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Old 30th March 2021, 16:35
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September 1944 Frantic Mission

Hi all,

I was unabe to find out, which units (Bomb and Fighter Groups) of the 8.USAAF participated on Frantic missions flown on September 13, and 18 1944. Can anyone help with the Bombg Groups, or more details per group (a/c dispatched, bomb loads etc.)?
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PS: I did read the USAAF Chronology, so the summary numbers I do have. Need to go into more details. Thanks
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Re: September 1944 Frantic Mission

Here is a start (put together from several sources so corrections welcome):

Frantic VI, Chemnitz, September 11 and Diósgyőr on Sept 13 (returned to England from Italy on Sep 17th with 72 B-17s and 59 P-51s)

96th BG and 452nd BG. (75 B-17s) and 64 P-51s, (20th FG)

Frantic VII, Warsaw, September 18 and Szolnok Sept 19 (returned to England from Italy on Sep 23rd with 100 B-17s and 61 P-51s )

100th BG, 390th BG, 95th BG, (107 B-17s) and 64 P-51s (355th FG).

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Re: September 1944 Frantic Mission

excellent, thanks a lot...
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Re: September 1944 Frantic Mission

Peter, this is the 20FG line-up for Mission nos. 176 / 177 led by Col. Rau.
Take-off 0948.
On flight out...
Lt. Tennant (55th) shot down by flak, bailed out in Russian lines.
Lt. Mansker (55th) landed at Russian base.
Lt. Horst (79th) crash-landed Poland.
On return flight......
Lt. Taylor (79th) returned to Italy.
Lt. Kuemmerle (77th) landed in France.
* = early returns..................................
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Re: September 1944 Frantic Mission

Or if you want a bit more information on the starting line-up than is shown in the 20th FG book, here it is. Note that Screw Gun Flight was a mixture of all three squadrons.
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Re: September 1944 Frantic Mission

Here is a posting regarding the fates of two pilots (Peters and Vigna) from the 355th FG lost at Warsaw:

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=235029

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Vigna: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91068050

Peters: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91068045
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Re: September 1944 Frantic Mission

thanks for all posts...interesting info that comes handy.
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