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Mission Summaries

385th BGA

Mission No. 191 – 28 September – Target Meresburg – 21 a/c flown.
1 a/c ditched, all saved.

Mission No. 192–3 October– Target Giebelstadt–13 a/c flown.

Mission No. 193–5 October– Target Munster–30 a/c flown.
Severance, 43-38259, Badger Beauty, crash landed in liberated Belgium. All crew returned.

Mission No. 194 – 6 October- Target Munster- 29 a/c flown.
Leverett, 42-97275, Roger the Dodger, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 9 POW, MACR 9522.

Taylor, 42-98010, crashed in Germany, 8 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 9523.

Funk, 42-98016, crashed in Germany, 8 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 9524.

Kaplan, 43-37548, Lamplight Lil, crashed in Germany, 3 KIA, 6 POW, MACR 9517.

Courcelle, 43-38060, Texas Bluebonnet, crashed in Germany, 8 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 9508.

Tuley, 43-38217, crashed in Germany, 6 KIA, 3 POW, MACR 9519.

Andreas, 43-38430, crashed in Germany, 4 KIA, 5 POW, MACR 9520.

Noiseau, 44-6159, West Virginian, crashed in Germany, 7 KIA, 2 POW, MACR 9515.

Batty, 44-8143, Roger the Dodger crashed in Germany, 7 KIA, 3 POW, MACR 9516.

Jens, 42-102465, Wee Willie Wilber, crashed in Germany, 9 KIA, MACR 9525.

Isaacson, 42-97079, Dozy Doats, crashed in Germany, 5 KIA, 4 POW, MACR 9521.

Mission No. 195–7 October– Target Bielefeld–16 a/c flown.

Mission No. 196–9 October– Target Gustavsburg–26 a/c flown.

Mission No. 197–12 October– Target Bremen–27 a/c flown.

Mission No. 198–14 October– Target Cologne–22 a/c flown

Mission No. 199–15 October– Target Cologne–39 a/c flown.

Mission No. 200–17 October– Target Cologne–29 a/c flown.

Mission No. 201–18 October– Target Kassell–21 a/c flown.

Mission No. 202–22 October– Target Munster–40 a/c flown.

Mission No. 203–25 October– Target Hamburg–40 a/c flown.

Mission No. 204–26 October– Target Hanover–37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 205–30 October– Target Merseburg–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 206–2 November– Target Merseburg–36 a/c flown.
Koeler, 43-37888, crashed in Germany, MACR 10155.

Mission No. 207–4 November– Target Hamburg–24 a/c flown.

Mission No. 208–5 November– Target Ludwigshafen–35 a/c flown.

Mission No. 209–6 November– Target Neumunster–22 a/c flown.

Mission No. 210–9 November– Target Saarbrucken–29 a/c flown.

Mission No. 211–11 November– Target Oberlahnstein/Koblenz–23 a/c flown.

Mission No. 212–16 November– Target Ground Support–37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 213–21 November– Target Wetzlar–36 a/c flown.
Foss, 43-38566, Francis, collided with Webb. Foss landed safely at Great Ashfield, but 2 jumped and became POW. Webb,

43-38270, crashed in France, 9 KIA, MACR 10413. Mission No. 214–25 November -Target Merseburg–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 215–26 November– Target Hamm–24 a/c flown.

Mission No. 216–27 November– Target Bingen–13 a/c flown.

Mission No. 217–30 November– Target Merseburg–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 218–4 December– Target Weisbaden–24 a/c flown.

Mission No. 219–6 December– Target Hanover–23 a/c flown.

Mission No. 220–10 December– Target Koblenz–37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 221–11 December– Target Giessen–30 a/c flown.

Mission No. 222–12 December– Target Darmstadt–39 a/c flown.

Mission No. 223–15 December– Target Hanover–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 224–24 December– Target Grosssstheim–59 a/c flown Vogt, 43-38233, Sweet and Lovely, crashed in Belgium, 8 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 11113. Sweet and Lovely collided with Bash, 43-37893, Betty Jo, which landed safely.

Mission No. 225–27 December– Target Andernach–32 a/c flown.

Mission No. 226–28 December– Target Koblenz–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 227–30 December– Target Mannheim–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 228–31 December– Target Wenzendorf–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 229–2 January– Target Nalbach–37 a/c flown.
Benson in 42-102486, lost power in two engines. The entire crew bailed out at 10,000 ft and landed safely, if not entirely unhurt, on farmland outside St. Quentin, France. The plane crashed and burned.

Mission No. 230–3 January– Target Schleiden–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 231–5 January– Target Kaiserslautern–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 232–6 January– Target Worms–27 a/c flown.

Mission No. 233–7 January– Target Hamm–30 a/c flown.

Mission No. 234–8 January–Target– Frankfurt–26 a/c flown.
Rifas, 44-6100, Miss D-Day, went down in Germany, 9 MIA, MACR 11718.

Mission No. 235–10 January– Target Karlsruhe–26 a/c flown.

Mission No. 236–13 January– Target Mainz–31 a/c flown.

Mission No. 237–14 January– Target Magdeburg- 28 a/c flown.

Mission No. 238–16 January– Target Dessau–34 a/c flown.

Mission No. 239–18 January– Target Kaiserslautern–25 a/c flown.

Mission No. 240–20 January– Target Heilbronn–23 a/c flown.

Mission No. 241–21 January– Target Mannheim–26 a/c flown. McEarlane, 43-37857, Honey-Chile, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 8 POW, MACR 11765.

Jacobsen, 42-102431, Slick Chick, crashed in England.

Mission No. 242–28 January– Target Duisburg–12 a/c flown.

Mission No. 243–29 January– Target Kassel–34 a/c flown.

Mission No. 244–1 February– Target Wessel–7 a/c flown.

Mission No. 245–3 February– Target Berlin–41 a/c flown.

Mission No. 246–6 February– Target Chemnitz–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 247–9 February– Target Dulmen–35 a/c flown.

Mission No. 248–14 February– Target Chemnitz–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 249–15 February– Target Rheine–37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 250–16 February– Target Wesel–37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 251–17 February– Target Frankfurt–13 a/c flown.

Mission No. 252–19 February– Target Rheine–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 253–21 February– Target Nuremburg–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 254–22 February– Target Neustadt–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 255–23 February– Target Kitzingen–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 256–24 February– Target Wesel–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 257–25 February– Target Munich–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 258–26 February– Target Berlin–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 259–28 February– Target Kassel–28 a/c flown.

Mission No. 260–1 March– Target Ulm–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 261–2 March– Target Dresden–38 a/c flown.
Vaadi, 42-97979, Leading Lady, crashed in Germany, 9 POW, MACR 12855.

Krahn, 43-37871, Perry’s Pirates, crashed in Germany, 8 POW, 1 evaded capture, MACR 12857.

Tripp, 43-38148, Jeanie Beanie, crashed in Germany, 7 KIA, 2 POW, MACR 12856.

Tipton, 44-8417, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 8 POW, MACR 12858.

Mission No. 264–8 March– Target Dortmund–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 265–10 March– Target Soest–37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 266–11 March– Target Hamburg–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 267–12 March– Target Swinemunde–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 268–14 March– Target Hanover–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 269–15 March– Target Oranienburg–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 270–17 March– Target Bitterfeld–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 271–18 March– Target Berlin–38 a/c flown.
Bloom, 44-6944, crashed in Holland, 9 KIA, MACR 13147. Cocke, 42-102481, Kentucky Winner, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 8 evaded capture, MACR 13141.

Mission No. 272–19 March– Target Jena–35 a/c flown.
Lowry, 43-39199, crashed in Germany, 1 KIA, 10 POW, MACR 13148.

Mission No. 273–20 March– Target Hamburg–18 a/c flown.

Mission No. 274–21 March– Target Zwischenahn- 37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 275–22 March– Target Rattingen–37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 276–23 March– Target Giesecke–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 277–24 March– Target Zwischenahn–37 a/c flown.

Mission No. 278–26 March– Target Plauen–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 279–28 March– Target Hanover–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 280–30 March– Target Hamburg–44 a/c flown.

Mission No. 281–31 March– Target Brandenburg–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 282–3 April– Target Kiel–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 283–4 April– Target Kiel–36 a/c flown.
Crimmins, 43-38639, Shady Lady, crashed into the English Channel, 9 KIA, MACR 13722, Ritchie, 43-38210, Angel’s Sister, crashed into the English Channel, 9 KIA, MACR 13720.

Mission No. 284–5 April– Target Unterschlauersbach–36 a/c flown.

Mission No. 285–7 April– Target Gustrow–38 a/c flown.
Burich, 44-8603, crashed in Germany, 10 KIA, MACR 13721.

Mission No. 286–8 April– Target Hof–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 287–9 April– Target Schleissheim–38 a/c flown.
Williams, 44-6527, Always Available, crashed in Germany, 9 POW, MACR 13872.

10 April– Target Neuruppin–37 a/c flown.
Muchow, 42-31378, Rum Dum, crash landed in Belgium, 9 evaded capture.

Mission No. 289–11 April– Target Ingolstadt–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 290–14 April– Target Royan–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 291–15 April– Target Royan–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 292–16 April– Target Royan–38 a/c flown.

Mission No. 293–17 April– Target Roundnice–30 a/c flown.

Mission No. 294–17 April– Target Kolin–30 a/c flown.

Mission No. 295–19 April– Target Aussig–29 a/c flown.

Mission No. 296–20 April– Target Wustermark–29 a/c flown.

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The strategic air war was declared over and except for one food drop next month, there were no more combat missions for the 8th Air Force in World War II.
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Mission No. 297–2 May–Drop Zone – Utrecht–? a/c flown.
Swana, 44-6136, Stork Club. damaged by FLAK. All returned safely.

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The remainder of Operation Chowhound were non-combat.
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Mission–2 May 1945 – Food Drop: Schiphol

Mission–3 May 1945 – Food Drop: Schiphol

Mission–6 May 1945 – Food Drop: Schiphol

Mission–6 May 1945 – Food Drop: Vogelenzang

Mission –-7 May 1945 – Food Drop: Schiphol

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May 7 was declared “VE Day”
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