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31 May 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 9 T

2.

Description

RAILROAD TARGETS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Mission aborted due to extensive cloud cover

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00

3. BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE (Primary)

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

458th Bomb Group attacked using AZON radio-controlled bombs against the target without success.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 7 T HE

4. FLORENNES/JUZAINE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 90 T HE

5. GILZE-RIJEN (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 69 T

6. HAMM (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 148 T

7. LUXEUIL (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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, 384th Bomb Group, 398th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Group. The 490th Bomb Group flies its first mission. One aircraft of 490th failed to get the recall message and bombed a T/O which was not credited.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 56 - LUXEVILLE, FRANCE

31 MAY, 1944

May ended with a trip to a French military airfield that was used by the German Luftwaffe. The Group provided twelve aircraft to lead the 94th Combat Wing, third in the Division formation. Lt. Col. Henry B. Wilson flew as Air Commander with Lt. Malcolm E. Johnson as pilot.

The entire formation was bothered by dense contrails, and the Division leader abandoned the mission, followed by the second wing in the formation. This put the 457th in the lead position. The wings following the 94th Combat B Wing turned around so the 94th found itself alone a hundred miles inland over enemy territory. AP-5 1 fighter group was located overhead, but because of weather conditions became separated from the 94th Combat B Wing. The Wing let down to 18,000 feet and found CAVU conditions.

Bombing results were excellent, the bombs dropping directly on the target. No enemy aircraft were encountered and flak was light. Soon after the Wing rally, fighter escort appeared and brought the 94th Combat B Wing back to England.

During the month of May, the Group had flown eighteen missions, some being the toughest the 457th had encountered. Later, congratulatory messages were received from the Wing, the Division, and the Eighth Air Force, for the efforts expended during the month. No one knew the invasion date, however, everyone knew it could not be far distant, from the many signs provided by ground communications and aerial missions

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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 97 T

8. MELUN (Primary)

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00

9. NAMUR (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 12 T

10. OESKE (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 135 T

11. OSNABRUCK (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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, 486th Bomb Group, 487th Bomb Group. The 96th Bomb Group has the unfortunate distinction of sustaining the highest loss rate of any 8th Air Force Bomb Group during operations from January thought May 1944.

Units

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 264 T

12. ROOSENDAAL (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35T

13. SCHWERTE (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Official 8th Air Force report of the mission: “287 B-17s are dispatched to hit marshalling yards in Germany; 88 hit Osnabruck, 54 hit Schwerte, 52 hit Oeske and 50 hit Hamm; 1 B-17 is lost and 58 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 10 MIA.

Units

  • 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...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 156 T

Service

People

  • Robert Allison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Flew 26 missions on 'Mission Bell', was wounded on 26th mission. Purple Heart, 4 Air Medals

  • James Bates

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

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • 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.

  • Robert Collins

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator; Statistics | 490th Bomb Group
    AWARDS: ...

  • Frank Deuerling

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew on 'Priority Girl' 42-97305 on June 18, 1944.

  • Glen Hartzell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | general maintenance, spare bomber gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Russell Hatchett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Russell T. Hatchett “Tom” Ball Turret Gunner ...

  • Martin Kilcoyne

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Arthur Crapsey crew. Reported to group on 19 Nov 1943. Completed 32 missions from Oct 1943-Sept 1944. He was injured on his second mission to Osnabruck, 22 Dec. 1943. He returned to active duty in April 1944 as a spare crewmember. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102589

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 30/4/44; On a local flight 9/7/44 with Doug McArthur, Co-pilot: Stamos Zades, Navigator: George Mille, Bombardier: Chas meyer, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 42-38052 Lucky Stehley Boy, Hotshot Green

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G-25-DL 42-38052 was one of 2,400 B-17 Flying Fortress four-engine heavy bombers built under license by the Douglas Aircraft Company at Long Beach, California from 1943 to 1945. -052 was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces on Christmas Eve, 24...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2017 20:32:46 cmckeever Changes to description
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeevee

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2017 20:23:00 cmckeever Changes to person associations
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2015 23:47:46 Pete Changes to event
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 10:15:47 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:06 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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