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5 March 1945

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1. CHEMNITZ

Description

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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2. FULDA

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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3. HAMBURG/HARBURG

Description

OIL REFINERY

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4. Kreuztal, Germany

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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Fighter-bomber mission

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5. PLAUEN

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Service

People

  • Peter Brennan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Lewis Carter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Counter Measures/Right Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Zwickau on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 'Daisey Mae' #4338368

  • Robert Conrad

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group

  • Fred Eisert

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    1Lt Fred J. Eisert and his crew arrived at Horsham St. Faith on September 11, 1944, just as the group was coming off of combat operations for a month in order to ferry gasoline to Patton’s army in France. The crew flew their first mission on October 5...

  • Donald Hamaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot/Element Leader (WWII); Command Pilot (Transport Command) | 452nd Bomb Group
    Completed 36 combat missions from February 3, (Berlin) through April 16, 1945. Piloted "Lady Gay" to bomb Chemnitz but was forced down by flak in Ghent, Bel. on February 6, 1945. All crew survived. Flew A/C back to Deopham Green following repairs. Flew...

  • Lester Hess

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward Huntzinger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    Edward J. Huntzinger was the long time historian for the 388th BG Association and authored the history book "The 388th At War", first edition copywright 1979

  • Bernard Kyes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Lawrence Maschhoff

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Maschhoff, L. Crew

  • Jack Q Means

    Military | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 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;...

  • 43-38736 Maiden America

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 14/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-P] Gt Ashfield 1/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28...

  • 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...

  • 44-6597 Supermouse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 12/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; Sth Plains 1/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. SUPERMOUSE.

  • 44-8146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 20/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/2/46; RetUS, 613 BU Phillips 29/4/46.

  • 44-8540 Round Trip

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/44; Hunter 1/11/44; with Paul Quinn force landed Dow Fd 18/11/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-W] Snetterton 22/1/45; transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall /45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-50644

    B-24 Liberator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 22:46:37 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official Website of 385th Bomb Group Association Database-Missions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 22:16:02 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official Website of 385th Bomb Group Database-Missions

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 20:28:13 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise, B-17 (43-38736) pilot, 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group flew on this mission from Great Ashfield to Chemnitz, 5 Mar 1945.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 16:03:41 Virginiawise50 Changes to event
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest daughter of Lester Allen Wise, who was the pilot of a B-17 with the 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group on this mission to Chemnitz, 5 Mar 1945

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 16:01:29 Lucy May Changes to event
Sources

Changed location from 'KEUTZAL' to 'Kreuztal, Germany'.

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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