487th Bomb Group (H)
Station 137 - Lavenham, Suffolk, UK
22-Sep-43 to 7-Nov-45


Sabatine J. Branco


Part 2: My Fatherís Story:
Sabatine J. Branco
Additional Information:

The Crew of "Dinah-mite":

Roy Vincent DeSelms pilot
Kay M. Voss co-pilot
Cedric A. Akerson navigator
Sabatine Joseph Branco radio/ waist gun
Robert W. Turner chin turret/ toggler
Anthony Calega ball turret
Jack A. Carlson tail gunner
Milliard F. McMurry waist gun
William E. Morris top turret



Training and Deployment:
7-Dec-1942
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA
Fenn College Cleveland, OH

14-Aug-1943
Aviation Cadet School San Antonio, TX
27-May-1944
MacDill Field Tampa, FL
9-Nov-1944
Hunter Field GA
Camp Kilmer NJ
14-Dec-1944
Station 137 Lavenham, England
8-Jan-1945
First Mission
21-Apr-1945
Last Mission
5-Nov-1945
Discharge
Missions:

                                    (thanks to Tony Calega for supplying his diary with this information)
#
Date
Target
Tail #
Alt, Temp, Time, Comments
1
8-Jan-1945
Frankfurt, marshling yards
002c
25000', -52, 0645-1445, meager flak
2
13-Jan-1945
Mainz, bridge
002c
26000', -46, 0830-1520 PFF,, meager flak
3
14-Jan-1945
Izenhoe - Magdeburg
911
30000', -43, 0859-1432, moderate flak
4
16-Jan-1945
Desseau, jet plant
468
27500', -45, 0800-1705, no flak
5
18-Jan-1945
Kaiserlautern, marsh. yard
598
22700', -39, 0810-1610, PFF, no flak
6
21-Jan-1945
Mannhiem, marshling yard
013E
26400', -54, 0805-1520, PFF, intense flak
7
1-Feb-1945
Wessell, bridge
013E
24600', -41, 1215-1725, Micro H, mod. flak
8
3-Feb-1945
Berlin
278
26600', -42, 0745-1540, PFF, mod. flak
9
6-Feb-1945
Chemnitz
694
24900', -48, 0730-1630, PFF, mod flak
10
8-Feb-1945
flew with 410th BS, 94th BG
11
9-Feb-1945
Weimar, motor works
694
26000', -47, 0830-1610, ME-262 jets
12
17-Feb-1945
Geisen-Frankfurt,railyards
694
22200', -22, 0845-1530, intense flak & rockets
13
21-Feb-1945
Nurenburg, warehouses
694
25000', -37, 0705-1510, moderate flak
14
22-Feb-1945
Donaueschingen
694
21000', -23, 0715-1855, no flak
15
24-Feb-1945
Bremen, sub pens
694
25400', -40, 0845-1520, PFF, intense flak
16
25-Feb-1945
Neuburg, oil
694
23000', -25, 0730-1550, meager flak
17
26-Feb-1945
Berlin
694
26400', -34, 0820-1735, intense flak
18
7-Mar-1945
Castrop-Rauxel
694
23500', -40, 0820-1535, PFF, minor flak
19
8-Mar-1945
Frankfurt, air metal works
974
24300', -38, 1120-1835, PFF, no flak
20
9-Mar-1945
Frankfurt, marshaling yard
694
24300', -37, 0630-1320, PFF, intense flak
21
10-Mar-1945
Dortmund, marshaling yard
694
24500', -30, 0900-1620, PFF, min flak
22
11-Mar-1945
Hamburg, oil
694
24500', -30, 0930-1410, PFF, mod. flak
23
15-Mar-1945
Berlin, marshaling yard
694
-26, 1115-1820, mod. flak, delayed fuses
24
19-Mar-1945
Zwickau
694
22500', -27, 0910-1825, no flak
25
21-Mar-1945
Wittenhaven, air field
694
23600', -28, 0615-1150, no flak
26
22-Mar-1945
Essen (?), barracks
694
25300', -31, 0845-1420, moderate flak
27
24-Mar-1945
Varralbusch, airfield
694
19000', -18, 0600-1150, min flak
28
28-Mar-1945
Hannover
694
24000', -37, 0645-1345, PFF, moderate flak
2-Apr-1945
Denmark, target secret
694
22000', 1220-1905, recall 30' from target
29
14-Apr-1945
Rochefort FR, coastal guns
952
21000', -24, 0510-1235
30
15-Apr-1945
Royen FR,
694
15500', -9, 0540-1305, fire bombs
31
16-Apr-1945
Royen FR, tank lines
694
14500', -5, 0710-1405, French fleet invasion
32
19-Apr-1945
Pirna, railroad bridge
694
20500', -21, 0725-1600, on Czech border
33
20-Apr-1945
Ruppiner, railyard
049
21500', -24, 0625-1335, bad prop wash
34
21-Apr-1945
Southern Germany
598
19500', -22, 0640-1610, long time on O2

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