370

25 May 1944

Object Number - UPL 23768 - Strike photo - Mulhouse, France 25 May 1944 466th BG

Description

First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

Mission Details

ALOST (Secondary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 23.5 T HE

BELFORT (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: Mission 370 is the largest raid to date based on the number of targets (21) to be attacked. Destruction of marshalling yards is a key strategy in preparation for the coming invasion on D-Day 6 June 1944. Luftwaffe opposition is light because prior mission have nearly decimated the Luftwaffe in France. 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Group.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 222.4 T HE

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 90 T HE

BRETIGNY (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 90.5 T HE

BRUSSELS/MELSBROEK (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 45 T HE

BRUSSELS/MIDI (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 71 T HE

BRUSSELS/SCHAERBECK (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: Not clear in source data which 3rd Bomb Division Bomb Groups hit these targets (See 3rd Bomb Divisionunits participating above )

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 127.5 T HE

DIJON (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 3 T HE

FECAMP (Primary)

Description: GUN BATTERY

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 389th Bomb Group & 448th Bomb Group

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 51.8 T HE

FECAMP (Primary)

Description: GUN BATTERY

Notes: 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 390th Bomb Group

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 50 T HE

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 125 T HE

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 125 T HE

LIEGE (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 7.5 T HE

METZ (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 457th BG - MISSION NO. 51 - METZ, FRANCE 25 MAY, 1944 The railroad marshaling yards at Metz was the primary target for the 45 7th. Metz was on the main line from Saarbrucken to Paris. The Group provided two twelve-ship boxes for the mission. The lead box hit the assigned MPI, a locomotive workshop, within approximately 1,000 feet. The low box was more successful, scoring direct hits on the workshop, the yards and the adjoining buildings. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Flak was meager and inaccurate.

  • 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: 161 T HE

MONTIGNIES SUR SAMBRE (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 34th Bomb Group, 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. Not clear in source data which 3rd Bomb Division Bomb Groups hit these targets.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 198 T HE

MULHOUSE (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 348 T HE

NANCY/ESSAY (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: 1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st 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.

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 130 T HE

SAARGUEMINES (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 90 T HE

ST.VALERY (Primary)

Description: GUN BATTERY

Notes: 1st Bomb Division was made up of 92nd Bomb Group

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 45 T HE

THIONVILLE (Opportunistic)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 137.3 T HE

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 30 T HE

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36215923 / O-692248
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • 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: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date23 Jan 2017 21:22:20
Contributorcmckeever
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date23 Jan 2017 19:15:08
Contributorcmckeever
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date27 May 2015 09:54:44
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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