8th Air Force 295

10 April 1944
media-44162.jpeg UPL 44162 8th Air Force mission 295; Arnimswalde, Germany; April 11, 1944. 447th Bomb Group strike photo 447th Bomb Group collection

Timothy Motz, from Pictorial History of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/41056

Object Number - UPL 44162 - 8th Air Force mission 295; Arnimswalde, Germany; April 11, 1944. 447th Bomb Group strike photo

Mission Details

BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE (Opportunistic)

Description: AIRFIELD

BERGEN OP ZOOM (Opportunistic)

Description: INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

BOURGES (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD and AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Notes: 2nd Bomb Division was made up of 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group. The 467th Bomb Group flies its first mission.

A formation of B-24 Liberators of the 446th Bomb Group enroute to Europe. Printed caption on reverse: '71049 AC- A formation of Consolidated B-24 "Liberators" of the 2nd Bomb Division, roars over Europe en route to the target area. 24 November 1944. US Air Force photo.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 490T HE 143T IB

BRUSSELS (Primary)

Description: AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

BRUSSELS/MELSBROEK (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 457th BG MISSION NO. 24 - BRUSSELS-MIELSBROEK, BELGIUM 10 APRIL, 1944 The target was the Melsbroek Airdrome. It was situated on the northeast section of Brussels and was the home base of a Ju-88 bomber group. The 457th supplied eighteen aircraft flying the Wing's high box. Air Commander was Major Leroy Watson, with Lt. Belcher as pilot. Over Belgium and the target area, visibility was impededby a haze. Two 360 degree turns were made before bombs were dropped. The results were very good with three direct hits on Hangar No. 1, the Main Point of Impact (MPI). Flak was moderate but accurate, with all eighteen craft sustaining varying degrees of damage.

Unofficial emblem of the 457th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Description: AIRFIELD

DIEST/SCHAFFEN (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

EVERE (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD and AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Notes: 1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

Brigadier-General Frank Alton Armstrong Jr. during a visit to the 305th Bomb Group Official caption on image: "(GPR-83-9305) (18-6-43) (Brig. Gen. Armstrong..."
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 330.5T HE 199.5T IB

FLORENNES/JUZAINE (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Description: AIRFIELD

Notes: 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group,

Three B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 94th Bomb Group are attacked by a Nazi Fighter aircraft during a mission. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'A-62641 USAF: Nazi fighter plane attacking Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" during a bomb run over enemy installations somewhere in Europe, 10 September 1944. 100th[sic] Bomb Group, 3rd Bomb Division. U.S. Air Force Photo.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 310T HE 217T IB

Marquise / Mimoyecques, France

Description: V-1 MISSILE SITES

ORLEANS/BRICY (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

ROMARANTIN (Secondary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Connections

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6962724
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-434690
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Operations Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-752975
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Navigator / Bombardier / Nose Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32686782
  • Highest Rank: Technician Third Grade
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 466th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Little Sheppard
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Pretty Baby
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Spook Six
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 457th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Tenny Belle
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 23775
  • Description: Certificate showing the 33 Missions completed by Capt. William M. Bryan Jr of the 93rd Bomb Group
  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 53061
  • Description: 401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 48, 10 Apr 1944, Brussels, Belgium

Revisions

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ContributorTennyBelle
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8th AF Database

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Relocated pin

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Mission detail added courtesy of Diane Reese - http://www.457thbombgroup.org/Narratives/MA24.HTML

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ContributorAAM
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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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