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Synthetic oil factories in Politz (former Germany, now Police in Poland) were the target for October 7th 1944. A large number of 8th AF bombers (among these 149 B-17's), with escorting fighters, took part in this great raid, with heavy losses.



  • William Rooney

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    See double entry. Served with 351st BG at Polebrook, England. KIA when crash landing with B-17 G #42-31192 (YB-R) in Farabol Sweden Oct 7th 1944. MACR 9566.

  • Duane Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Served co-pilot with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS at Polebrook, England. On his 2nd mission, Oct 7th 1944, the target was synthetic oil factories in Politz, Germany. The pilot, Einer Petersen with 25 missions, were a replacement...


  • 42-110152 The Lady Will

    B-24 Liberator
    The 856th BS lost all of their planes while en route to their target. How many of them made an attempt to reach Sweden is unknown. Although Sweden was a mere 20 minutes from the air battle, only two of the shot-up Liberators made it there. Some of the...

  • 42-31192

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/9/43; Scott Fd 24/10/43; Presque Is 1/11/43; with Roy Parsons force landed Meeeks Fd, Iceland 12/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG Deenethorpe 13/11/43; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-R] Polebrook 3/12/43; 508th BS [YB-R]; Missing in...


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 19:43:04 Ivar Kandell Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and aircraft associations

Mission #216, 351st BG