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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

The first V-1 "buzz bomb" lands in S England; more land during the night of 13/14 Jun, and throughout the rest of the month.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Bad weather cancels large-scale bombing of high priority targets in Germany; overcast bombing against tactical targets in NW France is undertaken:

Mission 409: In the first mission of the day cloud cover is less than anticipated and visual runs are made by 129 of 139 B-17s against Evreux/Fauville Airfield (37 bomb), Dreux Airfield (52 bomb) and St Andre de LEure (40 bomb); 30 B-17s are damaged; escort is provided by 101 of 113 P-51s dispatched; they claim 4-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft.

Mission 410: In the second mission, 112 B-17s and 260 B-24s are dispatched:

1. B-17s to Beaumont-sur-Oise Airfield (41 bomb) and Beauvais/Nivelliers Airfield (56 bomb); 15 B-17s are damaged.

2. 148 B-24s to Dinard/Pleurtuit Airfield (10 bomb), Ploermel Bridge (26 bomb), Vannes Bride (19 bomb), Vicomte-sur-Rance Bridge (24 bomb), Montfort-sur-Meu Bridge (21 bomb), Porcaro Bridge (12 bomb) and 3 others hit targets of opportunity; 2 B-24s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 16 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 19 MIA.

Escort for Mission 410 is provided by 12 P-38s, 47 P-47s and 174 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost and the pilot is MIA.

Other fighter sorties during the day are:

1. 97 P-38s are dispatched on fighter-bomber missions (58 bomb) and 17 hit La Poissonniere Montjean; 2 P-38s are lost and the pilots are MIA.

2. 199 P-47s are dispatched to La Port Boulet (90 attack), Montlouis (24 attack), transport targets (33 attack) and Chinon (31 attack); they claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost and 1 damaged beyond repair; 2 pilots are MIA.

3. 35 P-51s fly escort for fighter bombers.

4. 12 P-38s and 35 P-47s escort Ninth Air Force bombers.

5. 62 of 64 P-38s fly patrol over the English Channel.

Mission 411: 8 of 8 B-17s drop leaflets on France during the night. 6 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions over France.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

303BG Mission Report - Target: Airdrome at Evreux, France. Crews Dispatched: 40 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 5 hours, 20 minutes. Bomb Load: 500 lb G.P. M-43 & 250 lb G.P. M-57 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 21,800 ft & 21,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Three of the 40 aircraft taking off again to attack an airfield returned early: #42-31432 Old Glory, 360BS (Lt. Johnston) - prop governor failure. #42-102411 Miss Lace, 427BS (Lt. Mitchell) - No. 2 engine failure. #42-31224 Hell in the Heavens, 358BS (Lt. Vaughn) - airspeed indicator out.

No enemy aircraft were seen and no flak was encountered. Almost a solid undercast existed until reaching the target, where skies were clear with unlimited visibility.

Thirty-seven aircraft dropped a total of 190 500-lb. G.P. M43 and 304 250-lb. G.P. M57 bombs from 21,800 and 21,000 feet with excellent results; both of the airfield's runways were rendered unserviceable. All aircraft returned to England with two landing at Bassingbourne. There were no casualties and no aircraft damage.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 134. The weather in the target area was CAVU and the primary target, an enemy airfield, was clearly visible. A visual bomb run was made, with good results. Primary Target: Airfield - Dreux, France. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual)

57 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 52. Aborted - 2. Ground Spare, Unused - 3.
42-97271 Birckhead, Robert Bruce - aborted over Deenethorpe when #4 engine caught fire and could not be feathered; bombs returned to base.
42-102959 Halasz, John J - aborted over base at 0600 hrs b/c both air speed indicators were out

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 194. Primary Target: Oil Industry, Merseburg, Germany.

37 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 33. Failed To Return - 1. Scrubbed - 2. Ground Spare, Unused - 1
42-102459 Hughes, Robert D - Landed away Manston
43-37713 Rice, Robert E - Landed away at Manston.
43-38213 Dodson, Lee W - Failed to Return - MIA; at 1124 immed. after bombs away a/c was observed going down in flames due to flak b/d; no chutes; MACR 8902

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - The Le Bourget airfield at the edge of Paris was the target on this date. The operation was a maximum effort in every respect. Crews: Fowler, Connolly, Irwin, Hanson, Murgatroyd, Thomason, Kuta, Lippert, Lemmons, Mannix, Lockehart, Jetter, Fitchett, Fox, Hammond. The bombing done by the 401st on this target was unquestionably one of the best done by the Group, or for that matter, any Group. Five MPI's had been assigned to the five groups of 401st aircraft and a direct hit was scored on each of the MPI's. Enemy activity consisted of moderate flak over the target which was fair to good for accuracy and about 12 single-engined aircraft made passes at our aircraft between the IP and the target. All crews from the 613th returned from this operation.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The 8th Air Force returned to strategic bombing with this mission to the oil industry at Hamburg and Misburg, 1,200 plus bombers dropping well over 3,000 tons of bombs on them and a variety of other targets of opportunity. The briefins was at 0115 hrs for 40 crews and there were many changes of plan before 40 aircraft became airborne at 0553 hrs. Because of 8/10's undercast over the target bombing was done by means of PFF on the highly industrialized bombed-out city of Hamburg. The crews reported seeing huge columns of smoke rising following the explosions near the briefed MPI. No enemy air opposition was encountered, and the flak encountered along the route was meagre and inaccurate. However, at the target it was fair to good for accuracy. Fighter support was described as effective, particularly above the target area. The crews on this mission were: Gillespie, Post, McIlraith, Heenan, Kalinski, Mann, Ochsenhirt.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - 13 June 1944: On the 13th, an airfield at Beaumont-Sur-Oise, France, was bombed. Due to poor visibility and weather conditions, prevailing results could not be observed. This was a tactical operation in order to assist invasion troops. Even the weather was bad, the mission was carried out. A year ago the ships would have been grounded from flying in such weather, but the target was a vital one and whatever could be done to cripple the enemy at this time was necessary. All our ships returned safely to base without battle damage or injury to any member of the crews. Nineteen ships, a record number for the squadron on any one mission, participated. source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Due to 10/10 clouds at A/D at Beaumont Sur-Oise which was the target, the lead and high groups bombed on GH equipment with unobserved results believed to have been poor. The low group did not attack. Maj. Everett lead the Bomb Wing in a GH A/C of the 379th Bomb. Gp. No casualties. 3 A/C minor damage. A/C 467, 401st Sq. flew with low Gp which did not attack. Major Everett flew lead A/C belonging to 379th Bomb Gp. A/C 982 aborted due to failure of #3 engine. Jettisoned bombs in channel. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Our target was the Beaumont Sur Oise airdrome which is a first class bomber base. 14 aircraft and crews were provided for this mission. BOMBING RESULTS: The lead and high group dropped on Gee fixes and think bombs fell about 1200 ft East of airdrome. There was 7-10/10 cloud cover over the target making visual bombing impossible. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered. FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed. FLAK: Meager at Montdidier.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#535).
Organization: 50LWU / 802WRG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Kaellner, Otto E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Old Pickenham/Sta 143 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-26677).
Organization: / BAD1 of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: Glaze, Clifford M.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Burtonwood, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-74240).
Organization: 552FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Porter, Jimmie D.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Atcham, Shropshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#42-106819).
Organization: 505FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Opitz, William R.
Notes: bail out.
Location: Wintry Park Farm, Epping England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#43-24791).
Organization: 370FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Newberg, Warren R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: RAF Manston #9 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C10 (#42-103790).
Organization: 357FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Forker, George W.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: RAF Manston #9 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Mission Stats (Targets, Aircraft, Casualties, etc.)

Mission "8th AF Fighter Command Fighter Operation 386, 387"
Escort, sweeps, Fighter-bomber missions in invasion zone
June 13, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
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Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
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KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
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Mission Targets

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Escort
334 A/C

Fighter-Bomber
58 A/C
LA POISSONNIERE, FRANCE
Railroad
viaduct17 A/Cphotos (1)
LE PORT BOULET, FRANCE
Transportation
bridge43 A/Cphotos (1)
LE PORT BOULET, FRANCE
Transportation
bridge47 A/Cphotos (1)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
20FG
352FG
356FG
359FG
364FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
361FG
479FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG
78FG
339FG
353FG
357FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
356FG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
361FG (3 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
78FG (2 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)