Mission Log for the 486th Bomb Group (H)

24 February 1945 to 21 April 1945
(glossary at the Bottom)

[ Group | 001-050 | 051-100 | 100-150 | 151-191]


Mission Target Aircraft Bombing Flight  
# Date TGT Location S/A Tons Rating Time Lead Losses
151 02/24 U/P Bremen, Ger 40/34 102 P --:-- Dimel 0
Remarks U/P secondary target. Bombed visually with PFF assist.
152 02/25 M/Y Neuberg, Ger 40/36 108 F --:-- Howell 1
Remarks #648 (Wiley) lost, 9 POW. 'B' squad bombed primary visually. 'A' and 'C' squads bombed secondary target (M/Y) at München (Munich) by PFF with VIS assist.
153 02/26 RR/T Berlin, Ger 26/24 72 U --:-- Walker 0
Remarks BTO by PFF.
154 02/27 A/I Leipzig, Ger 39/36 108 U --:-- Newman 1
Remarks #943 (Moore) lost, 9 MIA. BTO by PFF of secondary target M/Y.
155 02/28 T/I Kassel, Ger 43/42 135 U --:-- Overing 0
Remarks COL Overing led 486th & 4th CBW, 3rd BD, of the 8th AF bomber stream. Secondary hit (M/Y), BTO by PFF.
156 03/02 A/I Lonnewitz, Ger 40/33 98 U --:-- Whitney 0
Remarks Secondary target bombed in Dresden. BTO by PFF.
157 03/03 R/I Brunswick, Ger 40/36 123 P --:-- Uhle 0
Remarks LTCOL Uhle led 486th and 4th CBW.
158 03/04 A/I Neuberg, Ger 42/37 102 U --:-- Dimel 0
Remarks Secondary target, M/Y, at Ingelstadt, BTO by PFF.
159 03/07 Oil Castrop/Rauxel 41/39 136 U --:-- Overing 0
Remarks COL Overing group and wing leader. COL Burns led 'B' Group. BTO by PFF.
160 03/08 A/I Frankfurt, Ger 43/41 131 U --:-- Dimel 0
Remarks Primary bombed by 'C' and 'D' squads BTO by PFF. 'A' and 'B' squads bombed secondary, M/Y, at Frankfurt. BTO by PFF.
161 03/09 M/Y Frankfurt, Ger 43/43 97 F --:-- Whitney 0
Remarks  
162 03/10 M/Y Dortmund, Ger 41/40 97 U --:-- Simpson 0
Remarks BTO by PFF.
163 03/11 Oil Hamburg, Oil 39/37 70 U 06:10* Newman 0
Remarks MAJ Newman, Geroup and wing leader. Hamburg M/Y was secondary, BTO by PFF.
164 03/12 Port Swinemünde, Ger 39/38 95 U --:-- Uhle 0
Remarks LTCOL Uhle, Geroup and wing leader. Secondary was M/Y at Swinemünde, BTO by PFF.
165 03/14 Oil Nienhagen, Ger 39/37 128 G-P --:-- Norton 0
Remarks LTCOL Norton was group and wing leader. 'C' and 'D' squads bombed primary visually with poor results. 'A' and 'B' squads bombed TLR a M/Y at Osnabruck. Secondary hit using PFF.
166 03/15 M/Y Oranienburg, Ger 39/39 117 F --:-- McCabe 0
Remarks  
167 03/17 oil Ruhland, Ger 36/35 93 U --:-- Whitney 0
Remarks 'A' and 'B' squads bombed TLR, a M/Y at Fulda. 'C' and 'D' squads also bombed TLR at Plauen. All runs BTO by PFF.
168 03/18   Berlin, Ger 44/39 115 U --:-- Howell 0
Remarks BTO by PFF. 3 A/C flew with the 447th BG.
169 03/19 oil Ruhland, Ger 36/35 93 U --:-- McCabe 0
Remarks 3 squads, all bombed TLR a Motor transport plant at Zwickau.
170 03/21 A/F Marx, Ger 39/39 111 VG --:-- Uhle 0
Remarks  
171 03/22 BKS Mulheim, Ger 42/40 101 E-P --:-- E.M. Rex 0
Remarks 'C' squad had excellent results bombing visually. 3 A/C flew with the 94th BG.
172 03/23 M/Y Holzwickede, Ger 39/37 128 G --:-- Simpson 0
Remarks  
173 03/24 A/F Varel 39/38 128 VG --:-- Cormier 0
Remarks MAJ Cormier group and wing leader.
174 03/28 oil Dedenhausen, Ger 40/38 114 F --:-- Matthews 0
Remarks Bombed secondary target a M/Y at Hannover. Bombed using PFF in 9/10 cloud.
175 03/30 oil Hamburg 41/36 90 F --:-- Whitney 1
Remarks #142 Veal lost, 9 MIA. 'B' bombed primary visually. 'C' and 'D' squads bombed by PFF. 'A' squad bombed secondary target at Hamburg, U-boat pens, using PFF..
176 03/31 O/ST Derben, Ger 38/36 120 U --:-- Walker 0
Remarks Bombed secondary, Brandenburg facilities, BTO by PFF.
177 04/03 Docks Kiel, Ger 39/38 112.5 U --:-- Overing 0
Remarks COL Overing led the 486th and 4th CBW. Hit secondary target, Kiel city, BTO by PFF.
178 04/04 Docks Kiel, Ger 39/39 115.5 U --:-- Uhle 0
Remarks LTCOL Uhle led group and wing. Bombed secondary target, Kiel City. BTO by PFF.
179 04/05 M/Y Furth, Ger 39/30 60 G --:-- COL Kieffer. 0
Remarks "Homesick Angel" (Fadden) forced down in Germany. COL Kieffer's first mission as COL Overing's replacement.
180 04/07 A/F Parchim, Ger 39/30 91.4 E-F --:-- Simpson 2
Remarks #9163 (Center) lost, 6 POW, 2 KIA, 1 MIA. #528 (Krenz), 8 POW/2 KIA. Primary target bombed visually by 3 squads with excellent results. 'D' squadron bombed secondary, M/Y at Schwerin, visually with fair results.
181 04/08 M/Y Hof, Ger 33/31 93 G --:-- Matthews 3
Remarks #712 (Hohmann) lost, 5 KIA/3 POW/1 MIA. #020 (Sauler), 1 KIA/8 POW. #942 (Wood), 1 KIA/8 POW. A B17 from the 94th, flying with the 486th was also lost.
182 04/09 A/F Neuburg, Ger 20/20 37 E --:-- Whitney 0
Remarks  
183 04/10 A/F Briest, Ger 29/25 75 F --:-- Cormier 4
Remarks #580 (Dolan) and #820 (Thaler) shotdown, both crews MIA. #856 (Vanderhoef) and #970 (Lowe) forced down. MAJ Cormier led group and wing.
184 04/11 A/F Ingolstadt, Ger 28/28 72 G --:-- Eckenroth 0
Remarks  
185 04/14 Guns Royan, FR 29/29 73 G-F-P --:-- Thompson 0
Remarks  
186 04/15 guns Royan, FR 37/35 69.3 G-P --:-- Matthews 0
Remarks  
187 04/16 guns Royan, FR 40/38 114 E --:-- Cormier 0
Remarks MAJ Cormier led group and wing.
188 04/17 M/Y Dresden, Ger 29/27 72 P --:-- Walker 2
Remarks #931 (Bartl) shotdown, 9 KIA. #001 (Allbright) 9 POW. Primary bombed by 'A' and 'B' squads by PFF. 'C' squad hit M/Y at Aussig, a primary for another BG. 'C' bombed visually.
189 04/19 M/Y Pirna, Ger 30/29 87 G --:-- Kieffer 0
Remarks  
190 04/20 M/Y Wustermark, Ger 29/29 72.5 F --:-- Simpson 0
Remarks  
191 04/21 jets München, Ger 29/28 63.4 U --:-- Uhle 0
Remarks LTCOL Uhle led the 486th and 4th CBW. Bombed the LRT, Indolstadt M/Y, by PFF. Last combat mission for the 486th.
Victory Tour  

* all mission times from this point forward are estimated from the flight log of Arnold "Ray" Welch, 832nd.
times inferred from "The War Stories of the O&W."

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