|VIII Bomber Command Mission 50: 104 B-17s of the 1st Bombardment Wing are dispatched against industrial targets in the Antwerp, Belgium area. The main force is directed at the Erla aircraft factory and Erla engine works. 82 B-17s drop 245.5 tons of bombs at 1530 hours local. We claim 23-8-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4 to strong Luftwaffe fighter opposition; 13 aircraft are damaged. Casualties are 3 WIA and 40 MIA. |
HQ 56th Fighter Group and its 61st, 62d and 63d Fighter Squadrons with P-47Cs transfer from Horsham St Faith, England to Halesworth, England.
303BG Mission Report - Target: Erla Aircraft Works, Antwerp, Belgium. Crews Dispatched: 21 (358BS - 6, 359th - 4, 360th - 5, 427th - 6). Crewmen Wounded: S/Sgt. Arnold, Lt. Butt, Lt. Heflin Length of Mission: 4 hours, 10 minutes. Bomb Load: 6 x 1000 lb H.E. M44 bombs Bombing Altitude: 25,400 ft. Ammo Fired: 27,845 rounds. Enemy Aircraft Claims: 3 Destroyed, 1 Probable.
Col. W.W. Dunlap (101 PBCW) flew as a passenger in the 358BS second flight with Capt. Baldwin in #41-24577, Hell's Angels. Low Squadron leader was Maj. Lyle and High Squadron Leader was Capt. Stouse.
Three aircraft aborted the mission. Battle damage forced a fourth to leave the formation before bombing. Seventeen aircraft bombed the primary target from 24,000 feet with 51 tons of 1,000-lb. H.E. M44 bombs. Slight, inaccurate, black flak was reported over Ostend, Ghent, Bruges, and Schouwen Island. Enemy air opposition was moderate with 30 to 50 aircraft reported. They attacked from the Belgian coast to mid-channel enroute back. FW-190s, ME-109s, ME-110s, and JU-88s were seen in twelve encounters. In at least five instances, fighters bombed the formation. The bombs were accurate as to altitude and bursts were four times the size of flak bursts.
All other aircraft returned safely to Molesworth. After the mission, the Belgian Ambassador to the U.S. protested about the inaccurate bombing that resulted in many civilian casualties.
More info on this mission at the 303BG website
44BG Mission Report - The target for today at Antwerp was the factory making spare parts for captured American vehicles. The Group put 14 planes in the air and 11 of them attacked the Primary, dropping bombs with good results. Sporadic attacks were made by enemy fighters and the Group claimed several victims without loss of any B-24s. Flak was light over the target and none thereafter. Official credits were: 7-3-0.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
306th Bomb Group Mission Report
VIII BC 50
INFORMATION IN DETAIL
RESULTS OF BOMBING
ENCOUNTERS AND CLAIMS
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Believed good -heavy smoke from area of pin point target. Slight inaccurate heavy flak in and out at target. 75 E/A hit formation near Lokeron, Holland carried it into target area and back to 15 miles off Dutch Coast. Attacks vicious on stragglers.
source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Sixteen A/C of 91st Group bombed the Eria Aero Engines Company at Antwerp, Belgium, with 6. 1000 bombs at 1415 hours. Three of these were 322nd - Lt. Edwin L. Baxley #739, Capt. K. K. Wallick #178, Lt. John T. Hardin #139. Heavily engaged with 75 E/A of which group got 6-3-1. Only one of these was by 322nd. S/Sgt. B. C. Stanczyk damaged a FW190. Flak was moderate and inaccurate. All our A/C returned safely.
source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Three ships of 323rd squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Capt. Clancy and Lt. Lethers took part in the mission of the important enemy fighter repair shops, just south of Antwerp, which was carried out with good results.
source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
|Aircraft: L-4B (#43-620). |
Organization: 153OS / 67OG of Keevil, Wiltshire.
Pilot: Coffman, Carll D.
Notes: forced landing due to engine failure.
Location: Keevil/ 5mi S England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
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