746

11 December 1944

Object Number - UPL 19981 - The Leo Belskis crew : Top row, from left to right : Pilot Leo Belskis; Co-Pilot Glenn C. Vaugh; Navigator James V. Collett; Bombardier Ross W....

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

EUSKIRCHEN

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

FRANKFURT

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: This is the largest formation of bombers despatched to date - 1,586 bombers escorted by 841 fighters. 457th BG MISSION NO. 158 : FRANKFURT, GERMANY : 11 DECEMBER, 1944 Striking again at rail facilities supplying the German armies in the West, the 457th attacked the marshalling yards at Frankfurt. The formation of thirty-six craft comprised the 94th C Combat Wing. Captain Dozier was Air Commander and Lt. Seesenguth was pilot. Assembly was at briefed altitude plus 3,000 feet, because of clouds. The route over England was flown above briefed altitude. While flying over enemy territory, the Group had to make slight deviations in order to remain in Division formation. The Group was about eight minutes early, because winds were not as briefed. At the IP, the Group was to the right of course, but a successful run was made. Complete overcast existed over the target area, and it was necessary to bomb in group formation by means of PFF equipment. Bombs were released from 25,000 feet. Flak was light and the Group sustained no losses.

  • 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

GIESSEN

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: A mix of 349 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

HANAU

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

KARLSRUHE

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

KOBLENZ

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

MANNHEIM

Description: BRIDGES

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Mitchell Crew MPI - R.R. Bridge over Rhine Bombing Altitude - 21,800 ft. Remarks: "Lousy weather all the way to target. 10/10 cirrus at target. Bombed G-H. Moderate flak at target but inaccurate on us-thank goodness. Results of bombing observed. Good escort. Saw "17" in our grp. go down from flak."

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 2-2000 & 2-1000 G.P. by "Julie Linda" of 535th BG

MAXIMILIANSAU

Description: BRIDGE

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

Aircraft

Revisions

Date20 Feb 2018 09:41:44
Contributormarshaferraro
Sources

Personal list of 30 missions Lloyd C. Kenagy participated in with the 401st Bomb Group 613th Squadron between Aug 1, 1944 and April 11, 1945.

Date19 May 2016 15:54:23
ContributorWWIIUSflyerfan
Sources

Flight Diary of Jack A. Keating, 1st. Lt., Bombardier, 535th Squadron, 381st BG. I certify that I maintain the original diary and all information is a true and correct copy therefrom. Suzanne E. Keating 5/19/2016

Date29 Apr 2015 10:41:34
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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