening mission; 3 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 188 damaged; 4 airmen are WIA and 28 MIA. The escort is 97 of 99 P-51s; 1 is damaged beyond repair.

3. 282 B-24s are sent to bomb marshaling yards at Munster (97), Rheine (93) and Osnabruck (87) using Gee-H and H2X; 1 B-24 is lost and 52 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 12 MIA. 47 of 51 P-51s escort.

4. 4 B-17s fly a scouting mission.

5. 141 P-47s and P-51s fly a freelance sweep in support of the bombers; 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair.

6. 27 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

7. 15 P-51s escort 12 F-5s and 3 Spitfires on a photo reconnaissance mission over Germany; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft in the air.

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

Mission details

1. FRANKFURT

Description

SCREENING MISSION

Aircraft type

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2. FRANKFURT

Description

STEEL WORKS CASTING PLANT

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3. FRANKFURT/MAIN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

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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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4. FRANKFURT/OST

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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5. KASSEL

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG MISSION NO. 205 : KASSEL, GERMANY : 9 MARCH, 1945

The marshalling yards at Kassel and in its vicinity were the primary targets for the entire 1st Division. Traffic had continued to pour through these marshalling yards on the way to the Western Front. The Kassel marshalling yards complex comprised an estimated area of two miles square. The Group led the First Division and its target was the center of the yards.

The Group comprised the 94th A Combat Wing with Colonel Rogner as Air Commander. In addition, the Group put up a screening force of five planes. Group formation and Wing assembly were accomplished without difficulty. The Group was in proper position as the lead of the Division column.

Division assembly line was flown slightly left of course. Route over the Continent was uneventful and was flown as briefed. The Air Commander was notified by the weather scouting force that the target area was open. Interval was taken by the Group with squadrons in trail.

The IP was crossed on course by all three squadrons. The lead squadron was 400 feet below briefed altitude so in the event the squadron had to bomb by G-H equipment, an absolute altitude of 24,000 feet would be attained. Bomb results were observed to be very good.

Flak was moderate and accurate with eleven bombers receiving battle damage.

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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6. KASSEL

Description

SCREENING MISSION

Aircraft type

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7. MUNSTER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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8. OSNABRUCK

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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9. RHEINE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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Not yet known

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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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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).

  • James Carley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Cole J crew

  • Luis Coppola

    Military | Captain | Pilot on B-17 | 379th 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...

  • 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...

  • Richard Garlichs

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-97804

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 12/11/45.

  • 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.

  • 41-29144 Ronnie

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-14988 'Hubert'

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51D Mustang 44-14988 'Herbert' Assigned to 369th FS, 359th FG, 8th AF, Roy William Evans assigned A/C. 26-11-44 Damaged Bf109 Kassel pilot Roy W Evans. 26-11-44. Destroyed Bf109 Kassel pilot Roy W Evans. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:33:11 jhuck Changes to event
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 288-289

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:26:01 jhuck Changes to description
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 288-289

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:24:35 jhuck Changes to person associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 288-289

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2018 20:48:27 jhuck Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Personal files of John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner.

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2018 20:38:42 jhuck Changes to description
Sources

Entered by John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

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

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 11:36:23 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
13 November 2014 14:46:21 Emily Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated Media based on images associated with mission in Freeman, 'The Mighty Eighth War Diary'.

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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