8th Air Force 959

18 April 1945
media-7273.jpeg UPL 7273 Strike Photo
Passau, Germany
18 April 1945 466th Bomb Group collection

466th BG Historian

Object Number - UPL 7273 - Strike Photo Passau, Germany 18 April 1945

Mission Details

FREISING

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

KOLLIN

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

NEUBURG AN DER DONAU

Description: OIL DEPOT

Notes: Escort mission. 101 of 103 P-51s escort Ninth AF B-26s. They claim 1-0-2 aircraft.

PASSAU

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

Notes: A mix of 240 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data. 29 466th BG attacked this target from 18,500 feet.

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 372.3
  • Aircraft sent: 196
  • Aircraft effective: 166

PASSAU

Description: RAIL JUNCTION

PILSEN

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

ROSENHEIM

Description: ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS

STRAUBING

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

TRAUNSTEIN

Description: ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS

TRAUNSTEIN

Description: MARSHALLING YARDS

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34725400
  • Role/Job: Toglier
  • 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
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2057209
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36864214
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Dynamite John
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th 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: Midge
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: D-Day Dottie
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Pretty Baby
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 53401
  • Description: 401st Bomb Group, Mission No. 252, 18 Apr 1945, Traunstein, Germany

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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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