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789

10 January 1945

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

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

2. BELECKE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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3. BONN/HANGELAR

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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4. COLOGNE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

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Not yet known

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5. COLOGNE/DEUTZ

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

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Notes

Not yet known

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6. COLOGNE/GEREON

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

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7. COLOGNE/HOHENZOLLERN

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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8. COLOGNE/OSTHEIM

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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9. COLOGNE/RODENKIRCHEN

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Notes

A mix of 123 P-47s and P51s fly a freelance sweep to cover the bombers. Mix not given in available data. However they have claims as stated. 137 of 152 P-51s fly escort but have no claims.

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10. COLOGNE/SOUTH

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

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Not yet known

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11. DASBURG

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

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Not yet known

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12. DUISEBURG

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Not yet known

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13. DUREN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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Notes

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14. DUSSELDORF

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

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15. EUSKIRCHEN

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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16. EUSKIRCHEN/ODENDORF

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Not yet known

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17. GYMNICH

Description

AIRFIELD

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

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18. KARLSRUHE

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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Notes

Not yet known

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19. NEUSTADT

Description

MARSHALLING YARDS

Aircraft type

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Notes

Fighter-bomber mission

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20. OBERKASSEL

Description

RAIL BRIDGE

Aircraft type

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Not yet known

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21. PRUM

Description

BOMB TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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22. SCHONBERG

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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23. STEINBRUCK

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

Mission Statistics

24. WEWELER

Description

HIGHWAY BRIDGE

Aircraft type

Not yet known

Notes

Not yet known

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Service

People

  • Ora Akins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x Combat missions. Carl Djernes crew. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • James Allcroft

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Millard French crew. Completed 36 combat missions. Awards: AM (5OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

  • Harry Arant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    Was Pilot of B-17 # 44-8181 on 10 January 1945. From Roger Freeman’s “The B-17 Flying Fortress Story” : “Battle-damaged on return from Cologne / Köln mission 10 January 1945. On return approach crew baled safely, but a/c cr on Thorpe Abbotts bomb dump....

  • George Asprocolas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • 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

  • Philbert Azevedo

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret Gunner, Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Barry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Prum in B-17 44-8216. Missing Air Crew Report 11578

  • Clarence Bitner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 336BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Holzwickede 23-Mar-45. Mid air collision with B-17 44-8754, crashed Campsea Ash, Suffolk. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (3OLC), GC, PH.

  • Keith Bryant

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 42-97194 Good Pickin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-O] Horham 11/3/44; with G.M. Jackman force landed B-53 Merville, Belg., 10/5/45; with Lt Henderson force landed A-70 Laon, France 20/5/45; 114m Returned to the USA...

  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-102659 'Hard Seventeen', 'Hard Luck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 16/5/44; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-J] Deenethorpe 30/5/44; Salvaged 10/1/45. ...

  • 42-102947 D-Day Dottie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-S] 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 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...

  • 42-107151 Cover Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 15/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-31072 Betty J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    This was the only original aircraft of the 401st BG to return to the USA after the war. The aircraft was named after Lt. Bryan Shotts' Wife "Betty Jean Shotts". ...

  • 42-31485 Old Ironsides

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/43; Gr Island 21/11/43; La Guardia 29/11/43; New York 1/12/43; Presque Is 2/12/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-X] Deenethorpe 6/1/44; RAF Stornaway 5/4/44, ret grp 6/4/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 9/6/45; Syracuse 10/6...

  • 42-31591 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Grenier 20/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 25/1/44; transferred 613BS/401BG [IN-J] Deenethorpe 11/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 19/3/44, force landed continent; Salvaged 1 SAD Troston 22/4/44; mission...

  • 42-31662 'Fancy Nancy IV'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Kearney 7/1/44; Memphis 9/1/44; Presque Is 10/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 134m crash landed Polebrook 22/4/44, Salvaged 1 SAD Troston. FANCY NANCY IV.

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Revisions

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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