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18 June 1944

Object Number - UPL 7530 - Strike Photo - Bremerhaven, Germany 18 June 1944 466th BG

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 13 T

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 7.5 T

BREMEN (Opportunistic)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 208.5 T

BREMEN-OSLEBSHAUSEN (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 43 T

BREMERHAVEN (Opportunistic)

Description: HARBOUR INSTALLATION

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: Some 466th BG a/c bombed Bremerhaven as a target of opportunity. Luneburg had been the primary.

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 206 T

BRUNSBUTTEL (Primary)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 131 T

HAMBURG CITY (Opportunistic)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Notes: The same tactics of dropping external fuel tans upon trains and setting them alight with strafing are used on this target. Heavy damage is inflicted upon the trains and the Germans suffer heavy troop casualties. 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, 467th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Group.

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 444 T

HAMBURG CITY (Secondary)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Notes: Oil refinery targets are the number one priority targets at this stage of the conflict. The There is little or no Luftwaffe fighter opposition. Anti-aircraft opposition is heavy. 10 of the 11 bombers lost on these missions this day are attributed to AA fire. 1 bomber is lost due to unknown causes. 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, 389th Bomb Group, 398th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group. 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, 490th Bomb Group, 493rd 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: 798.5 T

HAMBURG-EBANO (Opportunistic)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 48 T

HAMBURG-EUROTANK (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 146.5 T

HAMBURG-OSSAG (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 457th BG - MISSION NO. 69 - HAMBURG, GERMANY 18 JUNE, 1944 The oil refineries in the dock area of Hamburg were the targets today. Earlier bombing efforts of the Eighth had been directed at synthetic oil refineries. Crude oil refineries had not been attacked until a few days prior to this mission. The effort. Was now to attack the crude oil refineries in western Germany. Thirteen hundred bombers participated in this mission. The 457th furnished two 18 ship boxes, one as the high box in the 94th A Combat Wing, and the other as the high box in the B Combat Wing. Both targets were in the Hamburg area. Captain Wilbur D. Snow was Air Commander with Lt. Edward B. Dozier as pilot of the A box, and Major Fred A. Spencer as Commander with Lt. Richard T. Bennett as pilot of the B box. The undercast prevented visual bombing and strike photos showed bombing results were poor. No enemy aircraft opposition was encountered. Antiaircraft fire was intense but fairly inaccurate; three aircraft suffered flak damage. Briefing information had reported 250 antiaircraft guns in the Hamburg area.

  • 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

HAMBURG-SCHINDLER (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 80 T

HANNOVER CITY (Opportunistic)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 187 T

HANNOVER-MISBURG (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 210 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 24 T

HUSUM (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 33 T

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 18 T

Description: AIRFIELD

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 108 T

Watten, France

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 220 T

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: Some 466th BG a/c bombed Wesermunde as a target of opportunity. The primary had been Luneburg airfield.

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 72 T

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 3 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • 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 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: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • 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

Aircraft

Revisions

Date27 May 2015 11:44:42
Sources

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

Date22 Jan 2015 03:48:39
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date22 Jan 2015 03:47:18
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:07
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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