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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Targets in France, primarily airfields, are hit; 2 B-17s are lost; fighters fly 1,027 sorties during the day and destroy 15 locomotives, train cars, trucks and other vehicles. Mission 418: 232 of 332 bombers attack targets in France:

1. Of 174 B-17s, 52 hit Monchy-Breton Airfield, 31 hit a railroad bridge at Noyen, 18 hit Chateaudun Airfield and 18 hit Villiers/LEveque Airfield; 2 B-17s are lost and 22 damaged; 22 airmen are MIA; escort is provided by 43 P-38s, 39 P-47s and 90 P-51s; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).

2. Of 158 B-24s, 28 hit Laval Airfield, 26 hit Guyancourt/Caudron Airfield, 18 hit Le Mans/Arnage Airfield, 17 hit Bretigny Airfield, 12 hit Brunnelles, 9 hit Melun Airfield, 1 hits Dreux, 1 hits St Valery and 1 hits a target of opportunity; escort is provided by 87 P-47s and 170 P-51s; they claim 2-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 3-0-0 on the ground; no losses or casualties. 99 P-38s fly fighter-bomber missions against railroad bridges at Corbie and Peronne; 4 P-38s are lost (pilots are MIA).

Mission 419: Of 312 B-24s dispatched, 80 hit Angers Airfield, 75 hit Laval Airfield, 55 hit Tours Airfield, 38 hit Essay airstrip, 25 hit Lonray airstrip and 1 hits LeMans; 1 B-24 is lost and 35 damaged; 10 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 122 P-47s and 148 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).

49 P-38s and 39 P-47s, escorted by 47 P-38s, make fighter-bomber attacks on Corbie-Peronne railroad bridges; 2 P-38s are lost (pilots are MIA). Mission 420: 9 of 10 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

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

Mission Reports

306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #17 Laval. Command Pilot: BOYD. 37 planes dispatched (Underwood: 39) with 113 tons of bombs and 37 planes dropped 110 tons on the primary target. 19 aircraft were damaged by flak but none were lost and no crewmen were injured. Score: good. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 19 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
392nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - Target: an enemy airdrome at Monchy/ Breton, France. The following crews were put up by the 613th : Lippert, Lockhart, Fitchett, Fox, McKeon. Bombing was done visually through a break in the undercast. Results were good. There was no enemy opposition in the form of aircraft, however, flak of a meager nature was encountered. All crews returned to base.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - The Group's next mission was flown on the 17th June to Monchy Breton airdrome, France. Bad weather again in the form of 10/10ths cloud undercast necessitated blind bombing by GH methods. No visual observations of bomb results were possible. No enemy opposition was encountered and all aircraft returned safely.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The 332 four-engined bombers of the 8th Air Force made PFF on eight airfields around northern France on 17th June, with the 39 aircraft of the 401st attacking the airfield at Monchy Breton through 10/10ths cloud. No enemy aircraft were seen but the flak over the target was reported as being meager, accounting for two 306th B.G. aircraft lost and battle damage to 22 other 1st Division planes. Crews: Bartley Carroll Fisette Owens Filemyr Taylor.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Bources A/F, France was to be the target on this mission but it was scrubbed and another target was selected. Melum A/F, Germany was the mission that was flown by one element of a 12-ship squadron. Three were from the 67th. This was a G-H mission and the field was hit with unobserved results. Inaccurate meager flak was encountered, but no enemy aircraft; return was at 1615 hours. Sgt. Fresch (68th) boxed the 8th AF welterweight champ, 145 lbs, in the city of Norwich at a Salute the Soldier show, and defeated him in a closely fought match.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Laval airfield

21 planes dropped on the airfield through cloud cover with unobserved results.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
467th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/
467th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/
486th Bomb Group Flimsy reportsource: 486th Bomb Group web page http://www.486th.org/
492nd Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 492 Bomb Group Mission Links http://www.492ndbombgroup.com
492nd Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 492 Bomb Group Mission Links http://www.492ndbombgroup.com

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-24H (#42-51093).
Organization: 787BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: .
Notes: ground accident destroyed by fire.
Location: Attlebridge, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: CB-24D (#42-40552).
Organization: 87FRS / 27ATG of Warton, Lancashire.
Pilot: Conrad, Jacob J.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Warton, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#MM310).
Organization: / BAD2 of Warton, Lancashire.
Pilot: Himes, Charles W.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Warton, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#42-106817).
Organization: 374FS / 361FG of Bottisham, Cambrdigeshire.
Pilot: Downey, Frank V.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Bottisham, Cambrdigeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C3 (#42-103322).
Organization: 368FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Brown, Wayne W.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Hedingham/2mi NE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Photo Reconnaissance "
Photo ReconnaissanceFrance, Belgium, Holland
June 17, 1944

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

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BELGIUM / FRANCE / HOLLAND
Reconnaissance
photo23 A/C
CONTINENT
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
ATLANTIC / UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
7th Photographic Group (Recon)
802nd Reconnaissance Group
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)