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18 January 1945

Object Number - UPL 20571 - Kentucky Winner (42-102481) was flown only once on 18 Jan 1945 by Lester Wise, pilot, on a mission from Great Ashfield to Kaiserslautern. He flew...

Mission Details

KAISERSLAUTERN

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: Bad weather hampers operations. Most of the bombers are diverted to bases on the Continent after the raid because of heavy clouds.

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People

  • 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
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 486th Bomb Group 833rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2009072
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 548th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 548th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: AO829113
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Kentucky Winner
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date2 Jul 2017 02:54:59
ContributorVirginiawise50
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise who flew as pilot on this mission with Jack Q. Means as co-pilot

Date1 Jul 2017 19:50:50
ContributorVirginiawise50
Sources

Virginia wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise B-17 (42-102481) pilot, 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group flew on this mission from Great Ashfield, England to Kaiserslauten, 18 Jan 1945.

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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