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8th Air Force 291

8 April 1944

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1.

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. ACHMER (Opportunistic)

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AIRFIELD

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3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

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Tonnage dropped 457T HE

3. Brunswick, Germany

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AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group,453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group. This formation encountered heavy attacks by Luftwaffe fighters (exactly what the Allied planners had hoped). The bomber gunners took a good toll of the attacking fighters, but experienced heavy bomber losses.

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Tonnage dropped 622.7T HE 160.7T IB

4. HANDORF (Opportunistic)

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AIRFIELD

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5. HESEPE (Opportunistic)

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AIRFIELD

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6. LANGENHAGEN (Opportunistic)

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AIRFIELD

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7. OLDENBURG (Primary)

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AIRFIELD

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1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group. Most of the force of 1st Bomb Division was cancelled due to fog at their bases.

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Tonnage dropped 110.5T HE 37.5T IB

8. QUAKENBRUCK (Primary)

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AIRFIELD

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9. RHEINE (Opportunistic)

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AIRFIELD

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10. ROSSLINGEN (Opportunistic)

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AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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11. TWENTE/ENSCHEDE (Opportunistic)

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AIRFIELD

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Service

People

  • Steve Andrychuk

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top turret gunner/ flight engineer | 452nd Bomb Group

  • James Bates

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Brooks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    St. Dizier, France 24 Mar 1944; Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944; Hamm, Germany 22 April 1944; Leipheim, Germany 24 April 1944; Paderborn, Germany 26 April 1944; Siracourt, France 27 April 1944; Mimoyecque, France 28 April 1944; Liege, France 1 May 1944...

  • Robert Bryans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Richard Conant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic Gunner 748 - Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • John Fouts

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #4252480. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Hoover

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions, many on 'The Lemon' DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ American Campaign Medal/ WW II Victory Medal/ Armed Forces Reserve Medal/ 2 Battle Stars

  • Robert Johnson

    Military | Captain | 785th BS Operations Officer - Lead Crew Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Deployed to England with the 466th BG as the Operations Officer for the 785th BS. He then served a stint with the 801st BG "Carpetbaggers" before returning to Attlebridge and the 466th BG where he was assigned to group HQ as Plans and Training...

  • William Lenco

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    MACR 7381. B-24 AC # 41-29387 'THE SNARK'. AC put through violent actions to avoid flak on mission on 8 Aug 1944. 4 crewman bailed out and were captured. Remaining crew returned to England, but forced to crash land at Manston. RTD.

  • Richard Monroe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 41-29422 'Rebel Yell. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2014 10:21:00 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Moved pins from middle of the sea to Hesepe and Handorf Germany

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 12:43:23 Emily Changes to media associations
Sources

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

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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