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VIII Bomber Command 67

25 June 1943

Official description

Not yet known


This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG (25); 305BG (25); 306BG (23); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (24); and 384BG (19) are forced to bomb targets of opportunity and German airfield an AA batteries in Wangerooge island. 2 B-17s attack a German ship convoy near the island. Of the 197 despatched 149 are effective on a target. Fighter opposition is heavy and the lack of tight formation among the bombers give the Germans ample opportunities to attack the bombers. 15 B-17 are MIA. The bomber gunners claim 46-8-27 of the enemy fighters.

A second formation of 78 B-17s is despatched from: 94BG (15), 94BG (18); 96BG (26); and 100BG (19) to attack at Hamburg, Germany but this formation is widly scattered and only 18 of the 78 despatched are successful in finding a target to bomb. 94BG and 96BG do not bomb at all. The 18 that do drop focus on hitting a German ship convoy near Juist island. This is the first combat mission for 100BG and they suffer the loss of 3 of their B-17s, the only ones lost from this formation. The encounter fighters and the bombe gunners claim 16-3-3 of the enemy fighters.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress


The 100th Bomb Group flies their first mission, of 19 despatched only two were effective.


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    100th Bomb Group

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  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 95th Bomb Group

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  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 45.00
Number of aircraft Sent 78
Number of aircraft Effective 18
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of aircraft Damaged 22
Number of people Killed In Action 25
Number of people Wounded in Action 3
Number of people Prisoners of War 5

2. HAMBURG (Primary) / WANGEROOGE ISLAND (Last Resort)



Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress


The primary target for this mission was Hamburg, Germany but clouds and heavy contrails broke up the formation and the mission was recalled, however a few apparently made it close to the target, TN42-5382 of 303rd Bomb Group was one of these lost Missing in Action (MIA). The targets listed in the table were bombed as a last resort. 7 YB-40s from 92nd Bomb Group are-assignedto escort the bombers but 3 abort. Both elements receive fighter support.


  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

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  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

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  • 352nd Bomb Group
  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

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  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

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  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

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  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 363.50
Number of aircraft Sent 197
Number of aircraft Effective 149
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 15
Number of aircraft Damaged 39
Number of people Killed In Action 59
Number of people Wounded in Action 11
Number of people Prisoners of War 84
Number of people Returned To Duty 10



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  • Don Bader

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  • Roy Ballard

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

  • Robert Bellora

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
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  • Charles Bigler

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  • Everett Blakely

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    Career Officer in the USAF. ...

  • Carroll Briscoe

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  • Edward Brodnax

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  • John Burkot

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  • Claude Campbell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
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  • 42-30722 Bobby T

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  • 42-3131 Winnie The Pooh, Flak Wolf

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Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 04:41:42 ARowe95 Changes to aircraft associations


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 04:40:05 ARowe95 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations


Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 19:22:41 Mags Changes to aircraft associations

303rd BG Web Page

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2015 20:56:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 5-Jan-2015. Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:17 AAM AAM ingest

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'.