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8th Air Force 920

31 March 1945

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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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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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Frank Calicura

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Frank Calicura served as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group. ...

  • Orman Coffin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 22

  • Robert Conrad

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-51112

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D #42-51112 was hit by a German Me262 jet soon after bombs away over Brunswick, Germany on 31 March 1945. With one engine out, the Liberator had to leave formation over New Brunswick and lost altitude. With his Navigator badly wounded, the pilot...

  • 43-38776 Passion Wagon/Victory Devils

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 20/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 13/10/44; 67m, Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 29...

  • 43-39014 Hot Shot Charlie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 6/11/44; Grenier 14/11/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bassingbourn 9/1/45; (flew two POW trips) ; 26m Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-6509

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 28/8/44; Grenier 15/9/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [H] Glatton 30/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; Sth Plains 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 44-6968 Sonof-a-Blitz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 3/1/45; Grenier 15/1/45; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 22/1/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Sth Plains 4/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45.

  • 44-8210 Sweetheart of Seattle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 11/7/44; Langley 8/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Z] Rougham 14/9/44; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-J] Horham 11/44; with L.W. Jensen, Radio Operator: Paul Rupard, Waist gunner: - Olson [2wia] 24/2/45; 53m, RetUS,...

  • 44-8271 BUTCH

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27 July 1944; Cheyenne 6 August 1944; Grenier 25 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 27 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on 5 missions : on 31 March 1945; 4 April 1945; 14 April 1945; 18 April...

  • 44-40277 'Miss Used'

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft flew 64 missions with 458th and was one of the 10 original AZON/Aphrodite project** control planes. Served as 'Mother Ship' to B-17F 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on mission to bomb Mimoyecques, France. 4-8-44. ...

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

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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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