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8th Air Force 948

14 April 1945

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1. BORDEAUX

Description

FLAK BATTERIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

1,167 are despatched without escort to attack the France Gironde estuary. Other Allied Air Forces and French naval units attack similar targets. The air attacks precede a ground assault by a French detachment of the Sixth Army Group on the defense pockets that deny the Allies use of port facilities in the Bordeaux area. 15 strong points are hit on this raid.

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2. BORDEAUX

Description

FLAK BATTERIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

12 strong points are targeted.

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3. BORDEAUX

Description

FLAK BATTERIES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The great, French port of Bordeaux is still useless to the Allies because the Huns control the entrance to the port which is the mouth of the Gironde river. Sooooo – we are to bomb the coastal installations which the Jerries control. This is in support of the French drive.
The briefing officer warned us against late releases because the French lines are only 2 1/2 miles from our MPI. We had a continental assembly and everything went well until my G box slipped and gave me a fix about 3 miles from Dunkirk on the way to A-72 Buncher. From the boncher beacon we proceeded SE thru Paris. Then thru Orleans until we got about 50 miles to the south of our IP. Our IP was out in the middle of the sea & we made our bomb run at about 045o. Our target was right on the beach. As we hit the I.P. the squadron reformed into a spread formation. I watched the bombs & saw them hit right on the beach. I looked like a bullseye to me. About then, the ball man (Albert Karamanos) reported a B-24 exploded. He said that he counted 9 chutes.

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Service

People

  • Jesse Adcock

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | B-17 Toglier in WWII; Aircraft Maintenance until 1967 retirement | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Dec 1944. Flew 55+ missions in B-17 as togglier. Adcock grew up on a farm in Ellisville, Mississippi, USA. He was career Air Force, retiring in 1967 as a Chief Master Sergeant (CMSAF). Born 3/8/1924 Died 3/16/2017

  • Maj. Ignacio Barrios

    Military | Major | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Marvin Berg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator/bombardier | 491st 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

  • Robert Bluford

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    The Rev. Robert Bluford Jr. has been a B-24 bomber pilot in World War II, preacher, historian, preservationist, a Presbyterian pastor and campus ministry director in the Southeast, and the Virginia Press Association’s Virginian of the Year for 2011. He...

  • Robert Boydston

    Military | First Lieutenant | P-51 Fighter pilot | 364th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Sabatine Branco

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 combat missions from 1/8/45 to 4/21/45. Most of them in a B-17G 'Dinah-Mite' #44-8694.

  • John Burk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    John McKale Burk was born 30 November 1924 in Ventnor, Atlantic County, NJ to Frederick Grater Burk (20 April 1891 Philadelphia, PA -19 June 1948 Philadelphia, PA) and Mary Cunningham McKale Burk (21 February 1895 Philadelphia, PA - 20 October 1990...

  • Robert Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately we were hit in the right wing by anti-aircraft guns. They emptied our gas in the wing which stopped nos three and four engines. We dropped down...

  • Clarence Condit

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    Member of 2nd Lt. J.J. Kamper's crew. Flew 7 missions between 28 March and 17 April 1945. Later Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force. Air Medal. "On 28 March 1945, in 'Lady Luck,' we had just dropped the bombs over our target Berlin. Almost immediately...

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Aircraft

  • 42-102380 Renovation

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned: 12 April 1944 - 8th AF / 3rd AD / 4th CBW / 94th BG / 331st BS - (RAF Bury St Edmunds) ...

  • 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...

  • 44-40277 '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. ...

  • 44-10600 'Piccadilly Commando'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 788BS, 467BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 15-May-45 mission to Royan, dropping napalm for the 1st time on ground targets.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2017 23:01:04 Virginiawise50 Changes to person associations
Sources

Official Website of 385th Bomb Group Association

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 00:09:15 daveb@dalitech.com Changes to event
Sources

Information from original, hand-written combat logs of Maj. I.J. Barrios dated Feb-Apr 1945.

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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