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Milk Wagon
B-17G-70-BO 43-37756

447th Bomb Group, 708th Bomb Squadron

Milk Wagon

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Merseburg: Blood, Flak & Oil
According to the official records of 447BG, "Milk Wagon" completed a total of 129 combat sorties, with no mechanical aborts, prior to the cessation of hostilities.

We have only been able to identify 123. If you can offer any further information on this aircraft, its crews and missions, photos, etc,please make contact.

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Known Mission List

Date Pilot


18 May 1944? Delivered to Cheyenne Modification Center
27 May 1944? To Kearney AAB. Nebraska
8 Jun 1944? To Dow Field AAB and assigned overseas
9 Jun 1944? Assigned to 447BG
20 Jun 1944E F GibsonFallerslebenFirst combat sortie
21 Jun 1944J E YoungBerlin?
22 Jun 1944J E YoungAbortive?
24 Jun 1944E F GibsonBremen?
25 Jun 1944Lt LeitchVercorsSupply drop to French Resistance fighters
29 Jun 1944Lt DouglasBohlen?
6 Jul 1944Lt ThorpeBerck airfeld?
7 Jul 1944J E YoungMerseburgMerseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.?;
11 Jul 1944Lt QuintinMunich?
13 Jul 1944J E YoungMunich?
14 Jul 1944J E YoungSouthern FranceSupply drop to French Resistance fighters
16 Jul 1944J E YoungStuttgart?
18 Jul 1944J E YoungKiel?
19 Jul 1944Lt HawkinsEberbach?
20 Jul 1944J E YoungMerseburgMerseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
21 Jul 1944J E YoungRegensburg?
24 Jul 1944Lt MitchellSt Lo (abortive)Tactical ground support
27 Jul 1944J E YoungOstend (abortive)?
1 Aug 1944Lt LakemanSouth East FranceSupply drop to French Resistance fighters
2 Aug 1944J E YoungParis area?
4 Aug 1944Lt McKinleyOstend coastal defences?
7 Aug 1944R F AdamsAnizy (abortive)?
8 Aug 1944J E YoungBretteville sur Laise?
9 Aug 1944J E YoungAachenTactical ground support
11 Aug 1944J E YoungBelfort rail yards?
13 Aug 1944J E YoungTacticalGround support
14 Aug 1944J R JamesMannheim?
16 Aug 1944J F NoonanRositz?
18 Aug 1944J E YoungSt Dizier airfield?
24 Aug 1944J R JamesBrux?
30 Aug 1944Lt WestropeBremen?
1 Sep 1944Lt WestropeAbortive?
3 Sep 1944Lt PolanskyBrest coastal defences?
5 Sep 1944Lt WestropeBrest harbour?
8 Sep 1944J F NoonanMainz?
17 Sep 1944Lt WestropeArnhemFlak towers in support of airborne drop
19 Sep 1944Lt WestropeCoblenz rail yards?
27 Sep 1944Lt RussellLudwigshavenFlew with 94BG composite formation
28 Sep 1944Lt RussellMerseburgMerseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
2 Oct 1944Lt WestropeKassel?
3 Oct 1944Lt WestropeGiebelstadt airfield?
5 Oct 1944Lt TietjenMunster / LoddenheideAirfield
9 Oct 1944Lt WestropeGustavburg?
12 Oct 1944Lt WestropeBremenLost #4 eng over enemy territory, turned back
14 Oct 1944Lt WestropeCologne?
17 Oct 1944Lt WestropeCologne?
18 Oct 1944Lt WestropeKassel / Mittefeld?
19 Oct 1944Lt TietjenMannhiem?
22 Oct 1944Lt WingMunster?
25 Oct 1944Lt TietjenHamburg / Harburg?
26 Oct 1944W C HuberHannover?
30 Oct 1944Lt WigginMerseburg (recalled)Merseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
2 Nov 1944W C HuberMerseburg2Lt R Femoyer (N) awarded posthumous Medal of Honor Merseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
4 Nov 1944W C HuberHamburg / Rhenania?
5 Nov 1944W C HuberLudwigshaven?
6 Nov 1944Lt RussellNeumunster?
9 Nov 1944W C HuberFrench-German border?
16 Nov 1944Lt LovettDurenLanded at Welford Park due to visibility
21 Nov 1944W C HuberCoblenz?
25 Nov 1944Lt LundMerseburgMerseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
30 Nov 1944Lt HightLutzkendorf?
10 Dec 1944W C HuberCoblenz / Lutzel?
11 Dec 1944W C HuberCoblenz rail yards?
12 Dec 1944Lt MiddleerDarmstadt?
15 Dec 1944Lt SchwabHannover rail yards?
24 Dec 1944W C HuberBabenhausen?
30 Dec 1944W C HuberMannheim rail yards?
31 Dec 1944W C HuberWenzendorf airfieldChaff a/c
1 Jan 1945W C HuberDolbergen?
2 Jan 1945W C HuberNalbachTactical ground support
3 Jan 1945W C HuberCoblenz rail yards?
6 Jan 1945W C HuberWorms rail yard?
7 Jan 1945W C HuberPaderborn rail yard?
15 Jan 1945W C HuberAugsburg?
16 Jan 1945W C HuberMagdeburgLanded away
20 Jan 1945W C HuberHeilbronn rail yard?
29 Jan 1945Lt DeweyKassel?
1 Feb 1945Lt ClarkWesel rail bridgeFlew with 385BG formation
3 Feb 1945Lt HammondBerlin Tempelhof?
14 Feb 1945Lt ClarkWesel rail bridgeChaff a/c
15 Feb 1945Lt ClarkCottbs rail yard?
16 Feb 1945Lt ClarkWesel rail bridge?
19 Feb 1945W C HuberWesel rail bridge?
22 Feb 1945Lt ClarkAalen rail yard?
23 Feb 1945Lt ClarkCrailsheim rail yard?
24 Feb 1945Lt ClarkBremen?
25 Feb 1945Lt GurneyNeuberg?
26 Feb 1945Lt ClarkBerlin Alexanderplatz?
27 Feb 1945ClarkLiepzig?
1 Mar 1945ClarkAugsburg?
2 Mar 1945A N JacquesDresden?
3 Mar 1945M S MaxwellBrunswick?
7 Mar 1945ClarkDattein-Emscher Lippe?
8 Mar 1945Lt ClarkFrankfurt rail yard?
9 Mar 1945Lt ClarkFrankfurt airfields?
10 Mar 1945Lt ClarkDortmund rail yard?
11 Mar 1945Lt ClarkHamburg?
12 Mar 1945Lt ClarkMarburg rail yard?
14 Mar 1945M S MaxwellHannover / Gebruder?
17 Mar 1945Lt GurneyRuhland?
18 Mar 1945Lt DankmyerBerlin?
19 Mar 1945Lt DankmyerZwickau?
20 Mar 1945E N WarrenHamburg?
21 Mar 1945A N JacquesWittmundshafen airfield?
22 Mar 1945Lt ClarkMilitary camp?
23 Mar 1945Lt ClarkHolzwickede?
24 Mar 1945Lt RobertsVarrelbusch airfield?
28 Mar 1945Lt ClarkHannover rail yard?
30 Mar 1945Lt GurneyHamburg?
31 Mar 1945S L RadusSalzwedel airfield?
3 Apr 1945S L RadusKiel?
4 Apr 1945S L RadusKiel?
9 Apr 1945Lt ClarkNeuberg airfield?
10 Apr 1945Lt ClarkBrandenburg airfield?
11 Apr 1945Lt DankmyerIngolstadt airfield?
14 Apr 1945Lt ClarkRoyan?
15 Apr 1945Lt ClarkRoyan defencesCarried napalm
16 Apr 1945Lt ClarkRoyan harbour?
17 Apr 1945M S MaxwellDresden?
19 Apr 1945T D MaxwellDresden rail yard?
20 Apr 1945Lt ClarkNeuruppin rail yard?
21 Apr 1945Lt ClarkIngolstadt rail yard129th combat mission -- highest in 447BG
9 Jul 1945? Returned to Bradley Field, USA
13 Jul 1945? To RFC Kingman, Arizona, for scrapping


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