548

13 August 1944

Object Number - UPL 23925 - Map of 8th Air Force mission #548 on August 13, 1944. Light penciled line is the actual route. From the estate of Harold Motz, navigator on the...

Description

We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

Mission Details

Rouen, France

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 102.9 T
  • People killed in action: 4
  • People missing in action: 6
  • Aircraft sent: 24
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 275 T

Description: BATTLE AREA TARGETS

Notes: 1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd BG, 303rd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG, 351st BG, 379th BG, 381st BG, 384th BG, 398th BG, 401st BG, 457th BG. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is 94th BG, 9th BG, 96th Bomb Group, 100th BG, 385th BG, 388th BG, 447th BG, 452nd BG. 390th Bomb Group stands down. ------------------- Enemy Transportation Routes The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st "B" Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. These attacks were aimed at disrupting the road network behind the enemy lines, hindering his mobility and re-supply capability. Results were generally good, although the lead (2 runs) and high groups attacked secondary targets in the same area as their assigned primary targets, about three miles SE of Beaumont-le-Roger.

  • 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: 1980 T

LE HARVE-PARIS (Primary)

Description: BATTLE AREA TARGETS

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of389th BG, 445th BG, 446th BG, 453rd BG, 458th BG, 466th BG, 467th BG, 489th BG, 491 BG, 492nd BG. 44th Bomb Group stands down. 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
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 660 T

Description: BRIDGE

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 207.5 T

ST MALO (Primary)

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 136 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-760521
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • 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 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

Aircraft

Revisions

Date5 Apr 2020 23:44:44
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives
Report on Mission 104 - 13 August 1944
NARA research by Brad Sullivan

Date25 Jan 2017 23:01:00
Contributorcmckeever
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date2 Jul 2015 23:46:45
Sources

NARA Mission records

Date2 Jul 2015 23:44:52
Sources

Ted's Travelling Circus - 93rd Bombardment group (H) - USSAF - 1942-45 by Carroll (Cal) Stewart page 368-370

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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