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23 June 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1. PAS DE CALAIS

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

12 CROSSBOW (V-Weapon missile sites) are targeted, 6 are hit. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 351 Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 398th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 75 - ST. MARTIN L'HORTIER & NEUVILLE-an-BLOIS, FRANCE

23 JUNE, 1944

The target was another No Ball target. Pilotless aircraft bombs (V-i's) had been falling in London since D-Day. Eighteen aircraft composing the low box of the 94th B Combat Wing were dispatched to the village of Neuville-au-Blois, nine miles southwest of Abbeville, and six craft composing the high squadron of the low box of the A force were dispatched to a similar target near St. Martin L'Hortier, eighteen miles southwest of Dieppe. Lt. Edward B. Dozier was Air Commander.

The target area was completely obscured by an undercast and the bomb results were unobserved. No enemy opposition was encountered. Intelligence concluded the Germans were conserving ammunition and no longer were firing at unseen aircraft over the sparsely spaced targets

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 532.7 T

2. PAS DE CALAIS

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 453rd 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

Service

People

  • Richard Autry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • John Baumgardner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Carmen Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Brooks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    St. Dizier, France 24 Mar 1944; Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944; Hamm, Germany 22 April 1944; Leipheim, Germany 24 April 1944; Paderborn, Germany 26 April 1944; Siracourt, France 27 April 1944; Mimoyecque, France 28 April 1944; Liege, France 1 May 1944...

  • Morgan Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Foreman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Arthur Foreman was Bombardier on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen,...

  • John Gentile

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    John Gentile was Co-Pilot on B-24 'Begin The Beguine' #41-28619 on the mission to the Juvincourt airfield, France on 23 July 1944. Shot down by Flak over Holland, caught fire and exploded. Debris were spread over large area West of Vlissingen, Zeeland...

  • James Hallas

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Elmer Haller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA

  • Albert Huff

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flight Eng/Top Turret B-17 42-38123 'To Hell Or Glory' Killed in Action (KIA). A/C suffered mechanical failure and crashed at Outer, Belgium. MACR 5915 Awards: PH.

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Aircraft

  • 41-28619 'Begin The Beguine'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Juvincourt. Shot down by a Marine Flak battery from Vlissingen, caught fire and exploded soon after. The main part of the plane crashed in Souburg, other pieces spread over a large...

  • 42-102589

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 30/4/44; On a local flight 9/7/44 with Doug McArthur, Co-pilot: Stamos Zades, Navigator: George Mille, Bombardier: Chas Meyer, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31939 Spook Six

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Romulus 23/1/44; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Horham 2/2/44; transferred 412BS [QW-J]; 98m, with S.D. Reed, force landed RAF Coltishakk, 8RTD, 1WIA; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 21/6/44;...

  • 42-38123 'To Hell or Glory'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/12/43; Gr Island 1/1/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 8/2/44; ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 17:42:33 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 12:07:42 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 18:43:07 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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