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22 October 1944

Object Number - UPL 39017 - Mission list kept by 2nd Lt. Donald Muckerman of the 8th Airforce, 305th Bomb Group, 422nd Squadron (back)

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

BIELEFELD

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

BRUNSWICK/BUSSING

Description: MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

HAMM

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

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: 73
  • Aircraft sent: 27
  • Aircraft effective: 26

HANNOVER/HANOMAG

Description: MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: A mix of 379 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data. 457th BG MISSION NO. 138: HANNOVER, GERMANY, 22 OCTOBER 1944 Comprising the 94th C Combat Wing, the 457th attacked the locomotive and tank works at Hannover. Other targets attacked by the Eighth were auto works and transportation facilities at Brunswick, Hamm and Munster. Major Dickinson led the Group. Assembly was executed at the briefed altitude plus 2,000 feet because of clouds. The formation lost time over the continent because the winds were different from those forecast at briefing. Just before reaching the IP, the Group swung to the left of course in order to take interval behind the groups ahead. Because of ten-tenths clouds, the target was attacked by PFF 1,000 feet above briefed altitude. The change in altitude on the bomb run seemed very effective in offsetting the accuracy of the radar controlled antiaircraft guns. Due to malfunction of the PFF equipment in the lead and deputy lead aircraft, the lead was turned over to the high squadron. Bombs were salvoed from 28,000 feet. The other two squadrons released their bombs on the smoke markers of the high squadron. All craft returned without incident.

Unofficial emblem of the 457th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

MUNSTER

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

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People

  • 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
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-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 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

Revisions

Date6 Apr 2020 19:41:46
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives - Mission Report for 14 October 1944
NARA document research provided by Brad Sullivan

Date6 Apr 2020 19:37:00
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives - Mission Report for 14 October 1944
NARA document research provided by Brad Sullivan

Date22 Apr 2015 16:10:26
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents.

Date22 Apr 2015 16:03:10
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents.

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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