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8th Air Force 293

9 April 1944

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. BERLIN/TUTOW (Primary)

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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, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group.

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Tonnage dropped 195T HE 124.5T IB

3. MARIENBURG (Primary)

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AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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4. PARCHIM (Secondary)

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AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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5. POZNAN (Primary)

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FOCKE-WULF AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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The 96th Bomb Group is awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (the 2nd of 2) for its participation in the raid on Poznan. The 96th Bomb Group placed 28% of its bomb drop within 1000 ft of the AP and 71% within 2000 ft. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

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Tonnage dropped 234T HE 81.5T IB

6. RAHMEL (Primary)

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AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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40th Combat Bombardment Wing abandoned the mission over England. Several other units abandoned the mission at various points along the route due to poor weather. Some 1st Bomb Division aircraft of Rahmel force dropped 2 seconds early when mistaking the jettison of bombs from a crippled aircraft as the leader's drop.351st Bomb Group placed 86% of its bombs within 1000 ft. of the AP and 35% within 500 ft. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

457th BG MISSION NO. 23 - GYDNIA, POLAND

9 APRIL, 1944

A large scale attack was launched against the FW-190 eastern complex of aircraft factories in north central Germany and Poland. Twelve Combat Wings were airborne for the deepest penetration to date.

The 457th's target was an aircraft factory, situated at Rahmel, seven miles from the center of Gydnia, that produced FW-190s. The 457th comprised the 94th A Combat Wing, and led the Wing. U. Col. Henry B. Wilson was Air Commander with pilot Lt. J. L. Smith. In addition, the 457th supplied two squadrons for the high box. Major Fred A. Spencer as the high box leader, with Lt. Jerome E. (Jerry) Godfrey as pilot. The flight route took the Group in a northeasterly direction over the North Sea, across Denmark and the Baltic Sea, and to the target area. Bad weather, which had hampered the Group in England and over the North Sea, caused seven planes to become lost and abort the mission. In addition, four more were lost from the high box and two, having failed to assemble with the Group, aborted when the Group they joined abandoned the mission.

The weather had cleared by the time the formations reached the IP.

A good formation produced a good bomb run, and bombing results were good, in spite of enemy fighter attacks along the run. Flak was moderate over the target.

Immediately after leaving the target, the formation was attacked by waves of FW-190s and Me-109s, coming in from the nose and from the tail. Aircraft piloted by Lt. Amos W. Shepard and Lt. Robert K. Walker took direct hits, with both being shot down. One member of Lt. Shepard's crew and three of Lt. Walker's crew, including Lt. Walker, failed to survive. The aircraft piloted by Lt. Stuart James took a direct hit, claiming the life of one crew member.

The attacks continued over the Baltic Sea, where Lt. David P. Parks was shot down and seven crew members lost their lives. The attacks continued over Denmark. Lt. Donald G. Karr crashed his badly damaged aircraft at Woodbndge, an English base near the coast.

Gunners from the 457th received credit for three enemy aircraft destroyed, one probably destroyed and one damaged. The mission required eleven hours. The bombing results drew a commendation from the Division Headquarters.

Units

  • 1st Bomb 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...

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Tonnage dropped 263.5T HE 59T IB

7. ROSTOCK/MARIENEHE (Opportunistic)

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AIRFIELD

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8. WARNEMUNDE (Primary)

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HEINKEL AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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Service

People

  • Steve Andrychuk

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

  • Patrick Benker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31740. POW, Missing Air Crew Report MACR #3953.

  • 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.

  • Loran Caskey

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-24 #4252582. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Herbert Cox

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-24 #4252582. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Croft

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Elliott Gadd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231740. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, B17#42-29784 'Smilin'-Thru' crashed at Wiltshire with crew baling out with all returning. POW

  • David Gerber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Prisoner of War (POW) ...

  • James Goins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Experiences = BOMB TOTIN' MAMA (Lt. Raiter Crew - 56) Shot down Easter Sunday, April 9 1944, Tutow Run. Prisoner of War (POW) in Luftstalag III, transferred to Luftstalag 17b. Black March Survivor. Liberated May 1945 by Patton's 3rd Army outside...

  • Marlin Greenawalt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-28667 'Jayhawker'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 752BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Tutow, Germany. E/A seen to hit #3 engine which was successfully feathered. Failed to keep up with formation despite jettisoning bombs and headed for neutral territory. Landed at...

  • 42-39974 Punchboard

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 23/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731/BS452BG [7D-P] Deopham Green 12/1/44; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Ernie Racener, Co-pilot: Clyde Freeman, Navigator: Art Wagner, Bombardier: Harry Dukes, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-97465 "The Scarlet Harlot"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned 751BS/457BG [B] Glatton 9/2/44; Missing in Action Marienburg April 9, 1944 with Robert Walker, Waist gunner: Kneeland Parshley,Tail gunner: Bruce Kustaborder (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: JB...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2017 07:17:45 Grants Pass Changes to person associations
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MACR 3665

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 14:33:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Mission detail added courtesy of Diane Reese - http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Narratives/MA23.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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