704

6 November 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

BOTTROP/WILHEIM

Description: OIL REFINERY

DUISBURG

Description: BENZOL OIL PLANT

HAMBURG/HARBURG

Description: OIL REFINERY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: The 398th Bomb Group flies its first mission. 457th BG MISSION NO. 145: HARBURG, GERMANY, 6 NOVEMBER 1944 Again an oil refinery was attacked by the 457th. The target was Harburg. Captain Dozier was in command with Lt. Jeffers as pilot. The Group comprised the 94th C Combat Wing. After assembly, the Group assumed its proper position in the Division formation and proceeded across the Channel to attack its target. The IP was reached six minutes late because winds were not as briefed. After the turn at the IP, the craft piloted by Lt. Edward P. McGroarty left the formation. No damage, fire or chutes were observed and reason for leaving is unknown. Only one crewrnan survived. The turn on the bomb run was made about five miles northwest of the briefed IP. The target area was covered with ten tenths clouds and PFF was utilized. Although the Group encountered moderate anti-aircraft fire, its accuracy was only fair. All three squadrons released their bombs on the smoke marker of the Group Lead aircraft. Results were unobserved.

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

HAMBURG/LUBECK

Description: OIL REFINERY

HAMBURG/RHENANIA

Description: OIL REFINERY

HAMM

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

MINDEN/MITTELLAND CANAL

Description: CANAL

NEUMUNSTER

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

NEUMUNSTER

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

RHEYDT

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

STERKRADE

Description: OIL REFINERY

VREDEN

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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People

  • 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: 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 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier

Aircraft

Revisions

Date29 Apr 2015 09:44:01
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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