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22 October 1944

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. BIELEFELD

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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3. BRUNSWICK/BUSSING

Description

MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

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4. HAMM

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

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Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 73
Number of aircraft Sent 27
Number of aircraft Effective 26
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 0
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

5. HANNOVER/HANOMAG

Description

MOTOR VEHICLE FACTORY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

A mix of 379 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

457th BG MISSION NO. 138: HANNOVER, GERMANY, 22 OCTOBER 1944
Comprising the 94th C Combat Wing, the 457th attacked the locomotive and tank works at Hannover.
Other targets attacked by the Eighth were auto works and transportation facilities at Brunswick, Hamm and Munster. Major Dickinson led the Group. Assembly was executed at the briefed altitude plus 2,000 feet because of clouds. The formation lost time over the continent because the winds were different from those forecast at briefing. Just before reaching the IP, the Group swung to the left of course in order to take interval behind the groups ahead. Because of ten-tenths clouds, the target was attacked by PFF 1,000 feet above briefed altitude. The change in altitude on the bomb run seemed very effective in offsetting the accuracy of the radar controlled antiaircraft guns.

Due to malfunction of the PFF equipment in the lead and deputy lead aircraft, the lead was turned over to the high squadron. Bombs were salvoed from 28,000 feet. The other two squadrons released their bombs on the smoke markers of the high squadron.
All craft returned without incident.

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

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6. MUNSTER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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Service

People

  • Russell Albert

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Glen Alexander

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

  • Lewis Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Glenn Amundson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • Martin Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    T/Sgt Martin A. Anderson flew 34 missions, from 02/05/1944, mission #21, to 03/31/1945, mission #240. He served as a Radio Operator. He survived until the end of the war. Flew aircrafts 42-31521 'Badland Bat' DFC

  • Leroy Andrews

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    35 combat missions and 2 other missions7 Air Medal w/7 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct, EAME Ribbon

  • Lowell Ankrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group

  • Robert Applin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Our pilot, Bob Applin, was a natural leader and an excellent pilot. - Barky Hovsepian, R/O Complete a 35 mission tour

  • Arnold Asheim

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Philbert Azevedo

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret Gunner, Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-102393 Diana Queen Of The Chase

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Hunter 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-R] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; 111m, Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-102659 'Hard Seventeen', 'Hard Luck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 16/5/44; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-J] Deenethorpe 30/5/44; Salvaged 10/1/45. ...

  • 42-107047 The Doodle Bug

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/2/44; Grenier 3/3/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 17/3/44; with R.V. Mercer force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44 with engine failure; battle damaged Berlin 3/2/45 with H. Palmer; force landed Charleroi, Bel; 97m, repaired & ret...

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 42-107113 'Miss Aldaflak' 'Section 8'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/2/44; Gr Island 7/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 2/5/44; 612BS [SC-O]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-110160 Chris' Crate

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-31662 'Fancy Nancy IV'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Kearney 7/1/44; Memphis 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 134m crash landed Polebrook 22/4/44, Salvaged 1 SAD Troston. FANCY NANCY IV.

  • 42-31730 'Morning Star', 'Tail End Charlie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/12/43; Kearney 27/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 613BS [IN-O]; 112m, Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/6/45; 4100 BU Patterson 9/10...

  • 42-31891 The Shape

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-P] Deenethorpe 15/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 19:41:46 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Mission Report for 14 October 1944
NARA document research provided by Brad Sullivan

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 19:37:00 466thHistorian Changes to event
Sources

466th BG Archives - Mission Report for 14 October 1944
NARA document research provided by Brad Sullivan

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 16:10:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents.

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 16:03:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission 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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