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16 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

DUREN

Description: SCREENING MISISON

DUREN

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

ESCHWEILER

Description: TRANSPORTATION TARGET

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 457th BG MISSION NO. 148 - ESCHWELLER, GERMANY 16 NOVEMBER, 1944 In order to provide direct support of ground troops near Aachen, German troop concentrations and gun emplacements at Eschweiler were selected as the target of this mission. Major Snow led the Group, the 94th Combat Wing, and the 1St Division A Wing. The route to the target was flown on course. The IP was crossed on course. Cloud cover was ten tenths over the target. The line of friendly flak was observed. No enemy flak was encountered. The bombs were released from 22,000 feet. Clouds obscured the results of the attack. Later, the Commanding General of the 104th Infantry Division, General Terry Allen, forwarded the following TWX through channels: "Doughboys thank you for a fine job. Certainly appreciated it. Please inform all participants."

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

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-716310
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • 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
  • Service Numbers: 13178814 / O-716614
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • 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: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date23 Apr 2020 01:16:35
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Archives - Report on Mission 142, Ground Support - Eschweiler, Germany - 16 November 1944

Date29 Apr 2015 10:14:40
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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