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308A

19 April 1944

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1.

Description

BOMB TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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3. BUREN (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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4. ESCHWEGE (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

457th BG MISSION NO. 28

ESCHWEGE, GERMANY

19 APRIL, 1944

The target was the Air Park and Airdrome at Eschwege, twenty-six miles east-southeast of Kassel. This was an important center for equipping field-workshop units which went into action on the front lines. The 457th flew with the 40th Combat wing rather than the 94th. Major Rod Francis was Air Commander of the Group, which flew the low box, and Lt. Edward R. Bender was pilot.

The primary target was not bombed because of smoke and haze over the target area. Secondary targets and targets of last resort were bombed, with varied bombing results. The 457th bombed an air field at Kassel. Eleven craft sustained battle damage.

The 457th furnished four aircraft for Air-Sea Rescue. This assignment was completed without incident.

Units

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

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5. GUTERSLOH (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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6. KASSEL/ALTENBAUNA (Secondary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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7. KASSEL/BETTENHOUSEN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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8. KASSEL/WALDAU (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group. This mission was part of the effort to achieve Allied air superiority in advance of the D-Day invasion. These important aircraft factories were all in the Berlin area. Low claims of enemy aircraft by the bomber crews were a testament to the effectiveness of fighter support.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 433.5 T HE 181.1 T IB

9. KOBLENZ (Secondary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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10. LIMBURG (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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11. LIPPSTADT (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 402.5 T HE 168 T IB

12. PADERBORN (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group,445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 184.5 T HE 305 T IB

13. SOEST (Secondary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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14. Werl, Germany

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Note in my father's log.. Horace Turner, states, "Raided Werl, aircraft factory, perfect bombing, flak very light. It was a milk run."

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Service

People

  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Autry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • Robert Baldi

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • James Bates

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • John Boyce

    Military | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    322nd Squadron pilot John Boyce completed 30 missions on 'Dame Satan II' with the 91st Bomber Group and was awarded the DFC and Air Medal. Post war he worked as a plumber and was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Canton Blue Hillsmen, a barbershop...

  • James Braa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    James Braa served as a ball turret gunner with the 566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Hethel, England. He completed his tour of 30 missions between March and June 1944, flying his final two missions on D-Day.

  • John Bristow

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Ball Turret gunner, Rayburn Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 19 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38004 "Ol' Man Tucker". Mission #94 to Eschwege, Germany. MACR 4052. Not an original member of the crew. Assisted the wounded S/Sgt DeForest E. Main out...

  • Andrew Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

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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...

  • 42-107017

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 1/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 6/3/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Bill Warren, Bombardier: Jerome Fontaine (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Gene McClellan, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-107210 'Be Coming Back'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 4/4/44; Grenier 10/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-N] Deenethorpe 29/4/44; had aborted mission on 12/6/44, had returned and parked at dispersal, when fragmentation bomb being unloaded exploded killing six and injuring 11...

  • 42-30855 "Ol' Massa"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/43; Gr Isle 3/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dana Lenkelt, Co-pilot: Wendell Johnson, Bombardier: Harry Dershimer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Pack, Radio...

  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike...

  • 42-31226 The Saint and Ten Sinners

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 16/10/43; Memphis 19/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-G] Deenethorpe 22/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Don Butterfoss, Co-pilot: Bob Westfall, Navigator: Bernie Boyle, Bombardier: Bob Kerpen, Flight...

  • 42-31410 Berlin Bessie, I Dood It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/10/43; Kearney 13/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-G] Horham 1/1/44; flak damage Berlin 6/10/44 with Lester Lennox, Co-pilot: Bob McCoy (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Bill Tate, Bombardier: Dick White, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31512 Ice Cold Katie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/11/43; Gt Falls 15/11/43; Denver 22/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Presque Is 25/12/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-H] Framlingham 2/1/44; suffered n/battle damaged hitting tree at Grundisburgh Hall, Sfk, being slow timed on 2/6/44, with...

  • 42-3158 Max

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/3/43; Morrison 31/3/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y] Molesworth 2/6/43; Missing in Action Hanover 29/4/44 with Jim Fisher, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gus Johnson[body recovered from lake 20/5/44] (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot:...

  • 42-31892 - I'll Be Around - The Skillet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Note : The B-17G, 42-31892, was one of several B-17Gs in the 8th Air Force named, I'll Be Around, after the popular song in 1944, "I'll Be Around". WWII air crews often chose to name their airplanes with names already in use. ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 04:00:46 ARowe95 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 03:58:25 ARowe95 Changes to event
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ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 08:14:03 aquaflow1 Changes to event
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Added by Karen Turner, daughter of Horace Turner, based on his handwritten log.

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 12:18:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
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Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:06 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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