382

31 May 1944

Object Number - UPL 44053 - 8th Air Force mission 382; Hamm Railroad Yard; May 31, 1944. 447th Bomb Group strike photo

Description

Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 9 T

Description: RAILROAD TARGETS

Notes: Mission aborted due to extensive cloud cover

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00

BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE (Primary)

Description: RAILROAD BRIDGE

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

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 7 T HE

FLORENNES/JUZAINE (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 90 T HE

GILZE-RIJEN (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 69 T

HAMM (Opportunistic)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 148 T

LUXEUIL (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

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

  • 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: 97 T

MELUN (Primary)

Description: RAILROAD BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00

NAMUR (Opportunistic)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 12 T

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 135 T

OSNABRUCK (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

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.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 264 T

ROOSENDAAL (Opportunistic)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 35T

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.

The insignia of the 452nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 156 T

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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: 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 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron 65th General Hospital
  • Service Numbers: 55619
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14182638
  • Highest Rank: Chief Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date23 Jan 2017 20:32:46
Contributorcmckeever
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeevee

Date23 Jan 2017 20:23:00
Contributorcmckeever
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date30 May 2015 23:47:46
ContributorPete
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date27 May 2015 10:15:47
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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