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8th Air Force 954

16 April 1945

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Mission details

1. LANDSHUT

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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Notes

A mix of 299 P-47s and P-51s escort this raid. Mix not given in available data. All fighter claims are ground kills. The 78th FIGHTER GROUP, flying P-47s, sets the record for 8th AF ground kills on this mission with 135.

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2. REGENSBURG

Description

FREELANCE MISSION

Aircraft type

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Notes

286 of 298 P-51s fly a freelance mission in support of the bombers. They attack over 40 landing grounds in Germany and Czechoslovakia. They claim 1-0-1 aircraft in the air and 410-0-198 on the ground.

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3. REGENSBURG

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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4. REGENSBURG EAST

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

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5. REGENSBURG WEST

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Not yet known

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6. STRAUBING

Description

RAILROAD BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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7. STRUABING/PLATTING

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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Service

People

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Allen Chalmers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 361st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Chase

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 x kills, 1 x damaged [Air]. Credited with 4 x destroyed, 1 x damaged [Ground]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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...

  • Robert Conrad

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group

  • Manford Croy

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Manford Croy attended the Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska and later the University of Washington, graduating in 1941. He enlisted in February 1943 and trained as a Pilot. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 78th Fighter Group / 82nd Fighter...

  • Wilbur Ford

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Wilbur was born Jan 6, 1917 and died Jan 27, 2010 at the Audie Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He flew several missions over Germany during WWII and his co-pilot was Terence Bennett McArron.

  • Harry Freivogel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator. B24. 2nd Air Division, 448th Bomb Group, 714 Bomb Squadron, 29 complete missions | 446th Bomb Group
    After marriage in 1941, Harry enlisted for the draft, and in his own words " being patriotic or probably knowing the regular draft would get me sooner or later and I would be drafted into the regular Army, I decided I would enlist in the Army Air Corps...

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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. ...

  • 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)...

  • 43-39014 Hot Shot Charlie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 6/11/44; Grenier 14/11/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bassingbourn 9/1/45; (flew two POW trips) ; 26m Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-14796 "Lady Margaret" flown by Lt. George S. Montgomery

    P-51 Mustang
    This aircraft was assigned to Lt. George S. "Stoney" Montgomery. Montgomery joined the 351st FS/353rd FG on August 18, 1944. Montgomery would be credited with 2.5 e/a in this plane. Lt. Edward Risk would be shot down in the aircraft on April 16, 1945.

  • 44-6509

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 28/8/44; Grenier 15/9/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [H] Glatton 30/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; Sth Plains 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 44-40328 This Above All

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-50561

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-10591

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95021 San Antonio Rose

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-72165

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51D Mustang # 44-72165 was lost on 16 April 1945 with Pilot Captain Manford O. Croy Jr. Killed In Action (KIA). The aircraft is reported as lost due to unknown cause and as "crashed in France" (or Germany ?). There is Missing Air Crew Report for this...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 15:45:00 dwgdallas Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

The personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 15:36:34 dwgdallas Changes to person associations and media associations
Sources

The personal collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 06:34:56 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to event
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=250

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 06:34:20 kraig@thedoerings.com Changes to event
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Missions/Details.aspx?Number=250

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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