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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 941: 1,303 bombers and 913 fighters are dispatched to hit a variety of targets in Germany; 1 B-17 is lost:

1. 445 B-17s are sent to hit the Freiham oil depot (300) and Kraiburg munitions plant (133); secondary targets hit are the munitions depot at Landshut (1) and the marshalling yard at Treuchtlingen (1); 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 15 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 10 MIA. Escorting are 273 of 294 P-51s.

2. 509 B-17s are sent to hit the munitions depot (28) and marshalling yard (82) at Landshut; the airfield (131) and marshalling yard (79) at Ingolstadt; and the marshalling yards at Treuchtlingen (70) and Donauworth (108); no losses or casualties. The escort is 281 of 294 P-51s.

3. 346 B-24s are dispatched to hit Obertraubling Airfield (79), a munitions depot (31) and an oil depot (80) at Regensburg, and the marshalling yards at Neumarkt (71) and Amberg (73); 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 5 damaged; 22 airmen are KIA. 211 P-47s and P-51s escort.

4. 3 B-17s and 28 of 29 P-51s fly scouting missions.

5. 52 P-51s fly a freelance sweep over Regensburg.

6. 28 P-51s escort 10 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

Mission 942: 9 B-24s drop leaflets in Germany during the night and 11 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions in Denmark.

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

Mission Reports

WWII air crash memorial unveiled near Harleston

By ADAM GRETTON Monday, August 22, 2011 5:31 PM

It was a wartime tragedy that became etched in the memory of a young boy who witnessed a crash between two B-24 bombers.

Peter Kent was finishing a day's lessons at school in Harleston when the two American aircraft collided in April 1945, causing the deaths of 22 airmen.

More than 60 years after the fatal crash, a permanent memorial has been unveiled to the crew of two bombers from the 446th Bomb Group, which was based at Flixton during the second world war.

A ceremony took place at the weekend where a wooden cross and plaque to the 22 USAAF airmen was blessed near to where the collision happened.

The two B-24s were returning from an attack on Regensberg in Germany just before the end of the war when they were involved in a mid-air crash over Redenhall, near Harleston, whilst circling their base that was three miles away at Flixton.

Mr Kent, who grew up in Harleston, said he was at school in Jays Green when the crash happened at about 3.45pm.

'We were in school and we heard the bang and we tried to go and see what had happened, but the road had been closed and we were told to go away.'

'Being 12, war was a great adventure to us and we tried to get bits of aluminium and perspex from the field. It was only when I joined the army that I learnt of the realities of war,' he said.

Mr Kent, who now lives in Pulham Market, decided to create a memorial to the American airmen after spending months researching the crash site and the men who lost their lives.

A memorial to the 456 airmen killed in action and to those serving for the 446th Bomb Group between 1943 and 1945 has been established at Flixton, but Mr Kent said he wanted to do something for the Americans that died in the field off Cooks Lane, Redenhall.

Mr Kent, who went on to serve with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in Singapore and Hong Kong, said: 'It started in November when I did not think I would make Christmas and I had a heart operation and decided to do something about it after that.'

'I am an army man myself - 22 men were killed and nothing was done about it and I decided to do something about it. I started last year and a lot of people have given me a hand and it stirred up a lot of memories,' he said.

The memorial unveiling was attended by officials from the US Embassy and members of the American 446th Bomb Group Association on Saturday, who presented a plaque to Mr Kent. The site, off Green Lane, Redenhall, includes an oak cross and flag post.

The 446th Bomb Group's last raid from Flixton was flown two weeks after the crash on April 25 1945, by which time they had clocked up 273 combat missions and dropped 16,800 tons of bombs.

source: EDP 24 http://www.edp24.co.uk/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Underground Oil Storage Tanks at Freiham, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 8, 427th - 13). Length of Mission: 10 hours, 31 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 26,500, 26,000 & 27,500 feet.

A variety of targets was assigned to 8th AF bombers. 303BG assigned targets were: #1, Freiham, Germany underground oil storage depot (visual); #2, Landshut, Germany ordnance depot (visual); #3, Ingolstadt, Germany marshalling yard (H2X). No aircraft returned early.

Thirty-eight of the 39 dispatched Fortresses dropped 380 500-lb. G.P. bombs on target #1. Bombing was visual and photos indicated good results. Lots of fire and smoke was seen. One aircraft brought back 10 units of leaflets. Weather conditions in the target area were CAVU. Friendly fighter support by 273 P-51s was good. There was no enemy air opposition, flak, battle damage or casualties. Seven aircraft landed away from Molesworth to refuel and then returned to base.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website 1945-04-14

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #163 Treuchtlingen. Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 32 planes dispatched. 32 planes dropped 93 tons on the primary target. 32 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #16. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 36 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
388BG Mission Report - The 388th furnished three Groups for the 45th Combat Wing on this mission. Our 38 a/c were airborne between 0915 and 0939 hours and formations were effected without difficulty. None of our a/c aborted this mission.

All a/c returned to base between 1627 and 1703 hours.

source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
392nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - Flying as the "C" Group of the 94th CBW the 401st put up the usual formation of 36 aircraft to hit a tactical target at Friehan, Germany, which was being used as an oil storage depot. The target was a small marshalling yard at Friehan. Although far into Germany it was now just behind the front line. It was another clear day that gave excellent conditions for bombing and the Group got 80% within the 1,000 foot mark and 100% within the 2,000 foot radius. The flak was sporadic and inaccurate over the target and there were no hits to report on either crew members or aircraft.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The 401st helped to place 716 tons of bombs on the marshalling yards at Freiham on this mission. The Group furnished the 38 aircraft that made up the 94th "C" Group under the command of Lt. Col. Eric de Jonckheere, with Lt. J.D. Gerber and Captain Aschenbach as the other Squadron Leaders. It was another clear day that gave the bombardiers the opportunity to show their skills and 80% of the bombs fell within 1000 feet of MPI. Sporadic but inaccurate flak met the formation over the target but nG one was hit and all aircraft returned to Deenethorpe without damage to crew or aircraft. Assembly on this mission was at 16,000 feet over Buncher "Y" in France. The Squadron loading list was as follows: 42-97931 Stehamn, 42-97322 Salisbury, 43-38646 Cameron, 43-38677 Reinhard, 42-38012 Lindsay, 42-97780 Friedsam, 42-97602 Gibson, 43-38662 Yeargan, 43-38791 Sorensen, 43-38565 Richardson, 42-102468 Viehman.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This mission was accomplished with good results on the marshalling yards located near the underground storage depots at Freiham. Strike photos disclosed that the Lead and Low Squadrons hit inside an assigned MPI area with the pattern of the High Squadron short but extending into the MPI. Briefing for 38 crews was at 0500 hrs with assembly at Buncher Y (over France) at 16,000 feet. By 0842 hrs all aircraft were airborne. The 401st put up the 94th "C" Group with Lt. Col. E.T. de Jonckheere as the Air Commander and Lt. A.D. Aschenbach and Lt. J.D. Gerber as the other two Squadron Leaders. It was another day of excellent bombing in visual conditions with 100% of the bombs within the 2,000 foot radius of the aiming point and at least 8~b within the 1,000 foot radius. The flak was sporadic and inaccurate at the target area and no one was injured and none of the crew received battle damage. The 615th crews on this mission were: 44-6132 Smith, 43-38458 Shepherd, 44-6125 Maharick, 43-37706 Evans, 42-31983 Kerkes, 44-6588 Levy, 44-6146 Tripi, 44-6842 Shunk, 44-8767 McKenney, 43-38160 Snyder, 44-8708 Riegler.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This mission was to the gun batteries at Royan with the 401st furnishing the 94th "C" Group. Capt. A.R. Seder was the Air Commander and the other leaders were Lt. J.D. Gerber and Lt. E.A. Post. 38 crews were briefed for this mission at 0430 hrs with all aircraft finally off at 0619 hrs. One aircraft had a flat tyre, blocking in three other 613th ships, but eventually all the trouble was sorted out and 38 aircraft were on their way. Again the clear weather allowed visual bombing and the results were excellent with all bombs falling within 2,000 feet and at least 90% within the 1,000 foot circle. The crews reported that there was nothing in the way of enemy opposition and the mission was hardly more than a practice run. Six crews of the 615th flew the mission. They were: 44-8033 Gerber, 44-6947 Eglin, 44-8153 Post, 44-8825 Cole, 44-6454 Lovell, 44-8550 Seder.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - The Marshalling Yards at Neumarkt, Germany was the target for nine aircraft of the Squadron today. The Group dispatched 40 aircraft in all, and all attacked the priority #1 target visually, by squadrons, with generally excellent results, except for one squadron of ten aircraft. This was the high right squadron and the bombs fell short, due to a malfunction of the telescope motor. The low left squadron was forced to salvo their bombs on a second run when they could not release electrically the first time. Lt. Kleiderer was credited with a Group lead. There was no flak or enemy aircraft, and fighter support was excellent. There were no losses or battle damage. Two aircraft landed on the continent to refuel, but all returned to base safely. The following personnel completed operational tour: lst Lt. Kleiderer, lst Lt. Goldman; T/Sgt1s. Brzezenski, Schroeder and Ober; S/Sgt's. Casey, Chaffin and Counts. (My thanks for his diary.)source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Amberg, Germany - Railroad Marshalling Yard. A/C Took Off: 33. A/C Bombed Target: 33. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Regensburg

30 planes hit the airfield with good results. 2 planes collided while trying to land, killing 22 crewmen.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
467th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/
486th Bomb Group Flimsy reportsource: 486th Bomb Group web page http://www.486th.org/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Freiham Underground oil storage depot We furnished the low squadron on this mission and bombed Freiham, an underground oil storage depot. Strike photographs show excellent results, but no oil fires were visible. No A/A fire was encountered at the target.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#43-39063).
Organization: 326BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: Hammond, Reginald L.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Podington, Bedforshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50529).
Organization: 409BS / 93BG of Hardwick, Norfolk.
Pilot: Threlkeld, James E.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Chievres, Belgium Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 1
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50790).
Organization: 706BS / 446BG of Bungay, Suffolk.
Pilot: Free, Robert J.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Harleston/ 2mi S England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-51909).
Organization: 706BS / 446BG of Bungay, Suffolk.
Pilot: Barron, John R.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Harleston/ 2mi S England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: F-5G (#44-26123).
Organization: 310FRS / 27ATG of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: Kellog, William W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Mount Farm, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#NS516).
Organization: 653BS / 25BG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Hodges, Edward F.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Watton, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8532).
Organization: Hq / 389BG of Hethel, Norfolk.
Pilot: Williams, William M.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-20NA (#44-72075).
Organization: 14PRS / 7PRG of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Comstock, Ira A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Chalgrove, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage):
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15069).
Organization: 360FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Schrull, Edward W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-63835).
Organization: 354FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Langley, Donald B.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-72285).
Organization: / 44ADG of Merville, France.
Pilot: Gleason, Robert S.
Notes: crashed belly landing due to engine failure or fire.
Location: Charleroi/10mi NE A-87 Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13600).
Organization: 338FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Chioles, Constantine S.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 941"
Airfields, munitions and rail targets
April 11, 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
130312703363.80-0-00-0-01-3-2022-1-10453BG aircraft last mission
92BG aircraft crashes take-off
2x 446BG aircraft collide, crashes Wortwell and Redenhall
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Mission Targets

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REGENSBURG GERMANY
Industry
munitions31 A/C
KRAIBURG, GERMANY
Deutche Spregchemie Industry
munitions133 A/C
FREIHAM, GERMANY
Industry
oil storage300 A/C
LANDSHUT, GERMANY
Military
ordnance depot28 A/Cphotos (1)
LANDSHUT, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard82 A/Cphotos (1)
INGOLSTADT, GERMANY
Airfield
131 A/C
INGOLSTADT, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard79 A/Cphotos (1)
TREUCHTLINGEN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard70 A/Cphotos (2)
DONAUWORTH, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard108 A/C
DONAUWORTH, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard108 A/C
REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Industry
oil refinery80 A/C
REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Obertraubling Airfield
79 A/C
NEUMARKT, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard71 A/Cphotos (1)
AMBERG, GERMANY
Railroad
junction73 A/Cphotos (1)

Reconnaissance
scout3 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
446BG
448BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
94BG
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
390BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
398BG (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)

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
9138710.00-0-00-0-00-0-10-0-055FG crash-lands
Strafing prohibited
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Mission Targets

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Escort
791 A/C

Support
52 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
20FG
352FG
359FG
364FG
2ND AIR DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
479FG
3RD AIR DIVISION
55FG
78FG
339FG
353FG
357FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)

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
49480.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo11 A/C

Chaff
4 A/C
CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Reconnaissance
Skywave2 A/C
CONTINENT / NORTH SEA
Reconnaissance
weather5 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
19 A/C

Communications
radio-relay4 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
25BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
7th Photographic Group (Recon)
5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)