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8th Air Force 962

20 April 1945

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1.

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FIGHTER SWEEP

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2. BRANDENBURG

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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This is the last combat mission for the 493rd BG. They have flown 160 missions (110 in B017s and 50 in B-24s) in 4,781 sorties and dropped 11,730 tons of bombs. They report 41 aircraft MIA. Aircraft left UK AUG 45. Group inactivated Nov 45.

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3. IRRENLOHE

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RAIL JUNCTION

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4. KLATOVY

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RAIL JUNCTION

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5. MUHLDORF

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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6. NAUEN

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RAIL INDUSTRY

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The 8th AF is running out of targets; the Germans are on their last legs, and it's time to reduce our airmens exposure to combat. This is the last combat mission of the 34th BG. They have flown170 missions (108 in B-17s and 62 in B-24s) in 5,713 sorties and dropped 13,425 tons of bombs. They reported 34 aircraft MIA but did not lose a single bomber to enemy fighters. Aircraft returned to US in Jun45. Ground unit sailed on Queen Elizabeth 6 Aug 45. Group inactivated on 28 Aug 45. This is the last combat mission for the 95th Bomb Group. They have flown 320 missions in 8,903 sorties and dropped a total of 19,769 tons of bombs. They claim the highest total of enemy aircraft in 8th AF - 425 and are the only 8th AF BG to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. They recorded 147 aircraft MIA. Aircraft began leaving the UK on 19 Jun 45. Ground unit sailed on the Queen Elizabeth on 5 Aug 45. Group inactivated on 28 Aug 45.

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7. NEURUPPIN

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AIRFIELD

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This is the last combat mission for the 457th BG. They have flown 237 missions in 7,086 sorties and dropped 16,916 tons of bombs. They reported 83 aircraft MIA. Aircraft returned to US late May 45. Ground unit sailed on Queen Elizabeth 24 Jun 45. Group inactivated 28 Aug 45. This is the last combat mission for the 490th BG. They have flown 158 missions in 5,060 sorties and dropped 12,407tons of bombs and been awarded 2 Distinguished Unit Citations. They reported 22 aircraft MIA, the lowest of any 8th AF BG. They had the second best rating in bombing accuracy. Aircraft returned to US on 6 Jul 45. Ground unit sailed on Queen Elizabeth 26 Aug 45. Group inactivated 7 Nov 45.

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8. NEURUPPIN

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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This is the last combat mission for the 385th BG. They have flown a total of 296 missions in 8,246 sorties and dropped 18,494 tons of bombs. They 129 aircraft MIA. They will participate with humanitarian missions to Holland in May 45. They will leave the UK in June and August of 1945. The ground unit will leave the UK on 5 Aug 45 on the Queen Elizabeth. The group will be inactivated on 28 Aug 45. This is the last combat mission for the 388th BG. They have flown a total of 306 missions in B-17s and 25 missions in B-24s (19 APHRODITE & 6 BATTY). Total sorties and bomb tonnage not recorded in available data. They report 142 aircraft MIA. The aircraft will leave the UK between 9 Jun 45 an Jul 45. The ground unit will leave the UK on 45Aug 45 on the Queen Elizabeth. Group inactivated on 28 Aug 45.

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9. NORWAY

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CARPETBAGGER MISSION

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10. ORANIENBURG

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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This is the last combat mission for the 390th BG. They have flown 300 missions in 8,725 sorties and dropped 19,059 tons of bombs. They have one airman, Hewitt Dunn, who completes 100 missions. They reported 144 aircraft MIA. The aircraft leave the UK on the 25-26 Jun 45 and the ground unit sails on the Queen Elizabeth on 5 Aug 45. Group inactivated on 28 Aug 45. This is the last combat mission for the 401st BG. They have flown 255 missions in 7,430 sorties and dropped 17,778 tons of bombs and been awarded 2 Distinguished Unit Citations. They reported 95 aircraft MIA. They had the second best rating in bombing accuracy for 8th AF. Aircraft left UK 30 May to 4 Jun 45. Ground unit sailed on Queen Elizabeth 25 Jun 45. Group inactivated 28 Aug 45.

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11. SEDDIN

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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12. STRAUBLING

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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13. TREUENBRIETZEN

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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14. WUSTERMARK

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MARSHALLING YARDS

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This is the last combat mission for the 100th BG, "The Bloody Hundredth". They have flown 306 missions with 8,630 sorties and dropped 19,257 tons of bombs. They report 177 aircraft MIA. In October and December of 1945 their aircraft will be returned to the US. The final contingent of ground personnel will leave the UK on the Lake Chamlain on 12 Dec 45. Group inactivated on 21 Dec 45. This is the last combat mission for the 351st BG. They have flown a total of 311 missions (actor Clark Gable flew some of these missions as a gunner) with 8,600 sorties and dropped 20,357 tons of bombs. They record 124 aircraft MIA. The first of their aircraft will leave the UK on 21 May 1945. The ground unit will sail for the US on the Queen Elizabeth on 25 June 45. Group inactivated on 28 August 1945.

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15. ZWIESEL

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RAIL BRIDGE

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A mix of 228 P-47 and P-51s provide escort. Mix not given in available data. This is the last date that the 25th Bomb Group flew a reconnaissance sortie during the war. They will remain attached to 1st Bomb Division until 25 Aug 45.They have flown 3,370 sorties and report 15 aircraft MIA. Aircraft left UK in Jul-Aug 45 along with ground unit. Group inactivated 8 Sep 45.

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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

  • 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 Birney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group
    Bob Birney was assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron on 5 February 1945 and completed 26 missions between 19 February 1945 and 20 April 1945.

  • 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...

  • Frank Calicura

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

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Aircraft

  • 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)...

  • 44-6313 Budd's Dudds

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 29/6/44; Grenier 12/7/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-F] Deenethorpe 23/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; Sth Plains 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45. BUDD’S DUDDS.

  • 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
18 September 2018 00:07:08 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to media associations
Sources

Owner of source material https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

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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