VIII Bomber Command 67

25 June 1943

Object Number - UPL 16578

Description

This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG (25); 305BG (25); 306BG (23); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (24); and 384BG (19) are forced to bomb targets of opportunity and German airfield an AA batteries in Wangerooge island. 2 B-17s attack a German ship convoy near the island. Of the 197 despatched 149 are effective on a target. Fighter opposition is heavy and the lack of tight formation among the bombers give the Germans ample opportunities to attack the bombers. 15 B-17 are MIA. The bomber gunners claim 46-8-27 of the enemy fighters.

A second formation of 78 B-17s is despatched from: 94BG (15), 94BG (18); 96BG (26); and 100BG (19) to attack at Hamburg, Germany but this formation is widly scattered and only 18 of the 78 despatched are successful in finding a target to bomb. 94BG and 96BG do not bomb at all. The 18 that do drop focus on hitting a German ship convoy near Juist island. This is the first combat mission for 100BG and they suffer the loss of 3 of their B-17s, the only ones lost from this formation. The encounter fighters and the bombe gunners claim 16-3-3 of the enemy fighters.

Mission Details

Description: CONVOY PATROL

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: The 100th Bomb Group flies their first mission, of 19 despatched only two were effective.

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
  • 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
The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 45.00
  • People killed in action: 25
  • People wounded in action: 3
  • Prisoners of war: 5
  • Aircraft sent: 78
  • Aircraft effective: 18
  • Aircraft missing in action: 3
  • Aircraft damaged: 22

HAMBURG (Primary) / WANGEROOGE ISLAND (Last Resort)

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: The primary target for this mission was Hamburg, Germany but clouds and heavy contrails broke up the formation and the mission was recalled, however a few apparently made it close to the target, TN42-5382 of 303rd Bomb Group was one of these lost Missing in Action (MIA). The targets listed in the table were bombed as a last resort. 7 YB-40s from 92nd Bomb Group are-assignedto escort the bombers but 3 abort. Both elements receive fighter support.

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 363.50
  • People killed in action: 59
  • People wounded in action: 11
  • Prisoners of war: 84
  • People returned to duty: 10
  • Aircraft sent: 197
  • Aircraft effective: 149
  • Aircraft missing in action: 15
  • Aircraft damaged: 39

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 526th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-733254
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18124489
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13057861
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-736081
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Revisions

Date3 Nov 2017 04:41:42
ContributorARowe95
Sources

ARowe95

Date3 Nov 2017 04:40:05
ContributorARowe95
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ARowe95

Date15 Jan 2016 19:22:41
ContributorMags
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

Date6 Jan 2015 20:56:09
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Jan-2015. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:17
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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