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Old 9th January 2008, 23:02
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B-24 crew member diary

Hello,

I purchased the diary of a B-24 crew member that describes all his missions. Some people are also mentioned and I hope to find out who the person was and in what unit he flew with.

Here are some hints:

On 19 July 1944 he flew against Leipheim aircraft factory.
A Major Coggenshall (squadron CO) is mentioned.
On 6 August 1944 he went to Hamburg to bomb an oil refinery.
On 8 August 1944 he went close to Amiens, France to bomb a V-1 position

I have more information if necessary. Can anybody identify the unit already? I think there are also crew member names mentioned. He also wrote that he once had to take over the job of the bomb aimer when the usual one was not available.

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Re: B-24 crew member diary

Roger,

As far as I can see then 458th BG is a good candidate when you match their missions with the targets you mentioned.

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Re: B-24 crew member diary

Roger -
0n August 6 , 44 these Groups lost A/C
that Crashed in Hamburg Area:
44th - 1
458th - 1
467th - 2
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Re: B-24 crew member diary

Hello,

Thanks a lot for the information. I checked the BG missions but somehow they didn't all fit. Here is a more extensive list of missions. I hope it is possible to find out the unit with this list:

22 May 44: ?court, France
23 May 44: airfield north of Orleans, France
25 May 44: airfield near Paris, France
28 May 44: oil refinery, Merseburg, Germany
31 May 44: marshalling yards, Sudan (?), France
6 June 44: D-Day, 4 sorties, first coast then train lines 20miles inland, St.Lo
8 June 44: bridge across the river Loire, France
13 June 44: Brest, France, railroad bridge near St. Malo
15 June 44: Bridge in France
18 June 44: Hamburg
19 June 44: no ball pilotless airplane installation near Abbeyville, France
20 June 44: no ball pilotless airplane installation, France
21 June 44: Berlin (attacked by Me 410 and Fw 190)
28 June 44: Saarbruecken

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