458th Bombardment Group (H)

  Honoring those who served with the 458th BG during World War II

Missions

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The tables below show the combat missions that the 458th Bombardment Group flew between February 1944 and April 1945.  The two diversion missions in February 1944 were in support of the Eighth Air Force's "Big Week" and were the final practice missions for the group before beginning combat missions.  The Trolley Missions in May 1945 consisted of five air crew and ten passengers (ground personnel) per B-24.  The passengers were given an aerial tour of the targets that the 458th had bombed to show their contribution to the victory in Europe.  These "missions" were set up like the actual combat missions as far as briefings, routes, etc.


The 753rd Squadron was chosen to participate in the AZON Project during the months of May-September 1944.  During May and June, 753rd crews underwent training and flew only AZON missions; participating in no regular combat missions with the rest of the group.  In all, ten AZON missions were flown, and a further six missions were briefed but later scrubbed or abandoned.  These ten missions were counted in the 458th's total credited missions, bringing the final total up to 240.  AZON missions are highlighted in GREEN below.


In September 1944, due to slow supply lines and a fast moving army, most of the 2nd Bombardment Division was tasked with ferrying gasoline, food and other supplies to Patton's Third Army in France.  These supply missions were dubbed "Truckin' Missions".  B-24s from the group, and other war-weary Liberators on loan from other bomb groups were loaded with specially-fitted tanks in bomb bays and fuselage and flown to airfields in France where the gasoline was unloaded and trucked to the front. Flight crews consisted of a pilot, co-pilot, navigator, engineer, radio operator and one gunner.  Many off-duty personnel, flying and ground men, took the opportunity of the one-day flights and hitched a ride to the Continent.  These missions were not without danger, as the airfields were newly liberated and many still had bomb-damaged runways that proved hazardous to the group's B-24s.  Four planes flown by 458th crews sustained damaged on these runways and were salvaged on the Continent.  In England, one plane crashed on take off killing the entire crew. One civilian was killed and  five civilians had minor injuries. One additional loss occurred on the Continent when a B-24 flown by Lt. Koehn took off and strayed too close to German anti-aircraft positions and was shot down over the Dutch Coast.  Only one man bailed out and was taken POW.  These "Truckin' Missions" are highlighted below in ORANGE.


Missions highlighted in BLUE denote multiple mission days.  Those missions in BROWN text are for informational purposes and did not count towards the group's total mission tally.  Each date will eventually be a link where additional data can be obtained.  I hope to have everything uploaded before too long, so I appreciate your patience.


A note on Mission Documents (Dates)

Where possible, 458th records have been uploaded.  When 458th records are not available, 2nd Bombardment (Air) Division or Eighth Air Force INTOPS [Intelligence Operations] Summaries have been uploaded.  These latter documents have been edited to show mainly 458th involvement in the mission.  Formation plans and a more detailed list of pilots/aircraft to have participated on each mission have been included in each file. And, most recently (February 2015), files from the 96th Combat Bombardment Wing (458BG, 466BG, & 467BG) have been donated by J. Peter Horne, a very kind individual from the 467BG Association. Links to the monthly "History" reports for the wing are included below.


Special note on the "Losses" column: 458th Aircraft Losses (click for PDF)


February 1944

mission00-feb44
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
P1 22-Feb-44  THE WASH  CAMERA BOMBING -- --  PRACTICE MISSION
P2 23-Feb-44  THE WASH  CAMERA BOMBING -- --  PRACTICE MISSION
D1 24-Feb-44  DUTCH COAST  DIVERSION 25 --  DIVERSION MISSION
D2 25-Feb-44  DANISH COAST  DIVERSION 31 --  DIVERSION MISSION

missions02-mar44
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
1 2-Mar-44  FRANKFURT, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 19 1  GORRELL CREW CRASH ON T.O.
2 3-Mar-44  BERLIN, GER  DAIMLER-BENZ A/C WORKS 0 1  RECALL - HERZIK CREW FTR
3 5-Mar-44  BORDEAUX/MERIGNAC, FRA  AIRCRAFT PLANT / AIRFIELD 16    
4 6-Mar-44  BERLIN/GENSHAGEN, GER  DAIMLER-BENZ MOTOR WORKS 25 5  ANDREW, BALLARD, HOPKINS,
 McMAINS, ROGERS, CREWS FTR
5 8-Mar-44  BERLIN/ERKNER, GER  VERLEINIGTE BALL BEARING WKS 19 1  ADAMSON CREW FTR; SPAVEN CRASH
6 9-Mar-44  BRANDENBURG, GER  ARRADO A/C WORKS 17    
7 15-Mar-44  BRUNSWICK, GER  A/C BOMBER COMP PARTS FACT 26    
8 16-Mar-44  FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GER  DORNIER WERKE A/C FACT 25 1  PETERS CREW DITCHED; MANKER CRASH
9 18-Mar-44  FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GER  DORNIER WERKE A/C FACT 19    
10 21-Mar-44  WATTEN, near ST. OMER, FRA  NO BALL - A/1 ROCKET GUN INST 15    
11 22-Mar-44  BERLIN, GER  BMW A/C ENG WKS, BASDORF 21 1  DUNLEVIE CREW FTR
12 23-Mar-44  OSNABRUCK, GER  ACHNER AIRPORT 25 1  HETZLER CREW FTR
13 24-Mar-44  ST. DIZIER, FRA  METZ-FRESCATY AIRFIELD 22    
14 26-Mar-44  BONNIERES, FRA  NO BALL X1/A/85 BONNIERES 0    
15 27-Mar-44  BIARRITZ, FRA  AIRFIELD AT BIARRITZ 24    

MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
16 5-Apr-44  ST. POL-SIRACOURT, FRA  NO BALL 0    
17 8-Apr-44  BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM, GER  AIRFIELD 34 1  SIEVERS CREW FTR
18 9-Apr-44  TUTOW, GER  AIRFIELD 12 4  LOGIE, RAITER, STROUP FTR;
 MANGERICH  INT SWEDEN
19 10-Apr-44  BOURGES, FRA  A/C FACTORY & AIRFIELD 20    
20 11-Apr-44  OSCHERSLEBEN, GER  JU88 A/C FACTORY & AIRFIELD 24    
21 13-Apr-44  LECHFELD, GER  AIRFIELD 21    
22 18-Apr-44  BRANDENBURG, GER  ARADO A/C FACTORY 22 1  SCHUMAN CREW FTR
23 19-Apr-44  PADERBORN, GER  AIRFIELD 23    
24 20-Apr-44  SIRACOURT, FRA  NO BALL 0    
25 22-Apr-44  HAMM M/Y, GER  RR MARSHALLING YARDS 25 3  SPAVEN FTR / HARRIS & STILSON
 SHOT DOWN NEAR HORSHAM
26 24-Apr-44  LEIPHEIM, GER  AIRFIELD 24    
27 25-Apr-44  MANNHEIM, GER  RR MARSHALLING YARDS 0 1  COMBS CREW FTR
28 26-Apr-44  PADERBORN, GER  AIRFIELD 26    
29 27-Apr-44  BONNIERES, FRA  NO BALL 17    MISSION #1
30 27-Apr-44  BLAINVILLE-SUR-L'EAU, FRA  MARSHALLLING YARDS 21    MISSION #2
31 29-Apr-44  BERLIN, GER  FREDRICHSTRASSE STATION 23 1  D. MORRIS CREW INT SWEDEN

missions03-may44
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
32 1-May-44  MARQUISE/MIMOYECQUES, FRA   NO BALL 9    MISSION #1
33 1-May-44  LIEGE, FRA  MARSHALLING YARDS 0    MISSION #2
34 4-May-44  BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM, GER  AIRFIELD 0    RECALL
35 5-May-44  SOTTEVAST, FRA  NO BALL 19 1  THOMPSON CREW CRASH ODIHAM 
36 7-May-44  OSNABRUCK, GER  CITY 26    
37 8-May-44  BRUNSWICK, GER  AIRFIELD 23 1  KINGSLEY CREW CRASH ON T.O.
38 9-May-44  ST. TROND, BEL  AIRFIELD 25    
39 11-May-44  EPINAL, FRA  MARSHALLING YARDS 27 1  GOLDSMITH CREW INT SWITZERLAND
40 12-May-44  BOHLEN, FRA  SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY 21    
41 13-May-44  TUTOW, GER  AIRFIELD 9    
42 19-May-44  BRUNSWICK, GER  AIRFIELD 21    
43 20-May-44  RHEIMS, FRA  AIRFIELD 24    
44 21-May-44  SIRACOURT, FRA  NO BALL 20    
45 23-May-44  BOURGES, FRA  AIRFIELD 29 1  BARTON CREW COLLIDE w/ B-17
46 24-May-44  VILLEROCHE, FRA  AIRFIELD 21    
47 25-May-44  MULHOUSE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 23    
48 27-May-44  NEUNKIRCHEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 21 3  MARTIN & LOBO MAC, NEDROW INT,  FIRST  SGT FIRE2 CREW MIA
49 28-May-44  ZEITZ, GER  SYNTHETIC OIL PLANT 26    
50 29-May-44  TUTOW, GER  AIRFIELD 25    
51 30-May-44  ZWISCHENAHN, GER  AIRFIELD 24     MORFORD CRASH ON T.O.
52 31-May-44  BERTRIX, BEL  MARSHALLING YARDS 0    RECALL
AZON 1 31-May-44  5 BRIDGES  BRIDGES 4 --  4 OF 5 A/C DISPATCHED

missions-June44
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
AZON 2 1-Jun-44  3 TACTICAL TARGETS   --    BRIEFED & SCRUBBED
53 2-Jun-44  STELLA/PLAGE, FRA  4 X 105MM GUN EMPLACEMENT 21    
54 4-Jun-44  BOURGES, FRA  AIRFIELD 23    
AZON 3 4-Jun-44  2 TACTICAL TARGETS  RAILWAY FLY OVER / RR EMB 6    
55 5-Jun-44  STELLA/PLAGE, FRA  COASTAL AREA 11    
56 6-Jun-44  COASTAL AREAS, FRA  COASTAL GUNS-PORT AU BESSIN 27    MISSION #1
57 6-Jun-44  VILLERS BOCAGE, FRA  TACTICAL SUPPORT 0    MISSION #2 - NO DROP
58 6-Jun-44  PONTAUBAULT, FRA  RAILROAD JUNCTION 18    MISSION #3
59 7-Jun-44  LISIEUX, FRA  BRIDGES & HIGHWAYS 12    
60 8-Jun-44  PONTAUBAULT, FRA  LA SELUNE RIVER BRIDGE 21    
AZON 4 8-Jun-44  UNSPECIFIED TARGETS   --    15 A/C - ABANDONED DUE
 TO WEATHER
61 10-Jun-44  CHATEAUDUN, FRA  AIRFIELD 22    
62 11-Jun-44  BLOIS, FRA  RAILROAD BRIDGE 7    MISSION #1
63 11-Jun-44  BEAUVAIS, FRA  AIRFIELD 9    MISSION #2 - SORTIE CREDIT JULY
64 12-Jun-44  EVREUX/FAUVILLE, FRA  AIRFIELD 33    
65 14-Jun-44  DOMLEGER, FRA  NOBALL 34    
AZON 6 14-Jun-44  HANIM  5 UNSPECIFIED TARGETS 15    
66 15-Jun-44  GUYANCOURT, FRA  AIRFIELD 23    
AZON 7 15-Jun-44  ETAPLES/PERONNA/DOULLENS  RAILWAY BRIDGES 14    
67 17-Jun-44  GUYANCOURT, FRA  AIRFIELD 0  MISSION #1
68 17-Jun-44  TOURS, FRA  AIRFIELD 11 1   MISSION #2 - MORLEY CREW FTR
69 18-Jun-44  FASSBERG, GER  AIRFIELD 22 1  MISSION #1 - NORTHROP CREW  FTR
70 18-Jun-44  WATTEN, FRA  NOBALL 9    MISSION #2
AZON 8 18-Jun-44  UNSPECIFIED TARGETS        SCRUBBED
71 19-Jun-44  REGNAUVILLE, FRA  NOBALL 11    MISSION #1
72 19-Jun-44  REGNAUVILLE, FRA  GIRDER BRIDGE AT SAMMUR 10    MISSION #2 - SORTIE CREDIT JULY
73 20-Jun-44  OSTERMOOR, FRA  MINERALOL WORKS 22    MISSION #1
74 20-Jun-44  ST MARTIN-L'HORTIER, FRA  NOBALL 6    MISSION #2
REC 20-Jun-44  MARQUISE, FRA  NOBALL --    9 A/C - RECALL WEATHER
75 21-Jun-44  BERLIN/GENSHAGEN, GER  DAIMLER ENGINE WORKS 20    
AZON 9 22-Jun-44  SARCUR & TOURS  2 BRIDGES 10    
76 23-Jun-44  3 NOBALL TARGETS, FRA  NOBALL 29    
77 24-Jun-44  CONCHES, FRA  AIRFIELD 21    MISSION #1
78 24-Jun-44  ST. OMER, FRA  NOBALL 0    MISSION #2
79 24-Jun-44  ST. OMER, FRA  NOBALL 5    MISSION #3
80 25-Jun-44  ST. OMER, FRA  3 TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY 21    
81 28-Jun-44  SAARBRUCKEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 33    
82 29-Jun-44  ASCHERSLEBEN, GER  JUNKERS AIRFRAME FACTORY 19 2  PERKINSON, ARMOUR FTR;
 2 AIRCREW MIA

JulyMissions
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
83 2-Jul-44  COUBRONNE, FRA  NOBALL 20    
84 5-Jul-44  LE COULET, BEL  AIRFIELD 9    
85 6-Jul-44  KIEL, GER  KRUPP WORKS / SHIP YARDS 21    
86 7-Jul-44  LUTZKENDORF, GER  BERGINS SYNTHETIC OIL WORKS 23 1  LARSON CREW FTR
87 8-Jul-44  ANIZY, FRA  RAILROAD BRIDGE 0    RECALL - SORTIE CREDITED
88 11-Jul-44  MUNICH, GER  AIRFIELD 17 2  S. GIBSON, J. JONES CREWS FTR
89 12-Jul-44  MUNICH, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 25 2  QUIRK CREW FTR,
 H. HOPKINS INT SWITZERLAND
90 13-Jul-44  SAARBRUCKEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 16    
91 16-Jul-44  SAARBRUCKEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 24    
92 17-Jul-44  3 NO BALL TARGETS, FRA  NOBALL 26    
93 18-Jul-44  TROARN, FRA  GERMAN DEFENSIVE POSITIONS 12    
94 19-Jul-44  KEMPTEN, GER  MESSERSCHMITT FACTORY 18    
95 20-Jul-44  EISENACH, GER  AIRCRAFT ENGINE FACTORY 33 1  MONAHAN CREW FTR
96 21-Jul-44  MUNICH, GER  NEUAUSING DORNIER FACTORY 23    
97 24-Jul-44  ST. LO AREA, FRA  TACTICAL TARGET 0    NO DROP - 10/10 CLOUD
98 25-Jul-44  ST. LO AREA "B", FRA  TACTICAL TARGET 36    
REC 28-Jul-44  CANTELEU, FRA  TACTICAL TARGET 0    RECALL - WEATHER
99 31-Jul-44  LUDWIGSHAFEN, GER  CHEMICAL PLANT 32 1  NEUMANN CREW FTR

AUG44
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
100 1-Aug-44  T.O.s FRANCE, FRA  NOBALL 36    
101 2-Aug-44  3 NO BALL TARGETS, FRA  NOBALL 31    
102 3-Aug-44  2 NO BALL TARGETS, FRA  NOBALL 22    
103 4-Aug-44  ROSTOCK, GER  HE-111 FACTORY 18    MISSION #1
104 4-Aug-44  ACHIET, FRA  AIRFIELD 12    MISSION #2
105 5-Aug-44  BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM, GER  AIRFIELD 27 1  PREVOST CREW DITCHED
106 6-Aug-44  HAMBURG, GER  RHEUANIA OIL REFINERY 21 1  HANCOCK CREW FTR
107 7-Aug-44  GHENT, BEL  OIL REFINERY 12    
108 8-Aug-44  CLASTRES, FRA  AIRFIELD 20    
109 9-Aug-44  SAARBRUCKEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 25 2  THOMPSON CREW FTR,
 HESS CREW CRASH LAND
110 11-Aug-44  STRASBOURG, FRA  MARSHALLING YARDS 21    
111 12-Aug-44  MOURMELON, FRA  AIRFIELD 21    
112 13-Aug-44  LIEUREY, FRA  BATTLE ZONE 22    
113 14-Aug-44  DOLE/TAVAUX, FRA  AIRFIELD 22    
114 15-Aug-44  VECHTA, GER  AIRFIELD 20    
115 16-Aug-44  MAGDEBURG, GER  JUNKERS AIRCRAFT FACTORY 19    
AZON 11 17-Aug-44  LE FOULONS, FRA  RAILROAD BRIDGE 0    9 A/C - NO DROP DUE TO WEATHER
116 18-Aug-44  WOIPPY, FRA  AERO WORKS FACTORY 20    
117 24-Aug-44  HANNOVER, GER  MISBURG OIL REFINERY 31    
118 25-Aug-44  LUBECK, GER  DORNIER AIRCRAFT FACTORY 22 1  MISSION #1  F. MORRIS CREW FTR
119 25-Aug-44  TERTRE, BEL  SYNTHETIC AMMONIA PLANT 12    MISSION #2
AZON 12 25-Aug-44  MOERDIJK, NETH  RAILROAD BRIDGE 10    
120 26-Aug-44  DULMEN, GER  FUEL DEPOT 23    
AZON 13 26-Aug-44  MOERDIJK, NETH  RAILROAD BRIDGE 0    9 A/C - NO DROP DUE TO WEATHER
121 27-Aug-44  FINOW, GER  AIRFIELD 0    RECALL - MISSION CREDIT NOV

September 1944  Click for 96CBW History

sEP44
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
AZON 14 1-Sep-44  RAVENSTEIN, HOL  BRIDGE 12    
REC 1-Sep-44  PFAFFENHOFFEN, GER  AMMUNITION DUMP 0  CAPT GRIFFITH CRASH HORSHAM; RECALL
122 5-Sep-44  KARLSRUHE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 20 1  KENYON CRASH CONTINENT
AZON 15 5-Sep-44  UNSPECIFIED TARGETS   --    SCRUBBED (NO RECORDS)
123 8-Sep-44  KARLSRUHE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 22    
124 9-Sep-44  MAINZ, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 19 2  STONEBURNER CREW FTR;
 FREDERICK CREW CRASH
125 10-Sep-44  ULM, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 19    
126 11-Sep-44  MAGDEBURG, GER  SYNTHETIC OIL PLANT 25 1  HORGAN CREW FTR
TR01 12-Sep-44  CLASTRES A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 12    13,080 GAL DELIVERED
AZON 16 13-Sep-44  HEMMINGSTEDT, GER  OIL REFINERY / AMMO DEPOT 11    LAST AZON MISSION
TR02 18-Sep-44  CLASTRES A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 28    9,270 GAL DELIVERED
TR03 19-Sep-44  CLASTRES A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 24    38,016 GAL DELIVERED
TR04 20-Sep-44  CLASTRES A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 12 1  16,896 GAL -  DELIVERED
 HUMKE CREW CRASH ON T.O.
TR05 21-Sep-44  LILLE A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 30    45,858 GAL DELIVERED
TR06 22-Sep-44  CLASTRES & LILLE A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 27    43,119 GAL DELIVERED
 WAGNER CRASH LILLE A/F
TR07 23-Sep-44  CLASTRES & ST DIZER A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 38 1  60,701 GAL - DELIVERED
 KOEHN CREW MIA
SCR 24-Sep-44  --  TRUCKIN' MISSION 0    SCRUBBED - WEATHER
TR08 25-Sep-44  LILLE A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 68    107,727 GAL DELIVERED
TR09 26-Sep-44  LILLE & CLASTRES A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 52    66,972 GAL DELIVERED
TR10 27-Sep-44  LILLE A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 45    72,333 GAL DELIVERED
TR11 28-Sep-44  LILLE A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 56    90,498 GAL DELIVERED
TR12 29-Sep-44  LILLE A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 52    79,566 GAL DELIVERED
TR13 30-Sep-44  LILLE A/F  TRUCKIN' MISSION 51    83,124 GAL DELIVERED
 SWARTZ CRASH WATTON

MissionsOctober
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
127 3-Oct-44  GAGGENAU, GER  DAIMLER-BENZ FACTORY 10    
128 5-Oct-44  PADERBORN, GER  AIRFIELD 23    
129 6-Oct-44  WENZENDORF & STADE, GER  AIRFIELDS 27    
130 7-Oct-44  MAGDEBURG, GER  ROTHENSEE OIL REFINERY 29   GRICE CREW LAND IN FIELD, 1-KIA
131 9-Oct-44  KOBLENZ, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 29    
132 12-Oct-44  OSNABRUCK, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 9    
133 14-Oct-44  COLOGNE, GER  CITY 33 1  KLUSMEYER CREW FTR
134 15-Oct-44  MONHEIM, GER  OIL REFINERY 13    
135 17-Oct-44  COLOGNE, GER  KALK-NORD MARSHALLING YARDS 33    
136 19-Oct-44  MAINZ, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 20    
137 22-Oct-44  HAMM, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 23    
138 26-Oct-44  MINDEN, GER  MITTELLAND CANAL ACQUADUCT 29    
139 30-Oct-44  HARBURG, GER  OIL REFINERY 30 1  CURLAND CREW FTR

November 1944  Click for 96CBW History

November1944
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
140 2-Nov-44  BIELEFELD, GER  RAILROAD INTERSECTION 30    EARLY RELEASE - HIT CANAL
141 4-Nov-44  MISBURG, GER  OIL REFINERY 36    
142 5-Nov-44  KARLSRUHE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 27    
143 6-Nov-44  MINDEN, GER  MINDEN CANAL 28    
144 8-Nov-44  RHEINE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 23    
145 9-Nov-44  METZ AREA, FRA  GERMAN FORTIFICATIONS 12    
146 10-Nov-44  HANAU, GER  AIRFIELD 28    
147 16-Nov-44  ESCHWEILER, GER  TROOPS & EMPLACEMENTS 33    
148 21-Nov-44  HARBURG, GER  RHENANIN-OSSAG OIL REFINERY 28    
-- 24-Nov-44  PRACTICE MISSION  PRACTICE -- 1  DOOLEY CREW CRASH
149 25-Nov-44  BINGEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 36    
150 26-Nov-44  BIELEFELD, GER  RAILROAD VIADUCT 32    
151 30-Nov-44  HOMBURG, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 36    


December 1944  Click for 96CBW History

MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
152 4-Dec-44  BEBRA, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 18    
153 6-Dec-44  BIELEFELD, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 17    
154 10-Dec-44  BINGEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 18    
155 11-Dec-44  HANAU, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 43    
156 12-Dec-44  HANAU, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 39    
REC 18-Dec-44  KOBLENZ, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 0    RECALL OVER DUTCH ISLANDS
157 24-Dec-44  SCHONECKEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 36 1  GIESEN CREW FTR
158 25-Dec-44  PRONSFELD, GER  RAILROAD TRACKS & HIWAYS 16    
159 27-Dec-44  NEUNKIRCHEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 17    
160 28-Dec-44  ST. WENDEL, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 0    NO DROP
161 30-Dec-44  NEUWIED, GER  BRIDGE 27    
162 31-Dec-44  KOBLENZ-LUTZEL, GER  BRIDGE 27 1  BURMAN CRASH LAND CONTINENT

January 1945  Click for 96CBW History

Jan45
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
163 1-Jan-45  KOBLENZ, GER  MOSELLE BRIDGE 1    RECALL - NO BOMBING
(1 A/C BOMBED w/466TH)
164 2-Jan-45  REMAGEN, GER  RAILROAD BRIDGE 17    
165 3-Jan-45  NEUNKIRCHEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 24    
166 7-Jan-45  RASTATT, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 26    
167 8-Jan-45  STADTKYLL, GER  ROAD INTERSECTION 22    
168 10-Jan-45  SCHONBERG, GER  OUR RIVER BRIDGE 18    
169 13-Jan-45  KAISERLAUTERN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 16    
170 14-Jan-45  HALLENDORF, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 27 1  DIEHL CREW CRASH NORWICH
171 16-Jan-45  MAGDEBURG/BUCKAU, GER  OIL REIFNERY/KRUPP TANK WORKS 26 1  MORAN CREW BAIL OUT FRANCE
172 17-Jan-45  HARBURG, GER  OIL REFINERY 10 1  HICKS CREW INT SWITZERLAND
173 21-Jan-45  HEILBRONN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 14 1  HOFFMAN CREW CRASH CONTINENT
174 28-Jan-45  DORTMUND, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 15 1  VEHSLAGE CREW CRSH CONTINENT
175 29-Jan-45  MUNSTER, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 28    
176 31-Jan-45  BRUNSWICK, GER  MUHLENBAN INDUSTRIES    RECALL - SORTIE CREDIT

February 1945  Click for 96CBW History

MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
177 3-Feb-45  MAGDEBURG, GER  ROTHENSEE OIL REFINERY 21    
178 6-Feb-45  MAGDEBURG, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 27    
REC 8-Feb-45  RHEINE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 0     RECALL
179 9-Feb-45  MAGDEBURG, GER  ROTHENSEE OIL REFINERY 34    
180 11-Feb-45  DULMEN, GER  FUEL DEPOT 8    
-- 13-Feb-45  PRACTICE MISSION  PRACTICE -- 1  SHANNON CREW CRASH
181 14-Feb-45  MAGDEBURG, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 27    
182 15-Feb-45  MAGDEBURG, GER  ROTHENSEE OIL REFINERY 36    
183 16-Feb-45  OSNABRUCK, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 26    
REC 17-Feb-45  ASCHAFFENBURG, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 0     RECALL 5220N-0247E, WEATHER
184 19-Feb-45  MESCHADE, GER  FOUNDRY/CASTING PLANT 29    
REC 20-Feb-45  NUREMBURG, GER  TANK FACTORY (ST: RR STATION) 0     RECALL
185 21-Feb-45  NUREMBERG, GER  RAILROAD STATION 37    
186 22-Feb-45  PEINE-HILDESHEIM, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS (2) 34 2  SZARKO & DUKE CREWS FTR
187 23-Feb-45  GERA-REICHENBACH, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS (2) 28 2  BECHTEL & HUNT MAC NORWICH
188 24-Feb-45  BIELEFELD, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 25    
186 25-Feb-45  SCHWABISCH-HALL, GER  AIRFIELD 27    
190 26-Feb-45  BERLIN, GER  RAIL FACILITIES NE BERLIN 23    200TH MISSION (INCL 10 AZON)
191 27-Feb-45  HALLE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 27    
192 28-Feb-45  BIELEFELD, GER  CITY 27    

MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
193 1-Mar-45  INGOLSTADT, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 27    
194 2-Mar-45  MAGDEBURG, GER  KRUPP AMMUNITION WORKS 33    
195 3-Mar-45  NIENBURG, GER  RAILROAD BRIDGE 19    
196 4-Mar-45  STUTTGART, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 24    
197 5-Mar-45  HARBURG, GER  OIL REFINERY 29    
198 7-Mar-45  SOEST, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 28    
199 8-Mar-45  DILLENBURG, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 3    NO DROP (3 A/C w/467TH)
200 9-Mar-45  OSNABRUCK, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 28     SPOTTED APE CRASH
201 10-Mar-45  ARNSBURG, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 28    
202 12-Mar-45  FRIEDBURG, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 28    
203 14-Mar-45  HOLZWICKEDE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 21 1  1 A/C DEST, 9 DMG GRND ACCIDENT
204 15-Mar-45  ZOSSEN, GER  NAZI GENERAL STAFF HQ 24    
205 17-Mar-45  HANNOVER, GER  HANOMAG TANK WORKS 26    
206 18-Mar-45  BERLIN/TEGEL, GER  ARMOR/ORDNANCE PLANT 29  
207 19-Mar-45  LEIPHEIM, GER  AIRFIELD (ME-262) 28    
208 20-Mar-45  HEMINGSTEDT, GER  OIL REFINERY 10    
209 21-Mar-45  HESEPE, GER  AIRFIELD (ME-262) 34    
210 22-Mar-45  KITZINGEN, GER  AIRFIELD 28    
211 23-Mar-45  OSNABRUCK, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 27    
212 24-Mar-45  NORDHORN, GER  AIRFIELD 19    MORNING MISSION
213 24-Mar-45  KIRKOFF, GER  AIRFIELD 18    AFTERNOON MISSION
214 25-Mar-45  HITZACKER, GER  OIL STORAGE FACILITY 21    
215 30-Mar-45  WILHELMSHAVEN, GER  SHIPYARDS/U-BOAT PENS 39    
216 31-Mar-45  BRUNSWICK, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 29    

aPRIL45-mISSIONS
MSN # DATE  TARGET  TARGET TYPE A/C ATKG LOSSES  COMMENTS
ABN 2-Apr-45  TIRSTROP, DEN  AIRFIELDS 0     ABANDONED -WEATHER
217 4-Apr-45  PERLEBERG, GER  AIRFIELD 23    
218 5-Apr-45  PLAUEN, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 24    
219 6-Apr-45  HALLE, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 26    
220 7-Apr-45  KRUMMEL, GER  EXPLOSIVES PLANT 29    
221 8-Apr-45  UNTERSCHLAUERSBACH, GER  AIRFIELD 38    
222 9-Apr-45  LECHFELD, GER  AIRFIELD 35 2  ABRAMOWITZ CREW FTR,
 BURMAN CRASH CONTINENT 
223 10-Apr-45  RECHLIN/LARZ, GER  AIRFIELD 29    
224 11-Apr-45  REGENSBURG, GER  OIL REFINERY 27    
225 14-Apr-45  POINTE DE GRAVE, FRA  GERMAN FORTRESS 26 2  TOTTEN & R. GIBSON CRASH
 8AF TACTICAL RPT / 2AD TACTICAL RPT
226 15-Apr-45  ROYAN AREA, FRA  GERMAN FORTRESS 27    1ST USE OF NAPALM - 8AF TACTICAL RPT
227 16-Apr-45  LANDSHUT, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 26    8AF TACTICAL RPT
228 18-Apr-45  PASSAU, GER  MARSHALLING YARDS 27    
SCR 19-Apr-45  ZWIESEL, GER  RAILROAD BRIDGE 0     SCRUBBED
229 20-Apr-45  ZWIESEL, GER  RAILROAD BRIDGE 20    
230 25-Apr-45  BAD REICHENHALL, GER  RAILROAD 28    8AF FINAL MISSION

Totals

MSNS DAYS COMBAT MSNS TO EACH COUNTRY TARGET TYPES A/C ATKG LOSSES  
240 221 GER-162, FRA-70, BEL-5,
NTH-2, HOL-1
M/Y-78, A/F-50, FACT-31, NOBALL-20, OIL-20 OTHER-41, TRUCKIN'-13 5073 71  TOTALS