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24 August 1944

Object Number - UPL 19041 - Standing, left to right ; 2nd Lt Jack R. Hillary, pilot; 2nd Lt William Robertson III, co-pilot; 2nd John E. Rice Jr, navigator; 2nd Lt Rocco De...

Mission Details

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 16.9 T

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 14 T

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 32.8 T

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 5 T

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 280.5 T

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 313.7 T

BRÜX (PRIMARY)

Description: OIL REFINERY

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: 310.9 T

FREITAL (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 161.5 T

GOSLAR (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 92 T

HANNOVER/LANGENHAGEN (Primary)

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: Mission #2 Chester L. Sinclair Bomb Load: 6- 500 lb. bombs and 6-Incendary Bombs Bomb Altitude: 21,000 Ft. Time: 7:20 Hrs. Remarks: Rough-flew through concentrated flak. Top gunner had hydraulic system knocked out but no casualties. Hydraulic system of right brakes shot out. No fighters. P1 on right wing was on fire. Got several holes.

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 211.2 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 9 T

KIEL/WALTHER (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Notes: 3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-24s is 34th BG, 486th BG, 491st Bomb Group, 493rd BG. This is the Last mission for 3rd Bomb Division B-24s. The groups will be re-outfitted with B-17s. And return to missions on 17-Sep-44.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 124 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 75 T

LEIPZIG (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 25 T

MERSEBURG (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

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. ----- The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st "C" Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. The 8th AF continued to decimate the enemy's fuel supply by attacking this giant chemical complex. The "C" wing was to follow the "A" and "B" wings, but over the North Sea, they caught up and passed both, leading them from the enemy coast, for the rest of the mission. This was apparently due to the wings making different adjustments for cloud layers, and perhaps navigation errors. Although the 384th was prepared for a target obscured by clouds and smoke screen, there was sufficient visibility for visual bombing.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 436.8 T

Description: OIL REFINERY

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: 466th BG has 23 aircraft drop 48.25 tons of GP bombs (a/c loaded with 20x250 lbs. GP) on target. The 466th suffered no losses, though one aircraft lost two engines over target and another lost one. Two a/c were involved in a ground collision landing accident on return to Attlebridge. There were no injuries in this incident though both a/c were salvaged.

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: 218 T

NORDHAUSEN (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 27.5 T

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 293.4 T

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 5 T

VORDEN (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 27.5 T

WEIMAR (Primary)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 303.1 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36743988
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-716310
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • 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
  • Service Numbers: 13178814 / O-716614
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Navigator

Aircraft

Revisions

Date2 May 2018 22:41:57
Contributorjsinclair
Sources

John Sinclair for diary of Chester L. Sinclair.

Date20 Sep 2016 02:33:43
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th Archives - 785th BS Combat Crew Mission Record chart

Date20 Sep 2016 02:31:06
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough
page 112

Date11 Dec 2014 10:18:04
ContributorEmily
Sources

Moved Brux pin from middle of the sea to Brux (Most) Czech Republic

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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