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8th Air Force 926

4 April 1945

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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Mission Statistics

2.

Description

ESCORT MISSION

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Notes

25 P-51s escort 8 F-5s and 2 P-38s on a photo and radar recon mission, they claim 1-0-0 aircraft.

Mission Statistics

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Description

SCOUTING MISSION

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4. DEDELSDORF (Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Units

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 39
Number of aircraft Sent 13

5. EGGEBECK (Opportunistic)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Units

  • 3rd Air Division

    3rd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 3rd Bomb Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 6.0
Number of aircraft Sent 2

6. FASSBERG (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Units

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 383.7
Number of aircraft Sent 149

7. HOYA (Secondary)

Description

AIRFIELD

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Units

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 105.0
Number of aircraft Sent 37

8. KIEL/ DEUTSCHE (Secondary)

Description

SHIPYARD

Aircraft type

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Notes

Primary – Docks at Kiel (visual only)
Secondary – City of Kiel
We were to fly up the north sea and cutting west, hit land at [intentionally left blank] which was our I.P. and on the west coast of Denmark. From there the course was 102o to the eastern coast of Denmark and Kiel. The S-2 officer warned us to stay away from “the more accurate Naval flak.” He also said that there was a pocket battleship and other enemy ocean-going craft docked at Kiel. He also told us not to bomb the Kiel canal because it was being used by relief ships for Holland.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 1497.5
Number of aircraft Sent 505

9. PARCHIM (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

A mix of 324 P-47s and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data. The P-47s claim 14-0-20 aircraft and the P-51s claim 9-0-3 aircraft.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 87.0
Number of aircraft Sent 33

10. PERLEBERG (Primary)

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Units

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 65.3
Number of aircraft Sent 29

11. UNTERLUSS (Opportunistic)

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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12. WESENDORF (Secondary) / Seething, England

Description

"I just can’t remember the mission although i do have an air medal that’s dated April 5th and that aeroplane that’s cut in half we were flying a group ahead of that. Now that flight back there was Ed Chu’s flight and i always tried the best i could to get around some the facts on this. And i watched those jets come down to my right circle that group and shoot the hell out of them."

"..And one jet came right at us and we were flying in the low right what they call the coffin corner and that jet came at me. And as far as everybody in my flight knows i was the only one shooting at him. And to make a long story short it was posted on the squadron bulletin board that that was confirmed kill."

(Edward Paretti, 448th BG)

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator

Notes

I interviewed a small group of 448th veterans with an American friend during one of their last reunions in Orlando, 2007. Edward Paretti (NY) spoke of the above incident in which the group were attacked by jet fighters. It sparked an interest in the mission and encounters with jets and I tried to gather as much material as I could about 4th April 1945. Ed Chu was an asian-american who also served in the 448th BG. He was at the reunion but couldn't or didn't want to talk at that time. We wrote to each other after the reunion and he passed away a few years later.

If you want to get in touch you can find me here www.happywarriors.co.uk

Units

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

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Service

People

  • Donald Aagesen

    Military | Captain | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Donald C Aageson served as a pilot with the 303rd Bomb Group. He flew 29 missions. ...

  • George Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Observer / Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Harry Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Clarence Bailey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of Ford's Crew. Sgt Clarence Bailey flew 10 missions, from 04/04/1945, mission #241, to 04/20/1945, mission #254. He served as a Tail Gunner.

  • Maj. Ignacio Barrios

    Military | Major | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Nephi Berkenpas

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

  • Frank Calicura

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Frank Calicura served as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group. ...

  • Luis Coppola

    Military | Captain | Pilot on B-17 | 379th Bomb Group

  • Charles Cupp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13730 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Daman

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Daman was killed in action (KIA) while flying B-24 Liberator #44-50838 on 4 April 1945. He was taking part in a mission to attack German bases at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, when his aircraft encountered enemy fighters over Hamburg. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

  • 42-97105 Paper Doll

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Selfridge Fld 3/2/44; Dorval 4/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB-768]; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Parchim 7/4/45 with Lew Hickman, Arnold Wolf, Cawthorn Perdue, Albt Vawter, Herman Meyer (5 Prisoner of War); John...

  • 43-38771

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 19/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned PFF 534BS/381BG [GD-E] Ridgewell 6/11/44; 25m Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-39056

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 20/11/44; Grenier 2/12/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-V] Gt Ashfield 3/12/44; when parked at Horsching, Austria was hit by 44-8320 on 20/5/45; Salvaged n/battle damaged 6/9/45.

  • 44-50838 'Red Bow'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf with Robert Mains crew 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg 1 x POW, 9 x KIA MACR 13730 Only one of the crew, Charles Cupp, survived.

  • 44-6968 Sonof-a-Blitz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 3/1/45; Grenier 15/1/45; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 22/1/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Sth Plains 4/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45.

  • 44-8271 BUTCH

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27 July 1944; Cheyenne 6 August 1944; Grenier 25 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 27 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on 5 missions : on 31 March 1945; 4 April 1945; 14 April 1945; 18 April...

  • 44-8850 Humms Bumms

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/45; Hunter 7/2/45; Dow Fd 19/2/45; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 21/2/45;RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 20/12/45.

  • 44-40277 'Miss Used'

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft flew 64 missions with 458th and was one of the 10 original AZON/Aphrodite project** control planes. Served as 'Mother Ship' to B-17F 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on mission to bomb Mimoyecques, France. 4-8-44. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 21:26:13 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Added crew of B-24 44-50838

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 03:16:35 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Virginia Wise, eldest child of Lester Allen Wise, who flew on this mission as a pilot with Jack Q. Means as co-pilot.

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2017 18:34:44 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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Virginia Wise, eldest child of, Lester Allen Wise, B-17 (43-39056) pilot 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group, who flew on this mission to Kiel from Great Ashfield, England, 4 Apr 1945

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2016 23:50:36 daveb@dalitech.com Changes to event
Sources

Information from original, hand-written combat logs dated Feb-Apr 1945.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2015 23:03:11 bloodsweatflak Changes to event
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4th April 1945

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2015 23:00:09 bloodsweatflak Changes to event
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Red Bow Incident

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2015 16:17:59 Emily Changes to event
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary, p. 479

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:13 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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