729

29 November 1944

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

ALTENBEKEN

Description: RAIL VIADUCT

BIELEFLED/SCHILDESCHE / Bielefeld, Germany

Description: RAIL VIADUCT

Notes: A mix of 261 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

HAMM

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

MISBURG

Description: OIL REFINERY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: A mix of 419 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data. 457th BG MISSION NO. 153 : MISBURG, GERMANY : 29 NOVEMBER, 1944 This was the Group's second successive attack on the natural oil refinery at Misburg, but again the bombing results were unobserved due to ten tenths cloud cover over the target. A regular group of 36 aircraft was dispatched plus a screening force referred to as "D" Squadron. With Lt. Colonel Francis in the lead, the Group effected assembly and the formation proceeded to the Continent. At the Dutch coast a three-gun battery threw up some meager and inaccurate flak. From the coast the Group flew east to a point between Bremen and Osnabruck, where it headed southeast into the IP. From there a ninety degree turn to the left brought the formation on the bomb run. Bombs were dropped from 26,200 feet. Bomb results were unobserved because of cloud undercast. Flak was meager and inaccurate.

  • 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

MISBURG

Description: SCREENING MISSION

OSNABRUCK

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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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: 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: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-720421
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date23 Apr 2020 01:59:20
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG - Report on Mission No 145, RR Viaduct, Bielefeld, Germany, 29 November 1944
NARA Research by Brad Sullivan

Date9 Jun 2016 00:00:43
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date29 Apr 2015 10:36:05
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'.