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12 September 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 18.1 T

2.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 52.R T

3.

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 6.7 T

4. BOHLEN (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 82.7 T

5. BRUX (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

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Notes

The three segments of this mission are intercepted by 400-500 German Luftwaffe aircraft. The targets are all sighted using PATHFINDER (PFF) methods. Another tough day for both sides: 31 B-17s & 4 B-24s MIA, but bomber gunners have a good score of 27-14-12 Luftwaffe fighters. The fighter escort has another excellent score of 54-2-8 in the air with another 26-0-15 on the ground. 1st Bomb Division was made up of 303rd BG, 305th BG, 306th BG, 351 BG, 379th BG, 381st BG, 384th BG, 385th BG,389th BG, 457th BG, 486th BG. 91st Bomb Group, 92nd Bomb Group & 401st Bomb Group stand down.

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.

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 189.7 T

6. ETTERWINDEN (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 22.5 T

7. FULDA (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 110 T

8. HANNOVER (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 29 T

9. HEMMINGSTEDT (Opportunistic)

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 8.5 T

10. HEMMINGSTEDT (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

2nd Bomb Division was made up of 44th BG, 92nd BG, 93rd BG, 385th BG, 445th BG,446th BG, 489th BG, 491 BG, 492nd BG. 389th BG, 453rd BG, 458th BG, 466th Bomb Group & 467th Bomb Group stand down.

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 165 T

11. KARLSBAD (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 27.5 T

12. KIEL (Primary)

Description

HARBOUR INSTALLATION

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 149.5 T

13. KITZINGEN (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 27.5 T

14. LAHARTE (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 106.7 T

15. LAUTA (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 119.5 T

16. MAGDEBURG/FRIEDRICHSTADT (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 167.9 T

17. MAGDEBURG/ROTHENSEE (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

3rd Bomb Division was made up of B-17s is 44th BG, 94th BG, 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group, 100th BG, 385th BG, 388th BG, 390th BG, 447th BG, 486th BG, 490th BG, 493rd BG. 452nd Bomb Group stands down

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.

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 329.5 T

18. MISBERG (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 89.5 T

19. MOLBIS (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 26 T

20. NORTHEIM (Opportunistic)

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 36 T

21. PLAUEN (Opportunistic)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 82.5 T

22. RUHLAND (Primary)

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 142.5 T

Service

People

  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • Alex Alford

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in AC #43-38098. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Banta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 September 1944 in B-17 #42-97368 'Tailwind'.

  • Edwon Bisaro

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in AC #43-38319. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Calvin Bladen

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in AC #43-38098. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Bosnavits

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Eugene Bosnavits was Tail gunner on B-17 #43-38098, shot down 12 September 1944. Killed In Action (KIA)

  • Warren Callahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Warran Callahan served as a co-pilot with the 708th Bomb Squadron of the 447th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Rattlesden, England.

  • Anthony Carlino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Anthony Carlino was Navigator on B-17 #42-97368. Killed in Action (KIA) in the crash-landing of the Fortress near Massow, 5km NE of Freyenstein, Brandenburg, Germany, 12 September 1944.

  • Eugene Carroll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Eugene Carroll was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-97368. Crash-landed near Massow, 5km NE of Freyenstein, Brandenburg, Germany, 12 September 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Laurence Deats

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 September 1944 in B-17 #4338261.

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Aircraft

  • 42-107047 The Doodle Bug

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/2/44; Grenier 3/3/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 17/3/44; with R.V. Mercer force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44 with engine failure; battle damaged Berlin 3/2/45 with H. Palmer; force landed Charleroi, Bel; 97m, repaired & ret...

  • 42-95247 Dixie flyer

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down 12 September 1944 4 KIA 5 POWs.

  • 42-97368 Tailwind

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/44; Rapid City 10/3/44; Grenier 14/3/44; Assigned 398BG , 601 SQD, Nuthampstead 25/4/44. ...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38098

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/6/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG [G6-L] Debach 4/8/44. Missing in Action Magdeburg 12 September 1944 with Pilot James P. Kittleson, Co-pilot: Homer P. Duncan, Navigator: Maxwell S. Kettef, Ball turret...

  • 44-6139

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 12/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [DS-K] Polebrook 8/6/44; 31 missions. ...

  • 44-6316

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 29/6/44; Grenier 12/7/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 18/7/44; 42 missions. Crash landed base on return from Brux, Czechoslavia when starboard U/C collapsed 9 x RTD 12-Sep-44; Salvaged. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2017 02:47:37 maggiewaterman Changes to event
Sources

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Date Contributor Update
12 June 2017 02:46:15 maggiewaterman Changes to person associations and media associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:08 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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