VIII Bomber Command 134

19 November 1943

Description

The primary target for this mission was Gelsenkirchen, Germany by adverse weather conditions and failure of the PFF equipment caused al formations to seek out targets of opportunity along the German-Dutch border. The force was composed of 168 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division that included: 95BG (17); 100BG (21); 390BG (23); 388BG (19); 96BG (42); 94BG (18); and 385BG (21). Also included were 6 B-17s from 482BG equipped with PFF Oboe equipment - 3 of these abort. This is the last mission by 8th Air Force using PFF Oboe equipment, form now on they will use H2S and H2X radar on blind-boming operations. Only 1 aircraft is lost after sustaining a mid-air collision during assemebly and crashing at Redinfield, UK 10KIA. There are no other losses or claims.

Mission Details

GELSENKIRCHEN (Primary)

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Includes 3 of 6 B-17s from 482nd Bomb Group equipped with Pathfinder (PFF). Equipment malfunctions and mission is forced to attack targets of opportunity along the Dutch/German border. One loss (95th Bomb Group) occurred as result of crash just after take-off. None of 94th Bomb Group despatch is effective on the target. This spells the end for Oboe-equipped missions. The 8th Air Force will now rely on H2S and H2X aircraft-carried radar for blind bombing missions. Oboe will be used by 9th Air Force with the B-26 with great success.

Official emblem of the 100th Bomb Group, approved 30 March 1944 and replaced 1957
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 281.30
  • People killed in action: 10
  • Aircraft sent: 167
  • Aircraft effective: 130
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 1

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 563rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-745609
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-741883
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35473758
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-727183
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16058262 and O-738966
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

Revisions

Date13 Jul 2015 18:23:23
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Jul-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:16
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'.