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30 October 1944

Object Number - UPL 6521 - Crew #664 Elmo Maiden Crew 466th BG - 786th BS Standing Left to Right: Bernard M. Atkins (TG), Vernon R. Hayden (WG), William R. Hoopes (B),...

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

BREMEN

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

CUXHAVEN

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

ENSCHEDE

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

HAMBURG

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

HAMBURG/HARBURG

Description: OIL REFINERY

Notes: A mix of 293 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

HAMBURG/RHENANIA

Description: OIL REFINERY

HAMM

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

HELIGOLAND ISLAND

Description: COVER MISSION

HELIGOLAND ISLAND

Description: NAVAL INSTALLATIONS

Notes: This is and APHRODITE attack (388th BG).

MERSEBURG/LEUNA

Description: OIL REFINERY

Notes: Mission recalled due to weather

MUNSTER

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 457th BG MISSION NO. 142: MUNSTER, GERMANY,30 OCTOBER 1944 Although the assigned primary target was the synthetic oil plant at Gelsenkirchen, solid undercastcaused the Group to bomb Munster for the second time in three days. The 457th comprised the 94th B Combat Wing, with Lt. Col. Francis as Air Commander. The Group assembled and flew the Division Assembly line as briefed and in proper position. Somedifficulty was encountered in maintaining Division formation when the Group ran into very dense and persistent contrails west of the Dutch coast. However, the course to the IP was flown as briefed. Since ten-tenths clouds covered the primary target, the Group attacked the PFF secondary target. The turn was made at the IP, as briefed for PFF bombing, with squadrons in trail. Visibility was poor because of contrails. Meager and inaccurate flak had no effect on the bomb run. The lead squadron performed its own sighting and released its bombs fiom 28,000 feet. The high squadron also performed its own sighting. The PFF equipment malfunctioned halfway down the bomb run, but the operator had given a sufficient number of dropping angles to permit the bombardier to release bombs. The low squadron dropped on the smoke markers of the lead. The route from the target was flown as briefed. All planes retumed safely to the base with two craft sustaining damage.

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

OSNABRUCK

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

UETERSEN

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

WESERMUNDE

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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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: 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 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball 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: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date20 Feb 2018 09:34:50
Contributormarshaferraro
Sources

Personal list of 30 missions Lloyd C. Kenagy participated in with the 401st Bomb Group 613th Squadron between Aug 1, 1944 and April 11, 1945.

Date29 Apr 2015 09:32:54
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

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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