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14 January 1945

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

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Description: FIGHTER SWEEPS

Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang

Notes: A mix of 116 P-47s and P-51s fly a fighter seep over North. Germany. Mix not given in available data. After escorting Bombers, pilots of the 353rd Fighter Group, 351st Fighter Squadron lead by Blue Flight Leader, Lt. Billy J. Murray with Pilots Lt. John W. Rohrs, Lt. George J. Rosen, and Lt. Clarence Geiger observed 2 ME262's traveling north at 10,000ft. Murray maneuvered the flight to bounce out of the sun from 20,000ft and took the jet on the left, observing strikes from the left nacelle to the right. The pilot immediately veered high and right to evade almost hitting his wingman. The pilot was observed to bail out at this point. Rohrs managed to get behind the right ME262 wingman and raked him with fire. Rosen joined in and the plane began an immediate dive straight into the ground. No chute was observed and both pilots Rohr and Rosen reported that the German pilot was most likely wounded or dead prior to the crash. Murray would be credited with a confirmed victory and Rosen and Rohrs shared the second plane.

Germany

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Notes: BERG, Germany

COLOGNE

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

COLOGNE/DEUTZ

Description: HIGHWAY BRIDGE

COLOGNE/HOHENZOLLERN

Description: HIGHWAY BRIDGE

COLOGNE/RODENKIRCHEN

Description: HIGHWAY BRIDGE

DERBEN GERMANY

Description: OIL REFINERY

EHMEN

Description: OIL REFINERY

HALLENDORF

Description: OIL REFINERY

HEMMINGSTEDT

Description: OIL REFINERY

MAGDEBURG

Description: OIL REFINERY

OSNABRUCK

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

WANGEROOGE ISLAND

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Connections

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 453rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-667904
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • 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: 323rd Bomb Group 453rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18084765 and O-726105
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 487th Bomb Group 839th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot/Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 487th Bomb Group 839th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator; Waist Gunner

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (4Z-V+) nicknamed "Wolves Inc." of the 791st Bomb Squadron, 467th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '467th B.G., 4Z-V+.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Wolves Inc.
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 789th Bomb Squadron 791st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Dynamite John
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lucky Lady ; Screaming Eagle
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Farmer's Daughter
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mississippi Mission, Bob Tail Battler
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date20 Feb 2018 09:55:11
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.

Date29 Mar 2017 20:57:10
Contributordwgdallas
Sources

From the Personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date23 Mar 2017 17:09:14
Contributordwgdallas
Sources

"Jonah's Feet are Dry" --a history of the 353rd FG by Graham Cross

Date23 Mar 2017 16:57:27
Contributordwgdallas
Sources

The personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date19 Dec 2016 19:49:07
Contributordwgdallas
Sources

Murray was credited on this date with shooting down his only air kill of a ME-262 fighter.

Date27 May 2015 14:27:24
Contributorjdossetter
Sources

Might Eighth War Diary by Roger Freeman.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:09
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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