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8th Air Force 961

19 April 1945

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ESCORT MISSION

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6 P-51s escort 7 F-5s on a photo recon mission.

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2. AUSSIG

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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3. ELSTERWERDA

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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This is the last combat mission for the 306th Bomb Group. They have flown 342 missions in 9,614 sorties and dropped 22,575 tons of bombs. They report 171 aircraft MIA. They were stationed in England at one base (Thurleigh) longer than any other Bomb Group in 8th AF. They were the first Bomb Group to complete 300 missions from the UK. They remain the oldest operational Bomb Group in the 8th AF.

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4. FALKENBERG

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ESCORT MISSION

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5. FALKENBERG

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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6. KARLSBAD

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RAIL BRIDGE

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7. NORWAY

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CARPETBAGGER MISSION

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11 of 16 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions to Norway

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8. PIRNA

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RAIL BRIDGE

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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

  • Jackie Bishop

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • 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...

  • Luis Coppola

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

  • Harold Dwyer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Harold Dwyer graduated from Hastings High School, Hastings, Nebraska in 1942. In August 1944 he received his wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Corps at the Ft. Sumner Army Air Field in New Mexico. ...

  • John Ferard

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group

  • Howard Gurney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Born October 30, 1922 in Camden, N.J. Active service dates April 15, 1944-December 21, 1946; last rank Captain. Stationed at Rattlesden, B-17 pilot, 31 missions, chiefly assigned to American Beauty (43-37797). Became a building inspector in the...

  • Lester Hess

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose Gunner/D.R. Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 14 missions in 1945 Retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the USAF

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Aircraft

  • 43-38372 Rainbow

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27 July 1944; Lincoln 5 August 1944; Grenier 15 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 15 August 1944; transferred 96BG Snetterton 16 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on the 19 April 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.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 01:06:34 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:14 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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