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30 August 1944

Description

End of Operation Overlord.
466th BG - Primary target was the "No Ball" construction site at Villers L' Hopital, France. This target was one of the eight remaining "No Balls" assigned to the 8th AF and was known to be in operation. 35 a/c dispatched, with 34 a/c attacking. There were no losses. Results were unobserved due to 8-10/10th cloud coverage.

Mission Details

PAS-DE-CALAIS

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

Notes: 8 V-Weapon sites are the targets. -------- "NOBALL" Target Attacked: The 384th Bomb Group (H) dispatched 37 aircraft to form the lead group of the 41st "A" CBW. The primary target, "NOBALL" installations (V-1 launch sites), was attacked by all aircraft, except as noted.

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 392nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 556.7 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: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-815910
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Ol Soak
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Dynamite John
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Challenger
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Ugly Duckling
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 601st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hard Seventeen, Hard Luck
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 447th Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date6 Apr 2020 03:25:30
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives
Mission Report on Mission #113, No Ball Target, 30 August 1944
NARA document research provided by Brad Sullivan

Date20 Sep 2016 03:06:15
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives

Date20 Sep 2016 03:05:10
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives - Combat Crew Mission Record chart 786th BS
"Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough - page 115

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'.