VIII Bomber Command 79

29 July 1943
media-25220.jpeg UPL 25220 Lt. Carroll Dayle Briscoe (306thBG, 369thSq) flying the "Carroll Jun," named after his daughter who was born in the middle of his tour.

My grandfather is pictured in this plane, and it was named after my mother.

Object Number - UPL 25220 - Lt. Carroll Dayle Briscoe (306thBG, 369thSq) flying the "Carroll Jun," named after his daughter who was born in the middle of his tour.

Description

The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); 381BG (24); 303BG (20); 379BG (19); and 384BG (17) are dispatcher to Kiel, Germany. 95 were able to bomb the target at Kiel, but 44 others (303BG; 379BG and 384BG) encountered cloud cover and smoke over the target and they ended up attacking targets of last resort. Also this formation dropped 767,000 leaflets over the city. A total of 4 B-17s from the groups that attacked Kiel Failed to Return (FTR) - 21KIA 21POW 1DIC. Another 2 were Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) but these crews all were RTD. The bomber gunners in this formation claimed 33-2-29 of the attacking enemy aircraft; another 2 B-17s from the groups that were forced to divert to other targets Failed to Return (FTR) - 4KIA 16POW. The bomber gunners in this formation claimed 13-4-4 of the attacking enemy aircraft.

A second element of a combined force of 81 B-17s from: 94BG (15); 95BG (8); 96BG (11); 100BG (21); 385BG (16); 388BG (10). 54 of these were effective on the target. 4 B-17s of this formation Failed to Return (FTR) - 21KIA 10POW 10RTD (Rescued by ASR). Fighter resistance against this group was light. The bomber gunners claimed 0-2-0 of attacking fighters.

Mission Details

Description: BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Cloud cover at Kiel forces 44 of this formation to seek targets of opportunity.

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
The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 107.25
  • People killed in action: 4
  • Prisoners of war: 16
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 13
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 4
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 4
  • Aircraft sent: 56
  • Aircraft effective: 44
  • Aircraft missing in action: 2
  • Aircraft damaged: 7

KIEL (Primary)

Description: NAVAL BASE

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: 1 YB-40 Gunship from 92nd Bomb Group participates. Cloud cover frustrates bombing causing 44 to bomb targets of opportunity. This element also drops 767,000 leaflets. No fighter escort.

Unofficial emblem, 305th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Official insignia of the 306th Bomb Group, approved 6 January 1943, and updated 2 October 1951.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Unofficial emblem of the 91st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 207.90
  • People killed in action: 22
  • People wounded in action: 8
  • Prisoners of war: 21
  • People returned to duty: 20
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 35
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 1
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 29
  • Aircraft sent: 112
  • Aircraft effective: 95
  • Aircraft missing in action: 4
  • Aircraft damaged beyond repair: 2
  • Aircraft damaged: 55

WARNEMUNDE (Primary)

Description: HEINKLE AIRCRAFT FACTORY

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

The wreckage of a B-24 Liberator (GO-K) of the 328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group that has crash landed. A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 100th Bomb Group is in the background.
  • 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 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A bomber crew of the 94th Bomb Group stand with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30200) nicknamed "Slo Time Sally" and a bomb inscribed 'Special delivery to Hitler'. Inscription on bomb reads: 'Special delivery to Hitler, From Peggy of St. Louis.'
  • 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: 129.00
  • People killed in action: 21
  • Prisoners of war: 10
  • People returned to duty: 10
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 2
  • Aircraft sent: 81
  • Aircraft effective: 54
  • Aircraft missing in action: 4
  • Aircraft damaged: 7

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14062755 | O-668177
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group 1st Scouting Force 385th Fighter Squadron 546th Bomb Squadron 857th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-728536
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
The insignia of the 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36395293
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-523642
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group 367th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13059061 at enlistment, then O-733589
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Knock-out Dropper
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Pie-Eyed Piper
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Old Faithful
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group 366th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fifi | Old Battle Axe
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron 94th Bomb Group 332nd Bomb Squadron
The insignia of the 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group.
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Jimmie Boy
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date31 Jan 2018 17:25:47
Contributorwilliam henry
ChangesChanges to description. Changes to Media. Changes to Media
Sources

Correct typos

Date15 Jan 2016 19:39:16
ContributorMags
ChangesChanges to aircraft associations
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

Date10 May 2015 18:39:48
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to Warnemude element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date10 May 2015 18:38:25
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to Kiel formation statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A> Freeman.

Date10 May 2015 18:36:25
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to event
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Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to the statisitcs of the 44 aircraft that were diverted by weather to bomb targets of last resport per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Rober A. Freeman.

Date10 May 2015 18:33:26
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-May-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:17
ContributorAAM
ChangesAAM ingest
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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