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30 December 1944

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BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. ALTENAHR

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RAIL BRIDGE

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3. AUSKIRCHEN

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RAIL BRIDGE

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4. BISCHOFFSHEIM

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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5. BULLAY

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RAIL BRIDGE

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6. IRLICH

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RAIL BRIDGE

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7. KAISERSLAUTERN

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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8. KAISERSLAUTERN

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RAIL BRIDGE

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9. KASSEL

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INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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10. KASSEL

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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11. MAINZ

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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12. MANNHEIM

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

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13. MECHERNICH

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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14. REMAGEN BRIDGE

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RAIL BRIDGE

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Service

People

  • Curtis Adamy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • George Asprocolas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Dale Avers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Harold Barner

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Wilfred Bedard

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Max Bunin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Max Burrows

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Charles Cappellino

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Charles Chambers

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

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Aircraft

  • 42-97194 Good Pickin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-O] Horham 11/3/44; with G.M. Jackman force landed B-53 Merville, Belg., 10/5/45; with Lt Henderson force landed A-70 Laon, France 20/5/45; 114m Returned to the USA...

  • 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...

  • 42-97093 I'll Get By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Presque Is 20/2/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-S] Framlingham 3/3/44 DOC'S FLYING CIRCUS, then GIRL OF MY DREAMS; on mission 21/7/44 with ? , Lt Sam Dubin (Killed in Action); severe icing during assembly for...

  • 42-97479 'Belle of Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Cleveland 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-L] Podington 27/1/44; Damaged on the 6 March 1944 mission to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the outskirts of Berlin. Walsh crew....

  • 42-97760

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 31/5/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 11/1/46.

  • 43-38333 Heavy Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/7/44; Kearney 31/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 12/8/44; with C.E. Willis force landed A-82 Rouvres, Fr 20/2/45; 73m, crash landed base with ?, non op 6/5/45; ditched North Sea with Roger Sundin 26/5/45....

  • 43-38617 New York Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/8/44; Hunter 7/9/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 19/9/44; with W.N. Dunwoody force landed Raydon afb, Suffolk 10/1/45; 80m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45;...

  • 43-38776 Passion Wagon/Victory Devils

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 20/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 13/10/44; 67m, Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 29...

  • 43-38933 Dear Mom II/Weary Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 14/10/44; Dow Fd 26/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 29/10/44; while on navigation exercise 17/5/45 with H.J. Cole, cp V. Ferguson, two navigators and two grounded crew, on as makeshift ttg and r/op (6 Killed in Action); crash...

  • 44-6569 Flying Vixen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 8/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-G] Gt Ashfield 10/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; Sth Plains 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 21:58:13 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
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Official Website of 385th Bomb Group Association

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 02:38:35 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
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Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise, who flew on this mission as pilot with Jack Q. Means as co-pilot

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 19:31:20 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise, pilot of B-17 (44-6569) 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group, flew from Great Ashfield, England to Mannheim, 30 Dec 1944.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 16:22:29 Virginiawise50 Changes to event
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Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 14:52:40 Virginiawise50 Changes to event
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Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise, who flew as a B-17 pilot on this mission to Mannheim with the 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group from Great Ashfield, England

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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