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6 August 1944

Official description

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Mission details



Target: V-2 missile site Watten, France.

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress


APHRODITE mission.


  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 45
Number of aircraft Sent 3
Number of aircraft Effective 0
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 3
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 0
Number of aircraft Damaged 0
Number of people Killed In Action 0
Number of people Wounded in Action 0
Number of people Missing In Action 0
Number of people Evaded 0
Number of people Prisoners of War 0
Number of people Died in Captivity 0
Number of people Interned 0
Number of people Returned To Duty 6
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Fighter Command 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Fighter Command 0
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 0



  • Jack Agee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-Jan-44, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17 42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. ...

  • Joseph Andrecheck

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Command pilot Aphrodite drone B-17 42-30212, mission to V1 missile site Watten, France. 6-8-44. Baled out successfully over UK.

  • Johnny Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    My Dad served in the 8th Army Air Corp, 34th Bomb Group H during WWII from 42-45 & was stationed in Mendlesham England during his time of service. He flew 22 missions on a B-17 #43-37637 & was a Tail Gunner with crew members Courtney R Daniels (pilot)...

  • Hazen Graves

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Eng/Autopilot Eng | 447th Bomb Group
    Autopilot Engineer, command crew of B-17G 42-31394 on Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site Wattens, France. Baled out sucessfully over UK. 6-8-44.

  • Raymond Healy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Eng / Autopilot Eng | 388th Bomb Group
    Autopilot Eng, control crew of B-17 42-30212 on Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site Watten, France. Baled out safely over UK. 6-8-44.


  • 42-30212 Quarterback

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; transferred Aphrodite project, Missing in Action V-sites, Watten 6/8/44 with Lt Joeseph P Andrecheck & T/Sgt Raymond Healy (2...

  • 42-30793 'Tom Paine'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Named Tom Paine after a famous soldier who served in the American Army during the War of Independence after the airmen of the 562nd after they found out that he had been born in the nearby town of Thetford. Was chosen to promote Anglo-American co...

  • 42-31394 Aphrodite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/1/44; transferred AFSC with Azon/Aphrodite (388BG) Knettishall 7/6/44; Missing in Action v-sites Watten, Fr; 6/8/44 with Lt J. Sollars & T/Sgt H. Graves (2 Returned to Duty); lost...

  • 42-40043

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/11/43; Independence 30/11/43 and modified to be capable of carrying GB-4 guided bombs on underwing racks**, was assigned to secret 8AF Batty* Project at Fersfield, Norfolk. Summer of ’44 and operated by 388BG; Independence 30/11...

  • 43-37637 Daniels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Grenier 6/6/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-U] Rougham (Azon controlling mothership) 7/6/44; battle damaged Nurnberg 21/2/45 with ?; force landed continent, Sal; transferred 34BG Mendlesham 9/6/45; Returned to the...

  • 44-40283 'Lassie Come Home'

    B-24 Liberator
    Employed as a 'mother' ship on Aphrodite [remote controlled, explosive packed flying bomber] project. ...

  • 44-40277 'Miss Used'

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft flew 64 missions with 458th and was one of the 10 original AZON/Aphrodite project** control planes. Served as 'Mother Ship' to B-17F 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on mission to bomb Mimoyecques, France. 4-8-44. ...

  • 44-40066 S.O.L.

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to the 492nd BG and flown overseas by the Handwright crew. Flew three missions with the 858th BS, 492nd BG and was then transferred to the 856th BS, thence to 753rd BS, 458th BG after being fitted for AZON delivery of Aphrodite...


Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 13:30:08 Al_Skiff Changes to event

Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:07 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'.