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30 August 1944

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End of Operation Overlord.
466th BG - Primary target was the "No Ball" construction site at Villers L' Hopital, France. This target was one of the eight remaining "No Balls" assigned to the 8th AF and was known to be in operation. 35 a/c dispatched, with 34 a/c attacking. There were no losses. Results were unobserved due to 8-10/10th cloud coverage.

Mission details




Aircraft type

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8 V-Weapon sites are the targets.
"NOBALL" Target Attacked: The 384th Bomb Group (H) dispatched 37 aircraft to form the lead group of the 41st "A" CBW. The primary target, "NOBALL" installations (V-1 launch sites), was attacked by all aircraft, except as noted.


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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 556.7 T



  • Glen Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Lead Crew Squadron Operations Officer AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC

  • Robert Boyd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
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Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 03:25:30 466thHistorian Changes to description, person associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Archives
Mission Report on Mission #113, No Ball Target, 30 August 1944
NARA document research provided by Brad Sullivan

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2016 10:17:18 thalerk Changes to event

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2016 03:06:15 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations

466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2016 03:05:10 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

466th BG Archives - Combat Crew Mission Record chart 786th BS
"Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough - page 115

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'.