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8th Air Force 300

12 April 1944

Official description

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Description

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Mission details

1. HALLE (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

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Mission Statistics

2. LEIPZIG (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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3. OSCHERSLEBEN (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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4. SCHKEUDITZ (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

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Notes

3rd Bomb Division turned back just after French coast. One B-17 PATHFINDER (PFF) aircraft from 96th Bomb Group was shot down by an intruder just as it was approaching the 390th Bomb Group airfield. 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th Bomb Group, 95th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group, 390th 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 0.00

5. SCHWEINFURT (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Heavy could cover and contrails caused most of the mission to be aborted. 1st Bomb Division turned back before the French coast. 1st Bomb Division units supplying aircraft was not contained in available data, however, 1st Bomb Division supplied 97 aircraft.

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 0.00

6. ZWICKAU (Primary)

Description

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

2nd Bomb Division penetrated to the Germany border before weather forced it to turn back.

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 0.00

Service

People

  • Henry Benson

    Military | Captain | Navigator, bombardier, nose gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • James Braa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    James Braa served as a ball turret gunner with the 566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Hethel, England. He completed his tour of 30 missions between March and June 1944, flying his final two missions on D-Day.

  • William Burtt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 April 1944 in B-24 42-7601 'Sin Ship. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Michael Ciano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    After Gunnery training, Michael Ciano left the US in October 1943, flew Southern Route via Puerto Rico, Brazil, Dakar, Senegal, Marrakech, French Morocco and reached Scotland with his Group. Shot down over Belgium 12 April 44 on 8th mission in B-24 42...

  • Peter Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 April 1944 in B-24 #42-7601 'Sin Ship'. Evaded with the help of Belgian and French citizens and members of the Résistance. Liberated by US troops in early September 1944 while sheltered at the house of Madame Marie Sarron in Mirecourt,...

  • Albert Gilsdorf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 April 1944 in B-24 #42-7601 'Sin Ship'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Hansen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 April 1944 in B-24 #427601 'Sin Ship'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Hanson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 April 1944 in B-24 #42-7601 'Sin Ship'. Prisoner of War-POW.

  • Chester Hincewicz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 April 1944 in B-24 #42-7601 'Sin Ship'. Evaded. See the full story of his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.org/fhincewcb.html

  • Wade Luce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 April 1944 in B-24 #42-7601 'Sin Ship'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:12 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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