705

8 November 1944

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

ENSCHEDE

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

MERSEBURG

Description: SCREENING MISSION

MERSEBURG/LEUNA

Description: OIL REFINERY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Recalled due to weather. 457th BG MISSION NO. 146: MERSEBURG, GERMANY, 8 NOVEMBER 1944 Although three squadrons were dispatched to attack the Leuna synthetic oil plant at Merseburg, difficulty in assembling caused the Group to be recalled. Several attempts to assemble at various altitudes proved useless. With four craft in formation and weather conditions unfavorable for assembly, it was decided to proceed to the first Control Point, where it was believed the weather would improve. The four aircraft arrived at the Control Point on time and on course. On the Division Assembly Line, the Group Leader was in proper position; however, the other aircraft were unable to assemble. The Group was then recalled. The low squadron, having a full complement of aircraft, went across the border of Germany in a futile attempt to bomb with another group. They then returned to base. At 18,000 feet over the Channel, two aircraft collided in thick haze.The craft piloted by Lt. Amet L. Furr broke into two pieces and went down with all of the crew lost. The fore part of the plane went into a steep glide and disappeared. The aft section likewise went into a glide. The aircraft was noteworthy as having been rebuilt from two other planes, one part being silver and the other camoullage green. It was appropriately named "Arf 'N Arf', partly because of its hybrid make-up from two planes, and partly in recognition of a favorite British beverage. The other airplane, "Bad Time, Inc. II", limped back to England and made an emergency landing.

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

MERSEBURG/LEUNA

Description: OIL REFINERY

Notes: Weather causes a recall of 350+ bombers. A mix of 752 P-47s and P-51s provide escort.

NORDHORN

Description: CANAL

RHEINE

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

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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
  • Service Numbers: O-760521
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • 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

Aircraft

Revisions

Date5 Aug 2018 15:45:09
Contributorcrazy1diamond
Sources

crazy1diamond

Date29 Apr 2015 09:49:56
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'.