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8th Air Force 920

31 March 1945

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Mission details

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. ASCHERSLEBEN

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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3. BAD PERKA

Description

OIL REFINERY

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4. BRANDENBURG

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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5. BRUNSWICK

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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Notes

A mix of 253 of 266 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

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6. ERFURT

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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7. GOTHA

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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8. HALLE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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9. LEIPZIG

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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10. SALZWEDEL

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Notes

Primary – Oil plant about 20 miles west of Brandenburg.
Secondary – Brandenburg (Marshalling yards in center of city.)
Last Resort – Marshalling yards at Salzwedel (60 miles WSW of Brandenburg)
The (primary) target wasn't visual, as per usual, so we proceeded to Brandenburg. I caught a glimpse of it thru the cloud. It looked like pretty nice country with plenty of lakes around. It's only about 20 miles from Berlin, too. We didn't lay any eggs there, however. We wheeled to the left & went on a NW course to hit the last resort.

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11. STENDAL

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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12. WEIMAR

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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13. ZEITZ

Description

OIL REFINERY

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Service

People

  • 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.

  • Joseph Almand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 missions. Flew on b-24 'Slick Chick'

  • Elmer Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • 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).

  • Alfred Atchinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Maj. Ignacio Barrios

    Military | Major | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Richard Berger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Richard Berger was Left Waist Gunner on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, the Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the...

  • Max Bunin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Burk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    John McKale Burk was born 30 November 1924 in Ventnor, Atlantic County, NJ to Frederick Grater Burk (20 April 1891 Philadelphia, PA -19 June 1948 Philadelphia, PA) and Mary Cunningham McKale Burk (21 February 1895 Philadelphia, PA - 20 October 1990...

  • Richard Bussell / Busse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Richard C. Bussell was Pilot of B-24D 42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, his Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Bussell tried to crash-land the ship. The...

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Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-102947 D-Day Dottie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-S] 27/5/44; 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) Kingman...

  • 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)...

  • 42-107204 "Stand By" "Goin' My Way"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-B] Horham 22/4/44 STAND BY; 335BS [OE-B]; with W.C. Shaw force landed Thorpe Abbotts afb 16/12/44; 87m, battle damaged Leipzig 6/4/45 with Bob Davis, Co-pilot: Larry...

  • 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...

  • 42-31662 'Fancy Nancy IV'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Kearney 7/1/44; Memphis 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 134m crash landed Polebrook 22/4/44, Salvaged 1 SAD Troston. FANCY NANCY IV.

  • 42-31730 'Morning Star', 'Tail End Charlie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/12/43; Kearney 27/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 613BS [IN-O]; 112m, Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/6/45; 4100 BU Patterson 9/10...

  • 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)...

  • 42-31983 Mary Alice

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Presque Is 18/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-G] Deenethorpe 7/3/44; detailed Munich 13/7/44 with L.H. Haskett, Tail gunner: Ed Page (Killed in Action); Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 6/6...

  • 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...

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Crash sites

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2016 23:46:28 daveb@dalitech.com Changes to event
Sources

Information taken from original, hand-written combat logs dated Feb-Apr 1945.

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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