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27 April 1944

Object Number - UPL 19354 - 466th BG Mission Route Map 27 April 1944 Siracourt, France - No Ball Targets This was the first of two missions flown by the 466th BG on this...

Mission Details

CHERBOURG (Opportunistic)

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

PAS DE CALAIS (Primary)

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

PAS DE CALAIS (Primary)

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Notes: 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, 467th Bomb Group.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 631 T HE

PAS DE CALAIS and CHERBOURG (Primary)

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

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. 25 V-Weapon sites were briefed, 21 actually attacked; 5 others attacked as T/Os because some squadrons had trouble finding the primaries in the haze. 457t BG - MISSION NO. 34 - ZUDAUSQUES, FRANCE 27 APRIL, 1944 Rocket sites and anti-invasion fortification in the Calais and Cherbourg areas were targets for the Eighth Air Force. The rocket site assigned to the 457th was in the hamlet of Zudausques, located inland from Calais, which had been attacked before but was still in operation. Twenty-four aircraft were dispatched on the mission. Major Leroy Watson served as Air Commander, and Lt. Mark R. Belcher was pilot. There was no Wing formation. All groups went alone to individual targets. Bombing results were fair. Flak was moderate but accurate. Several aircraft were damaged by new incendiary flak, and brought back pieces of rocket shells. Thirteen aircraft had minor and five major damage. 457th BG - MISSION NO. 35 - NANCY/ESSEY, FRANCE 27 APRIL, 1944 The Group flew two missions on 27 April, the target of the second mission being the Nancy/Essey Airfield. This airfield had previously been the target for Mission No. 32 on 25 April. Twelve aircraft participated in the mission. The Group flew the low box for the 94th Combat Wing. Major Fred A. Spencer was Air Commander and Lt. Vinton H. Mays was pilot. Visibility was restricted, but bombing results were good. The Group encountered no enemy aircraft, and flak was light. All aircraft returned without damage. A B-24 joined the formation in the No. 7 position of the low box and bombed with the Group.

  • 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: 596.8 T HE

PAS DE CALAIS and CHERBOURG (Primary)

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

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.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 619.3 T HE

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 06966455
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 0811302
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot - Flying Fortress
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36703821
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier, Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-683645
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date7 Dec 2015 02:05:13
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date20 May 2015 12:59:29
Sources

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

Date20 May 2015 12:55:45
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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