403

10 June 1944

Mission Details

BERCK (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 51 T

BOULOGNE (Primary)

Description: RAILROAD JUNCTIONS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 41 T

BOULOGNE (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 92 T

CHATEAUDUN (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 14CBW is 44th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Group; 96CBW is 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group. This is the second mission of the day fro 492nd Bomb Group.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 124 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 101T

DREUX (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 46 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Notes: Heavy bombers are sent on tactical missions to hit airfields and choke points. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 1CBW is 91st Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 398th Bomb Group; 41CBW is 303rd Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group 94CBW is 351st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 45CBW is 96th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group; 13CBW is 95th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 48 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 165 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 457th BG - MISSION NO. 63 - GAEL, FRANCE 10 JUNE, 1944 After a lapse of one day, the invasion aerial offensive was renewed with the 457th providing the high box of the 94th Combat Wing assigned to bomb the Gael Airfield, located on the Brest Peninsula. Its location made it suitable for use by front line German Luftwaffe planes. The 1st Division dispatched only four Combat Wings. Major Theodore C. Hoffman was Air Commander and Lt. George C. MacDonald was pilot. The target was covered by a seven-tenths undercast and bombing was by instruments. The bomb results were not good There was no enemy fighter opposition and only meager flak. (Compilers Note: Practically all missions to the invasion area called for early morning takeoffs. During the summer months in this part of France, cumulus clouds build up in the day, preventing visual bombing except in the early morning hours. Even then it proved to be very difficult.)

  • 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: 72 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 46 T

MERLIMONT PLAGE (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 75 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 109 T

ORLEANS/BRICY (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 182 T

ST GABRIEL (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 52 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 19 T

VANNES (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 117 T

WIMEREAUX (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; 20CBW is 93rd Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group; 95CBW is 489th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group; 14CBW is 492nd Bomb Group;

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 67 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-813458
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 384th Bomb Group 422nd Bomb Squadron 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35733061
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball turret gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-692287 and 35714917
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

Revisions

Date27 May 2015 11:22:21
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'.