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Formation of B-17's on Mission to Nuremberg Germany 21 Feb 1945 | by John Funk from Golden Colorado
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Formation of B-17's on Mission to Nuremberg Germany 21 Feb 1945

Formation of B-17 Flying Fortresses on mission to Nuremberg Germany Feb 1945


Lew Funk's mission log states: 2-21-45 Nurnberg Germany, Marshalling Yard PFF, Lots of Flak, Saw red colored flak near battle lines, one bust punctured the ship right beside me. Pilot Hemmersly, Ship #271, Time 8:25


The closest aircraft is:

"Smoky Joe"

Boeing B-17G-85-BO Flying Fortress

s/n 43-38415

391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF

It Flew over 50 missions

It spent the last month of the war with the 18th Bomb Squadron flying a few missions but mostly as 'squadron hack' aircraft.

The crew on this mission was Combat Crew #110 (Schifferer - Pilot).


Acording to






2 missions are flown.


Mission 839:

1,262 bombers and 792 fighters are dispatched to again attack the tank plant, main railroad station, marshalling yards and locomotive shops at Nurnberg, Germany using H2X radar; they claim 4-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; 7 fighters are lost:


830 of 867 B-17s hit the marshalling yard; 11 others hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 298 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 6 WIA. Escorting are 373 of 391 P-51s; they claim 2-0-0 aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).


375 of 395 B-24s hit the station and marshalling yard at Nurnberg, Germany; targets of opportunity are Speyer (1) and other (2); 63 B-24s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 3 WIA. The escort is 175 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 2-0-0 aircraft; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).


Mission 840:

During the night of 21/22 Feb, 25 of 29 B-24s attack the Duisburg power and gas stations using PFF; 2 B-24s are lost.

1 fave
Taken on December 28, 2010