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Mission

Mission Date: October 8, 1943

BREMEN, TOWN

100th BG Mission #: 33

Bombing Results

Bombing Results: FAIR-GOOD

Aircraft Lost: 7

Crew Lost: 72

Claims of Enemy Losses (CLS): 16

Aircraft Returned:

Media Articles

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Blakely, Kidd, Thornton, Douglas, Crosby Bremen missionPrintThe Fresno Bee Oct 12 194312:00 am
Everett Blakely “Death Was Our Co-Pilot"PrintStar Weekly May 20 194412:00 am

Notes

Mission Stories

MEMO


 


               08 OCT 43; BREMEM MISSION CHRONOLOGY


 


                           CHRONOLOGY


 


 


CHRONOLOGIES ARE PLAGUED WITH DISCREPANCIES; THE FOLLOWING ARE TWO


OF THE MORE PERPLEXING.


 


IN ESTABLISHING DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES, THE "J" FORM" IS A


VALUABLE DOCUMENT.  IN GENERAL THE PRACTICE FOR HEAVY BOMBERS,


B-17S AND B-24S, WAS TO DISPATCH AT THIRTY SECOND INTERVALS.  THE


"J FORM" ON 08 OCT 43 FOR THE 100TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H) DOES NOT


FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE. AT 1143 HRS TWO B-17S (423233 AND 4230840)


ARE LISTED AS DEPARTING.  IT WILL BE ASSUMED THAT THE FIRST


AIRCRAFT DEPARTED ON THE MINUTE AND THE SUCCEEDING ONE THIRTY


SECONDS LATER.


 


EVEN GREATER DISCREPANCIES, UNDERSTANDABLY, OCCURRED DURING THE


COURSE OF THE MISSIONS. LT F.C. PETERSON OF 425864 REPORTED BOMB


RELEASE AT 1521 HRS, BUT THE LEAD BOMBARDIER'S LOG INDICATES BOMB


RELEASE AT 1525 HRS. WATCHES NOT SYNCHRONIZED, THE STRESS OF COMBAT


ARE FACTORS IN THE MISSION DISCREPANCIES.


 


IN SUMMARY, THE TIMES NOTED BELOW MUST BE CONSIDERED APPROXIMATE.


THE ORDER OF EVENTS, THAT IS, THE LOSS OF AIRCRAFT REFERENCE TO


MISSION PHASE ARE CORRECT. FOLLOWING ARE 100TH STATUS REPORTS FOR 7 OCT


43 @ 2000 HRS (THE EVE OF THE 8 OCT 43 BREMEN MISSION), AND AT THE


END OF THE CHRONOLOGY, THE STATUS REPORT FOR 8 OCT 43 @ 200 HRS.


 


OCTOBER 7, 1943


     2000 HRS       GROUP STATUS REPORT


 


                    37 COMBAT CREWS ASSIGNED


                    30 COMBAT CREWS ASSIGNED


                    43 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED


                    43 AIRCRAFT ON HAND


                    33 AIRCRAFT OPERATIONAL


                     8 AIRCRAFT OPERATIONAL WITHIN 24 HRS


                     2 AIRCRAFT OPERATIONAL WITHIN 7 DAYS


 


 


OCTOBER 8, 1943


 


     1130      TAXI TIME OF THE FIRST AIRCRAFT


 


               TAKE OFF TIMES


 


1143      23233     LN-R      OUR BABY       MAJ GALE CLEVEN


                                             CAPT B.A. DeMARCO


1143:30   230840    LN-0      UNNAMED        LT HERBERT G. NASH


1144      23433     LN-W      UNNAMED        LT ROBERT P. KRAMER


1144:30   230818    LN-S      SALVO SAL      LT WILLIAM N, McDONALD


1145      230358    LN-X      PHARTZAC       LT FRANK H. MEADOWS


1145:30   230047    LN-Q      SWEATER GIRL   LT CHARLES D. WALTS


1146      230487    XR-F      TORCHY III     F/O OWEN D. ROANE


1146:30   230154    XR-H      WAR EAGLE      LT ARTHUR H. BECKTOFT


 


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1147      23229  XR-A    PASEDENIA NINA     LT JOHN K. JUSTICE


1147:30   23393  LD-Y    JUST-A-SNAPPIN'    MAJ JOHN B. KIDD


                                            CAPT E.E. BLAKELY


1148      230758 LD-W    ROSIE'S RIVERTERS  LT ROBERT ROSENTHAL


1148:30   23237  LD-R    STYMIE             LT JOHN F. STEPHENS


1150      230062 LD-O    TERRYTEN           CAPT C.B. CRUIKSHANK


1150:30   230152 LD-X    MESSIE BESSIE      LT WALTER U. MORENO


1151      230091 LD-S    BLIVIT             LT D.L. MINOR


1151:30   25997  EP-F    HEAVEN CAN WAIT    LT WILLIAM M. BEDDOW


1152      25864  EP-A    PICCADILLY LILY    CAPT THOMAS E. MURPHY


1152:30   230723 EP-D    UNAMED             LT HOWARD E. KEEL


1153      23474  EP-B    QUEEN BEE          LT MAURICE E. BEATTY


1153:30   23386  EP-H    MARIE HELENA       LT RAYMOND J. GORMLEY


1154      230796 EP-K    SUNNY II           LT JOHN T. GRIFFIN


1154:30   25957  XR-D    HORNY              CAPT H.M. HENNINGTON


          THIS AIRCRAFT PARTICIPATED AS A SCHEDULED SPARE; IT'S


          POSITION IN THE FORMATION IS UNCERTAIN.


 


1155      230170 XR-G    HOT SPIT           LT EDWARD G. STORK


          THIS AIRCRAFT PARTICIPATES AS A SCHEDULED SPARE; IT'S


          POSITION IN THE FORMATION IS UNCERTAIN.


 


1156      230088 XR-E    SQUAWKIN HAWK      LT ROBERT N. LOHOF


          THIS AIRCRAFT PARTICIPATED AS A SCHEDULED SPARE; IT'S


          POSITION IN THE FORMATION IS UNCERTAIN.


 


1156      23307  EP-N    SKIPPER


          SCHEDULED TO PARTICIPATE; REPLACED BY 230723, EP-D


 


1156      230830 EP-N    UNNAMED


          SCHEDULED TO PARTICIPATE; REPLACED BY 23237, LD-R


 


1259      23237  LD-R    STYMIE


          ABORTED; OIL LEAK NO#1 ENGINE


 


1130      100TH LEAVES THE ENGLISH COAST


 


1416      230062 LD-O    TERRYNTEN


          ABORTS; NO#2,3, AND 4 GENERATORS INOPERATIVE


 


1426      23433  LN-W    UNNAMED


          ABORTS; LOSS OF OXYGEN TO TOP TURRET


 


1453      1OOTH CROSSED EUROPEAN COAST 10 MILES NNW OF GRONINGEN;


          AGGRESSIVE FIGHTER ATTACKS BEGIN


 


1508      23386  EP-H    MARIE HELENA


          MID-AIR COLLISION WITH FW-190 OF 2/JG11 THOUGHT TO HAVE


          BEEN FLOWN BY OBLT. ERICH HONDT.  THE CREW (10) KIA


 


1510      230358 LN-X    PHARTZAC


          FOR YET TO BE DETERMINED REASONS, AIRCRAFT EXPLODED,


          KILLING  EIGHT(8) OF THE CREW, WHILE TWO (2) WERE


          TAKEN PRISONER.


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1512      230154  XR-H   WAR EAGLE


          WAS SEEN GOING DOWN IN FLAMES, RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF


          ONE (1) CREW MEMBER, THE OTHER NINE (9) WERE CAPTURED.


 


1515      100TH REACHES THE INITIAL POINT


 


1515      230330 BT-A    BLOOD GUTS & RUST II


          THIS 390TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP B-17 WAS LAST SEEN LEAVING


          THE FORMATION WITH NO# 2 AND 3 ENGINES ON FIRE.


          RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF FOUR (4) CREW MEMBERS, WHILE


          SIX (6) WERE CAPTURED.


 


1516      230318 DI-C    DEVIL'S DAUGHTER


          THIS 390TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP B-17 WAS LAST SEEN DROPPING


          OUT OF THE FORMATION WITH NO# 2 ENGINE ON FIRE. RESULTING


          IN THE DEATH OF ONE (1) CREW MEMBER, WHILE THE OTHER NINE


          (9) WERE CAPTURED.


 


1521      25864  EP-A    PICCADILLY LILY


          DROPPED BOMBS ON THE TARGET


 


1521      GROUP BECOMES DISORGANIZED


 


          25864  EP-A    PICCADILLY LILY


          LEFT FORMATION WITH NO# 3 ENGINE ON FIRE AND EXPLODED,


          RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF SIX (6) OF THE ELEVEN (11) CREW


          MEMBERS, WHILE THE OTHER FIVE (5) WERE CAPTURED.


 


          23393  LD-Y    JUST-A-SNAPPIN'


          DROPPED OUT OF FORMATION.


 


          230152 LD-X    MESSIE BESSIE


          DROPPED OUT OF FORMATION.


 


          25957  XR-D    HORNY


          DROPPED OUT OF FORMATION.


 


          230292 CC-Q    UNNAMED


          THIS 390TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP B-17 WAS LAST SEEN LEAVING


          FORMATION WITH NO#4 ENGINE ON FIRE AND WAS ENCIRCLED BY


          ENEMY FIGHTERS, RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF SIX (6) CREW


          MEMBERS, WHILE FOUR (4) WERE CAPTURED.


 


1525      100TH REACHES THE RALLY POINT; FIGHTER ATTACKS DECREASE.


 


1530      230840 LN-O    UNNAMED


          UNCERTAIN AS TO CIRCUMSTANCES REGARDING THIS AIRCRAFT'S


          LOSS; RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF FIVE (5) CREW MEMBERS,


          WHILE FIVE (5) WERE CAPTURED.


 


1533      23233  LN-R    OUR BABY


          UNCERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES REGARDING THIS AIRCRAFT'S LOSS,


          RESULTED IN THE CAPTURE OF ALL CREW MEMBERS.


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1555      230818 LN-S    SALVO SAL


          UNCERTAIN AS TO CIRCUMSTANCES REGARDING THIS AIRCRAFT'S


          LOSS, EXCEPT THAT IT WAS DAMAGED BY FLAK.  IT'S LOSS RE-


          SULTED IN THE DEATH OF ONE (1) CREW MEMBER WITH THE OTHER


          NINE (9) CAPTURED.


 


1628      100TH LEFT THE EUROPEAN COAST


 


1700      100TH CROSSED THE ENGLISH CHANNEL.


 


                  RETURN OF THE 100TH AIRCRAFT


 


1712      23474  EP-B    QUEEN BEE


          RECEIVED "AC" BATTLE DAMAGE FROM FLAK.


 


1715      23229  XR-A    PASEDENA NINA


          UNDAMAGED


 


1716      25997  EP-F    HEAVEN CAN WAIT


          "AC" BATTLE DAMAGE; FLAK AND SMALL CALIBER GUN FIRE.


 


1717      230047 LN-Q    SWEATER GIRL


          UNDAMAGED


 


1718      230723 EP-D    UNNAMED


          UNDAMAGED


 


1719      230487 XR-F    TORCHY III


          UNDAMAGED


 


1721      230152 LD-X    MESSIE BESSIE


          "A" BATTLE DAMAGE FORM FLAK.


 


1722      230088 XE-E    SQUAWKIN HAWK


          "A" BATTLE DAMAGE FROM FLAK AND SMALL CALIBER GUN FIRE.


 


1723      230758 LD-W    ROSIE'S RIVETERS


          "A" BATTLE DAMAGE FROM FLAK.


 


1725      230796 EP-K    SUNNY II


          "A" BATTLE DAMAGE FROM FLAK, 20mm CANNON AND SMALL


          CALIBER GUN FIRE.


 


1733      230091 LD-S    BLIVIT


          "A" BATTLE DAMAGE FROM FLAK.


 


1745      25957  XR-D    HORNY


          "A" BATTLE DAMAGE FROM FLAK.


 


1813      230170 XR-G    HOT SPIT


          "A" BATTLE DAMAGE FROM FLAK AND SELF-INFLICTED GUN FIRE.


 


 


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1845      23963  LD-Y    JUST-A-SNAPPIN'


          CRASH LANDING AT LUDHAM; DECLARED BEYOND REPAIR 10 OCT


          43.


 


2000      GROUP STATUS REPORT


          30 COMBAT CREWS ASSIGNED


          20 COMBAT CREWS AVAILABLE


 


          36 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED


          36 AIRCRAFT ON HAND


          19 AIRCRAFT OPERATIONAL


           0 AIRCRAFT OPERATIONAL WITHIN 24 HOURS


          12 AIRCRAFT OPERATIONAL WITHIN 7 DAYS


           5 AIRCRAFT OPERATIONAL AFTER 7 DAYS