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Thread: Lest We Forget: November 14, 1944

  1. #71

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    January 22, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 2 missions are flown.

    Mission 805: 206 B-17s and 258 fighters are dispatched to make visual attacks on the Holten synthetic oil plant at Sterkrade (167); 1 hits the secondary target, the marshalling yard at Rheine; targets of opportunity are Dinslaken (12), Osnabruck (5), Heiden (8) and other (4); 5 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 144 damaged; 13 airmen are WIA and 45 MIA. Escort is provided by 85 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 3-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground. Other fighter missions are:

    1. 128 of 136 P-51s fly a sweep in the St Vith, Belgium-Karlsruhe-Darmstadt and Kobenz, Germany areas, some as escort for Ninth AF bombers; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

    2. 10 of 11 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

    Mission 806: 1 B-17 and 8 B-24s drop leaflets in the Netherlands and France.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): 304 B-26s, A-26s, and A-20s bomb a marshalling yard, railhead, and road and rail bridges in Germany with the aim of obstructing troop movement; fighters escort the 9th Bombardment Division, fly armed reconnaissance and sweeps and airfield cover, and support the US 7th Armored Division near Montfort, the Netherlands; the III, VIII, and XII Corps from south of Saint-Vith, Belgium along the battlefront to northwest of Echternach, Luxembourg; and the 4th, 5th, 94th, and 95th Infantry Divisions from Echternach, Luxembourg south to just west of Saarlautern, Germany. In Belgium, HQ 70th Fighter Wing moves from Liege to Verviers. In France, the 514th Fighter Squadron, 406th Fighter Group, based at Mourmelon (ALG A-80) with P-47s, begins operating from Prosnes (ALG A-79).

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map
    Last edited by 352nd Oscar; 01-25-2020 at 02:46 PM.
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

  2. #72

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    January 23, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 2 missions are flown.

    Mission 807: 209 B-17s are dispatched to hit the marshalling yard at Neuss, Germany (169); 12 others hit the Neuss Bridge; the attacks are made using Gee-H and Micro H; 1 B-17 is lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 95 damaged; 5 airmen are KIA, 6 WIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 74 of 79 P-51s; 1 is damaged beyond repair. Other operations are:

    1. 68 of 75 P-51s fly a sweep over the Neuss area; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft without loss.

    2. 16 of 17 P-51s fly a scouting mission without loss.

    Mission 808: 5 B-24s drop leaflet in the Netherlands during the night.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): In Germany, a small B-26 force hits troop concentrations, a road bridge, and military transport targets at Blankenheim, Dasburg, and Arzfeld. Fighters fly armed reconnaissance, alert flights, and patrols, and support the US III, VIII, and XII Corps and 4th, 94th, and 95th Infantry Divisions from south of Saint-Vith, Belgium, south and east along the battleline to just west of Saarlautern, Germany.

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map

    352nd History

    After its devastating defeat on 14 January, the German fighter force again went into hiding and was not seen again by the ‘Bluenosers’ until the 23rd. The 486th FS was once more the centre of activity, for after receiving a vector to the vicinity of the German town of Neuß, Red Flight found two Bf 109s trying to bounce a flight of dive-bombing P-47s. Lt Lumir Vitek peeled off and led his flight after the Messerschmitts, and the enemy aircraft tried to evade by flying through some sparse clouds, but without success. Finally, in a desperate attempt to get away, one of the Bf 109s headed for the deck, but Lt Vitek stayed right with him. The fighter was hit repeatedly by Vitek’s gunfire and seriously damaged, before Lt Contos zoomed in and added the finishing touch just as the pilot jumped.
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    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

  3. #73

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    January 24, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 67 of 70 P-51s based in Belgium are dispatched in 4 flights to fly sweeps over Wahn Airfield-Dorweiler area and Karlsruhe-Koblenz area in Germany; claiming 3 fighters downed; 1 P-51 is lost.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): 25 9th Bombardment Division bombers hit communications centers at Schleiden, Stadtkyll, and Pronsfeld, Germany; fighters fly armed reconnaissance, sweeps, airfield cover, and bomb 1 bridge; the XIX Tactical Air Command supports US III, VIII, XII, and XX Corps elements along the battlefront at several points from southwest of Saint-Vith, Belgium to the Saarlautern, Germany area. The 39th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Ninth AF, arrives at Valenciennes, France (ALG A-93) from the US with F-5s.

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map

    352nd History

    German fighters were up early the following morning, and this time it was the 487th FS that engaged them. The action took place over Wahn airfield, and Lt Ray Littge got things going by downing a Bf 109 in the landing pattern. Moments later Lt Col Bill Halton caught another unsuspecting Messerschmitt and destroyed it with a well placed burst. Later in the day the 328th FS lost its commanding officer during an engagement in the same sector. The patrol, led by Maj Earl Abbott, had been routine until the unit was vectored towards some enemy aircraft. Lt Robert W Dodd recalled the events that followed; ‘We were vectored toward two Me-109s coming from our left about 5000 ft under us. When Maj Abbott saw them he led White Flight down to attack. The ’109s saw the diving Mustangs and tried to evade by doing a series of rolls. When Lt Chuck Owens and Maj Abbott tried to roll with them they became separated, and Maj Abbott’s Mustang vanished from view. At this point the ’109s split up, one heading north and the other heading east. ‘While Lt Owens continued after the north-bound ’109, the four of us in my flight (Red Flight) followed the east-bound enemy aircraft. All four of us pulled up on the tail of the ’109, trying to get a shot at him. (Charles) Goodman and (Elmo) Dubay nailed him. The ’109 rolled across a road and through a couple of fences in a ball of fire. What ever happened to Maj Abbott occurred at about this time, and to this day no one knows what happened to him – he just vanished.’ A search for Maj Abbott had to be abandoned shortly after it started because Asch was about to be weathered in.
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    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

  4. #74

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    January 25, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 111 of 121 P-51s based in Belgium fly a sweep over wide areas of southwest Germany, claiming 2 Luftwaffe fighters northeast of Mannheim and east of Kirrlach; 1 P-51 is lost.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): 170 A-20s and B-26s hit communications centers and railroad bridges, overpasses, and lines in western Germany with the aim of harassing and obstructing troop movement; fighters of the 3 Tactical Air Commands fly armed reconnaissance, alerts and night patrols, escort bombers, and attack numerous ground targets; the XIX Tactical Air Command supports the US 5th Infantry Division in the Echternach, Luxembourg area.

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

  5. #75

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    January 26, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 31 of 32 P-51s based in Belgium, fly an uneventful fighter sweeps over the Heilbronn, Aschaffenburg, Giessen, and Trier, Germany areas.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): In Germany, 27 B-26s bomb the Euskirchen rail bridge to interdict rail traffic southwest from Euskirchen, much of which comes from Cologne and Bonn. The 3 Tactical Air Commands fly armed reconnaissance, alert flights, and patrols; the XIX Tactical Air Command supports US Third Army elements from south of Saint-Vith, Belgium to west of Saarlautern, Germany.

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map
    Last edited by 352nd Oscar; 01-29-2020 at 01:16 PM.
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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    January 27, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): HQ 352d Fighter Group and the 486th and 487th Fighter Squadrons move from Bodney, England to Chievres, Belgium with P-51s.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): Weather grounds the 9th Bombardment Division and the XIX Tactical Air Command; the IX and XXIX Tactical Air Commands fly armed reconnaissance over the battle area and parts of western Germany, along with alert flights and a leaflet mission. In Belgium, HQ 370th Fighter Group and the 401st, 402d and 485th Fighter Squadrons move from Juzaine Airfield, Florennes (ALG A-78) to Zwartberg with P-38s. The 388th Fighter Squadron, 365th Fighter Group, moves from Metz, France (ALG A-90) to Juzaine Airfield, Florennes, Belgium (ALG A-78).

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map

    352nd History

    A search for Maj Abbott had to be abandoned shortly after it started because Asch was about to be weathered in. As it turned out this mission was to be the 352nd FG’s last from the Belgian airfield, for on 27 January the group’s advance party headed toward Chiévres (Y-84), again in Belgium, to prepare the facilities. By early February it was ready.
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    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

  7. #77

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    January 28, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 2 missions are flown.

    Mission 809: With the prospect of improved weather over Germany, 1,006 bombers and 249 fighters are dispatched to hit marshalling yards, bridges and benzol plants at Dortmund; 10 bombers are lost:

    1. 225 B-24s are sent to hit oil targets at Kaiserstuhl (115) and Gneisenau (58); targets of opportunity are Lippstadt (9), Neheim (5) and other (11); bombing is by Gee-H; 7 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 97 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 71 MIA. Escorting are 68 of 77 P-51s.

    2. 421 B-17s are sent to hit the Gremberg marshalling yard at Cologne (273) and the Hohenzollern Bridge at Cologne (69); secondary targets are Gutersloh (31) and Bielefeld (7); 3 others hit a target of opportunity; Gee-H and H2X radar are used to bomb; 3 B-17s are lost and 172 damaged; 4 airmen are WIA and 35 MIA. The escort is 69 of 76 P-51s.

    3. 360 B-17s are dispatched to hit the Hohenbudberg marshalling yard (169) and Rheinhausen Bridge at Duisburg (80); 10 hit the secondary, the highway bridge at Duisburg; targets of opportunity are Friemersheim (13) and other (2); some targets are hit visually while others are hit using Micro H; 2 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 195 damaged; 14 airmen are KIA and 20 WIA. 35 of 38 P-51s escort the B-17s.

    4. 40 P-51s fly a sweep of the tactical area escorting Ninth AF B-26s.

    5. 13 of 18 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

    Mission 810: 2 B-17s and 6 B-24s drop leaflets in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany during the night.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): In Germany, 95 9th Bombardment Division B-26s hit a communications center at Mayen, rail bridges and an overpass at Eller, Sinzig, Remagen, and Kaiserslautern, targets of opportunity in western Germany, and fly cover for US First Army forces on the frontline in the Monschau-Butgenbach area.

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map

    352nd History

    The 328th, 486th and 487th Fighter Squadrons, 352d Fighter Group, move from Bodney, England to Chievres, Belgium (ALG Y-84) with P-51s (detachments have been operating from Asch, Belgium (ALG Y-29) since 23 Dec 44).
    Last edited by 352nd Oscar; 02-01-2020 at 06:10 AM.
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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    January 29,1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 2 missions are flown.

    Mission 811: 1,158 bombers and 700 fighters are dispatched to hit industrial plants at Kassel and rail targets in central Germany; the attacks were made using H2X radar; they claim 6-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-24 and 2 P-51s are lost:

    1. 415 B-17s are sent to hit rail centers at Niederlahnstein (110) and Siegen (144); 104 hit the secondary, the Mosel marshalling yard at Koblenz; 37 hit the marshalling yard at Bad Kreuznach, a target of opportunity; 4 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged. Escorting are 235 of 254 P-51s; they claim 1-0-1 aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost and 1 damaged beyond repair; 1 pilot is KIA.

    2. 386 B-17s are dispatched to hit the Henschel oil plant at Kassel (93); 154 hit the secondary, the Kassel marshalling yard; targets of opportunity are the Bielefeld marshalling yard (76), Koblenz (35) and other (2); 2 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 28 damaged; 18 airmen are KIA and 1 WIA. The escort is 207 of 224 P-51s; they claim 4-0-1 aircraft; 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair.

    3. 357 B-24s dispatched hit secondary targets, the marshalling yards at Munster (206) and Hamm (124); 9 others hit the Soest marshalling yard, a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost and 18 damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. 173 P-47s and P-51s escort; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

    4. 23 of 27 P-51s fly a scouting mission without loss.

    Mission 812: 1 B-17 and 8 B-24s drop leaflets in Germany and the Netherlands during the night.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS

    First Tactical Air Force (Provisional): Brigadier General Glenn O. Barcus becomes Commanding General XII Tactical Air Command.

    Ninth Air Force: 364 A-20s, B-26s, and A-26s bomb rail bridges, supply and communications centers, and defended areas in western Germany; fighters escort the bombers, fly armed reconnaissance and patrols and support US Third Army units at points along the frontlines from south of Saint-Vith, Belgium to the bridgehead area around Saarlautern, Germany.

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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    January 30, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): Weather cancels bomber operations. Fighters fly nightfighter and intruder reconnaissance missions; fighter cover for the US 5th Armored Division west of Gemund, Germany is recalled during the day. HQ 365th Fighter Group and the 386th Fighter Squadron move from Metz, France (ALG A-90) to Juzaine Airfield, Florennes, Belgium (ALG A-78) with P-47s.

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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    January 31, 1945

    EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)

    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Mission 813: 291 B-24s, 112 B-17s and 186 P-51s are recalled from a mission against targets in Germany because of expected bad weather at UK bases and heavy clouds; 1 B-17 and 3 B-24s are damaged beyond repair; 6 airmen are KIA and 8 WIA.

    TACTICAL OPERATIONS (Ninth Air Force): All operations are cancelled due to weather. The 387th Fighter Squadron, 365th Fighter Group, moves from Metz, France (ALG A-90) to Juzaine Airfield, Florennes, Belgium (ALG A-78) with P-47s. In France, the 512th and 514th Fighter Squadrons, 406th Fighter Group, move from Mourmelon-le-Grand to Metz (ALG A-90) with P-47s (the 514th has been operating from Prosnes since 22 Jan).

    Locations in RED are on the Bodenplatte Map
    Last edited by 352nd Oscar; 01-29-2020 at 01:17 PM.
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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