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453rd Bomb Group / 453rd Bombardment Group / 453rd BG / 453rd BG Memorial Association
s/n 42-95214Wandering Wanda” 735th BS
Pilot: Lt. John M. Shambach

Co-Pilot: Lt.Claude Peck (NMI)

Radio Operator: Sgt. Thomas Keim (NMI)

Engineer: Sgt. Alvan Kaiser (NMI)

Radio Op.: Sgt. David Mitchnick (NMI)

Nose Gunner: Sgt. Forest Putney (NMI)

Top Turret: Sgt. James Hinkle (NMI)

Waist gunner: Sgt. William Luisi (NMI)

Tail Gunner: Sgt. Peter Fodor (NMI

 

Lt. John Shambach Lt.Claude Peck Sgt. Thomas Keim Sgt. Alvan Kaiser Sgt. David Mitchnick
Sgt. Forest Putney Sgt. James Hinkle Sgt. William Luisi Sgt. Peter Fodor  
Mission # Group
Mission #
Date Target (in Germany unless shown otherwise) Flying time Aircraft   Name Remarks Hard
Stand
Type, Model, Series & AAF Serial # Radio call letter
1945
735th Bomb Squadron
1 229 3-Mar Magdeburg, Oil refinery 6:58 B-24H / 42-95166  M CENTURY QUEEN aka GALLOPING GHOST In hi-right section “C” Group. / Aircraft fitted with carpet blinker (radar counter measures) equipment. Unk
- 230 4-Mar Giebelstadt 4:40 B-24 J / 44-40292 N HATTIE BELLE In lead section “B” Group. / Recalled – did not bomb. Unk
2 233 8-Mar Siegen, Marshalling yards 6:45 B-24H / 42-94805 U FOIL PROOF In hi-right section “C” Group. Unk
3 234 9-Mar Münster, Marshalling yards 5:20 B-24H / 41-28943 L DUMBO, THE PISTOL PACKIN PACHYDERM In lo-left section “C” Group. Unk
4 236 11-Mar Kiel, Krupp Germania / U-boat yards 5:55 B-24J / 42-110078 P SHOO SHOO BABY / (Was named LIBERTY RUN at Christmas 1944 when it flew from Old Buckenham to Paris loaded with gifts for French children) In lo-left section – lead 2nd Combat Bomb Wing. / Aircraft fitted with carpet blinker (radar counter measures) equipment.  Unk
5 237 12-Mar Wetzlar, Marshalling yards 5:44 B-24H / 42-95073 Y FLYING HOME In lead section 2nd Combat Bomb Wing. / Peter Brown (navigator) mis-names the target as Wiesburg on the label attached to the bomb fuze safety pin.. Unk
- 238 15-Mar Gardelegen, Marshalling yards 4:08 B-24J / 44-40297 X SILENT YOKUM Primary target: Zossen General Staff HQ. / In lo-left section – lead 2nd Air Division. / Did not complete the mission. Unk
6 246 23-Mar Münster, Marshalling yards 5:37 B-24H / 42-95214 Z WANDERING WANDA S-27 German speaking radio monitor on board. / In hi-right section – lead “C” Group Unk
7 247 24-Mar Wesel, Dropping supplies 5:40 B-24H / 41-28943 L DUMBO, THE PISTOL PACKIN PACHYDERM In hi-right section – lead “C” Group Unk
8 251 31-Mar Brunswick, Marshalling yards 6:35 B-24H / 42-95214 Z WANDERING WANDA S-27 German speaking radio monitor on board. / In hi-right section – lead 2nd Combat Bomb Wing. Unk
734th Bomb Squadron
9 252 4-Apr Wesendorf, Airfield 8:15 B-24M / 44-50715 Unk FORD’S FOLLIES In hi-right section – lead “C” Group. / Peter Brown (navigator) mis-names the target as Werendorf on the label attached to the bomb fuze safety pin. Unk
- 253 5-Apr Eger, Czechoslovakia 4:36 B-24H / 42-94820 M- LUCKY LUCKY  (originally named PLUCKY LUCKY in 489th BG but armour plate concealed the letter P) / HALF ‘N HALF  467th Sub-Depot changed tail section from Sta 5.2 at the end of Feb 45 when the name HALF ‘N HALF was given to the aircraft. / Aircraft fitted with carpet blinker (radar counter measures equipment). Assembly was very confused with aircraft in small individual elements. 2nd Combat Bomb Wing abandoned operations. Unk
10 255 7-Apr Düneberg, Shell filling depot 7:25 B-24H / 42-52154 G- MALE CALL One of 453rd Bomb Group’s original aircraft. / In lo-left section “C” Group.  Unk
11 257 9-Apr Memmingen, Airfield 7:31 B-24H /42-95303 P- CROW’S NEST  In hi-right section “C” Group. Unk
   
In Honor of:
Engineer T/Sgt. Wallace Edward Habenicht and Bombardier Lt. Leo W. Ryan




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