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5 July 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

Bombed marshaling yards near Toulon while flying from Italy back to England.

Mission details

1. BEZIERS (Primary)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group Shuttle groups returning from Italy. 70 B-17s on shuttle mission (UK-USSR-Italy-UK) attack a marshalling yard at Beziers, France. They are joined by B-24s from the 15th AF. 42 P-51s return to the UK with the bombers, 11 remain in Italy 10 of which return to the UK the next day and the last one several days later. They escort the bombers.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 183 T

2. BOIS DE CASSAN (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 459th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th 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 122.50

3. EINDHOVEN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 37.7 T

4. FORET DE L'ISLE ADAM (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 106 T

5. GILZE-RIJEN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 303rd Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group

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.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 105 T

6. LE COULET (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 67.50

7. MELSBROEK (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 9 T

8. MERY SUR OISE (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 103.5 T

9. NOLL (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 61.5 T

10. TULEMONT (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 2 T

11. VOLKEL (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 55.5 T

Service

People

  • Ralph Maier

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wenden on 8/24/44 in B-24 Pistol Packin Bomma II #42-51278. On his 24th mission, 1/Lt Ralph Maier was flying Deputy Lead of the 446th BG. When the lead B-24's bombsight malfunctioned, he became the...

  • Leo Pesonen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Charles Quirk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and crashed at Harveng on 7/12/44 in B-24 #42-100365. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Rollinger

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew on Stacie's Special. As a member of the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, 335th Squadron, he participated in 31 missions over enemy occupied Europe. He flew a total of 249 hours and 5 minutes in combat against the enemy as lead waist gunner on B...

  • Carl Westman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Born to Icelandic immigrants, Carl Westman, from Halldórsstaðir, Laxárdalur, Iceland and Agnete Westman, from Djúpivogur, Iceland, in Bellingham. He served for three years.

  • Edward Zolnierzak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Born 27 June 1924. Eddie had four years of high school education. Upon enlisting at 19, he weighed 109 pounds and was going to school. He was a waist gunner with the 525th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 44-6099

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 1/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-H] Framlingham 25/5/44; severe battle damaged at Tours 1/8/44, with - Blevins, rest unknown ? , force landed at Woodbridge ELG, Sfk, UK. Salvaged 4/8/44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2017 02:35:00 cmckeever Changes to description and person associations
Sources

Daughter - Carol Rollinger McKeever

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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