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8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

24 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration Luftwaffe fighter defenses. The aircraft industries at Rostoc in northern Germany will be one of the primary targets and because of their geographic location this formation will not receieve fighter support all the way to the target and return. The ball bearing factories at Schweinfurt and the aircraft factories at Gotha are the other two primary targets which, hopefully, will draw away Luftwaffe figther opposition from the force attacking at Rostock, Germany. Mission Summary follows:

3rd Air Division: 304 B-17s from: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG are despatched to bomb the aircraft industries and other Targets of Opportunity (TOs) at Rostock, Germany. The primary targets were the aircraft industries at Tutow, Posen and Kreisling, but an accidental release by Pathfinder aircraft cause 61 aircraft to drop early before reaching the target. 295 aircraft are effective on targets in and around Rostock. 5 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 13KIA 26POW(1DIC) 10INT (in Sweden). 60 aircraft are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 23-11-5 of attacking German aricraft. There are no other losses or casualties.

1st Air Division: A combined force of 266 B-17s from: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 318BG; 384BG; 401BG; 457BG; and 482BG are despatched to bomb the ball bearing factories at Schweinfurt, Germany. This element gets good P-51 fighter escort to and from the target and Germann fighter opposition is light. 238 aircraft are effective on the target. 11 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 36KIA 68POW. 160 aircraft are damaged. 2 airmen are KIA and 5 were WIA in Returning aircraft. The bomber gunners of this element claim 10-1-7 of attacking German aircraft .

2nd Air Division: 239 B-24s from: 44BG; 93BG; 389BG; 392BG; 445BG; 446BG; 448BG; and 453BG are despatched to bomb the primary target of the German aircraft industry at Gotha, Germany. Fighter opposition is heavy despite good escort from P-51 Fighter Groups and 8th Air Force takes another heavy loss of bomber crews. 169 aircraft are effective at Gotha; 44 others bomb Eisenach when the Lead Bombardier, suffering from anoxia, mistakes Eisenach for the primary. 33 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 126KIA 194POW(1DIC) 1EVD. 1 aircraft with battle damage is Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) in a crash landing upon return - 1KIA 9RTD. 28 aircraft are damaged. 3 airmen are KIA and another 6WIA in returning aircraft. The bomber gunners of this element claim 50-10-20 (probably exaggerated) of attacking German aircraft.

Mission details

1. EISENACH (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

The lead bombardier from 2nd Bomb Division suffered from anoxia due to a faulty oxygen mask and mistook Eienach as the primary target and 43 other B-24s released on his mistake.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 116.00
Number of aircraft Sent 44
Number of aircraft Effective 44

2. GOTHA (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

The 458th Bomb Group flies their first mission. The lead bombardier from 2nd Bomb Division suffered from anoxia due to a faulty oxygen mask and mistook Eienach as the primary target and 43 other B-24s released on his mistake.

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 to be given B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 model that was fitted with a nose turret on the production line, 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 Bomb Group was a B-24 Liberator Group that flew out of Seething, Norfolk. The Group flew their first mission on the 22nd December 1943 and over the next eighteen months the air crews flew 262 missions over occupied Europe. These bombing...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 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...

  • 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 372.00
Number of aircraft Sent 195
Number of aircraft Effective 169
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 33
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 28
Number of people Killed In Action 130
Number of people Wounded in Action 6
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 194
Number of people Died in Captivity 1
Number of people Returned To Duty 9
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 50
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 20

3. KREISING (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND
Number of aircraft Effective ND

4. POZNAN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

There is no fighter support for this element. The 388th Bomb Group dispatches 35 aircraft to Poznan, two abort and one is lost, 32 strike the target using Pathfinder (PFF). The 390th Bomb Group also has Poznan as the primary target and dispatches 42 but 6 abort, when they reach Poznan, cloud cover prevents bombing and the Group hits the secondary of Rostock with 36. No losses.

Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 74.30
Number of aircraft Sent 77
Number of aircraft Effective 32

5. ROSTOCK (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

There is no fighter support for this element. Most groups bomb Rostock as the primary target.

Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 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...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 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 near the close of 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces connected with a...

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organisation and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29-Jun-1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28-Aug-42 to 31-Oct-42 than at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas from...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 610.69
Number of aircraft Sent 227
Number of aircraft Effective 263
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 5
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 60
Number of people Killed In Action 13
Number of people Wounded in Action 8
Number of people Prisoners of War 26
Number of people Died in Captivity 1
Number of people Interned 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 23
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 11
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 15

6. SCHWEINFURT (Primary)

Description

BALL BEARING FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

This is a really a diversion to tie up Luftwaffe units from attacking 3rd Bomb Division element as the head for aircraft industry targets at Gotha, Poznan, Rostoc and Eisenach. They also drop 3,976,000 leaflets.

457th BG MISSION NO. 3 - SCHWEINFURT, GERMANY
24 FEBRUARY 1944

The Eighth Air Force spread its three Air Divisions to lessen the possibility of a massive air battle in a concentrated area. The ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt were the assigned targets forthe 1st AirDivision. Major Henty B. Wilson led the high box of the 94th Combat Wing and Lt. Albert L. Sikkenga was pilot.

Schweinfurt and its Ball Bearing Works, having been the target of previous Eighth Air Force missions, had become a familiar name to bomber crews. The 457th dispatched eighteen aircraft on the mission. As the Group neared the target area, the town could be seen burning in the distance. When the Initial Point (IP) was reached, with the 457th last over the target, the bomb bay doors of the lead ship would not open. The signal was given to the Deputy Lead to take over the formation. Engine trouble then developed in the lead ship, which veered sharply to the left, temporarily out of control, and the aircraft was followed by the formation, unaware that the Deputy Lead had taken over. The Group Lead managed to make a run on another part ofthe target area using a different aiming point. The bombs hit a widely scattered area around the arbitrary aiming point. As would be expected, Schweinfurt lived up to its reputation and enimy resistance was fierce, both by flak and by fighters.

The 457th lost one plane, piloted by Lt. Max , over the target. The craft took a flak hit that disabled engines No. 1 and 2, and No. 3 and 4 engines ran away and could not be feathered. The navigator, Lt. Darren McIntyre, was seriously injured and the right waist gunner, Sgt. Italo Stella, was killed at his station. The decision was made to crash land the craft in an attempt to better afford the navigator the opportunity to receive medical aid and survive.

Lt. Morrow successfully crash landed the craft. In a matter of minutes the dead and wounded were removed from the airplane, and the crew completely surrounded by German civilians who had encircled the area. A short time later two German officers, presumably Gestapo, arrived, took charge, and transported the crew to an interrogation center. The survivors of the crew were prisoners of war until liberated in May 1945. Lt. McIntyre later succumbed to his wounds.

Another plane returned with one dead crewman, Sgt. H. R. Pike, a victim of the enemy's fire power.

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group, based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 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...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 573.00
Number of aircraft Sent 266
Number of aircraft Effective 238
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 11
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 160
Number of people Killed In Action 38
Number of people Wounded in Action 5
Number of people Prisoners of War 68
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 1
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 7

7. TUTOW (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 3rd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Sent ND
Number of aircraft Effective ND

Service

People

  • Phillip Bell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Brassfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37886 'Blitzing' Betsy' was severely damaged by attacks from several FW190s causing it to collide with another 388th B-17, exploding in mid-air and crashing near Emmen,...

  • Robert Cardenas

    Military | Brigadier General | Unknown | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Severely damaged by flak after making two bomb runs over th target of Friedrichshafen, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-100073 'Sack Artist' crashed near Dubendorf, Switzerland after the crew baled out. Interned.

  • Edwin Carmell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Edwin Carmell served as a co-pilot with the 563rd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Knettishall, England.

  • Eugene Colburn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and flak enroute on a mission to Schweinfurt, GR and crashed on the return near Amiens, FR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-3517 'Happy Warrior'. Evaded (EVD).

  • Donald Cooper

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231691. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Wayne Danielson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner/Airplane Armorer | 458th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B24 AC-42-52404. Plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

  • James Dunmire

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters just after bombs away and crashed near Herborn, GR on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7579 'Paper Doll'. First listed as MIA but later changed to KIA. Body was shipped from France and he was re interred in the...

  • Charles Freeburgh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Gleason

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Aircraft

  • 42-31561 "Just Elmer’s Tune"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 11/12/43; Romulus 17/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 24/12/43; 11m, Missing in Action Rostock 24/2/44 with Elmer Costales, Co-pilot: Steve Kish, Bombardier: Lars Skoug, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-37839 Little Willie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/9/43; Gr Island 14/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [ -D] Knettishall 26/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 9/3/44 with Bernie Dopko, Co-pilot: Gene Krifka, Navigator: Glenn Cederstrom, Bombardier: Bill Kelly, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-37886 Blitzing Betsy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/10/43; Gr Island 21/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Lowell Watts captured by civilians, Co-pilot: Bob Kennedy, Navigator: Emmett Murphy, Bombardier: Ed Kelley, Flight engineer...

  • 42-40619

    B-24 Liberator
    Consolidated B-24D-80-CO Liberator Bomber 'N+' #42-40619 of the 566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. Participated in the 1st Aug 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission, returning safely to Libya. Lost on 24th Feb 44 mission to bomb aircraft factories in Gotha,...

  • 42-7522 Southern Comfort

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2017 03:50:34 gish1893 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Glen Hartzell diary

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 23:24:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Feb-2016. Added Bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to Schweifurt element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 23:21:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Feb-2016. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to Rostoc element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 23:19:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Feb-2016. Added bomber gunner claims on emeny aircraft to Gotha element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 23:13:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman and " Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 23:08:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman;

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 13:05:17 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission detail added courtesy of Diane Reese - http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Narratives/MA3.HTML

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:10 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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