623

11 September 1944

Object Number - UPL 25922 - Map of 8th air force mission #623 to Fulda, on September 11, 1944. From the estate of Harold Motz, navigator on the Westrope crew, 708th squadron,...

Description

Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 38.5 T

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 62.5 T

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 8.2 T

BOHLEN (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Notes: An estimated 525 Luftwaffe fighters attack the bomber streams of this three part mission. This is the greatest Luftwaffe attack since 28-May-44. However, the Luftwaffe gets terrible punishment: 17-25-4 by the bomber gunners ND 115-7-23 by the fighter escort with another 42-0-43 on the ground.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 173 T

BRUX (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Notes: 3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is,44th BG, 94th BG, 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group, 100th BG, 390th BG, 447th BG, 452nd BG, 486th BG, 490th BG, 493rd BG. 385th Bomb Group & 388th Bomb Group stand down

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 95.3 T

CHEMNITZ (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Notes: This force is an OPERATION FRANTIC mission that along with 64 P-51s continues on to land at bases in the USSR. 96th Bomb Group & 452nd BG

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 146.4 T

DIEPHOLZ (Opportunistic)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 22.5 T

EISENACH (Opportunistic)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 177.5 T

FULDA (Opportunistic)

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 95.1 T

FULDA (Opportunistic)

Description: TYRE PLANT

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 159.7 T

HANNOVER (Opportunistic)

Description: ENGINE FACTORY

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th BG, 92nd BG, 93rd BG, 385th BG, 389th BG, 445th BG, 453rd BG, 458th BG, 466th BG, 467th BG, 489th BG, 491 BG, 492nd BG. 446th Bomb Group stands down.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 298.7 T

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 30 T

LUTZKENDORF (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high section of the 41st "A" Combat Bombardment Wing on this mission. The primary target, oil installations near Lützkendorf, Germany, were obscured by a solid undercast, as was the secondary and an airfield near Giessen. Finally, a successful visual attack was accomplished on an unidentified factory in the Friedberg, Germany, area. This group saw several Me-163 'Komet' rocket-powered aircraft in the vicinity of Leipzig, and one near the Belgian coast, but they were not attacked.

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 233.7 T

MAGDEBURG (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 78.5 T

MAGDEBURG (Primary)

Description: ORDNANCE DEPOT

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 64.7 T

MAGDEBURG CITY (Opportunistic)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 157 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, 351 BG, 379th BG, 381st BG, 384th BG, 385th BG, 401st BG, 486th BG. 398th Bomb Group & 457th Bomb Group stand down.

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

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 278.6 T

MISBURG (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 243.2 T

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 15 T

RUHLAND (Primary)

Description: OIL REFINERY

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 53 T

STENDAL (Opportunistic)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 107.5 T

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36215923 / O-692248
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • 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: 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: 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: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (4Z-V+) nicknamed "Wolves Inc." of the 791st Bomb Squadron, 467th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '467th B.G., 4Z-V+.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Wolves Inc.
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 789th Bomb Squadron 791st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Diana Queen Of The Chase
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
An airman of the 95th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102447) nicknamed "El's Belles". First handwritten caption on reverse: 'F/L on last of 365's bases in Belgium other side "Angels Sister" [name struck-out and annotated 'No'] 365 FG C Johnson/icm/75' Second handwritten caption on reverse: 'BG-A 95 BG.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: El's Belles
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Paisano
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron
A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102657) of the 350th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group that has crashed into the roof of a building. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'B-17G, 42-102657. 350BS. Crashed 11/9/44. Sgt. J.C. Kluttze. T. Bradshaw.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Boss Lady
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date5 Jan 2019 04:05:46
Contributorrichmu88
Sources

DOnald Muckermans personal records

Date26 Jan 2017 07:49:37
Contributorcmckeever
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

Date23 Sep 2016 23:48:44
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough
Page 120

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:08
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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