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881

11 March 1945

Official description

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Description

Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 881: 1,256 bombers and 814 fighters are dispatched to make H2X radar attacks on U-boat yards at Kiel and Bremen and the shipyard and refinery area at Hamburg, Germany; 1 B-17 and 4 P-51s are lost:
1. 344 of 352 B-24s attack the Krupp Germania U-boat yard at Kiel; 2 B-24s are damaged. 232 P-47s and P-51s escort; 1 P-51 is lost.

2. 469 of 485 B-17s hit the Wilhelmsburg oil refinery at Hamburg; 1 other hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost and 41 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 10 MIA. Escorting are 252 of 265 P-51s; 2 are lost.

3. 406 of 413 B-17s hit the Deschimag U-boat yard at Bremen; 9 B-17s are damaged. 237 of 255 P-51s escort; 1 is lost.

4. 6 B-17s fly a screening mission.

5. 18 P-51s escort 6 F-5s and a Spitfire on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

6. 27 of 29 P-51s 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,

Mission details

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

2. BREMEN

Description

SUBMARINE PENS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG MISSION NO. 207 : BREMEN, GERMANY : 11 MARCH, 1945

The submarine and destroyer ship yards at "Little B" were the primary targets. These yards had been attacked seven times by the RAF in the past month and were the target of a PFF bombing by the Eighth Air Force on 24 February. The Group comprised the 94th A Combat Wing with Lt. Col. Francis as Air Commander.

No difficulties were encountered during formation. The route over England was flown approximately as briefed except it was necessary to deviate slightly to the left of course, because the 1st Combat Wing crossed in front of the formation.

The Group was in proper position in Division formation. Division assembly line was flown slightly to the left of course, in trail of the Division.

The route to the IP was flown approximately as briefed except for slight deviations in course in order to remain in Division formation. There was ten tenths undercast in the target area.

Bombing was done in Group formation, by means of PFF equipment. The lead craft performed the sighting operation, with all three squadrons releasing their bombs on the smoke marker of the lead craft. Bombs were dropped from 26,300 feet. Bomb results were unobserved due to cloud coverage.

Antiaircraft fire was moderate, but inaccurate, with no aircraft sustaining 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...

Mission Statistics

3. HAMBURG/WILHWMSBURG

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

4. KIEL/KRUPP GERMANIA

Description

SUBMARINE PENS

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

A mix of 232 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The an adaptation ...

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 882.6
Number of aircraft Sent 352
Number of aircraft Effective 344
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 2
Number of people Killed In Action 0
Number of people Wounded in Action 0
Number of people Missing In Action 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 0

Service

People

  • Elmer Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Harry Berger

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer/ Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Born in 1921; used to say that he was the "old guy" in his unit.. ...

  • 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.

  • Edward Blattner

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

  • 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...

  • James Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Luis Coppola

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

  • Varsall Cowley

    Military | Armorer Gunner | 487th Bomb Group

  • Richard Dillon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 25 missions, 1 to Berlin and 3 to Merseberg. Was lead navigator for last 6 missions Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster; EAME ribbon w 3/battle stars Passed away 25-June-2017, buried in Columbia SC

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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;...

  • 42-97105 Paper Doll

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Selfridge Fld 3/2/44; Dorval 4/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB-768]; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Parchim 7/4/45 with Lew Hickman, Arnold Wolf, Cawthorn Perdue, Albt Vawter, Herman Meyer (5 Prisoner of War); John...

  • 42-97760

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 31/5/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 11/1/46.

  • 43-38731 Blythe Spirit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 13/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/10/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 15/3/45 with Harluf Jessen, Harry Pfautz, Karl Laubhan, Dick Kirkorowski, Helmer Gangestad, Claude Gatlin, Ed Evans tg, Cecil Campbell...

  • 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.

  • 44-8549 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.

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:43:51 jhuck Changes to description and person associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 290-291

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:43:00 jhuck Changes to event
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 290-291

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 00:29:19 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
02 July 2017 03:50:48 Virginiawise50 Changes to event
Sources

Official 385th Bombardment Group website Database-Missions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 03:49:28 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official 385th Bombardment Group website Database-Missions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 03:47:42 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official 385th Bombardment Group website Database of Missions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 11:38:36 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
01 January 2015 23:08:01 466thHistorian Changes to event
Sources

The Mighty Eighth War Diary - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2015 23:03:49 466thHistorian Changes to event
Sources

The Mighty Eighth War Diary - Roger Freeman

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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