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886

14 March 1945

Official description

Mission 886: 1,262 bombers and 804 fighters are dispatched to hit oil, rail and industrial targets in Germany; they claim 17-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air; 3 B-17s and 2 fighters are lost: 1. 526 B-17s are sent to hit oil refineries at Nienhagen (58) and Misburg (56), the Gebruder munitions plant (75) and Maschnbau (61) and Eisenwerke (74) factories at Hannover and the Seelze marshalling yard (80); secondary targets hit are Osnabruck (29) and the marshalling yard at Hannover; attacks were made visually and with H2X radar; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 188 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 6 WIA and 19 MIA. 192 of 204 P-51s escort; 2 are damaged. 2. 449 B-17s are dispatched to hit the bridges at Vlotho (72) and Bad Ostenhausen (114), the marshalling yard and road junction at Lohne (144) and industrial plants at Hildesheim (60); 39 hit Osnabruck, a secondary target; targets of opportunity are the marshalling yards at Hameln (12) and Wetzlar (1) and Diemonde (1); all but one target is bombed visually; 1 B-17 is lost and 56 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 9 MIA. Escorting are 182 of 194 P-51s; they claim 1-0-1 aircraft. 3. 272 B-24s are sent to hit the marshalling yards at Holzwickede (31) and Gutersloh (126); 110 others hit the secondary target, the marshalling yard at Giessen; attacks are made visually and with H2X radar; 4 B-24s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 5 WIA. The escort is 185 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 3-0-0 aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost (pilot MIA). 4. 6 B-17s fly a screening mission without loss. 5. 29 of 33 P-41s escort Ninth AF bombers. 6. 50 P-51s fly a sweep of the Stein-Huder-Kassel area claiming 11-0-0 aircraft without loss. 7. 82 P-51s fly a sweep over the Remagen bridgehead; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair. 8. 20 P-51s escort 33 F-5s and 3 Spitfires on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany and Czechoslovakia. 9. 26 of 27 P-51s fly a scouting mission claiming 1-0-0 aircraft.

Description

"1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover"

"The 8th Air Force swung back into the attack yesterday after a one-day lull, when 1,250 Fortresses and Liberators shook naval, industrial and communication targets from the Dutch coast south to Giessen, 45 miles east of the Remagen bridgehead"

"The bulk of the 8th's bombing was done in the hanover area. Two tank plants and a factory making half-tracks and self-propelled guns were hit in the city itself and at Hildesheim, less than 20 miles south of the city, a large castings plant was rocked."

"Other target in the area were oil refineries at Misburg and Nienhagen; marshalling yards at Seeize, and rail bridges across the Weser River at Vlotho and Bad Oyenhausen."

"Some of the Mustags of the 650 escorting fighters ran into a group of 20 Luftwaffe planes apparently headed to attack the heavies, but cut them off before they could reach the bomber formations. Several were shot down, but the exact score was not revealed last night".

-Unknown Newspaper Articles, The day after event(s)

Mission details

1.

Description

SCOUTING MISSION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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2. BAD OSTENHAUSEN

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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3. Germany

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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4. GIESSEN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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5. GUTERSLOH

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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6. HAMELN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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7. HANNOVER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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8. HANNOVER/EISENWERKE

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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9. HANNOVER/GEBRUDER

Description

MUNITIONS PLANT

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

Units

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

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10. HANNOVER/MASCHNBAU

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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11. HILDESHEIM

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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12. HOLZWICKEDE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

A mix of 185 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data.

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13. LOHNE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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14. 30629 Misburg, Germany

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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15. NEINHAGEN

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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16. OSNABRUCK

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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17. OSNABRUCK

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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18. REMAGEN BRIDGEHEAD

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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19. SEELZE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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20. STEIN-HUDER-KASSEL

Description

FIGHTER SWEEP

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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21. VLOTHO

Description

BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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22. WETZLAR

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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Service

People

  • Cecil Adkisson

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

  • Harry Ahlers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allan Ainley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Michael Kochel crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars)

  • Ora Akins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x Combat missions. Carl Djernes crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Thomas Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Thomas Alexander’s older brother, Marston Alexander Jr, born in 1917, died in October 1929. Thomas enlisted in the Air Corps and was trained as a pilot. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 491st Bomb Group / 854th Bomb Squadron in England. He was on...

  • John Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Lyle Andler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Frank Arndt

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Arntsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 42-97288 'Flag Ship', Interned (INT). MACR 13150. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Asprocolas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th 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...

  • 42-102398 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...

  • 42-31662 '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)...

  • 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...

  • 42-97288 'Flagship'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Gr Island 19/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-U] Podington 7/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Harry Culver, Cornell Christensen, Bill...

  • 42-97395 Chute The Works

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; mechanical fault, with Dave Stauffer, caused fire and burnt out at RAF Saltby 25/43/45; 111m, Salvaged 2 SAD 25/3/45. CHUTE THE WORKS.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 00:54:04 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description and media associations
Sources

owner of original source material used and added

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2018 00:11:24 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to media associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59 owner of source material used

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 05:43:17 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:46:54 jhuck Changes to person associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 292-293

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2018 01:46:27 jhuck Changes to event
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields; pp. 292-293

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 01:02:04 jhuck Changes to event
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields, pp. 292-293.

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2018 01:00:32 jhuck Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

John G. Huck, nephew of Edward Blattner

Source: History of the 447th Bomb Group by Doyle Shields, pp. 292-293.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 04:03:27 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official 385th Bombardment Group website Databae-Missions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 04:00:27 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official 385th Bombardment Group website Database-Missions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 16:19:18 Lucy May Changes to event
Sources

Changed location from 'MISBERG' to 'Misburg, Germany'.

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 16:17:09 Lucy May Changes to event
Sources

Changed location from 'DIEMONDE' to 'Germany' because the only Diemonde Google recognized was in Louisiana.

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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