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5 July 1944
media-33647.jpeg UPL 33647 "A large explosion erupts in the rail marshalling yards at Biziers, France 100 miles west of Marseilles on the Mediterranean, 5 July 44. 8th USAAF heavies attacked it from Italy on the second leg of their return shuttle trip from Russia."

Object Number - UPL 33647 - "A large explosion erupts in the rail marshalling yards at Biziers, France 100 miles west of Marseilles on the Mediterranean, 5 July 44. 8th USAAF...

Description

Bombed marshaling yards near Toulon while flying from Italy back to England.

Mission Details

BEZIERS (Primary)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group Shuttle groups returning from Italy. 70 B-17s on shuttle mission (UK-USSR-Italy-UK) attack a marshalling yard at Beziers, France. They are joined by B-24s from the 15th AF. 42 P-51s return to the UK with the bombers, 11 remain in Italy 10 of which return to the UK the next day and the last one several days later. They escort the bombers.

Three B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 94th Bomb Group are attacked by a Nazi Fighter aircraft during a mission. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'A-62641 USAF: Nazi fighter plane attacking Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" during a bomb run over enemy installations somewhere in Europe, 10 September 1944. 100th[sic] Bomb Group, 3rd Bomb Division. U.S. Air Force Photo.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 183 T

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 459th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group

A formation of B-24 Liberators of the 446th Bomb Group enroute to Europe. Printed caption on reverse: '71049 AC- A formation of Consolidated B-24 "Liberators" of the 2nd Bomb Division, roars over Europe en route to the target area. 24 November 1944. US Air Force photo.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 122.50

EINDHOVEN (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 37.7 T

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 106 T

GILZE-RIJEN (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: 1st Bomb Division was made up of 303rd Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group

Brigadier-General Frank Alton Armstrong Jr. during a visit to the 305th Bomb Group Official caption on image: "(GPR-83-9305) (18-6-43) (Brig. Gen. Armstrong..."
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 105 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 67.50

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 9 T

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 103.5 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 61.5 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 2 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 55.5 T

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People

Air Force officer pinning award or ribbon on uniform of SSG Beeks
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20441207
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 707th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 0815190
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
Man seated in open cockpit wearing a leather jacket with sheepskin lining, a leather helmet , and googles on head
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13038768
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 755th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-812653
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Yankee Buzz Bomb
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 752nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Big Dick Hard To Hit
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 755th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Miss Lace
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: I'll Get By
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Belle of the brawl
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 563rd Bomb Squadron

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 23775
  • Description: Certificate showing the 33 Missions completed by Capt. William M. Bryan Jr of the 93rd Bomb Group

Revisions

Date
Contributorcmckeever
Changes
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date
ContributorAAM
Changes
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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