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453rd Bomb Group / 453rd Bombardment Group / 453rd BG / 453rd BG Memorial Association
s/n 42-95303  “Crow's Nest” 734th BS

Pilot: Lt. Alex J. Crow

Co-Pilot: Lt. Jack R. Alley

Navigator: Lt. Orval P. Broadstone

Bombardier: Lt. Clarence J. Braml

Engineer: Sgt. C.J. Beckstead

Radio Operator: Sgt. Southerland W. Clayton

Gunner: Sgt. Alton Mock (NMI)

Gunner: Sgt. Walter K. Wells

Gunner: Sgt. Allen D. Williamson

Gunner: Sgt. Reid F. Williams

 

Lt. Alex Crow Lt. Jack Alley Lt. Orval Broadstone Lt. Clarence Braml Sgt. C. Beckstead
Sgt. Southerland Clayton Sgt. Alton Mock Sgt. Walter Wells Sgt. Allen Williamson Sgt. Reid Williams
Mission # Group
Mission #
Date Target (in Germany unless shown otherwise) Flying time Aircraft Remarks Hardstand #
AAF Serial # Radio call letter Name
1944
1 57 22-May Siracourt, France, V-weapon site Unk 42-95252 B+ SHACK HAPPY   5
2 59 24-May Paris/Orly, France, Airfield 5:48 42-95267 E+ SILVER QUEEN   5
3 61 27-May Saarbrücken, Marshalling yards 7:02 41-29249 M- LONESOME POLECAT   6
4 63 29-May Politz, Synthetic oil plant 8:00 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST   8
5 64 30-May Oldenburg, Airfield Unk 41-29249 M- LONESOME POLECAT   6
6 66 2-Jun St-Aubin, France, Coastal defence guns 5:07 42-95171 J- DIANA-MITE Spare flown in place of 42-95173 C+ SKY CHIEF originally scheduled 5
7 68 4-Jun Romorantin, France, Airdrome 6:58 42-95173 C+ SKY CHIEF Landed at RAF Mepal, Cambridgeshire, one of 12 453rd BG aircraft that landed away  3
8 70 6-Jun St-Lô, France, Coastal defence guns 5:05 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST Group’s second D-Day mission 8
9 73 7-Jun Argentan, France, Railway & highway choke point 6:19 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST   8
- 74 8-Jun Avranches or Redon, France, Airdrome 2:11 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST Aborted – radio compass out 8
- 76 10-Jun Dreux, France 2:19 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST Aborted – one of 15 453rd BG aircraft that returned early   8
10 79 12-Jun Conches, France, Airfield 5:15 41-29249 M- LONESOME POLECAT   6
11 81 13-Jun La-Vicomté-sur-Rance, France, Railway bridge 5:39 42-52154 G- MALE CALL   11
12 84 15-Jun Port-Boulet, France, Bridge 5:44 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST   Unk
13 85 18-Jun Hamburg, Oil storage (target of opportunity) 6:30 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST Primary target: Stade Luftwaffe control centre & airfield not bombed because weather deteriorated 8
14 86 19-Jun Fienvillers, France, V weapon site 3:58 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST   8
15 89 20-Jun Fienvillers, France, V weapon site 4:41 42-95171 J- DIANA-MITE   5
16 92 23-Jun Juvincourt, France, Airfield 4:54 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST   8
17 94 24-Jun Pont-à-Vendin, France, V weapon site 3:43 42-95171 J- DIANA-MITE   5
- 96 25-Jun Buc, near Paris, France, Airfield 3:21 41-29249 M- LONESOME POLECAT Aborted - #3 & #4 turbos froze 6
18 97 28-Jun Saarbrücken, Railway yards 6:18 42-95312 C- LUCKY PENNY II   9
19 98 29-Jun Gardelegen or Stendal, Airfields 6:32 42-95303 D+ CROW’S NEST   8
20 100 5-Jul Renescure & Sautrecourt, France, V weapon site 5:30 42-95312 C- LUCKY PENNY II   9
21 104 11-Jul Munich/Reim, Air park 7:58 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
22 105 12-Jul Munich/Riem, Air park 8:52 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
23 106 13-Jul Saarbrücken, Marshalling yards 5:36 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
24 112 21-Jul Saarbrücken, Marshalling yards Unk 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST Primary target: Munich/Riem air park 8
25 113 24-Jul St-Lô, France, Support for ground troops Unk 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
26 114 25-Jul St-Lô, France, Support for ground troops 5:20 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
27 115 28-Jul Paris area, France, Docks & fuel dumps Unk 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   Unk
28 116 29-Jul Bremen, Oil refinery 5:42 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
29 117 31-Jul Ludwigshafen, Methanol processing building in I G Farben chemical works 6:45 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
30 119 2-Aug Neuvy-sur-Loire, France, Railway bridge 6:19 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
31 124 6-Aug Harburg, south suburb of Hamburg, Rhenania-Ossag AG & Egand-Asphalt Werke AG oil refinery installations 5:57 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
32 125 7-Aug Frévent, France, Railway junction & bridge 3:50 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
33 126 8-Aug Bois St-Pierre or Bois de Queue Comtesss & Avesnes, France, V-weapon site 4:37 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
34 130 14-Aug Anizy-le-Château, France, Railway bridge 5:44 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
35 133 18-Aug Metz/Frescaty, France, Airfield & parts depot 7:42 42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST   8
   
In Honor of:
Engineer T/Sgt. Wallace Edward Habenicht and Bombardier Lt. Leo W. Ryan




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