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453rd Bomb Group / 453rd Bombardment Group / 453rd BG / 453rd BG Memorial Association
s/n 42-110078 “Shoo-Shoo Baby” 735th BS
Pilot: Lt. Darrell A. Boucher
Co-Pilot - Lt. Frank Hanzalik (NMI)
Navigator - Lt. Ray M. Ashba
Bombardier - Lt. Ralph L. Miller
Engineer - T/Sgt. Wallace E. Habenicht
Radio Operator - T/Sgt. Edward A. Conway
Ball Turret - S/Sgt. Arthur G. Hamilton
Right Waist - S/Sgt. Earle Abke (NMI)
Left Waist - S/Sgt. George R. Locke
Tail - S/Sgt. Charles V. Neely
Lt. Darrell A. Boucher Lt. Frank Hanzalik Lt. Ray M. Ashba Lt. Ralph L. Miller T/Sgt. Wallace E. Habenicht
T/Sgt. Edward A. Conway S/Sgt. Arthur G. Hamilton S/Sgt. Earle Abke S/Sgt. George R. Locke S/Sgt. Charles V. Neely
Mission Group
Mission
Date Target Flying time A/c Serial Letter  A/C Name Remarks Hard
Stand
1944
1 85 18-Jun Stade airfield but Hamburg oil storage facility bombed 6:22 42-95048 W- Unknown Flak damage. A Gunner had an arm broken by a flak hit. 18
2 86 19-Jun Fienvillers, France
V-weapon site
3:53 42-95048 W- Name, if any, unknown   18
3 91 21-Jun Berlin/Nordban
Aircraft Engine Works
8:07 41-29250 Y- OLD BUTCH   13
- 93 24-Jun Brétigny but Conches, France airfield bombed 2:28 41-28631 Q- QUEENIE Aborted - #1 turbo out (According to 735th BS Engineering Office records, this aircraft was flown by Lt. Kleinberger but on Operations Section form #8 & formation diagram he was not on this mission but  flew 42-95166 O- CENTURY QUEEN on mission #94, the 2nd of the day) 13
4 95 25-Jun Beuvry, France
Power station
4:07 44-40292 N+ HATTIE BELLE   22
5 97 28-Jun Saarbrücken
Railway yards
6:04 42-95166 O- CENTURY QUEEN   19
6 98 29-Jun Köthen aero engine works but Gardelegen &Stendal airfields bombe 6:53 44-40297 X- SILENT YOKUM (According to 735th BS Engineering Office   records, Lt Boucher  flew 42-50301 T- SWEET SUE & aborted but according to Operations Section form #8 & formation diagram, that aircraft was flown by Lt. Whiteley who aborted. This is confirmed by Lt Whiteley’s own sortie record) UNK
17
7 99 2-Jul Renescure & Sautrecourt, France
V-weapon site
4:36 44-40292 N- HATTIE BELLE (According to 735th BS Engineering Office records, Lt. Boucher was flying 42-50301 T- SWEET SUE and aborted due to pilot error – got lost. Operations Section form #8 attributes this error to Lt.Bishop in that aircraft) 22
8 102 7-Jul Halle
Aircraft assembly plant
6:52 44-40297 X- SILENT YOKUM   17
- 103 8-Jul Jussy, France
Railway bridge
3:12 44-40297 X- SILENT YOKUM (According to 735th BS Engineering Office records, none of  the squadron’s planes was given a sortie credit. Operations Section form #8 indicates that  the squadron’s planes lost the formation) 17
9 104 11-Jul Munich/Reim
Air park
8:08 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
10 105 12-Jul Munich/Reim
Air park
8:54 42-50301 T SWEET SUE   18
11 107 16-Jul Saarbrücken
Marshalling yards
6:23 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
12 108 17-Jul Belfort, France
Marshalling yards
6:46 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
13 109 18-Jul Caen, France
Ground support
5:10 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
14 111 20-Jul Gotha
Me110 assembly plant
7:06 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
15 112 21-Jul Munich/Reim air park but Saarbrücken marshalling yards bombed UNK 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
16 113 24-Jul St-Lô, France
Ground support
UNK 42-110078  P SHOO SHOO BABY No aircraft dropped bombs 20
17 115 28-Jul Paris area, France
Docks & fuel dumps
UNK 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY No aircraft dropped  bombs 20
18 116 29-Jul Bremen
Oil refinery
5:38 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
19 117 31-Jul Ludwigshafen
Methanol processing building in IG Farben chemical works
6:00 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
20 118 1-Aug Montereau, France
Railway bridge
6:12 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY All aircraft brought back bombs 20
21 120 3-Aug Paris area oil supply depot but Conches, France, airfield bombed 5:00 41-28943 L DUMBO, THE PISTOL PACKIN’ PACHYDERM (According to 735th BS Engineering Office records, this mission was recalled after flying to Caen. Thunderhead clouds to 33,000ft) 21
22 121 4-Aug Schwerin
FW190 assembly plant & air park
7:33 41-28943  L DUMBO, THE PISTOL PACKIN’ PACHYDERM   21
23 123 5-Aug Brunswick
Aircraft engine works
6:55 41-28943 L DUMBO, THE PISTOL PACKIN’ PACHYDERM Very badly damaged by flak 21
24 124 6-Aug Harburg
Oil refinery
6:22 42-95166 M CENTURY QUEEN Damaged by flak. Taken to Sub Depot. 19
25 126 8-Aug Bois St Pierre (?) or Bois de Queue Comtesse & Avesnes, France
V-weapon sites 
4:13 42-110100 I THE SWEDE / MAYTAG 733rd BS aircraft. 48
26 127 9-Aug Saarbrücken marshalling yards or Strasbourg, France, fuel storage depot 6:07 42-95214 Z WANDERING WANDA / PIN UP PIP No aircraft dropped bombs due to bad weather 24
27 128 11-Aug Strasbourg, France
Fuel depot
6:55 42-95214 Z WANDERING WANDA / PIN UP PIP Landed with a flat tire due to flak 24
28 130 14-Aug Anizy-le-Château, France
Railway bridge
5:56 41-28943  L DUMBO, THE PISTOL PACKIN’ PACHYDERM    21
29 132 16-Aug Dessau
Junkers aircraft engine plant
6:47 42-95102 H- SPIRIT OF NOTRE DAME 734th BS aircraft.
(According to 735th BS Engineering Office records, Lt Boucher was flying in 41-28943 L  DUMBO which was very badly damaged by flak and taken to the Sub Depot. According to Operations Section form #8, that aircraft was flown by Lt. Rollins – 734th BS)
1
30 133 18-Aug Metz/Frescaty, France
Airfield & parts depot
7:35 42-110078  P SHOO SHOO BABY Landed with #3 feathered. Engine had to be changed. 20
31 140 5-Sep Karlsruhe
Marshalling yards
8:22 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY   20
32 142 9-Sep Mainz
Marshalling yards
6:11 42-110078  P SHOO SHOO BABY Slight flak damage 20
33 144 11-Sep Misburg
Oil refinery
6:20 42-110078  P SHOO SHOO BABY Landed at Tibenham with #1 and #2 engines out 20
34 145 13-Sep Weissenhorn
Fuel storage depot
UNK 42-50301 T SWEET SUE (According to the Formation diagram, the crew were scheduled to fly 42-50764 W LINDA LOU but, according to 735th BS Engineering Office records,  that ship did not fly and Lt. Boucher’s crew finished their missions in 42-50301) UNK
   
In Honor of:
Engineer T/Sgt. Wallace Edward Habenicht and Bombardier Lt. Leo W. Ryan




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