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VIII Bomber Command SCRUBBED

18 October 1943

Official description

Not yet known

Description

This was another attempt at launching at attack on the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. Both B-17 Groups and B-24 Groups were scheduled to participate, but the mission was recalled over the North Sea because of weather. One B-24 Failed to Return (FTR) 10KIA and 1 B-17 sustained a runaway propeller on #2 engine, which caught fire, and the crew all baled out near Icklesham, Sussex 10RTD, aircraft destroyed and 1 crashlanded at Dover, UK 10RTD aircraft destroyed. No other losses or claims.

Mission details

1.

Description

DIVERSION

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

B-24s carried out a diversion for recalled mission. No information on Bomb Groups participating or how many were despatched.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 1
Number of people Killed In Action 10

2. DUREN (Primary)

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Mission recalled over North Sea because weather prevented fighter escort rendezvous. No information on participating Bomb Groups or number despatched. 94th Bomb Group crashed near Dover, crew OK. 390th Bomb Group aircraft abandoned by crew, crashed near Icklesham, UK 10 Returned To Duty (RTD).

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 2
Number of people Returned To Duty 20

Service

People

  • Carl Baer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Baer crew, 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that they were running out of fuel and may not make...

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Paul Bensel

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Bliss

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

  • Webster Bull

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237773 'Full House. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). The plane was ditched in the Ijsselmeer, The Netherlands. AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster / Purple Heart

  • George Doyle

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 18 October 1943 AM/ PH

  • Otis Ingebritsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Jarrendt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 16-Sep-43 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B-17 42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Meginnies

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-30177 Charlene

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 27/4/43; Cheyenne 2/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 as CHARLENE; 15m transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe 19/1/44; Oulton 16/5/44; 36BS Cheddington...

  • 42-30212 Quarterback

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; transferred Aphrodite project, Missing in Action V-sites, Watten 6/8/44 with Lt Joeseph P Andrecheck & T/Sgt Raymond Healy (2...

  • 42-30213 Lil' One

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 1/6/43; crashed on take off for Bremen after encountering mechanical problems 13/11/43 with Bob Simons, Co-pilot: Alvin...

  • 42-3291 Miss Mac

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/4/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; on training mission 12/7/44 with Major Boardman Reed, Co-pilot: Major Melvin Buckner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Weathers, Radio Operator: Ora Kelsey, pass...

  • 42-5905 Just Ag

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 30/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/7/43; detailed Solignen, 30/11/43 with Paul Kelly, Co-pilot: John Corzette, Navigator: John Wiley, Bombardier: Marion Wiles, Flight...

  • 42-5954 Mister Yank II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/5/43; Kearney 10/6/43; Dow Fd 7/7/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 11/7/43; Returned to the USA 30/3/44. Salvaged 4/1/46. MR YANK II.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2015 23:17:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Jul-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:16 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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