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    Default day raids on 16.2.1945

    Hi,

    can anybody tell me how I can get to know which raids Bomber Command flew on 16.2.1945 in daylight? It seems that a bomb has been dropped on a house near my hometown. It is possible that the bomb should have fallen on a flak position nearby.

    So, do you think that in that time of war, single a/c were detailed to attack a flak position? If so, do you think it could have been a fighter or would that be a bomber?

    It is also possible that an American a/c dropped the bombs ... Any ideas about this topic?

    Thanks for your help.

    Best

    Marcel

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    Default Re: day raids on 16.2.1945

    Marcel: There was a daylight raid to Wesel by 3-Group. I do not know the route for that op, so cannot comment on whether a bomb could have dropped nearby. However, you should look at whether the bomb might have been dropped by the tactical airforce or the USAAF, who may have been active that day.

    This site provides the 8th Airforce activities for the day: http://www.8thafhs.com/missions.php

    Mission 833: 1,042 bombers and 197 fighters attack benzol plants, oil refineries and marshalling yards in C Germany; 8 bombers are lost:
    1. 223 B-17s are sent to hit the marshalling yard at Hamm (208); targets of opportunity are Osnabruck (1), Meppen (1) and Rheine (1); bombing is by H2X, Micro H and some visual; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 95 damaged; 7 airmen are WIA and 11 MIA. Escorting are 44 of 45 P-51s.

    2. 375 B-17s are dispatched to hit the Harpenerweg oil refinery at Dortmund (78) and oil refineries at Nordstern (104) and Minsterstein (112); 30 hit the marshalling yard at Munster, a secondary target; targets of opportunity are Langendreer (23) and other (2); bombing is by Gee-H with some visual; 5 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 170 damaged; 8 airmen are WIA and 46 MIA. 38 of 39 P-51s escort.

    3. 362 B-24s are sent to hit marshalling yards at Osnabruck (174) and Rheine (94) and the Salzbergen oil refinery (46); 31 hit Burgsteinfurt, a target of opportunity; H2X and Gee-H are used; 1 B-24 is lost and 26 damaged; 10 airmen are MIA. 50 P-51s escort the B-24s.

    4. 63 of 76 B-17s hit the rail bridge at Wesel visually; 13 hit the marshalling yard at Rheine, a target of opportunity, with H2X. Escorting are 45 of 51 P-51s.

    An aircraft from any of the above operations could have inadvertently dropped a bomb, however, jettisoning areas were well described prior to a raid and dropping bombs on anything but enemy territory was strongly discouraged.

    Edit: The 8th Airforce often referred to misidentified targets as “Targets of Opportunity”. They bombed Prague on February 14th, 1945, believing it to be Dresden and called it a “Target of Opportunity.”

    Jim
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    Default Re: day raids on 16.2.1945

    100 Lancasters from No 3 Group and 1 Mosquito from No. 8 Group bombed Wesel. But a single bomb could also have been dropped by aircraft from 2 TAF or 9th AF.

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    Default Re: day raids on 16.2.1945

    Hello Marcel,

    Did the bomb explode, or are we talking about a jettisoned bomb?

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    Finn Buch

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    Default Re: day raids on 16.2.1945

    Just to clarify my original post, crews would often jettison bombs in described jettisoning areas in the North Sea, however, I understand that bombs could be jettisoned “live” so long as the crew was certain they were still over enemy territory. After bombing Chemnitz, dad’s ORB records bomb jettisoned “live” in he vicinity of Hranice.

    https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/o...2/1121?r=0&s=1

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    Default Re: day raids on 16.2.1945

    Hi all,

    thanks for your responses.

    A bomb fell on a farm which was relatively close to a flak position. I have been told that the aircraft was seen flying in the direction of the flak position. So I understand that is was a single aircraft dropping a bomb (or bombs) which exloded and destroyed the farm house. But that was east of Dusseldorf. In my opinion none of the mentioned raids/targets fit to this dropping of a bomb unless an a/c was far away from its correct route. I think it will not be possible to identify the aircraft.

    Any one has other ideas?

    Best

    Marcel
    Last edited by Marcel L.; 15th May 2021 at 21:51.

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