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5 November 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

FRANKFURT

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: A mix of 206 P-47s and P-51s provided escort. Mix not given in available data. 457th BG MISSION NO. 144: FRANKFURT, GERMANY, 5 NOVEMBER 1944 The disruption of Germany's transportation system was the focus of attack for the mission. The Group comprised the 94th A Combat Wing with Major Syptak as Air Commander, and Lt. Charles E. Barrier as pilot. The Group assumed its proper position in the Division assembly and began its route to Germany. Because of winds being diflerent from those briefed, the formation was three minutes late in reaching the IP. Ten-tenths clouds existed in the target area and the bomb run was made by means of PFF equipment" The 45Tth bombed in Group formation. All three squadrons released their bombs on the smoke markers from the lead airmaft with fair to good results. The lead squadron dropped from 26,000 feet. Flak was moderate but accurate with eleven aircraft being damaged.

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

HANAU

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

KAISERSLAUTERN

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

KARLSRUHE

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: A mix of 228 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

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: 81.40
  • People killed in action: 3
  • People wounded in action: 6
  • Aircraft effective: 25
  • Aircraft missing in action: 2
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 13

LANDAU

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

LUDWIGSHAVEN

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

LUDWIGSHAVEN

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: A mix of 192 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

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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: 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: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

Revisions

Date21 Apr 2020 02:23:41
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom
page 196

Date21 Apr 2020 02:20:55
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives - Report on Mission No 137 Karlsruhe, Germany - 5 November 1944
NARA research by Brad Sullivan

Date21 Apr 2020 02:19:08
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives - Report on Mission No 137 Karlsruhe, Germany - 5 November 1944
NARA research by Brad Sullivan

Date23 Sep 2016 23:17:02
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

"Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough
Pages 116, 117, 205

Date29 Apr 2015 09:38:42
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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