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8th Air Force 264

18 March 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and Friedrickshafen, Germany. Also on the target list is the industrial areas of Munich city and the German air depots at Lechfield and Lansburg, Germany. The mission is a very costly one for the formations of B-24s despatched from 2nd Air Division. 28 aircraft (12.33%) Failed to Return (FTR). Bomber gunner claims on emeny aircraft are bundled for all three Air Divisions as 45-10-17 (displayed in statistics of 1st AD). Mission Summary follows:

1st Air Division: 290 B-17s from: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG;306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG 384BG; 401BG; and 457BG are despatched. 284 aircraft are effective on the German aircraft industry at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany and the air depots of Lechfeld and Landsburg, Germany. Also bombed was the airfied at Memmingen, Germany and other Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 305BG/422BS also drops 5,328,000 leaflets. 8 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 20KIA 9POW 47INT (Switzerland). 102 aircraft are damaged. 1 airman in a returning aircraft and 9 others are WIA. Bomber gunner claims of all 3 Air Divisions of 45-10-17 are stated in the statistics of this element There are no other losses, casualties or claims in this element.

3rd Air Division: A combined force of 227 B-17s from: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; 452BG; and 482BG are despatched. 196 aircraft are effective on the targets of: the industrial areas of Munich; the aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen (TO) ; and the air depot at Lechfeld (TO), Germany. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 33KIA 35POW 2EVD. Freeman lists 1 aircraft as Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) but no record supporting that could be found. 80 aircraft are damaged. 3 airmen in returning aricraft are KIA and 4 others are WIA. There are no other losses or casualties in this element.

2nd Air Division: A combined force of 227 B-24s from: 44BG; 93BG; 389BG; 392BG; 445BG; 446BG; 448BG; 453BG; and 458BG are despatched. 77 are effective on the primary target of the Friedrichshafen aircraft plant of Lowenthal; 38 are effective on the primary target of the Friedrichshafen aircraft plant of Manzell; 52 are effective on the primary target of the Friedrichshafen aircraft plant of Zeppelin; 22 are effective on other industrial sites at Friedrichshafen and 9 others bomb Targets of Opportunity (TOs) in the area. 28 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) - 81KIA 85POW 2EVD 115 INT (Switzerland). 3 aircraft were Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) in crashes upon return - 6KIA 2POW (baled out over enemy terrirtory) 22RTD. 60 aircraft are damaged. 6 airmen in returning aircraft are KIA and 9 other WIA. There are no other losses or casualties in this element.

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

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

Mission Statistics

3.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 23.07
Number of aircraft Sent 9
Number of aircraft Effective 9

4. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN / LOWENTHAL (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

5,230,000 leaflets were also dropped by the bombers. One of the Missing in Action (MIA)s is COL Joseph A. Miller, CO of the 453rd Bomb Group. He is replaced the next day by COL Ramsey D. Potts, Jr. 392nd Bomb Group loses 14 aircraft, a devastating loss. All Groups participating are from 2nd Bomb Division. Losses from all targets bundled.

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 187.35
Number of aircraft Sent 155
Number of aircraft Effective 77
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 28
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 60
Number of people Killed In Action 93
Number of people Wounded in Action 9
Number of people Evaded 3
Number of people Prisoners of War 87
Number of people Interned 115
Number of people Returned To Duty 22

5. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN / MANZELL (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 97.39
Number of aircraft Sent 38
Number of aircraft Effective 38

6. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN / ZEPPELIN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 135.84
Number of aircraft Sent 53
Number of aircraft Effective 53

7. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN CITY (Secondary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL AREA

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 2nd Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 56.39
Number of aircraft Sent 22
Number of aircraft Effective 22

8. LANDSBERG (Primary)

Description

AIR DEPOT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG MISSION NO. 14 - LANDSBERG AM LEC GERMANY

18 MARCH 1944

Cloud cover having prevented destruction of the German aircraft factories and airfields in southern Germany two days ago, a second attempt was made with thirteen Combat Wings,with 738 bombers dispatched.

The 457th launched eighteen aircraft to bomb a high priority twin engine airfield at Landsberg am Lec, Germany.Col. Luper led the Group and the 94th Combat Wing.

After reaching the French Coast, the formation ran into moderate but very accurate flak, which knocked the Deputy Leadship out of formation. As the formation reached the IP it was apparent that visual bombing conditions prevailed. Since Col.Luper was flying a PFF ship and the Deputy Lead was no longer in formation, the lead of the high box, the 401st, was called to assume lead. Bombing results were not good.

Immediately after leaving the target, the low group was attacked by about thirty FW- 1 90s and Me-I 09s, coming in from the nose and four to fifteen abreast. Flak was encountered on the return trip over France,causing damage to some of the craft.

A total of fourteen planes sustained damage. The high squadron leader, Lt. Leonard P.Soenke, had 126 holes in the tail section, cutting the controlcables, and eight holes in the wings of the craft.All craft returned to the Base except Lt. Edward B.Dozier’s plane, which was forced to land at another base.Forty-three of the Eighth Air Force bombers were lost,including sixteen which landed or crashed in Switzerland.

Units

  • 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...

  • 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

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Killed In Action 15
Number of people Prisoners of War 5

9. LECHFELD (Opportunistic)

Description

AIR DEPOT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

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

Mission Statistics

10. LECHFELD (Primary)

Description

AIR DEPOT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It can only be confirmed that aircraft from 351st Bomb Group attacked this target.

Units

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of people Killed In Action 6
Number of people Prisoners of War 4
Number of people Interned 10

11. MEMMINGEN (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It has not been determined which Groups from 1st Bomb Division attacked this target.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped Not determined

12. MUNICH CITY (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL AREA

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

482nd Bomb Group are Pathfinders.

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 on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

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

  • 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 453.00
Number of aircraft Sent 221
Number of aircraft Effective 196
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 2
Number of aircraft Damaged 80
Number of people Killed In Action 6
Number of people Prisoners of War 14

13. OBERPFAFFENHOFEN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

It can only be confirmed that aircraft from 91st Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group and 390th Bomb Group attacked this target. Number attacking has not been determined.

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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Missing In Action 5
Number of people Killed In Action 35
Number of people Wounded in Action 4
Number of people Evaded 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 21

14. OBERPFAFFENHOFEN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

All Groups of 1st Bomb Division participate except 482nd Bomb Group. Fighter resistance by the Luftwaffe is heavy and the anti-aircraft fire is dense. The bombers will focus on destroying German aircraft production while at the same time entice the Luftwaffe into the air for destruction by the fighters. Even so the bomber gunners take an impressive toll on the German fighters. The fighters are now being employed primarily with interception and search-and-destroy tactics, as mandated by GEN Doolittle, rather than merely as escort for the bombers. Air superiority by D-Day is the primary goal. Bomber gunner claims of 45-10-17 from all three Air Divisions are bundled under this Mission Event.

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 (H) (heavy), 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 583.00
Number of aircraft Sent 290
Number of aircraft Effective 284
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 4
Number of aircraft Damaged 102
Number of people Killed In Action 4
Number of people Wounded in Action 9
Number of people Interned 37
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 45
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 17

Service

People

  • Henry Benson

    Military | Captain | Navigator, bombardier, nose gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Besse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Besse was Co-Pilot of B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew...

  • Robert Blackburn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Blackburn was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-30810 of 96th Bomb Group / 338th Bomb Squadron. Shot down by fighters on 18 March 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany, in B-17F #42-30810. Crashed NE of Ditteshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • James Braa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    James Braa served as a ball turret gunner with the 566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Hethel, England. He completed his tour of 30 missions between March and June 1944, flying his final two missions on D-Day.

  • Edgar Burton

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Flew 25 missions, ending just before D-Day. Flew on D Day just to see it. According to him, he never saw a German fighter but did see lots of flak.

  • Enrico Carpini

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    My dad, Enrico 'Rick' Carpini was from Linden, NJ and served as a radio gunner on a B-17G with the 305th Bomb Group/365th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions from 1/4/44-5/22/44. The pilot was John F. Schleifer from Buffalo, NY. ...

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR Awards: AM, PH.

  • Morris Elisco

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 8th mission 18 March 1944, hit by flak over Fredrichshafen, Germany in B-24 41-28649 'Little Bryan'. Bailed out over Amiens, France. Joined French underground. Climbed Pyrenees into Spain. Back to England 8 June...

  • Walter Empric

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Bombardier on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down on 11 April 1944 on his 17th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag Luft III (Sagan,...

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

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Aircraft

  • 41-28666 'Dixie DuDrop'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 458BG re-assigned to 703BS, 445BG, 8AF USAAF as a replacement aircraft. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Friedrickshafen left formation under control on reciprocal course, hit by 3 x Fw190 fighters causing fire in bomb bay, most of crew baled...

  • 41-28692 Hell's Wagon

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 576BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x Missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Friedrichshafen, attacked by Bf109's and Fw190's after breaking formation 18-Mar-44, landed in Dubendorf, Switzerland. 10 x Interned. MACR 3318.

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-39882

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/11/43; retUS Bradley 10/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45.

  • 42-39932 Sweat 'er Out

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/10/43; Gr Island 5/11/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-H] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; 11 x missions; was set for mission to Bernburg 6/7/44 with Russ Lockhart, Co-pilot: Porter Ham, Navigator: Bob Grilley, Bombardier: John Jardine, Flight...

  • 42-39967 Mary Kay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 21/10/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-K] Bassingbourn 25/1/44; 15m Missing in Action Oberpffaffafenhofen 18/3/44 with Harry Theophilos, Co-pilot: John DeLavore, Navigator: John Herr (chute failed, never found in lake), Tail gunner:...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 01:41:56 Jennings Changes to person associations
Sources

Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 00:39:14 TennyBelle Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

8th AF Database

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2017 17:20:18 WWII37 Changes to media associations
Sources

711th Bombardment Squadron (H), 447th Bombardment Group (H)
B-17-G #42-39882, “My Gal” Crew
Top Left to Right: August E. Herlth, Eugene G. D'Albero, Larry S. Hatfield, Martin J. Gruber
Bottom Left to Right: William M. Lindgren, Bailey E. Swadley, Raymond L. Hayes, William H. Stoyer, Rocco J. LoCarro, Louis L. Jenkins

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2016 18:56:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-May-2016. Correcting typos in Mission Summary.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 18:16:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to event
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Feb-2016. Added bomber gunner claims of all three ADs to statistics of Oberpfaffenhofen element #14 based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 18:11:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-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 and MACRS.

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 13:54:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission detail added courtesy of Diane Reese - http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Narratives/ma14.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:12 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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