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USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

Dumbo
B-24H 41-28943

453rd Bomb Group, 735th Bomb Squadron

 

We have been unable to identify most of the crews that flew this B24. Also unknown are the missions flown in April - May 1945. If you can help answer any of these queries please make contact.

Known Mission List

Date Pilot

Target

Notes
25 Feb 1944  Delivered to USAAF from Douglas plant, Tulsa
16 Apr 1944Lt D Mann Assigned overseas via southern route to Burtonwood
20 May 1944  Assigned to 453BG, crew chief : M/Sgt John Randall
22 May 1944 Siracourt - St PoisV-weapon site
23 May 1944 Orleans - Bricy 
24 May 1944 Bricy airfield 
25 May 1944 Terrenes rail yard 
27 May 1944 Saarbrucken 
28 May 1944 Zeitz - Merseburg 
30 May 1944 OldenburgFlak damage
31 May 1944(D. Mann)?Lumes (recalled) 
3 Jun 1944 Buc airfield 
6 Jun 1944 Caen3rd mission of day to support invasion
11 Jun 1944 CormiellesAfternoon mission
12 Jun 1944 Conches airfield 
14 Jun 1944 Chateaudun airfieldFlak damage
15 Jun 1944(D Mann)?La Port Boule bridge 
18 Jun 1944 HamburgFlak damage
25 Jun 1944 Buc airfield 
28 Jun 1944 Saarbrucken 
29 Jun 1944 Kothen airfield 
2 Jul 1944 Sautrecure NoBallV-weapon site
6 Jul 1944Lt KuzelkaNoBallReturned early (no sortie) #2 supercharger, #3 engine
11 Jul 1944 Munich - Reims airfield 
12 Jul 1944 Munich - Reims airfield 
13 Jul 1944 Saarbrucken 
17 Jul 1944 Belfort rail yards 
18 Jul 1944 Caen 
19 Jul 1944 Leipheim - Laupheim 
20 Jul 1944 Gotha 
21 Jul 1944 Saarbrucken rail yards 
24 Jul 1944 St Lo (abortive) 
25 Jul 1944 St LoTactical support for ground troops
29 Jul 1944 Bremen 
31 Jul 1944 Ludwigshaven 
2 Aug 1944(D. Mann)?Neuvy-sur-Loire rail bridge 
3 Aug 1944D A Boucher /Conches airfield 
4 Aug 1944D A Boucher /Scherwin 
5 Aug 1944D A Boucher /BrunswickSevere flak damage
14 Aug 1944D A Boucher /Anizy Railroad bridge 
16 Aug 1944D A Boucher /DessauCat B (severe) flak damage -- to sub-depot for repairs
25 Aug 1944 Wismar 
26 Aug 1944 Eindhoven 
27 Aug 1944Lt Tardiff /N. Germany (abortive) 
30 Aug 1944Lt Allen /Pas de Calais NoBallV-weapon site -- (P) completed his 35 mission tour
10 Sep 1944 Ulm 
11 Sep 1944Lt Lorenzo /MisburgFlak damage
25 Sep 1944 Coblenz 
26 Sep 1944 Hamm 
27 Sep 1944Lt Ross /KasselLanded at Brussels, returned 2 days later
29 Jan 1945 Hamm 
31 Jan 1945Lt O'Leary /Berlin (recalled)Landed away due to weather
3 Feb 1945 Magdeburg 
6 Feb 1945 Magdeburg 
9 Feb 1945 Magdeburg 
14 Feb 1945 Magdeburg 
15 Feb 1945 Magdeburg 
19 Feb 1945 Jungenthal 
21 Feb 1945 Nurnburg 
22 Feb 1945 Halberstadt - Vienenberg 
23 Feb 1945 Paderborn 
24 Feb 1945 Lehte 
26 Feb 1945J H Rogers /Berlin 
27 Feb 1945 Halle 
28 Feb 1945 Arnsberg 
1 Mar 1945 Ingolstadt 
3 Mar 1945 Magdeburg 
8 Mar 1945 Siegen 
9 Mar 1945 Munster 
10 Mar 1945 Paderborn 
11 Mar 1945 Kiel 
12 Mar 1945J H Rogers /Wetzlar 
15 Mar 1945J H Rogers /Gardelegen"3 holes in nose" "Hit 3 batteries" (R Nippe notes)
20 Mar 1945 Hemingstedt 
21 Mar 1945 Achmer 
22 Mar 1945 Giebelstadt 
24 Mar 1945 WeselFlak damage - Low level to support troops in Rhine crossing
25 Mar 1945 Ehmen 
30 Mar 1945 Wilhelmshaven 
3 Oct 1945  To Altus, Oklahoma for scrapping


© Ray Bowden 27 July 2017