MISSION NO. 2
OSCHERLEBEN, GERMANY
22 FEBRUARY 1944

The assigned target was the FW-190 assembly plant at Oscherleben. It was a deep penetration into central Germany. Col. Luper led the eighteen bombers on the mission, flying the l000th B-I 7 produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California. (Homer Briggs had spent time at Douglas as part of his training.) Lt. Edward M. Bender was pilot.

Solid clouds rising as high as 24,000 feet over East Anglia, England, disrupted assembly and thirteen planes returned to the Base. Other groups and wings were similarly disrupted. Col. Luper, unable to find and assemble with the 94th Combat Wing, took the lead position in a mixed group of a two box wing and led it towards the Continent. Col. Luper remained on course with the composite group and bombed what was believed to be the primary target. The Group encountered heavy flak and fighter attacks. Captain Jack Hotaling, the Group’s Gunnery Officer, flying as tail gunner in Col. Luper’s bomber, was credited with destroying an FW-190.

Major Theodore C. Hoffman, Deputy Leader, attached to another wing and went to Merseburg. Captain Leroy Watson joined a formation that bombed Bernberg.


(Compiler's Note: In addition to the Boeing Aircraft Company, the Douglas Aircraft Company and the Lockheed Aircraft Company also manufactured B-17s during the war.)

CREW LOADING LIST

February 22th,1944
Mission No 2
Target: Ocherleben, Germany

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Donald V. Swain
William R. Hawley
Richard E. Jaqua
Willis H. Johnson
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Louis F. Beske
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George J. Bennett
William J. Brandt
Patrick A. Walls
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Paul O'Neal
Raymond L. Osborn
Reginald W. Buxton
John R. Graham
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Bernard B. Weinberg
Edward P. Palika
John T. Clements
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Russell R. Babel
Thaddeus R. Dubej
James H. Norman
Walter W. Megin
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Robert A. Patty
Sidney H Johnson
Jack B. Eldridge
Patrick C. Toomey
John L. Zoutte
Earl W. Hohnston
William F. White
Melvin O. Richarson
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James H. Long
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Richard W. Cooke
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