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8th Air Force 951

15 April 1945

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1. BORDEAUX/ROYAN

Description

FLAK BATTERIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

9 strong points are attacked

Mission Statistics

2. GUNZBURG and ULM

Description

ESCORT MISSION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

107 of 108 8th AF P-51s escort Ninth AF B-26s on raids on marshalling yards

Mission Statistics

3. ROYAN

Description

FLAK BATTERIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1,348 unescorted bombers are despatched to attack strong points on the French Atlantic coast. This raid and the one immediately below make the sole instances of the employment of napalm bombs by the 8th AF against German ground installations. The results are negligible and HQ recommends discontinuance of the use of napalm against such targets. 4 strong points are targeted on this raid.

Units

Mission Statistics

4. ROYAN

Description

FLAK BATTERIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The mission was very similar – continental assembly, fly over Paris etc. The I.P. was directly east of the target, however. Our target this time was a road junction about 8 miles from the town of Royan. We were carrying these new, fandangled, gasoline incendiaries. One of them was leaking before we took off and there were gas fumes all over the ship. The skipper asked everyone not to smoke. As we approached our target we could see white smoke drifting over the front. We flew right over Point Grave on the south side of the mouth of Gironde & I noticed that it has been thoroughly bombed. On the second run there was smoke all over the place since about 8 squadrons had dropped their eggs. We dropped ours anyway & miss our target by a hell of a ways. I can't see the object of dropping fire bombs on a road junction anyway.

Units

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Service

People

  • Louis Abdallah

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | waist gunner, toggelier, B-17 | 452nd Bomb Group

  • 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

  • John Althoff

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

  • Elmer Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Lyle Andler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Allen Aschenbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
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  • Clarence Bailey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's Crew. Sgt Clarence Bailey flew 10 missions, from 04/04/1945, mission #241, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a Tail Gunner.

  • Maj. Ignacio Barrios

    Military | Major | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Marvin Berg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator/bombardier | 491st Bomb Group

  • Harry Berger

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer/ Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Born in 1921; used to say that he was the "old guy" in his unit.. ...

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Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-102947 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...

  • 42-31072 Betty J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    ...

  • 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...

  • 42-97322 Mister Completely, Home James

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/44; Dow Fd 7/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 1/5/44; no ops, transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-D] Deenethorpe 21/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-97478 Shade Ruff #2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44. ...

  • 42-97664 'Aw Come On'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Presque Is 21/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 17/4/44; 612BS [SC-X]; force landed continent 10/5/45; Salvaged 2 SAD. AW COME ON.

  • 42-97931 'MADAME QUEEN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; 614BS [IW-A]; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 43-37602 'Lady Vivian'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 17/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 602BS/401 BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2017 15:57:03 FrankM Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.390thspace.com/missions2.php?crew=87&missiondate=450415

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2017 15:55:57 FrankM Changes to event
Sources

http://www.390thspace.com/missions2.php?crew=87&missiondate=450415

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 03:37:24 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise, who flew as pilot on this mission with Jack Q. Means as co-pilot.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 00:13:55 daveb@dalitech.com Changes to event
Sources

Information from original, hand-written combat logs of Maj. I.J. Barrios dated Feb-Apr 1945.

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 06:30:58 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to event
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=249

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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