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24 April 1944

Object Number - UPL 6853 - B-17 42-31632

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUINTY

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

ERDING (Primary)

Description: AIR DEPOT

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

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, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group. Bombers also released 480,000 leaflets. 457th BG - MISSION NO. 31 - ERDING, GERMANY 24 APRIL, 1944 Luftwaffe installations, airdromes, and factories in southern Germany were the targets. The 457th was assigned the airfield and the air depot at Erding, a supply base for aircraft parts and equipment used by the Luftwaffe in the Mediterranean. The Group supplied twenty-four aircraft to fly the low box in the 94th Combat Wing. The formation was led by Major Fred A. Spencer as Air Commander and Captain Jerry Godfrey as pilot. Me-109s and FW-190s attacked the formation on the bomb run and after the bombs were dropped. After a quick rally of the formation with the Wing, the attacks ceased. No planes were lost; however, two planes received major damage, and one received minor damage. Flak at certain points along the way was moderate but accurate.

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Unofficial emblem of the 457th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 443 T HE

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (Primary)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN/LOWENTHAL (Primary)

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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. 1 3rd Bomb Division attacked Neckarsulm because the primary was obscured by smoke. Note in log of Horace Turner, "Raided Friedrichshafen-Bad formation, Flak was terrific. Flak hit me in leg. It was a long and tiresome mission. Bombed gear factory. Flak hit plane."

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 423 T HE 163T IB

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN/MANZELL (Primary)

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

GABLINGEN (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 4454th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group. The 44 Bomb Group was scheduled to participate but was grounded due to an outbreak of ptomaine poisoning.

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 303 T HE 232T IB

Description: AIRFIELD

Description: AIRFIELD

NECKARSULM (Secondary)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Oberpfaffenhofen, Weßling, Germany

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17130749
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner / Togglier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35666456
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
The insignia of the 546th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39556825
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date9 Mar 2016 09:05:11
Contributoraquaflow1
Sources

Added by Karen Turner, daughter of Horace Turner.

Date24 Jul 2015 11:20:27
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Updated mission pin from 'OBERPFAFFENHOFEN' (coming up in an incorrect location) to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

Date20 May 2015 12:45:28
Sources

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

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:06
ContributorAAM
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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