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27 April 1944

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1. CHERBOURG (Opportunistic)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

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2. PAS DE CALAIS (Primary)

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3. PAS DE CALAIS (Primary)

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V-1 MISSILE SITES

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2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th Bomb Group, 93rd Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb Group, 445th Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Group, 453rd Bomb Group, 458th Bomb Group, 466th Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group.

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 631 T HE

4. PAS DE CALAIS and CHERBOURG (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

1st Bomb Division was made up of 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group, 303rd Bomb Group, 305th Bomb Group, 306th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Group, 384th Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Group, 457th Bomb Group. 25 V-Weapon sites were briefed, 21 actually attacked; 5 others attacked as T/Os because some squadrons had trouble finding the primaries in the haze.

457t BG - MISSION NO. 34 - ZUDAUSQUES, FRANCE

27 APRIL, 1944

Rocket sites and anti-invasion fortification in the Calais and Cherbourg areas were targets for the Eighth Air Force. The rocket site assigned to the 457th was in the hamlet of Zudausques, located inland from Calais, which had been attacked before but was still in operation. Twenty-four aircraft were dispatched on the mission. Major Leroy Watson served as Air Commander, and Lt. Mark R. Belcher was pilot.

There was no Wing formation. All groups went alone to individual targets. Bombing results were fair. Flak was moderate but accurate. Several aircraft were damaged by new incendiary flak, and brought back pieces of rocket shells. Thirteen aircraft had minor and five major damage.

457th BG - MISSION NO. 35 - NANCY/ESSEY, FRANCE

27 APRIL, 1944

The Group flew two missions on 27 April, the target of the second mission being the Nancy/Essey Airfield. This airfield had previously been the target for Mission No. 32 on 25 April. Twelve aircraft participated in the mission. The Group flew the low box for the 94th Combat Wing. Major Fred A. Spencer was Air Commander and Lt. Vinton H. Mays was pilot.

Visibility was restricted, but bombing results were good.

The Group encountered no enemy aircraft, and flak was light. All aircraft returned without damage. A B-24 joined the formation in the No. 7 position of the low box and bombed with the Group.

Units

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 596.8 T HE

5. PAS DE CALAIS and CHERBOURG (Primary)

Description

V-1 MISSILE SITES

Aircraft type

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Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 385th Bomb Group, 388th Bomb Group, 390th Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Group, 452nd Bomb Group.

Units

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 619.3 T HE

Service

People

  • John Akers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot - B-17 Flying Fortress | 457th Bomb Group
    John Akers Jr grew up in Greenville, TX on a cotton farm. Graduated High School May 1939. His days consisted of working the cotton farm with 2 mules and picking the cotton. After seeing the events of Pearl Harbor during his time in the civilian...

  • Dorsey Baker

    Military | Major | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Baldi

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • Hobert Beavers

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • Andrew Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • Palmer Bryan

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Franklin Chaimson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #4231477. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Cornelius

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret gunner Gunner
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #42-3534 "Ol' Dad". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Cole Dailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 27 April 1944 in B-17 #42-3534 "Ol' Dad". Prisoner of War (POW).

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Aircraft

  • 42-107017

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 1/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 6/3/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Bill Warren, Bombardier: Jerome Fontaine (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Gene McClellan, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-31410 Berlin Bessie, I Dood It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/10/43; Kearney 13/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-G] Horham 1/1/44; flak damage Berlin 6/10/44 with Lester Lennox, Co-pilot: Bob McCoy (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Bill Tate, Bombardier: Dick White, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31512 Ice Cold Katie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/11/43; Gt Falls 15/11/43; Denver 22/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Presque Is 25/12/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-H] Framlingham 2/1/44; suffered n/battle damaged hitting tree at Grundisburgh Hall, Sfk, being slow timed on 2/6/44, with...

  • 42-31741 Thunderbolt/Hi Fever

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/1/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Capt Jim Zengerle, Co-pilot: Albt Millin, Navigator: Walt Travis, Bombardier: Capt Wayne Barnett,...

  • 42-3312 SEQUATCHIEE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/5/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-K] Framlingham 14/7/43. ...

  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-37980

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [D] Knettishall 1/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Joe Coyner Wounded in Action, Co-pilot: Harry Monroe, Navigator: Fulton Sandler, Bombardier: Don Wiley, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-97093 I'll Get By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Presque Is 20/2/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-S] Framlingham 3/3/44 DOC'S FLYING CIRCUS, then GIRL OF MY DREAMS; on mission 21/7/44 with ? , Lt Sam Dubin (Killed in Action); severe icing during assembly for...

  • 42-94979 Slick Chick

    B-24 Liberator
    Oldest and longest serving 466th BG B-24 to survive the war ...

  • 42-50306 Dragon Lady

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft crashed on take-off at Flixton (Bungay), killing all crew and 2 RAF ground crew.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 02:05:13 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 12:59:29 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 12:55:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to event
Sources

Mission details added courtesy of Diane Elizabeth Reese from 457th Bomb Group Mission Documents. http://www.457thbombgroup.org/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:06 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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