835

19 February 1945

Object Number - UPL 35193

Description

1,100 Heavies Hit Nazi Rails

More than 1,800 8th Air Force heavies resumed the air offensive against Nazi communications and industrial targets yesterday after a day of inactivity, hammering objectives at Osnabruck, Rheine and Seiger and pounding areas in the Ruhr.

The Libs and Forts were escorted by about 500 Mustangs and Thunderbolts, which dived low to strafe communication lines. One group of fighters accounted for nine truck and five railway cars, while another destroyed 148 locomotives and 365 oil cars in the Hanover area.

The Krauts also took it from the British and from U.S.bombers based in Italy.

Lancasters of the RAF Bombers command, escorted by Mustangs, yesterday afternoon attacked the important communications center of Wesel in support of Canadian 1st Army's offensive.

From Italy, Libs and Forts soared out to belt rail yards in Vienna.

Mission Details

Description: SCOUTING MISSION

ALM

Description: OIL REFINERY

BOCHUM

Description: BENZOL PLANT

DORTMUND/HARPENERWEG

Description: OIL REFINERY

GELSENKIRCHEN

Description: BENZOL PLANT

HANNOVER-MAGDEBURG-BRUNSWICK

Description: FIGHTER SWEEPS

HASELUNNE

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Description: VEHICLE PLANT

MESCHEDE

Description: VEHICLE PLANT

Notes: A mix of 122 P-47s and P-51s provides escort. Mix not given in available data.

MUNSTER

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Mission 281, 8thAF/ 379thBG/ A. Edwards B-17 Crew: Flown on 2/19/1945 Mission City: Munster Country: Germany Mission Target: Marshalling Yards Aircraft: 42-38183 Name: The Lost Angel Crew: Alfred E Edwards Jr, Lester Bohne, Billy C Hulsey, Vernon T Calhoun, Wallace I Pfieffer, Janel D Hamilton, William H Melvin Jr., Harry G Chaoona, Michael Rusnak .

The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 8th Air Force.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Command
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

OSNABRUCK

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Aircraft sent: 44
  • Aircraft effective: 42

RHEINE

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

SIEGEN

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

WESEL

Description: RAIL BRIDGE

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: AF 34 725 400
  • Highest Rank: Chief Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Toglier in WWII; Aircraft Maintenance until 1967 retirement
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 733rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11085503
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division 13th Combat Bomb Wing 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 508th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Mechanic, Instructor Pilot for B-24, B-17, B-25, Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Aircraft Maintenance
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2073028
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator, Commanding Officer

Aircraft

Revisions

Date18 Sep 2018 04:27:25
Date18 Sep 2018 04:25:56
Date18 Sep 2018 04:24:43
Date18 Sep 2018 04:11:05
Sources

Newspaper article

Date18 Sep 2018 03:55:56
Sources

Owner of source material captured

Date17 Sep 2018 04:41:25
Date11 Dec 2014 10:04:55
ContributorEmily
Sources

Moved pin from Alm US to ALM Germany

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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