384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in World War II

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Erkner, 8 March 1944, Mission 73

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A 384th BG aircraft on the 8 March, 1944 mission to bomb the VKF aircraft bearings plant at Erkner, in Berlin, about 15 miles southeast of the city center. Aircraft heading is approximately southwest. The distinct area immediately off the right wing is the Wilhelmshagen district of Berlin, near the town of Erkner.

Aircraft is probably 42-31484 JD*F "MAIRSY DOATS", flown on this mission by Capt. Robert E. Langlois off the left wing of the low squadron lead.

Photo caption, from National Archives: "BOMBING TARGET – The VKF aircraft bearings plant at Erkner, in Berlin, about 15 miles southeast of the center of Hitler’s capital is shrouded in smoke as a Flying Fortress passes over the target area during Wednesday’s (March 8) attack on the heart of the Reich. The Erkner plant was believed to be producing approximately half of the minimum requirements of German Aircraft bearings."

Source: Mark Meehl, 2014

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