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17 June 1944

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 3T

2. BRETIGNY (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 50 T

3. BRUNNELLES (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 35.5 T

4. CHATEAUDUN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 33.8 T

5. DREUX (Opportunistic)

Description

TRANSPORTATION TARGET

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2.5 T

6. GUYANCOURT/CAUDRON (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 66 T

7. LAVAL (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 93 Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group, 489th Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Group.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 83 T

8. LE MANS/ARNAGE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 52.9 T

9. MELUN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 26.5 T

10. MONCHY-BRETON (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 92nd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306 Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group,457th Bomb Group.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 68 - MONCHY-BRETON, FRANCE

17 JUNE, 1944

The target was the Monchy-Breton airfield, a grass covered field which had no previous operational history. Due to the constant bombing of air fields, the Germans were forced to disperse the aircraft to nearby fields. The target was located about six miles east of St. Pot and southwest of Lille. Major Leroy Watson was Air Commander with Lt. Kenneth R. Johnston as pilot. The Group provided an eighteen ship box, leading the 94th Combat Wing.

Bombing was by PFF and results were poor. On the return home four craft were damaged by fire from new antiaircraft guns brought into the area by the Germans.

On 15 June, a directive was issued calling attention to the fact that appearance of personnel was far below prescribed standards, and effective measures would have to be taken immediately to rectify the situation. On 17 June, personnel were notified classes in military courtesy would be conducted in the evenings for all personnel failing to salute, pointing out that the hand salute is one of the basic fundamentals of a good soldier. Military discipline would be maintained at a high level and instructions necessary to bnng this about would be furnished.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 118.4 T

11. NOYEN (Opportunistic)

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 67.5 T

12. ST VALERY (Opportunistic)

Description

TRANSPORTATION TARGET

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2.5 T

13. VILLIERS/L'EVEQUE (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 40 T

Service

People

  • Virgil Brave

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 34th Bomb Group on 1 April 1944 in Blythe California. ...

  • Benjamin DeLoach

    Military | First Lieutenant | B17 Bomber Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Lt. Benjamin Hoyt DeLoach was born October 27, 1919, in Evans County, GA. to Willie F. and Elmine Callaway DeLoach. He flew 29 combat missions; 213 combat hours; in England from 10 June 1944-25 August 1944. After his tour of duty, he returned to the...

  • Raymond Harman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by flak and crashed near Corne on 7/19/44 in B-17 44-6129

  • Martin Kilcoyne

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Arthur Crapsey crew. Reported to group on 19 Nov 1943. Completed 32 missions from Oct 1943-Sept 1944. He was injured on his second mission to Osnabruck, 22 Dec. 1943. He returned to active duty in April 1944 as a spare crewmember. ...

  • Russell McNair

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 combat missions DFC/Air Medal w 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ European Campaign, 2 stars.

Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-31087 'Heaven Can Wait', 'Boche Buster'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/43; Gt Falls 28/9/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-K] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Tom Hill, Wilbur Schmedel, Theo Block, Junius Chadwick, Jim Mullins, Vic Shewbert, Ed Hellenbeck, Buddy Keith, Omer...

  • 41-51121 Niagara Special

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 11:39:31 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:06 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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