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7 June 1944

Object Number - UPL 40592 - Harold A Greenwell, Enigineer & Top Gunner 379th Bomb Group, 1st Air Division, 8th Air Force

Mission Details

ARGENTAN (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 2nd Combat Bombardment Wing is 389th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group; 20Combat Bombardment Wing is 93rd Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group; 392nd Bomb Group

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 198.00

CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Notes: This mission was directed against any congested transportation points near the invasion beaches to hamper German mobility and reinforcements. 20 of the aircraft were PFF-equipped. Heavy cloud cover prevents 100 bombers from bombing. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 41st Combat Bombardment Wing is 303rd Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group; 93rd Combat Bombardment Wing 385th Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Group.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 171 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 457th BG - MISSION NO. 61 - FALAISE, FRANCE 7 JUNE, 1944 On the morning of the second day of the invasion, the 457th was dispatched to attack and destroy the highway intersection in the town of Falaise, southeast of Caen, thus hoping to disrupt transportation facilities in the area of the invasion. The Group provided the low 18-ship box for the 94th Combat Wing. Major William F. Smith was Air Commander and Captain J. L. Smith was pilot. "The Eighth Air force is currently charged with a most solemn obligation in support of the most vital operation ever undertaken by our Armed Forces. It will be necessary during certain stages to attack with tremendous intensity the area immediately in front of our advancing troops. No other agency except the Eighth Air Force can undertake this task.... It must be recognized that bombardment accuracy has never faced a more severe test.... Every aid to accuracy must be exploited so that the pattern of our attack is exactly as ordered...."

  • 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: 155 T

FLERS (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 177 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 167.00

LISIEUX (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 243.00

VASCOEUIL (Opportunistic)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 57.00

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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 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36703821
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier, Waist 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: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-434690
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Operations Officer

Aircraft

Revisions

Date20 Nov 2021 18:56:21
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Removed connection to "UPL 44266" since there is something not right with the media.

Date27 May 2015 11:08:59
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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