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34th Bomb Group Combat Mission Diary: FEBRUARY 1945 Missions #119-#132

compiled by Gasry L Ferrell

 

Missions as a B-17 Group in February 1945

 

February 3, 1945

Mission #119       Berlin

Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 90 tons on the primary target and 2 planes failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8237 H/I 391BS Dunham (PFF)

44-8235 H/X 391BS Sain (PFF)

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L. Queenie

43-38343 L/I 391BS Hammersley

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

44-8327 L/R 391BS Shifferer

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

43-38972 L/C 391BS Layz

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38257 L/T 391BS Baker

44-8457 H/G 18BS Benedict (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 18BS Knowlton

43-38338 B/M 18BS Abrams

43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Nass

43-38416 E/C 18BS Fiedler

43-38415 L/G 18BS Hemingway

43-38138 B/I 18BS Mann Ole-Timer

43-38326 B/U 18BS Raymond

43-38953 B/D 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler   Aborted – oxygen leak.

43-38372 L/A 18BS Kennedy

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey    Leaflets only.

44-8482 H/A 7BS Alling (PFF)

43-38991 H/Z 7BS Gibson

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick

44-8320 E/G 7BS McLean

43-38987 E/F 7BS Davis

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves

44-6826 E/D 7BS Sheesley

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38263 E/N 7BS James

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-38378 L/K 7BS Smith

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

 

February 4, 1945

B-17G 44-6826 E/D salvaged with battle damage

 

February 6, 1945

Mission #120       Chemnitz

Command Pilot: SMITH. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 90 tons on targets of last resort (LR) and one plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8237 H/I 18BS Perry (PFF)

44-8482 H/A 18BS Daniels (PFF)

43-38326 B/U 18BS Abrams

43-38138 B/I 18BS Nass Ole-Timer

43-38338 B/M 18BS Tigges

43-38953 B/D 18BS Jones, W.

43-38971 B/A 18BS Springer

43-38433 B/R 18BS Fiedler

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

43-38409 B/B 18BS Thaete

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey

44-8457 H/G 7BS Livingston (PFF)

43-38325 H/B 7BS Richardson, L. S.

44-8309 E/H 7BS Weaver

44-8320 E/G 7BS McLean    Landed at Brussels.

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38416 E/C 7BS O’Grady

43-38367 E/L 7BS Wright    Aborted – lack of fuel.

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38263 E/N 7BS Curtiss   Landed away at B-58. Returned to Mendlesham 9Feb45.

44-6465 E/O 7BS James Fancy Nancy

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Dold

43-38386 E/K 7BS Stemen

44-8356 H/N 391BS Sain (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 391BS Felker

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38972 L/C 391BS Sherman

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

43-38286 E/T 391BS Blum

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

43-38415 L/G 391BS Moore

43-38987 E/F 391BS Hansen

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Baker Queenie

43-38378 L/K 391BS Bass

43-38343 L/I 391BS Latz

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman            

44-6820 H/C Dunham & Brunk           Weather and Monitor Aircraft

43-38372 L/A (scheduled for Sherman but replaced)

43-38991 H/Z (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare – PFF)

44-6840 B/E (unused ground spare)

44-8629 L/D (unused ground spare)

 

February 9, 1945

Mission #121       Dulmen

Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 104 tons on the secondary target and 2 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties. The Mosquito aircraft monitoring this formation committed hostile acts by flying a pursuit curve, nearly being fired upon and almost causing an accident by giving some of our aircraft propwash.

Planes and crew:

44-8235 H/X 7BS Richardson, Z. C. (PFF)

44-8482 H/A 7BS Gustofson (PFF)

44-8309 E/H 7BS Weaver

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38338 B/M 7BS Sheesley

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

43-38987 E/F 7BS Blomquist               Aborted – Pilot broke his leg. Jettisoned load as CP had never landed w/load.

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

44-8457 H/G 391BS Benedict (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 391BS Felker

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38372 L/A 391BS Sherman

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J.  Queenie           Aborted - #4 engine

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith, G.

43-38415 L/G 391BS Werth Major damage.

43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker (incorrectly listed as L/S)

43-38402 L/P 391BS Schifferer

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

44-8441 H/S 18BS Pelszynski (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 18BS Richardson, L. S.

43-38433 B/R 18BS Hemingway

43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Thaete

43-38326 B/U 18BS Kennedy             Landed on continent at B-58. Internal failures on 2 engines.

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

44-8605 B/H 18BS Raymond Happy Warrior

43-38138 B/I 18BS Mann Ole-Timer

44-6840 B/E 18BS Thompson

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey    Leaflets only.

44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8327 L/R (unused ground spare)

43-38365 L/S (unused ground spare)

44-8271 L/O (unused ground spare)

 

February 13, 1945

KIA REYNOLDS WALTER M                          1 LT        18                            GREENVILLE MS

 

February 14, 1945

Mission #122       Hof, Sonnenberg, Chemnitz

Command Pilot: FANDEL. 38 planes dispatched. 12 planes dropped 30 tons on the primary target and 12 planes dropped 30 tons on the secondary target and 13 planes dropped 27.5 tons on targets of opportunity and one plane failed to bomb. 38 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8235 H/X 391BS Iverson (PFF)

44-8112 H/D 391BS Sain (PFF)

43-38972 L/C 391BS Jones, J. L.

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

43-38372 L/A 391BS Sherman

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38378 L/K 391BS Schifferer

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38415 L/G 391BS Moore

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

44-8271 L/O 391BS Waarvick

43-38257 L/T 391BS Washburn

44-8356 H/N 18BS Livingston (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 18BS Jones, W. S.

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler   Abort - #2 engine.

43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

43-38373 B/J 18BS Fiedler

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

43-38433 B/R 18BS Thompson

43-38138 B/I 18BS Mann Ole-Timer

43-38338 B/M 18BS Kennedy

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

43-38953 B/D 18BS Bennett

44-8237 H/I 7BS Alling (PFF)

43-38987 E/F 7BS Davis

43-38991 H/Z 7BS Felker

44-8309 E/H 7BS Weaver

44-6465 E/O 7BS McLean Fancy Nancy

43-38391 E/J  7BS James

43-38416 E/C 7BS O’Grady

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Curtiss

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-38263 E/N 7BS Dold

44-8731 H/H Perry & Stewart             Weather and Monitor Aircraft

43-38380 L/B (scheduled for Waarvick but replaced)

44-8441 H/S (unused ground spare – PFF)

44-8556 H/F (unused ground spare – PFF)

43-38959 H/R (unused ground spare – lead)

44-8321 B/F (unused ground spare)

44-6929 B/Q (unused ground spare)

43-39179 E/A (unused ground spare)

 

February 15, 1945

Mission #123       Cottbus

Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 89 tons on the primary target and one plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. One plane was lost and 9 crewmembers listed as Missing in Action.

Planes and crew:

44-8235 H/X 18BS Perry (PFF)

44-8356 H/N 18BS Hanchar (PFF)

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

44-8321 B/F 18BS Lerch

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

44-6840 B/E 18BS Kennedy

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

43-38338 B/M 18BS Tigges

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

43-38953 B/D 18BS Bennett

43-38373 B/J 18BS Fiedler   Aborted – oxygen leak.

44-8441 H/S 7BS Dunham (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 7BS Jones, W. S.

44-8309 E/H 7BS Weaver

43-38286 E/T 7BS Davis      Missing. Maybe landed in France.

43-38280 E/M 7BS Vick

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38263 E/N 7BS Sheesley                Landed at Brussels, Belgium.

43-38416 E/C 7BS O’Grady

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38391 E/J  7BS Curtiss

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38386 E/K 7BS Stemen

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

44-8556 H/F 391BS Richardson, Z. (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 391BS Felker

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L.  Queenie

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

43-38372 L/A 391BS Sherman

43-38380 L/B 391BS Washburn

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38138 B/I 391BS Waarvick Ole-Timer

43-38972 L/C 391BS Feldman

43-38299 L/U 391BS Hammersley

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38415 L/G (scheduled for Waarvick but replaced)

44-8457 H/G (unused ground spare – PFF)

44-8237 H/I (unused ground spare – PFF)

44-6822 H/E (unused ground spare – lead)

43-38433 B/R (unused ground spare)

43-38789 L/F (unused ground spare)

43-38971 B/A (unused ground spare)

 

February 17, 1945

Mission #124       Frankfurt

Command Pilot: CREER. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 92.5 tons on the primary target. 38 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8235 H/X 7BS Perry (PFF)

44-8482 H/A 7BS Dunham (PFF)

44-8309 E/H 7BS Weaver

43-38386 E/K 7BS McLean

43-38416 E/C 7BS Roscher

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38433 B/R 7BS James

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

44-6296 E/R 7BS MacTaggart            Leaflets only.

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

44-8556 H/F 391BS Pelszynski (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 391BS Felker

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L.  Queenie

43-38372 L/A 391BS Sherman

43-38789 L/F 391BS Feldman, M.

44-8327 L/R 391BS Smith

43-38415 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38380 L/B 391BS Hammersley

43-38343 L/I 391BS Waarvick

43-38365 L/S 391BS Isaacs

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

44-8457 H/G 18BS Benedict (PFF)

43-38991 H/Z 18BS Richardson, L. S.

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey

43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

43-39071 B/K 18BS Sherkenbai

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Butler

44-6840 B/E 18BS Kennedy

43-38373 B/J 18BS Fiedler

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Mueller

43-38953 B/D 18BS Raymond

43-38338 B/M 18BS Myers

43-38367 E/L (scheduled for Peterson but replaced)

44-8237 H/I (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38959 H/R (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38299 L/U (unused ground spare)

 

February 19, 1945

Mission #125       Rheine

Command Pilot: COOK. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 111 tons on the primary target. 38 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8237 H/I 391BS Iverson (PFF)

44-8441 H/S 391BS Daniels (PFF)

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. Queenie

43-38372 L/A 391BS Sherman

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38365 L/S 391BS Washburn

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38380 L/B 391BS Latz

43-38415 L/G 391BS Smith

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38789 L/F 391BS Tyson

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

44-8556 H/F 18BS Dunham (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 18BS Richardson, L.

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

44-8321 B/F 18BS Rainey

43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

44-6840 B/E 18BS Thompson

44-8605 B/H 18BS Mueller Happy Warrior

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

43-38338 B/M 18BS Myers

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

43-38953 B/D 18BS Jones, W.

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Raymond

44-6938 B/C 18BS Bennett

44-8235 H/X 7BS Livingston (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 7BS Gibson

44-8309 E/H 7BS Weaver

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart         Leaflets only.

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38386 E/K 7BS Peterson

43-38987 E/F 7BS Stemen

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38325 E/B 7BS Curtiss

44-8112 H/D (scheduled for Livingston but replaced)

44-8457 H/G (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-6820 H/C (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38402 L/P (unused ground spare)

43-38433 B/R (unused ground spare)

43-39179 E/A (unused ground spare)

43-38367 E/L (unused ground spare)

 

February 20, 1945

Mission #126       Nuruburg

Command Pilot: SMITH. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 87.5 tons on the primary target and 2 either failed to bomb or dropped 5 tons on targets of opportunity. The record is not clear. 38 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8235 H/X 18BS Richardson (PFF)

44-8176 H/Q 18BS Gustofson (PFF)

43-38953 B/D 18BS Thompson

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

44-6840 B/E 18BS Kennedy

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

43-38433 B/R 18BS Fiedler

43-39071 B/K 18BS Sherkenp

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

43-38338 B/M 18BS Tigges

44-8441 H/S 7BS Sain (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 7BS Gibson

44-8309 E/H 7BS Weaver

43-38987 E/F 7BS Henderson

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38138 B/I 7BS Stemen Ole-Timer

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

44-8670 H/K 391BS Alling (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 391BS Jones, W. S.

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L.  Queenie

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hanson

43-38372 L/A 391BS Sherman

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

43-38343 L/I 391BS Waarvick

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38257 L/T 391BS Washburn

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

43-38391 E/J  (scheduled for Henderson but replaced)

43-38280 E/M (scheduled for Stemen but replaced)

44-8457 H/G (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8356 H/N (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38415 L/G (unused ground spare)

44-8271 L/O (unused ground spare)

 

February 21, 1945

Mission #127       Nurnburg

Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 38 planes dispatched. 35 planes dropped 85 tons on the primary target and 2 planes dropped 5 tons on targets of opportunity while one plane failed to bomb. 38 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8457 H/G 7BS Pelszynski (PFF)

44-8441 H/S 7BS Hanchar (PFF)

43-38391 E/J  7BS Hendeson

44-8309 E/H 7BS Giardini

43-38987 E/F 7BS Davis

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Dold

43-38280 E/M 7BS O'Grady

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38113 E/S 7BS McLean Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38367 E/L 7BS Stemen

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

44-8235 H/X 391BS Livingston (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 391BS Felker

43-38789 L/F 391BS Blum

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

44-8327 L/R 391BS Arand

43-38415 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38299 L/U 391BS Anderson

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

43-38343 L/I 391BS Delain

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Waarvick Queenie

44-8670 H/K 18BS Dunham (PFF)

43-38991 H/Z 18BS Jones, W. S.

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

44-8321 B/F 18BS Thaete

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Mueller

44-6840 B/E 18BS Springer

43-38409 B/B 18BS Kennedy

43-38338 B/M 18BS Myers

43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

43-38433 B/R 18BS Thompson

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede    Leaflets only.

43-38334 E/D (scheduled for Stemen but replaced)

43-38410 H/J (scheduled for W. S. Jones but replaced)

44-8356 H/N (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8556 H/F (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38372 L/A (unused ground spare)

43-38380 L/B (unused ground spare)

43-38286 E/T (unused ground spare)

 

February 22, 1945

Mission #128       Ausbach, Neustadt

Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 108 tons on targets of last resort (LR) while one plane dropped 3 tons on a target of opportunity. 38 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8731 H/H 391BS Perry

44-8441 H/S 391BS Daniels

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hanson                Bombed with 493BG

43-38415 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Schaus Queenie

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38380 L/B 391BS Latz     Major damage

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

43-38343 L/I 391BS Delain

43-38365 L/S 391BS Waarvick

44-8112 H/D 18BS Richardson, Z.

44-6822 H/E 18BS Jones

43-38953 B/D 18BS Springer

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

44-8321 B/F 18BS Thompson

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Raymond

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler

43-38338 B/M 18BS Tigges

43-38138 B/I 18BS Myers Ole-Timer    Landed in France.

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

43-38433 B/R 18BS Meuller

44-8670 H/K 7BS Sain

43-38959 H/R 7BS Gibson

43-38987 E/F 7BS Davis

43-38286 E/T 7BS McLean

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick

43-38280 E/M 7BS James

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38391 E/J  7BS O'Grady

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38334 E/D 7BS Barbaras

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

44-8356 H/N (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8556 H/F (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38299 L/U (unused ground spare)

43-38789 L/F (unused ground spare)

 

February 24, 1945

Mission #129       Bremen

Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 39 planes dispatched. 24 planes dropped 73.5 tons on the secondary target, and 12 planes dropped 36 tons on targets of opportunity,  and 3 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8235 H/X 18BS Iverson (PFF)

44-8556 H/F 18BS Sain (PFF)

44-6938 B/C 18BS Knowlton

44-8605 B/H 18BS Raymond Happy Warrior

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler

44-8321 B/F 18BS Bennett

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

43-38433 B/R 18BS Hemingway

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

44-6929 B/Q 18BS Thaete

43-39071 B/K 18BS Thompson

43-38338 B/M 18BS Mueller

44-8731 H/H 7BS Benedict (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 7BS Gibson

43-38987 E/F 7BS Davis

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson

43-38286 E/T 7BS McLean

43-38325 E/B 7BS James

43-38367 E/L 7BS MacTaggart

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen      Aborted and jettisoned bomb load, returned and took again in aircraft 309.

44-8309 E/H 7BS Stemen     Aborted and jettisoned this second bomb load also.

43-38416 E/C 7BS Sheesley

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Peterson

44-8441 H/S 391BS Livingston (PFF)

43-38991 H/Z 391BS Felker

44-8271 L/O 391BS Hammersley

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Sherman Queenie

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hanson

43-38299 L/U 391BS Bass

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

43-38415 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38365 L/S 391BS Waarvick

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith

43-38789 L/F 391BS Tyson

43-38380 L/B 391BS Arand

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman

44-8112 H/D Gustofson & Hershenow             Wing Weather and Monitor Aircraft

44-8457 H/G (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8237 H/I (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38959 H/R (unused ground spare - lead)

43-38343 L/I (unused ground spare)

43-37864 L/E (unused ground spare)

43-38334 E/D (unused ground spare)

 

February 25, 1945

Mission #130       Ludwigsfeld, Munich

Command Pilot: COOK. 38 planes dispatched. 25 planes dropped 50 tons on the primary target, and 11 planes dropped 73.5 tons on targets of opportunity, and 2 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8457 H/G 7BS Richardson, Z. (PFF)

44-8356 H/N 7BS Hanchar (PFF)

44-6939 E/P 7BS Weaver

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Vick

43-38391 E/J  7BS Henderson             Major damage

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38987 E/F 7BS MacTaggart

44-6465 E/O 7BS Barbaras Fancy Nancy  Eisenburg (N) WIA.

43-38286 E/T 7BS Sheesley

43-39179 E/A 7BS James

43-38386 E/K 7BS Curtiss

44-8112 H/D 391BS Pelszynski (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 391BS Hansen

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones Queenie

43-38789 L/F 391BS Sherman

43-38378 L/K 391BS Smith  Aborted - #3 engine out.

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

44-8271 L/O 391BS Bass

43-38415 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38365 L/S 391BS Waarvick

44-8327 L/R 391BS Schaus

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

43-38299 L/U 391BS Evans

43-38380 L/B 391BS Washburn

44-8670 H/K 18BS Daniels (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 18BS Knowlton

44-8605 B/H 18BS Mann Happy Warrior

43-38373 B/J 18BS Peede

43-38433 B/R 18BS Hemingway

43-38416 E/C 18BS Fiedler

43-38338 B/M 18BS Bennett

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler

43-38971 B/A 18BS Thaete Aborted.

44-8629 L/D 18BS Raymond

43-38334 E/D 18BS Myers

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach     Leaflets only.

43-37864 L/E (scheduled for Washburn but replaced)

44-8176 H/Q (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8482 H/A (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38410 H/J (unused ground spare - lead)

44-8309 E/H (unused ground spare)

43-38257 L/T (unused ground spare)

44-6296 E/R (unused ground spare)

43-38367 E/L (unused ground spare)

 

February 26, 1945

Mission #131       Berlin

Command Pilot: LeBAILLY. 44 planes dispatched. 41 planes dropped 108 tons on the secondary target and 3 planes failed to bomb. 44 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8237 H/I 391BS Perry (PFF)

44-8457 H/G 391BS Livingston (PFF)

44-6822 H/E 391BS Waarvick

43-38789 L/F 391BS Sherman

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38415 L/G 391BS Schifferer

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

44-8327 L/R 391BS Smith

43-38972 L/C 391BS Latz

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Jones, J. L.  Queenie

43-38257 L/T 391BS Feldman, S.

43-38299 L/U 391BS Tyson

44-8235 H/X 18BS Alling (PFF)

43-38991 H/Z 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Knowlton

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

43-38971 B/A 18BS Mueller

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler

43-38373 B/J 18BS Bennett

43-38953 B/D 18BS Raymond

44-8271 L/O 18BS Thaete

43-38138 B/I 18BS Mann Ole-Timer     Landed away - probably at Brussels, Belgium.

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

43-38338 B/M 18BS Fiedler

44-8731 H/H 7BS Benedict (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 7BS Davis

44-6820 H/C 7BS McLean

43-38334 E/D 7BS Vick

43-38987 E/F 7BS Barbaras

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-39179 E/A 7BS MacTaggart

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

44-8309 E/H 7BS Curtiss

43-38286 E/T 7BS Sheesley

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves

44-8112 H/D 4BS Iverson (PFF)         Chaff. Aborted - #3 engine out.        

43-38386 E/K 7BS Schaus   Chaff

43-38380 L/B 391BS Bass    Chaff

43-37864 L/E 391BS James  Chaff

43-38433 B/R 18BS Arand   Chaff

43-38403 E/Z 7BS Peede      Chaff      MIA. See below. Landed in Poland.

43-38367 E/L (scheduled for MacTaggart but replaced)

44-8441 H/S (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8556 H/F (unused ground spare - PFF)

43-38365 L/S (unused ground spare)

 

B-17G 43-38403 E/Z Battle damaged at Berlin and crash-landed behind Russian lines at Lodz, Poland. With 7BS. Pilot: Peede. Missing Air Crew Report # 12768. Plane salvaged 1Mar45. Crew finally returned to Mendlesham a month later on March 26, 1945 and Returned to Duty.

RTD PEEDE FLOYD A JR (P)                            1 LT        18            O-820906                                                                29

RTD EASTERLING THOMAS R JR (CP)         1 LT        18            O-825603                                                                27

RTD EDELSTEIN FRED (N)                               2 LT        18            O-2064187                                                              23

RTD KRATZ LAWRENCE T JR (Tog)            SGT        18            13178823                                                                20

RTD NERRIE JAMES H (E)                                T/SGT    18            32185883                                                                27

RTD BROWN ROBERT G JR (R)                       T/SGT    18            14100043                                                                27

RTD CHEZEM KENNETH A (BT)                    S/SGT     18            16031611                                                                28

RTD HARRISON ROBERT T (WG)                  S/SGT     18            35551823                                                                28

RTD SPRACKLEN THEODORE J (TG)            SGT        18            39467376                                                                10

 

February 27, 1945

Mission #132       Leipzig

Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 105 tons on the secondary target and 2 failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties.

Planes and crew:

44-8670 H/K 18BS Richardson, Z. (PFF)

43-38959 H/R 18BS Jones, W. S.

43-38334 E/D 18BS Knowlton

44-8605 B/H 18BS Abrams Happy Warrior

44-6938 B/C 18BS Nass

43-38331 B/Y 18BS Fiedler

43-38953 B/D 18BS Tigges

44-8327 L/R 18BS Thaete  Aborted - #2 engine out.

43-38433 B/R 18BS Mueller                Aborted - one engine out.

43-39071 B/K 18BS Scherkenbach

43-38409 B/B 18BS Butler

43-38338 B/M 18BS Bennett

44-8482 H/A 7BS Pelszynski (PFF)

44-6820 H/C 7BS Davis

43-39179 E/A 7BS McLean

43-38386 E/K 7BS Barbaras

43-38286 E/T 7BS Giardini

43-38987 E/F 7BS Vick

43-38367 E/L 7BS Roscher

43-38113 E/S 7BS Peterson Wee Willie's Wolves

43-38416 E/C 7BS O'Grady

44-6296 E/R 7BS Wright

43-38280 E/M 7BS MacTaggart

44-6939 E/P 7BS Stemen

43-38325 E/B 7BS Dold

44-8441 H/S 391BS Hanchar (PFF)

43-38410 H/J 391BS Jones, J. L.

43-38365 L/S 391BS Waarvick

44-8629 L/D 391BS Hansen

43-38789 L/F 391BS Sherman

43-38382 L/Q 391BS Evans Queenie

44-8271 L/O 391BS Schifferer

43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

43-37864 L/E 391BS Washburn

43-38972 L/C 391BS Smith

43-38257 L/T 391BS Arand

43-38402 L/P 391BS Bass

43-38380 L/B 391BS Tyson

44-8457 H/G (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-8556 H/F (unused ground spare - PFF)

44-6822 H/E (unused ground spare - lead)

44-8309 E/H (unused ground spare)