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1 November 1944

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. GELSENKIRCHEN/BUER

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

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Notes

A mix of 109 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

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3. GELSENKIRCHEN/NORDSTERN

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

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Notes

A mix of 140 P-47s and P-51s provide escort for this mission. Mix not given in available data. The 20th Fighter Group was attacked by a single ME-262 jet aircraft which recorded the kill of a single P-51. After the ME-262 shot down the P-51 it then attacked the bomber stream, but a mixed formation of P-51s and P-47s swarmed the ME-262. A P-47 pilot of the 56th Fighter group and Lts. Gerbe and Groce of the 352nd Fighter group, flying P-51s shared credit for the ME-262 kill.

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4. HAMM

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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5. KOBLENZ

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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6. RUDESHEIM

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGES

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Service

People

  • Harold Adams

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

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Crabb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot / Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    1st Lieutenant Robert L. Crabb was born 29-Jul-21, the son of Jeremiah and Grace Crabb. His hometown was Williamsburg, Kansas. ...

  • Richard Garlichs

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Everett Jones

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    First entered the Signal Corps and then completed training as a multi-engine pilot. Flew B-24s with the 2nd AD including lead positions for the 96th Combat Wing and three different groups on twenty-two occasions. Later, also piloted the P-47...

  • Leonard Reed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Leonard D. Reed was born on the family farm in Summit Township, Sully County, South Dakota near the town of Onida. After high school, he moved to Antioch, California in 1941 and joined the police department. He entered the army in March 1944 and was...

  • Lewis Rice

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    White Elephant

  • Eugene Roberson

    Military | Major | Squadron Operations Officer/785th BS Commander | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Van Ginkel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    35 bombing missions in Germany: 1944 - 5 Sept Karlsruhe; 9 Sept Mainz; 9 Oct Koblenz; 12 Oct Osnabruck; 18 Oct Cologne; 19 Oct Mainz; 26 Oct Bottrop; 30 Oct Hamburg; 1 Nov Gelsenkirchen; 5 Nov Karlsruhe; 9 Nov Saarburcken; 29 Nov Bielefield; 26 Nov...

Aircraft

  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 43-37917 Pauline

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 5/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned to the 545BS/384BG, squadron code JD-B, Grafton Underwood on 17/7/44; transferred with the group to Istres, France for passenger duties (Project Green); Salvaged 31/12/45. PAULINE...

Revisions

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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