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847

25 February 1945

Official description

Not yet known

Description

"The Aerial Sledgehammer fashioned by bombers of the 8th and 15th Air Forces and the RAF fell on German communications and fuel supplies for the forth day in a row yesterday as 1,150 Fortresses and Liberators of the 8th hit railyards, airfields, an oil storage depot and a tank plant while Lancasters of the RAF bombed a synthetic oil plant near Dortmund and the 15th Heavies attacked communications at Linz, Austria"

"The big target for the 8th yesterday was Munich, a focal point in the German railway system, where Fortresses rumbled over two waves to hit the terminal rail station and marshalling yards in the eastern and western parts of the city. Other formations of fortresses pounded yards at Ulm while Liberators bombed the yards and a tank assembly plant at Aschaffenburg, and airfields at Giebelstadt and Schwebisch-Hall, west of Nuremburg. Fortresses also hammered an underground oil storage depot hidden in the woods outside Neuburg, between Munich and Nuremberg."

Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

2.

Description

FIGHTER SWEEPS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 262 P-47s and P-51s fly close escort and area patrols with the bombers.

Mission Statistics

3. ASCHAFFENBURG

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

4. ASCHAFFENBURG

Description

TANK FACTORY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

5. DURLADINGEN

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

6. FRIEDRICHSHAFFEN/MAYBACH

Description

TANK FACTORY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

7. GIEBELSTADT

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

Mission Statistics

8. KAUFBEUREN

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

9. KEMPTEN

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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10. KENZINGEN

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

11. LUDWIGSFELDT

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

12. MUNICH

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

13. MUNICH

Description

OIL STORAGE DEPOT

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

14. MUNICH

Description

RAILROAD STATION and MARSHALLING YARD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

15. NEUBERG

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

16. Germany

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

RORTWELL

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17. SCHWABISHCH/HALL

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

Ivan M. Wright Crew - 466th BG 784th BS was lead crew on this mission

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 249
Number of aircraft Effective 93
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 0
Number of people Killed In Action 0

18. ULM

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 38
Number of aircraft Effective 35
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 1
Number of aircraft Damaged 7

Service

People

  • Jesse Adcock

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | B-17 Toglier in WWII; Aircraft Maintenance until 1967 retirement | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Dec 1944. Flew 55+ missions in B-17 as togglier. Adcock grew up on a farm in Ellisville, Mississippi, USA. He was career Air Force, retiring in 1967 as a Chief Master Sergeant (CMSAF). Born 3/8/1924 Died 3/16/2017

  • Cecil Adkisson

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

  • James Allcroft

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Donald Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Unit Citation w/ Oak Leaf Cluster 1 Damaged

  • Lyle Andler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Alfred Atchinson

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

  • 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 Barnes

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    John Barnes was born January 31, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Leonard and Gertrude Barnes of Emporium, PA . He received his undergraduate and Ph.D from Penn State University. He served in WWII as the navigator of the “Spirit of Martinez with...

  • Nephi Berkenpas

    Military | Colonel | Aircraft Mechanic, Instructor Pilot for B-24, B-17, B-25, Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Aircraft Maintenance | 351st Bomb Group

  • Robert Birney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group
    Bob Birney was assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron on 5 February 1945 and completed 26 missions between 19 February 1945 and 20 April 1945.

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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...

  • 42-102398 Dynamite John

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-H] Deenethorpe 13/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 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...

  • 42-102947 D-Day Dottie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-S] 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 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...

  • 42-107151 Cover Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 15/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-31072 Betty J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    ...

  • 42-31591 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Grenier 20/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 25/1/44; transferred 613BS/401BG [IN-J] Deenethorpe 11/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 19/3/44, force landed continent; Salvaged 1 SAD Troston 22/4/44; mission...

  • 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.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 05:29:16 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/mission/288

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 05:28:09 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to event
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/mission/288

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 05:22:08 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
Sources

newspaper article from personal collection.

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 04:57:43 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/314

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 03:50:44 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to media associations
Sources

Records acquired from grandfathers collection.

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 18:05:09 vkantor Changes to event
Sources

vkantor

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 14:48:21 jdossetter Changes to event
Sources

http://8thafhs.com/missions.php

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2015 23:22:02 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2015 23:18:54 466thHistorian Changes to event
Sources

The Mighty Eighth War Diary - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:09 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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