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8th Air Force 911

24 March 1945

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Description

"8th AF Aided Paratroops

Having culminated its role in the Rhine crossing Saturday with blazing bomber and fighter sweeps up and down enemy territory, activities of the 8th Air Force fell off sharply yesterday as approximately 250 Liberators and some 250 Mustangs and Thunderbolts attacks three underground oil storage units near Brunswick and Hamburg.

"But on Saturday, the 8th put together a mighty procession of bomers and fighters which flew 3,000 sorties in cooperation with the troops streaming across the river. The bombers, which had been devastating enemy airfields east of the Rhine for three days, plastered 16 more and dropped weapons and supplies in a daring low-level operation to paratroops immediately after they had landed.

From dawn to dusk Thunderbolts and Mustang patroled the battle area, riddling troop concentrations, supply columns, rail yards and airfields. Only 66 Nazi fighters were met, an indication of the results of the bombers' relentless attacks on Luftwaffe fields, and 53 of these were shot down. The 8th lost 22 bombers and four fighters during the day.
Liberators which dropped supplies to airborne troops bore thhe brunt of
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Mission details

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. ACHMER

Description

AIRFIELD

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3. FURSTENAU/VECHTEL

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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4. HESEPE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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5. HOPSTEN

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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6. KIRTORF

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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7. NORDHORN

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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8. PLANTLUNNE

Description

AIRFIELD

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9. RHEINE

Description

AIRFIELD

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10. SIEGEN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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11. STEENWIJK

Description

AIRFIELD

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12. STORMEDE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

These missions are escorted by a mix of 95 P-47s and P-51s. Mix not given in available data.

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13. TWENTE/ANSCHEDE

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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14. TWENTE/ZIEGENHAIN

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

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Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 38
Number of aircraft Effective 37
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 0
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 0
Number of people Killed In Action 0

15. VAREL

Description

AIRFIELD

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16. VARRELBUSCH

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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17. VECHTAL

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

A mix 1,158 P-47s and P-51s fly area support for the bomber raids. Mix not given in available data. In AIRBORNE OPERATIONS the IX Troop Carrier Command dispatches 2000+ transports and gliders to drop and land the British 6 Airborne and the US 17th Airborne Divisions (plus artillery, vehicles, ammunition and other supplies) East of the Rhine River North and West of Wesel as the British 2nd Army and the US Ninth Armies cross the Rhine River to the NW and SE.

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18. WESEL

Description

SUPPLY DROP (BRITISH)

Aircraft type

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Notes

Supplies are dropped to British forces and US forces. Supplies are dropped from low altitude (300-400 feet). Losses are mostly due to small arms fire.

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19. WESEL

Description

SUPPLY DROP (US)

Aircraft type

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20. WITTMUNDHAFEN

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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21. ZWISCHENAHN

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Service

People

  • Jesse Adcock

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | B-17 Toglier in WWII; Aircraft Maintenance until 1967 retirement | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Dec 1944. Flew 55+ missions in B-17 as togglier. Adcock grew up on a farm in Ellisville, Mississippi, USA. He was career Air Force, retiring in 1967 as a Chief Master Sergeant (CMSAF). Born 3/8/1924 Died 3/16/2017

  • Harry Ahlers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ora Akins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x Combat missions. Carl Djernes crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • John Althoff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Elmer Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Anderson

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Reluctantly baled out, chute not known to have opened. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13537 ...

  • John Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Robert Applin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Our pilot, Bob Applin, was a natural leader and an excellent pilot. - Barky Hovsepian, R/O Complete a 35 mission tour

  • Paul Armentrout

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    44-45. 30 missions ETO 8th AF. Last 13 as lead crew -- lead 8th AF on Wesel low-level supply drop 24 March 1945. Return to States as a captain after VE Day. Assigned to reserve, discharged 7 February 1980 as LieutenantC.

  • Frank Arndt

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-100314 'Kay Bar'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel with Crandell crew on JAG supply mission. Hit by ground fire, after dropping supplies, crashed into ground. 24-Mar-45 9 x KIA. MACR 13601

  • 42-102393 Diana Queen Of The Chase

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-R] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; 111m, Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

  • 42-102398 Dynamite John

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-H] Deenethorpe 13/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-107151 Cover Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 15/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-31591 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Grenier 20/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 25/1/44; transferred 613BS/401BG [IN-J] Deenethorpe 11/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 19/3/44, force landed continent; Salvaged 1 SAD Troston 22/4/44; mission...

  • 42-31891 The Shape

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-P] Deenethorpe 15/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-32012 'Shark Tooth'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-P] Deenethorpe 5/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-50620

    B-24 Liberator
    Final mission was a cargo drop in support of Operation Varsity, 24 March 1945

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 02:02:43 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 02:00:48 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
Sources

Newspaper article

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 01:44:16 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 01:42:48 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description and person associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 01:41:59 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 01:40:45 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 00:22:49 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59 tied with news paper

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 16:08:26 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

https://www.google.com/maps/place/52%C2%B026'07.1%22N+7%C2%B023'50.2%22E/@52.4353,7.39728,4z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:13 AAM AAM 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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