m a r k e r i c k s o n p a i n t i n g s Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson Air Corps 1942 - 1945
Click to view Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's complete thirty five mission list and twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses flown between March 27th thru August 26th, 1944 out of Horham Airfield, England.
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's First Mission
1 B-17 is lost and 37 damaged. The casualties are 1 wounded in action and 10 missing in action. 248 of 256 B-17s hit the following airfields: Bordeaux/Merignac, Cazeux and Chartres. 2 B-17s are lost and 51 damaged. The casualties are 11 killed in action, 2 wounded in action.
168 B-24s hit the following airfields: Pau/Ont Long, Biarritz and Mont de Marsan. 3 B-24s are lost, 4 damaged beyond repair and 18 damaged.
The casualties are 20 killed in action, 1 wounded in action, 31 missing in action. Escort is provided by 132 P-38s, 706 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-47s and 122 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-51s; results are: P-38s: 2 lost and 1 damaged beyond repair; 2 pilots are missing in action. P-47s claim 6-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 P-47s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 4 damaged; 1 pilot is wounded in action and 5 are missing in action. P-51s claim 2-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 30-1-11 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost and 1 damaged; 3 pilots are missing in action.
Of the 701 bombers dispatched March 27th, 256 B-17s (3rd Air Division) from the 94th, 95th, 96th, 100th, 385th, 388th, 390th, 447th and the 452th Bomb Groups are dispatched. 123 are effective on the German airfield of Bordeaux/Merginac, France; 118 are effective on the German airfield at Cazaux, France; 7 are effective on the German airfield at Chartres, France.
207 of 243 B-17s bomb aviation industry targets at Augsburg and 20 hit the city of Augsburg. 18 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 178 damaged. The casualties are 3 killed in action, 16 wounded in action and 170 missing in action.
The 3rd Bomb Division was made up of 94th, 95th, 96th, 100th, 385th, 388th, 390th, 447th, and the 453rd Bomb Groups. German fighter attacks on 1st Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Group were the heaviest since January 11th, 1944. As envisioned by the Allied planners, the Luftwaffe was being drawn up to attack the bomber stream exposing the Luftwaffe to destruction by the fighters and bomber crews. All contributing to the goal of air superiority prior to D-Day, June 6th, 1944. At this point in time the invasion was scheduled for May 17th, 1944.
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (SHAEF):
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The 95th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
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