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8th Air Force 295

10 April 1944

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Mission details

1. BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE (Opportunistic)

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AIRFIELD

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2. BERGEN OP ZOOM (Opportunistic)

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INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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3. BOURGES (Primary)

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AIRFIELD and AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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2nd Bomb Division was made up of 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, 467th Bomb Group. The 467th Bomb Group flies its first mission.

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Tonnage dropped 490T HE 143T IB

4. BRUSSELS (Primary)

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AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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5. BRUSSELS/MELSBROEK (Primary)

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AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

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457th BG MISSION NO. 24 - BRUSSELS-MIELSBROEK, BELGIUM

10 APRIL, 1944

The target was the Melsbroek Airdrome. It was situated on the northeast section of Brussels and was the home base of a Ju-88 bomber group. The 457th supplied eighteen aircraft flying the Wing's high box. Air Commander was Major Leroy Watson, with Lt. Belcher as pilot.

Over Belgium and the target area, visibility was impededby a haze. Two 360 degree turns were made before bombs were dropped. The results were very good with three direct hits on Hangar No. 1, the Main Point of Impact (MPI).

Flak was moderate but accurate, with all eighteen craft sustaining varying degrees of damage.

Units

  • 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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6. COURCELLES (Primary)

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AIRFIELD

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7. DIEST/SCHAFFEN (Secondary)

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AIRFIELD

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8. EVERE (Primary)

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AIRFIELD and AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

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Tonnage dropped 330.5T HE 199.5T IB

9. FLORENNES/JUZAINE (Secondary)

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AIRFIELD

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10. MALDAGEM (Secondary)

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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 310T HE 217T IB

11. Marquise / Mimoyecques, France

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V-1 MISSILE SITES

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12. ORLEANS/BRICY (Secondary)

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AIRFIELD

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13. ROMARANTIN (Secondary)

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AIRFIELD

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Service

People

  • Arthur Aull

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • William McMyne

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #4252516 'Virgin Sturgeon. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Rohne

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #4252516 'Virgin Sturgeon. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Twisdale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #4252516 'Virgin Sturgeon. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 14:40:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Relocated pin

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 14:37:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Mission detail added courtesy of Diane Reese - http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Narratives/MA24.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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