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8th Air Force 245 LEAFLET DROP

2 March 1944

Official description

Not yet known

Description

5 B-17s from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are despatched on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000?) of leaflets on the French cities of Caen, Amiens, Rouen, Chartres and Rennes. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. AMEINS / CAEN / CHARTRES / RENNES / ROUEN

Description

250 BUNDLES DROPPED

Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes

Night leaflet drop on French cities by 305th Bomb Group/422nd Bomb Squadron.

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

Mission Statistics

Number of aircraft Sent 5
Number of aircraft Effective 5

Service

People

  • Harold Brassfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37886 'Blitzing' Betsy' was severely damaged by attacks from several FW190s causing it to collide with another 388th B-17, exploding in mid-air and crashing near Emmen,...

  • Bernard Dopko

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    The crew baled out of B-17G #42-37839 'Little Willie' after flak set the plane on fire on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. The a/c crashed NE of Oranienburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from the USAF as a Captain.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 18:01:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Dairy", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:11 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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