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886

14 March 1945

Official description

Mission 886: 1,262 bombers and 804 fighters are dispatched to hit oil, rail and industrial targets in Germany; they claim 17-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air; 3 B-17s and 2 fighters are lost: 1. 526 B-17s are sent to hit oil refineries at Nienhagen (58) and Misburg (56), the Gebruder munitions plant (75) and Maschnbau (61) and Eisenwerke (74) factories at Hannover and the Seelze marshalling yard (80); secondary targets hit are Osnabruck (29) and the marshalling yard at Hannover; attacks were made visually and with H2X radar; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 188 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 6 WIA and 19 MIA. 192 of 204 P-51s escort; 2 are damaged. 2. 449 B-17s are dispatched to hit the bridges at Vlotho (72) and Bad Ostenhausen (114), the marshalling yard and road junction at Lohne (144) and industrial plants at Hildesheim (60); 39 hit Osnabruck, a secondary target; targets of opportunity are the marshalling yards at Hameln (12) and Wetzlar (1) and Diemonde (1); all but one target is bombed visually; 1 B-17 is lost and 56 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 9 MIA. Escorting are 182 of 194 P-51s; they claim 1-0-1 aircraft. 3. 272 B-24s are sent to hit the marshalling yards at Holzwickede (31) and Gutersloh (126); 110 others hit the secondary target, the marshalling yard at Giessen; attacks are made visually and with H2X radar; 4 B-24s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 5 WIA. The escort is 185 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 3-0-0 aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost (pilot MIA). 4. 6 B-17s fly a screening mission without loss. 5. 29 of 33 P-41s escort Ninth AF bombers. 6. 50 P-51s fly a sweep of the Stein-Huder-Kassel area claiming 11-0-0 aircraft without loss. 7. 82 P-51s fly a sweep over the Remagen bridgehead; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair. 8. 20 P-51s escort 33 F-5s and 3 Spitfires on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany and Czechoslovakia. 9. 26 of 27 P-51s fly a scouting mission claiming 1-0-0 aircraft.

Description

"1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover"

"The 8th Air Force swung back into the attack yesterday after a one-day lull, when 1,250 Fortresses and Liberators shook naval, industrial and communication targets from the Dutch coast south to Giessen, 45 miles east of the Remagen bridgehead"

"The bulk of the 8th's bombing was done in the hanover area. Two tank plants and a factory making half-tracks and self-propelled guns were hit in the city itself and at Hildesheim, less than 20 miles south of the city, a large castings plant was rocked."

"Other target in the area were oil refineries at Misburg and Nienhagen; marshalling yards at Seeize, and rail bridges across the Weser River at Vlotho and Bad Oyenhausen."

"Some of the Mustags of the 650 escorting fighters ran into a group of 20 Luftwaffe planes apparently headed to attack the heavies, but cut them off before they could reach the bomber formations. Several were shot down, but the exact score was not revealed last night".

-Unknown Newspaper Articles, The day after event(s)

Mission details

1.

Description

SCOUTING MISSION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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2. BAD OSTENHAUSEN

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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3. Germany

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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4. GIESSEN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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5. GUTERSLOH

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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6. HAMELN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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7. HANNOVER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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8. HANNOVER/EISENWERKE

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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9. HANNOVER/GEBRUDER

Description

MUNITIONS PLANT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

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

Mission Statistics

10. HANNOVER/MASCHNBAU

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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11. HILDESHEIM

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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12. HOLZWICKEDE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 185 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

Mission Statistics

13. LOHNE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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14. 30629 Misburg, Germany

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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15. NEINHAGEN

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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16. OSNABRUCK

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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17. OSNABRUCK

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

18. REMAGEN BRIDGEHEAD

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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19. SEELZE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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20. STEIN-HUDER-KASSEL

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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21. VLOTHO

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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22. WETZLAR

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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Service

People

  • Thomas Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Thomas Alexander’s older brother, Marston Alexander Jr, born in 1917, died in October 1929. Thomas enlisted in the Air Corps and was trained as a pilot. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 491st Bomb Group / 854th Bomb Squadron in England. He was on...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Rheudolph Cain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Rheudolph Cain was the youngest of Anna S. Cain's three sons (the others : Walter and Hubert). He enlisted at the end of 1943 in the Air Corps after two years at Parkersburgh High School in West Virginia. Trained as a gunner, he was sent overseas and...

  • Frank Calicura

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

  • Seymour Eisenstat

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 491st Bomb Group
    Seymour Eisenstat grew up in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn Technical High School before entering the service in 1943. He followed initial training at a mechanics school in Biloxi, Mississippi then, having had an opportunity to be an Aviation Cadet, he...

  • 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...

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Aircraft

  • 42-97572

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/12/43; Dalhart 16/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 2/3/44; transferred 711BS/447BG [IR-C] Rattlesden 3/3/44; mid-air collision with 44-83279 (447BG) with Bob Chowning 22/3/44, force landed 20 miles NW base; Salvaged...

  • 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)...

  • 44-6597 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" 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;...

  • 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.

  • 42-51195 Belle Ringer

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 # 42-51195 "Belle Ringer" is listed as having been first in the 493rd Bomb Group at Debach. Transferred to the 491st Bomb Group / 852nd Bomb Squadron, it was hit by Flak on the way to the target, the Gütersloh marshalling yards in Germany on 14...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 00:54:04 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description and media associations
Sources

owner of original source material used and added

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 00:11:24 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to media associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59 owner of source material used

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 05:43:17 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:46:54 jhuck Changes to person associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 292-293

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:46:27 jhuck Changes to event
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 292-293

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 01:02:04 jhuck Changes to event
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields, pp. 292-293.

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 01:00:32 jhuck Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields, pp. 292-293.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 04:03:27 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official 385th Bombardment Group website Databae-Missions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 04:00:27 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official 385th Bombardment Group website Database-Missions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 16:19:18 Lucy May Changes to event
Sources

Changed location from 'MISBERG' to 'Misburg, Germany'.

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 16:17:09 Lucy May Changes to event
Sources

Changed location from 'DIEMONDE' to 'Germany' because the only Diemonde Google recognized was in Louisiana.

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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