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5 June 1944

Official description

629 Heavy Bombers attack 6 coastal defence installations in Cherbourg-Caen area and 8 in Pas de Calais area, along with 3 V-weapon sites and a railroad bridge. 6 Bombers are lost.

Description

Not yet known

Mission details

1. BOULOGNE (Primary)

Description

COASTAL DEFENSES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

2. CAEN (Primary)

Description

COASTAL DEFENSES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

3. CHERBOURG (Primary)

Description

COASTAL DEFENSES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

4. LE HARVE (Primary)

Description

COASTAL DEFENSES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Bomb Groups participating 44th Bomb Group, 91st Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group.

Mission Statistics

5. PAS DE CALAISE (Primary)

Description

COASTAL DEFENSES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

6. WIMEREAUX (Primary)

Description

COASTAL DEFENSES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Lt. Col. Leon R. Vance, Jr (Navigator,) 489th Bomb Group lead aircraft B-24 41-28690 44th Bomb Group/66th BS, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on this mission. He was acting as the lead navigator for the 489th Bomb Group on this mission. This was the only CMOH to be awarded to any B-24 crewman in 8th Air Force. He survived the wounds he received this day and was to be awarded the medal upon his return to the United States. However, Lt. Col Vance was lost in action on 26 July 1944 when the aircraft in which he was a passenger and that was carrying wounded back to the States was lost over the Atlantic. This was the 11th CMOH to be awarded to a member of the 8th Air Force

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 1,896 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

  • Bernard Bail

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator, Radar, Radar Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down again on 19 Mar 45 in B-24 #4251907, crashed near Stuttgart and became a Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Bates

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

  • Charles Beckham

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Palmer Bryan

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Edward Bullitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Earl Carper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Edwin Dexter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Richard Eide

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 10 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • David Evans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

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Aircraft

  • 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. ...

  • 42-38052 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...

  • 42-97206 Woolf Pack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 16/3/44; damaged in taxi collision with 42-107225 at Hardwick Afd 7/6/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Gaston Efird, Co-pilot: Bruce Merickle,...

  • 44-40243 Tender Foot

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down by Flak right after dropping its bombs. Aircraft in flames partially evacuated before exploding in flight. 7 KIA. 3 POW. MACR 5633.

  • 41-28690 'Missouri Sue'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 482nd BG, 389th BG, 66BS, 44th BG, 8AF USAAF. Lead ship on 5-Jun-44 mission to Boulogne-Sur-Mer, despite orders to the contrary, led formation back over the target after the bomb release failed during the critical point of the initial pass....

  • 42-7609 'Lazy Lou'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 706BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2019 14:49:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to official description
Sources

USAAF Combat Chronology.

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2016 21:46:03 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Mazure&GSfn=Louis&...

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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