8th Air Force 918

30 March 1945
media-26296.jpeg UPL 26296 Lt. Merlin Arnold of the 353rd FG/351st FS receiving an award during a medal giving ceremony.
Arnold flew P-51D "Tampa Tramp" aircraft code YJ-I. Arnold was killed bailing out of his plane when he hit the ship. Billy J Murray collection

personal effects of Lt. Billy J. Murray 353rd FG/ 351st FS

Object Number - UPL 26296 - Lt. Merlin Arnold of the 353rd FG/351st FS receiving an award during a medal giving ceremony. Arnold flew P-51D "Tampa Tramp" aircraft code YJ-I....

Mission Details

BREMEN

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

BREMEN

Description: RAILROAD BRIDGE

BREMEN

Description: SUBMARINE PENS

FARGE

Description: SUBMARINE PENS

Notes: This is a DISNEY operation using rocket bombs

HAMBURG

Description: OIL DEPOT

HAMBURG

Description: PORT AREA

HAMBURG

Description: SUBMARINE PENS

HAMBURG-BREMEN

Description: FREELANCE MISSION

WILHELMSHAFEN

Description: SUBMARINE PENS

Notes: A mix of 105 p-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

WILHELMSHAFEN/BAUHABEN

Description: PORT AREA

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People

  • 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: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12120324 / O-835109
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12077778
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36864214
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Tail Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Diana Queen Of The Chase
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th 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: Spam-O-Liner
  • Unit: 545th Bomb Squadron 384th Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Little Kenny
  • Unit: 544th Bomb Squadron 384th Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Farmer's Daughter
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron 615th Bomb Squadron

Related media

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 53530
  • Description: 401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 239, 30 Mar 1945, Bremen, Germany. Briefing took place at 0720 hours for this mission. Aircraft were loaded with twelve...

Revisions

Date
ContributorVirginiawise50
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Sources

Official Website of 385th Bomb Group Associaton Database-Missions

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ContributorVirginiawise50
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Sources

Official Website of 385th Bomb Group Association Database-Missions

Date
ContributorVirginiawise50
Changes
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise, pilot of B-17 (43-39056) of 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group, who flew on this mission to Hamburg 30 Mar 1945

Date
Contributordwgdallas
Changes
Sources

The personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date
Changes
Sources

Changed date according to "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" - Roger Freeman. p.476

Date
ContributorAAM
Changes
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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