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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 915: 337 B-17s and 527 P-51s are dispatched to attack oil and tank plants in Germany; targets are bombed visually despite poor weather; no aircraft are lost:

1. 185 B-17s are sent to hit the synthetic oil plant at Zeitz (12); 130 others hit the Vomag tank factory at Plauen (130), the secondary; targets of opportunity are Meiningen (25) and Wurzburg (11); 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 25 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 5 WIA. Escorting are 194 of 238 P-51s.

2. 152 B-17s are sent to hit the Vomag tank factory at Plauen (139); targets of opportunity are Oelsnitz (12) and Markt Erlbach (1); 3 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 18 airmen are KIA. 98 of 121 P-51s escort.

3. 110 of 118 P-51s fly a freelance fighter mission for the bombers.

4. 26 of 27 P-51s escort 12 F-5s and 1 Spitfire on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

5. 22 of 23 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

HQ 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) and the 22d Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron move from Mount Farm to Chalgrove, England with F-5s.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

34th BG Crash Report - B-17G, 43-38402, crashed near the village Framsden, Stowmarket, UK


2/Lt.Hugh H.McCutchan Jr,pilot
2/Lt.James A.Holt,co-pilot
F/O.Julius H.Bowers,nav
Sgt.Paul E.Sheetz,bomb
Sgt.Bert W.Servo,radio
Sgt.Thomas J.Dalton,eng-gun
Sgt.Howard J.Armstrong,wg
Sgt.Irrin Meltz,tg
Sgt.John B.Lamkin,btg

source: Army Air Forces Online Forum http://forum.armyairforces.com/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #152 Plauen. Command Pilot: BRUNK. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 107.5 on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 38 Credit Sorties. During assembly a 34BG plane collided with a 452BG plane, both crashing killing both crews.

B-17G 43-38876 Crashed (five photos in the file.) (This was the 452BG plane.) All killed.

B-17G 43-38402 L/P Mid-air collision with a 452BG B-17 during assembly. Planes crashed at Framsden and Crettingham, UK. With 391BS. Pilot: unknown. No Missing Air Crew Report. All Killed.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 32 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 298. Primary Target: Workshops - Plauen, Germany

43 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 36. Scrubbed - 1. Returned To Base - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 4. Crashed - 1
43-39131 Rush, Joseph H - Due to 2 engine failure A/C 131 was forced to attack a Target of Opportunity at 4948 1011 20,500 with unobserved results. Location attacked was apparently in the area of Dettelbach, Germany.
44-6109 Jordan, Theodore G - Crashed in Allied Territory Running short of fuel, attempted to land at RAF Cranbrook, but crashed in Brewer's Wood, on Hawksridge Farm near Cranbrook in Kent. The pilot was killed and two crewman were injured seriously.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: A-20G (#43-9494).
Organization: / 325SrG of Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland.
Pilot: Barton, Fred A.
Notes: landing accident destroyed by fire.
Location: Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97503).
Organization: 533BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: Carpenter, Charles H.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Ridgewell, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38402).
Organization: 391BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: McCutchan, Hugh H Jr.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Framsden/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38876).
Organization: 728BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: Porter, Arlin L.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Framsden/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-39075).
Organization: 337BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Davis, Henry E Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Snetterton Heath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6109).
Organization: 545BS / 384BG of Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Jordan, Theodore G.
Notes: killed in a forced landing out of gas.
Location: Hargridge House/ N England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8523).
Organization: 836BS / 487BG of Lavenham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Althouse, Richard L.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Lavenham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#41-28910).
Organization: 858BS / 492BG of Harrington, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Shaw, William R.
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Harrington, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 1
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: L-5B (#44-17117).
Organization: / BADA of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: Parker, Roy H.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Church Lawford/ 2mi SE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-14852).
Organization: 83FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Innocenzi, Andrew R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Poltava/Sta 559* Russia.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-15541).
Organization: / 44ADG of B53.
Pilot: Dimpfl, Helmut R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Merville, France France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14813).
Organization: 436FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Morris, Jesse F.
Notes: bail out.
Location: Hayden Farn, Elmswell England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-63230).
Organization: 14PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Comstock, Ira A.
Notes: crash landing out of gas.
Location: Mount Farm, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-72302).
Organization: 350FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Tanner, William F.
Notes: bailed out due to weather.
Location: Shalford Village/3-4mi W England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13860).
Organization: 55FS / 20FG of Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Pettit, Kenneth L.
Notes: killed in crash due to engine failure.
Location: Grove Farm, Ipswich England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51K10 (#44-12154).
Organization: 336FS / 4FG of Debden, Essex.
Pilot: Davis, Harry L.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: RAF Woodbridge England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Mission Stats (Targets, Aircraft, Casualties, etc.)

Mission "Other operations"
Photo recon; Red Stocking
March 26, 1945

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
Aircraft
Sent
Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
Personnel
KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
H2X6 A/C

Communications
Red Stocking1 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
482BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
492BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)