527

7 August 1944

Object Number - UPL 22506 - Pauline Crew

Description

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 4 missions are flown:
Mission 527: 905 bombers and 471 fighters are dispatched to hit fuel dumps
and bridges in France but heavy cloud cover forces many aircraft to return
with bombs and other formations to be recalled; 1 bomber and 5 fighters are
lost; targets hit (number in parenthesis indicates bombers bombing) are:
1. Of 112 B-17s, 71 hit Montbartier and 34 hit St Loubes; 1 B-17 is
damaged beyond repair and 26 are damaged; 2 airmen are WIA. Escort is
provided by 123 of 139 P-51s; they claim 1-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air
and 0-0-1 on the ground.
2. The primary targets of 224 B-17s are Nanteuil Bridge (36), Sens (26), St
Florentin (25), Dueny (24), Bourron Marlotte (23) and Paris-St Quen (12);
other targets hit are Chartres Airfield (23), Maintenon Bridge (23), Houden
marshalling yard (14), Chateaudun Airfield (11) and Rouglaf (1); 1 B-17 is
damaged beyond repair and 80 damaged. Escort is provided by 96 of 97 P-51s.
3. 1 of 182 B-17s hits Montdidier Airfield; 35 B-17s are damaged; 1 airman
is WIA. Escort is provided by 90 P-38s and P-51s.
4. Of 51 B-24s, 10 hit Andenne Bridge, 8 hit Semuse and 8 hit targets of
opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost and 19 damaged; 11 airmen are MIA. Escort is
provided by 34 of 35 P-47s.
5. The primary targets of 333 B-24s are Doullens Bridge (37), Saleux (24),
Recques-sur-Course (23), Frevent Bridge (15), Rieme/Ertveld (11) and
Langerbrugge (9); 12 also hit a factory near Wendelghem and 1 hits a target
of opportunity; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 45 damaged; 8 airmen are
KIA and 1 WIA. Escort is provided by 94 of 100 P-51s.
Mission 528: 1 of 3 B-17s flies a Mico H test mission (Micro H was a radar
system which combned the Gee-H and H2X radar functionality for use by
pathfinders).

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 2 T

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 20.6 T

Description: BRIDGE

Notes: This is the last combat mission for the 492nd BG. Personnel and aircraft were reassigned to other 2nd Bomb Division units (490th BG, 467th BG). They fly 64 missions in 1,513 sorties and drop 3,757 tons of bombs. They report 51 aircraft MIA. They have the heaviest losses of any other B-24 group during their three months of duty. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-24s is 34th BG, 486th BG, 491st Bomb Group, 492nd BG, 493rd BG.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 22.5 T

BOURRON MARLOTTE (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 56.6 T

CHARTRES (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 62.3 T

CHATEAUDUN (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 33 T

DOULLENS (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th BG, 93rd BG, 389th BG, 445th BG, 446th BG, 448th BG, 453rd BG, 458th BG, 466th BG, 467th BG, 489th BG, 491 BG, 492nd BG. 392nd Bomb Group stands down.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 147.5 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 72 T

FREVENT (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 60 T

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 22.8 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 25.3 T

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 65.7 T

Description: FUEL DUMP

Notes: Heavy cloud cover causes many aborts and recalls of formations. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 92nd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 177.5 T

MONTDIDIER (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: 3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is 94th BG, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th BG, 385th BG, 388th BG, 390th BG, 447th BG, 452nd BG.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 3 T

NANTEUIL (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Notes: 1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd BG, 303rd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG, 379th BG, 381st BG, 384th BG, 457th BG.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 106.5 T

PARIS-ST QUEN (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 22.8 T

RECQUES-SUR-COURSE (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 69 T

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 26 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 2.7 T

SALEUX (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 75.5 T

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 24.9 T

SENS (Primary)

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 64 T

ST FLORENTIN (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 62.2 T

ST LOUBES (Primary)

Description: FUEL DUMP

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 84.3 T

Description: FACTORY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 28.8 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 13th Combat Bomb Wing 100th Bomb Group 349th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39123538
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot/Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35652655
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group Headquarters (96th Bomb Group)
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commander - 466th

Aircraft

Revisions

Date5 Apr 2020 23:18:55
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

Official 466th BG Report on Mission No 99, Ghent Belgium - 7 August 1944
NARA research by Brad Sullivan

Date8 Jan 2019 17:02:11
Contributorrichmu88
Sources

Records

Date8 Jan 2019 16:59:20
Contributorrichmu88
Sources

DOnald Muckerman records

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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