303rd Bomb Group WWII B-17 Bomb Group, Molesworth, England http://www.303rdbg.com Fri, 27 Mar 2009 16:53:31 -0600 19 Jun 2024 02:06:33 -0000 http://www.303rdbg.com/tri-C-m.gif This Day in 303rd Bomb Group History http://www.303rdbg.com Triangle C 75 66 This Day in 303rd Bomb Group History: June 19th <br><font color=#CC0000><b><i>June 18, 1942</i></b></font> <br><b>ETO</b> <b>8th AF:</b> HQ 8th AF opens in London with Major General Carl Spaatz commanding. The British Air Ministry publishes a tentative list of 87 airfields to be made ready for the 8th AF. <br> <br><font color=#CC0000><b><i>June 18, 1944</i></b></font> <br><b>303rd BG (H) Combat Mission No. 183</b> <br> Target: Oil Plant at Hamburg, Germany <br> Crews Dispatched: 36 <br> Length of Mission: 6 hours, 45 minutes <br> Bomb Load: 18 x 250 lb G.P. M57 &amp; 18 x 300 G.P. M31 bombs <br> Bombing Altitudes: Group A - 26,000 ft; Group B - 25,000 ft <br> <a href="http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/183.pdf" target="_blank" class="navbar"><b>View Mission Report</b></a><br> <br><font color=#CC0000><b><i>June 18, 1944</i></b></font> <br><b>STRATEGIC OPERATIONS</b> <b>8th AF:</b> Mission 421: 1,378 bombers are dispatched to targets in Germany; 11 bombers are lost, 10 to AA fire and 1 to unknown causes: <b> 1. </b>Of 890 B-17s dispatched, 381 bomb Hamburg, 88 hit Hannover-Misburg oil refinery, 85 hit the Bremen area; 60 hit Hannover, 54 hit Hamburg-Eurotank oil refinery, 38 hit Hamburg-Ossag oil refinery, 36 hit Hamburg-Schindler oil refinery, 18 hit Bremen-Oslebshausen; 18 hit Hamburg-Ebano oil refinery and 5 hit targets of opportunity; 7 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 284 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 10 WIA and 70 MIA. <b> 2. </b>Of 488 B-24s, 168 hit Hamburg, 107 bomb Bremerhaven, 58 attack the Watten V-weapon sites, France, 54 hit Brunsbuttel, 45 hit Stade Airfield, 28 hit Wesermunde, 13 hit Husum Airfield, 9 hit Nordenham, 8 hit Heligoland Airfield, 5 hit targets of opportunity and 1 hits Wrist marshalling yard; 4 B-24s are lost and 53 damaged; 8 airmen are WIA and 39 MIA. Escort is provided by 198 P-38s, 172 P-47s and 215 P-51s; 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair; no losses or claims. Other VIII Fighter Command missions in France are: <b> 1. </b>94 of 98 P-38s and 82 of 87 P-47s attack railroad bridges in the St Quentin area without loss. <b> 2. </b>47 P-51s make a sweep of the Dol de Bretagne area; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA). Mission 422: 9 B-24s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions in France; 1 B-24 hits a tree at the drop zone. <br> <br><font color=#CC0000><b><i>June 18, 1945</i></b></font> <br><b>STRATEGIC OPERATIONS</b> <b>8th AF:</b> HQ 4th, 41st, 45th and 94th Combat Bombardment Wings (Heavy) are disbanded at Bury St Edmunds, Molesworth, Snetterton Heath, and Alconbury, England respectively. <br> glm@303rdbg.com (Gary L. Moncur) http://www.303rdbg.com/today.php June 18, 1945-2b 19 Jun 2024 02:06:33 -0000