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VIII Bomber Command 124

7 November 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a force of 59 B-17s of 1st Bomb Division including 91BG (18) 351BG (20); and 381BG (21) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Wesel, Germany. Failure of the Oboe equipment results in a wide scattering of bombs. 53 aircraft are effective on and around the target. There are no aircraft losses or claims, but 1 airmen is KIA and 2 others ar Wounded in Action (WIA).

The second element is a combined force of 60 B-17s of 3rd Bomb Division including: 390BG (20); 100BG (23); and 95BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. 37 aircraft are effective on Duren, but failure of the Oboe PFF equipment and poor weather cause 20 aircraft the bomb the secondary target at Randerath, Germany. There are no losses or claims but 2 aircraft are damaged.

NOTE: 3 B-17s from 482BG equipped with PFF Oboe equipment are dispersed among the formations of 1BD and 3BD. 1 aborts the mission.

Mission details

1. DUREN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

2 of 3 PPF from 482nd Bomb Group equipped B-17s escort but equipment failure results in wide scattering of bombs.

Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 84.10
Number of aircraft Sent 43
Number of aircraft Effective 41
Number of aircraft Damaged 1

2. RANDERATH (Secondary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL AREA

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 48.00
Number of aircraft Sent 17
Number of aircraft Effective 16
Number of aircraft Damaged 1

3. WESEL (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Poor weather restricts operations.

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 125.35
Number of aircraft Sent 59
Number of aircraft Effective 53
Number of aircraft Damaged 4
Number of people Killed In Action 1
Number of people Wounded in Action 2

Service

People

  • Carl Baer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Baer crew, 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that they were running out of fuel and may not make...

  • David Bramble

    Military | Major | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to the 91st Bomb Group on 6 September 1943 and completed 25 missions from September 1943 to March 1944.

  • Phillip Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I, Luft III and Luft VIg (?). POW

  • Porter Clemens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 31-Dec-43 in B-17 42-29895 'Black Swan'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1975 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH, GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Cecil Clore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Clore crew. "B" Flight Commander. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed shortly after TO near Hedingham on mission #56 to Kiel, Germany in B-17G #42-31278 'Mix Master'. Originally buried with the entire crew at Cambridge...

  • Gordon Crozier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Crozier crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37730. MACR 1877. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Edgar Delp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. Killed in Action (KIA). S/Sgt Delp was wounded in the ribs, leg, face, stomach, chest and L arm at his...

  • Albert Gardella

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Hess crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3540 'Bacta-th'-Sac'. Mission #46 to Solinger, Germany. MACR 1660. T/Sgt Gardella was assisting S/Sgt Delp when the aircraft banked sharply and threw him out. Prisoner...

  • John Gardner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Gibbons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

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Aircraft

  • 42-3312 SEQUATCHIEE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/5/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-K] Framlingham 14/7/43. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2015 17:59:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Jul-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:16 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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