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28 September 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 21 T

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 4 T

3.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 85.8 T

4. KASSEL/HENSCHEL (Primary)

Description

MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th BG, 92nd BG, 93rd BG, 385th BG, 389th BG, 445th BG, 446th BG, 453rd BG, 489th BG, 491 BG, 492nd BG. 458th BG, 466th BG, 467th Bomb Group fly TRUCKIN mission

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 700.8 T

5. MAGDEBURG CITY (Secondary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 918.2 T

6. MAGDEBURG/ROTHENSEE(Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

AA resistance is heavy against this mission. The Germans are desperately trying to protect their oil processing centers. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd BG, 303rd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG, 351st BG, 379th BG, 381st BG, 384th BG, 385th BG, 389th BG, 401st BG, 457th BG, 486th BG.

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 57.5 T

7. MERSEBURG/LEUNA (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is34th BG, 44th BG, 95bg 100th BG, 385th BG, 388th BG, 390th BG, 447th BG, 452nd BG, 486th BG, 490th BG. 96th Bomb Group & 493rd Bomb Group stand down

The Eighth Air Force lost 1,280 airmen over Merseburg. Only 28 of the 37 B-17’s in LT. Bernard Kellenyi's (388th BG) formation returned home.

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 772.8 T

Service

People

  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • David Albrecht

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

  • David Anderson

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgeburg mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Queen of Spades' A/C Crashed at Niederdodeleben. Prisoner of War (POW). 28-Sep-44. MACR 9364. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Robert Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Robert Atkins served as a tail gunner with the 733rd Bomb Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Old Buckenham, England.

  • John Baumgardner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Carmen Bell

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

  • James Brodie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Magdeburg in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222 28-Sep-44. Crashed near Erxleben Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9366. ...

  • Kyle Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgeburg mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Queen of Spades' A/C Crashed at Niederdodeleben. Prisoner of War (POW). 28-Sep-44. MACR 9364. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lenard Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Madgburg in B-17 43-37822 'Lead Banana' 28-Sep-44; Collided with 42-31222 'Lazy Daisy' coming off target, crashed near Ost Ingersleben. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5793 ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102501 The Challenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 11/4/44; Dowe Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-H] Grafton Underwood 12/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Robert Clax Long, Frederick Arnold Maki, Jack Coleman Cook (3 Killed in Action); Ralph John Vrana...

  • 42-31222 Lazy Daisy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Memphis 24/10/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-D] Grafton Underwood 546 [BK-D] 23/11/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (Berlin) 28/9/44 with Jim Brodie, Co-pilot: Lloyd Vevle, ng-Byron Atkins, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-31360 Smokey Liz, Snake Eyes

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-P] Deopham Green 5/1/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Larry Downey, Co-pilot: Chas Gilette, Navigator: Ed O’Neill, Bombardier: Jack Short, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-32106 WORRY BIRD, VOAN

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 13/3/44; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-R] Grafton Underwood 24/3/44; 100+m Salvaged 31/10/45; sent with group for mapping duties at Istres, Fr.. SNUFFY.

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97105 Paper Doll

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Selfridge Fld 3/2/44; Dorval 4/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB-768]; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Parchim 7/4/45 with Lew Hickman, Arnold Wolf, Cawthorn Perdue, Albt Vawter, Herman Meyer (5 Prisoner of War); John...

  • 42-97187 Miss Umbriago

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; to Prestwick, UK, slated 447BG, Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 26/3/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Bill Miller, Co-pilot: John Hill, Waist gunner: Tony Zelnio(wia) ...

  • 42-97992 'Hap Hazard' 'Trouble Buggy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/4/44; Langley 24/6/44; Dow Fd 15/7/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 16/7/44 HAP HAZARD; 336BS [OE-G]; 412BS [QW-Q]; with W. Hatheway, Navigator: Gene Petrocene (Killed in Action), obs-D.A. Pomeroy (Wounded in Action) and Xn...

  • 43-37822 The Lead Banana

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-N] Grafton Underwood 29/6/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with John Buslee, Co-pilot: Dave Albrecht, Navigator: Bill Henson, Bombardier: Bob Stearns, Flight...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2015 19:42:19 CKellenyi Changes to event
Sources

Family Documents

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:08 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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