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6 November 1944

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Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

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2. BOTTROP/WILHEIM

Description

OIL REFINERY

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3. DUISBURG

Description

BENZOL OIL PLANT

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4. HAMBURG/HARBURG

Description

OIL REFINERY

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

The 398th Bomb Group flies its first mission.

457th BG MISSION NO. 145: HARBURG, GERMANY, 6 NOVEMBER 1944
Again an oil refinery was attacked by the 457th. The target was Harburg. Captain Dozier was in command with Lt. Jeffers as pilot. The Group comprised the 94th C Combat Wing.
After assembly, the Group assumed its proper position in the Division formation and proceeded across the Channel to attack its target. The IP was reached six minutes late because winds were not as briefed.
After the turn at the IP, the craft piloted by Lt. Edward P. McGroarty left the formation. No damage, fire or chutes were observed and reason for leaving is unknown. Only one crewrnan survived.
The turn on the bomb run was made about five miles northwest of the briefed IP. The target area was covered with ten tenths clouds and PFF was utilized. Although the Group encountered moderate anti-aircraft fire, its accuracy was only fair. All three squadrons released their bombs on the smoke marker of the Group Lead aircraft. Results were unobserved.

Units

  • 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...

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5. HAMBURG/LUBECK

Description

OIL REFINERY

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6. HAMBURG/RHENANIA

Description

OIL REFINERY

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7. HAMM

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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8. MINDEN/MITTELLAND CANAL

Description

CANAL

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9. NEUMUNSTER

Description

AIRCRAFT FACTORIES

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10. NEUMUNSTER

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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11. RHEYDT

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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12. STERKRADE

Description

OIL REFINERY

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13. VREDEN

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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Service

People

  • Robert Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Robert Atkins served as a tail gunner with the 733rd Bomb Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Old Buckenham, England.

  • Dale Avers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • George Bachman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B17 Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Parents: George and Pauline (Matthias) Bachman they were married in March 1911 ...

  • John Baumgardner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Carmen Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Charles Cappellino

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Emil Cohen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Informed that he was possibly the youngest pilot in the 8th Air Force, confirmed that he was the youngest Jewish pilot

  • Edward Etzel

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Stendal in B-17 #43-38932 PY-T Memorial pages can be found on Face Book and findagrave.com

  • Stanley Finch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Finch was shot down on a mission to attack airfields near Cologne on 10 November 1944. His aircraft B-17 Flying Fortress (#42-31830) nicknamed "Marie" received two direct flak hits, which blew off the number 3 engine, right wheel and wing, and then...

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Aircraft

  • 42-107009 Lady Jane

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Grenier 10/3/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-F] Deenethorpe; on return from mission 12 May 1944 with Lt J.C. Sharp, Waist gunner: Alfred A. Tomkinson (KIA- flak hit - died in in base hospital). ...

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 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...

  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

  • 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...

  • 42-97572

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/12/43; Dalhart 16/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 2/3/44; transferred 711BS/447BG [IR-C] Rattlesden 3/3/44; mid-air collision with 44-83279 (447BG) with Bob Chowning 22/3/44, force landed 20 miles NW base; Salvaged...

  • 43-38393

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Hunter 8/8/44; Dow Fd 30/8/44; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-V] Framlingham 2/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 30/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 09:44:01 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 18:43:08 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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