Mission

  • Hover over the yellow column headings for abbreviation information
  • Click Target names to open a new window with MAPS of the target area
  • Use Back button to return to previous 8AF web page

MISSION DETAILS

Choose a Different Date or

Click button to view Mission record sections:

    

Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Because of the attack on B-17s at Poltava, USSR, on yesterdays shuttle mission, the B-17s at Mirgorod and P-51s at Piryatin are moved farther E; they are to be returned to Mirgorod and Piryatin to be dispatched to bases in Italy as soon as the weather permits; the move is fortunate as German bombers strike both Piryatin and Mirgorod during the night of 22/23 Jun.

Mission 431: In a morning mission 85 of 108 B-17s and 132 of 194 B-24s attack 12 CROSSBOW (V-weapon) installations in the Pas de Calais area; 1 B-17s is lost; 64 B-17s and 59 B-24s are damaged; 10 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 165 P-47s and 97 P-51s; some of the support fighters strafe coastal defenses; 1 P-51 is lost and 2 P-47s are damaged beyond repair; 1 pilot is KIA and 1 MIA.

Mission 432: During the afternoon 797 bombers are dispatched to attack 22 targets in France and Belgium; 9 bombers are lost:

1. Of 319 B-17s dispatched, 76 hit Lille/Fimes marshaling yard, 69 hit Ghent/Maritime marshaling yard, 35 hit Rouen oil depot, 13 hit La Vaubaliers, 13 hit Furnes Airfield, 13 hit Tingry, 12 hit Abbeville, 12 hit a tank area N of Rouen, 12 hit Douai railroad, 11 hit Mazingarbe, 10 hit Pont a Vendin, 1 hits Douai railroad; 3 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 81 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 5 WIA and 29 MIA. Escort is provided by 108 P-47s; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft.

2. Of 149 B-24s, 46 hit Guyancourt/Caudron Airfield, 43 hit St Cyr Airfield, 36 hit Buc Airfield, 13 hit targets of opportunity and 5 hit Tours/La Riche bridge; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 67 B-24s are damaged; 1 airmen is KIA and 3 MIA. Escort is provided by 187 of 200 P-38s and 36 of 46 P-47s; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 P-38s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair.

3. Of 216 B-17s, 70 hit Nucourt V-weapon site, 38 hit Brie-Comte-Robert Sug, 33 hit Etampes Airfield, 11 hit Lieusant railroad, 11 hit Melun bridge and 11 hit Melun marshaling yard; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 187 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA and 30 MIA. Of 113 B-24s, 101 hit an oil dump at Paris and 1 hits Dreux Airfield; 2 B-24s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 37 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 2 WIA and 23 MIA. Escort is provided by 78 of 86 P-51s; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA).

4. 9 of 10 B-24s use Azon glide bombs against the Samur Bridge; escort is provided by 41 of 43

P-51s. Mission 433: 1 B-17 flies a daylight leaflet mission to La Glacrie, France.

Mission 434: 9 of 9 B-17s drop leaflets in France and the Low Countries during the night.

10 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions 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

303BG Mission Report - Target: Railroad Marshalling Yard at Lille, France. Crews Dispatched: 26 (358BS - 6, 359th - 7, 360th - 7, 427th - 6). Crews Lost: Lt. D.M. Fisher, 9 KIA, 1 EVD. Length of Mission: 4 hours, 45 minutes. Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb G.P. M64 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: Group A - 26,000 ft; Group B - 25,800 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Two Group formations of 13 aircraft took off to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. One B-17 returned early when it couldn't maintain sufficient airspeed to remain in formation: #42-37875 Flying Bison, 427BS (Lt. Savage).

The primary target at Lille was bombed and crews reported good results. Photos showed bomb bursts observed through clouds covering the assigned MPI. Twenty-four aircraft dropped 288 500-lb. G.P. M64 bombs from 26,000 and 25,800 feet. Fortress #43- 37590 Neva-The Silver Lady, 358BS (Lt. J.P. Watson), was hit by flak and jettisoned bombs for an abortive sortie. The crew landed safely at High Hallden.

No enemy aircraft were spotted. Friendly support was poor with only a few P-38s seen. Meager to moderate flak was encountered at the target. Meager inaccurate flak was seen coming from the St. Pol area. Three aircraft sustained battle damage.

B-17G #42-31432 Old Glory, 360BS, piloted by 1Lt. Dale M. Fisher, flying the No. 3 position in the high Group fourth flight of the 41st CBW-B, received a direct hit by flak just after "bombs away." It hit back of the No. 3 engine, probably in the gasoline tank. Old Glory immediately burst into flames, spun off to the right and went down. It crashed at Tressen, France. One parachute was spotted.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Military Installations at Wizernes, France. Crews Dispatched: 14 (358BS - 0, 359th - 0, 360th - 7, 427th - 7). Crews Lost: Lt. Erickson. Length of Mission: 4 hours, 25 minutes. Bomb Load: 2 x 2,000 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitude: 24,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

During the morning, Capt. Robert J. Lynch, 360BS, took a small Group of 14 B-17s to attack a "No Ball" target in the Pas de Calais area. The formation dropped their 26 2,000 lb. G.P. M34 bombs from 24,000 feet. There were 5/10 clouds over the target. Following a two-minute bomb run, the bombs fell short in a wooded area to the east of the target.

No enemy aircraft were seen. Friendly fighter support was poor with only one aircraft appearing. Meager but accurate flak was encountered at Dunkirk and at the target. Three aircraft sustained major battle damage and eight sustained minor damage.

The lead B-17, #42-97405 Mary Cary, piloted by 1Lt. Roger W. Erickson, received direct flak hits on the Nos. 1 and 2 engines over the target. The No. 2 engine went out and could not be feathered. Capt Lynch signaled the deputy leader, 1Lt. John T. Williams, to take over the formation. Upon reaching the enemy coast on the way home, the Mary Cary began to vibrate badly. They headed for Beachy Head, the nearest point of the English coast, rather than the briefed route. As they were nearing the English coast, the No. 2 engine exploded and the crew was ordered to bail out over the English Channel. The aircraft exploded shortly before it hit the water.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 23 aircraft were sent on this mission.

42-97202 Lt. R. T. Watkins - Shot down by flak. POW RTD Lt. Robert T. Watkins (POW), Lt. Frank D. Williams (POW), Lt. Douglas J. Sier (POW), Lt. Ralph E. Hoover (POW), T/Sgt. Earl H. Louiso (POW), T/Sgt. Isadore Traschen (RTD), S/Sgt. Leonard E. Kleinjan (POW), S/Sgt. Thomas F. La Grua (RTD), S/Sgt. Ralph L. Futhey (RTD).

source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 143. Primary Target: Launch Site - Wizernes, France.

15 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 14. Scrubbed - 1

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 144. Primary Target: Marshalling Yards - Lille, France.

32 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 28. Ground Spare, Unused - 4.
42-107224 Bagby, Donald W - rtd 2x2000GP due to bomb bay malfunction

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - With many of our crews in Russia, the 388th furnished the lead Group of the 45th B Combat Wing.

14 a/c took-off by 1448 hours and effected formation without difficulty. 3 a/c returned early for mechanical reasons. The formation proceeded to the target as briefed. The target had been hit successfully by a preceding Group and the Wing leader instructed our Group leader to attack a target of opportunity. A railroad bridge over the Seine River at Melun was attacked visually. Strike photos showed a loose pattern of bombs on the Western end of the bridge. Bombs were away at 1950 hours from 19,400 feet.

In the Paris area, one FW 190 attacked the formation diving through the Group.

Moderate flak was encountered over the target.

All of our a/c returned to base by 2122 hours.

source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
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 / 612BS Mission Report - Back to France to attack a tactical assignment for 22nd June. The assigned target for our Group's three boxes of 12 aircraft each was the airfield at Frevent. Clouds obcsured the target this time and each of the three boxes went their separate ways to seek a target of opportunity. One attacked a railroad junction at Douai, France, one attacked the runways of an airfield at Furnes, Belgium, and the High Box hit a bridge and railroad underpass at Sainglan, France. All three boxes had strikes on their Aiming Points. Enemy opposition was not encountered, although flak and ground rockets were observed. All of our aircraft returned safely.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The assigned target on 22nd June was the airfield at Frevent, but the three Boxes of 12 aircraft seems to have bombed a number of targets in northern France and Belgium. A single aircraft bombed the railroad junction at Douai, Prance. Thirteen others bombed Furnes airfield, Belgium, while the High Box hit a railroad underpass at Sainglan, France. No enemy opposition was encountered and only meager flak was met which the crews described as fair for accuracy. Crews: Bartley, Cammakc, Gruman, Lerwick, Kovach, Taylor, Kenney, Carroll, Rozzell, Koons, Owens.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was a day of visual attacks on industrial sites and airfields in northwest France, with about 1,000 bombers taking part. the 401st was given a tactical target but after clouds covered the target they went after three targets of opportunity, one for each of the 12-ship Boxes of the 94th "C" CBW that the 401st made up. Good results were observed at the targets attacked. The PFF aircraft for this mission was Chitchat Y, a Polebrook ship. The mission took place in the late afternoon with the briefing taking place at 1330 hrs and all 36 aircraft becoming airborne by 1654 hrs. The mission leader was Major C. Hinkla with Capt. F.D. Grinham flying as the Low Box Leader. There was no enemy air opposition, and the flak, observed at one point only, was fairly accurate for altitude but poor for deflection. The 615th crews on this mission were: Konze, McIlraith, Knight, W.J. Mann, Neill, Heenan, Parr, Grinham.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Eight of the 67th ships accompanied the Group (no 66th PFFs) on a short one to Nucort, France, a main supply site for the Military Installations along the coast of France. Take-off was at 0930 and the return at 1350 hours. Nucort is also suspected as being a supply site for the Buzz Bomb installations, too. The results of the bombing was good. Flak was meager and inaccurate so far as the 67th planes were concerned, but the 68th had one damaged.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
44BG Mission Report - St. Cyr. France, an airfield, was the second mission for today. This A/F has been hit a number of times, but always with rather poor results. This time, however, the airfield was hit with very excellent results. Capt. Marcoullier was the Lead Pilot of the Group, the formation only 12 planes (four 67th). Meager to moderate accurate flak was encountered and the 68th had two more planes suffering Category "A" battle damages. Between 50 and 75 pilotless aircraft (V-1s) were over England today with about 37 over London. They are being handled with much better success by the ack-ack batteries and fighter planes over southern England. Lt. Jones adds: "We finally got a day off but we had to apply for it through the flight surgeon - slept most of the day.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Buc airfield, France

24 planes hit this airfield near Paris. Their bombing was so successful, a column of smoke could be seen as far away as the coast.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 1230 hours and the target was a V-1 site at Nucourt, France. Weapons were 100 pound GP bombs and take of started at 1510 hours. The formation departed the south coast at 21,000 feet and the flak was accurate in the target area. Lt. Flagg was hit and made a crash landing on the beach head in France. The Group landed at 2115 hours. source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
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
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Mazingarbe Transformer Station. Clouds obscured target on first run by our low group so a second run was made. Failure of intervelometer causing A/C to drop bombs about 600 yards over M.P.I.. The lead group dropped its bombs about 250 yards NE of M.P.I.. Weather was good, flak was poor and no E/A was sighted.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Today's target was a tactical one on the French coastal area. Six aircraftAnd crews were provided by our Squadron for this mission. BOMBING RESULTS: Photos show bombs hit approximately 60 yardsover target due to malfunction of the intervalometer. Two runs were madeon the target because of cloud cover on first run.ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None.FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed. FLAK: Meager, inaccuratesource: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-107073).
Organization: 730BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: Friddle, Saufley B.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Deopham Green, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-25522).
Organization: 62FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Moseley, Mark L.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-26019).
Organization: 63FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Flagg, Walter L.
Notes: mid air collision with resulting belly landing.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-26466).
Organization: 63FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Westfall, Russell B.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-26623).
Organization: 83FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Gibbs, Ollie E Jr.
Notes: killed in crash landing engine failure.
Location: Duxford/1mi SW Sta 357 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-75282).
Organization: 62FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Tucker, Charles E.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8397).
Organization: 552FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Frisbie, Norman H.
Notes: crash landing engine failure.
Location: Duncote Farm/nr Sta 342 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-12171).
Organization: 555FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Pelon, Paul A.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Grimsby/5-10mi W England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 432"
Industry and airfields in NW France
June 22, 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
7977051847.12-0-00-0-09-5-2746-7-85303BG aircraft ditches sea Beachy Head
447BG aircraft crashes beach head
489BG aircraft crashes Arundel
490BG aircraft crash-lands Dover
34BG aircraft crash-lands Dungeness beach
 asdfasdfasdf
Mission Targets

Click blue links for maps, photos and other documents.

This will open a new tab in your browser

TINGRY, FRANCE
Industry
13 A/C
ABBEVILLE, FRANCE
Drucat Airfield
12 A/Cphotos (1)
MAZINGARBE, FRANCE
Industry
power station11 A/C
PONT-AU-VENDIN, FRANCE
Industry
power station10 A/C
DOUAI, FRANCE
Vitry-en-Artois Airfield
1 A/C
LA VAUPALIERE, FRANCE
Industry
13 A/C
ROUEN, FRANCE
Industry
oil depot35 A/Cphotos (1)
GHENT, BELGIUM
Industry
oil refinery69 A/Cphotos (1)
LILLE, FRANCE
Fives Railroad
marshalling yard76 A/Cphotos (1)
DOUAI, FRANCE
Railroad
marshalling yard12 A/C
TOUSSUS LE NOBLE/BUC, FRANCE
Airfield
36 A/C
GUYANCOURT, FRANCE
Caudron Airfield
46 A/C
LA RICHE, FRANCE
Transportation
bridge5 A/C
MELUN, FRANCE
Railroad
bridge11 A/C
MELUN, FRANCE
Villaroche Airfield
11 A/Cphotos (2)
NUCOURT, FRANCE
V-weapons site
70 A/C
BRIE-COMTE-ROBERT SUG, FRANCE
Industry
38 A/C
ETAMPES, FRANCE
Mondesir Airfield
33 A/Cphotos (1)
DREUX, FRANCE
Airfield
1 A/Cphotos (1)
PARIS, FRANCE
City
101 A/C
SAUMUR, FRANCE
Transportation
bridge9 A/Cphotos (3)
LIEUSAINT, FRANCE
Railroad
marshalling yard11 A/C
FURNES, BELGIUM
Coxyde Airfield
13 A/C
TOURS, FRANCE
Airfield
43 A/Cphotos (3)
LIEUSAINT, FRANCE
Railroad
marshalling yard11 A/C
Aircraft Groups

Click blue links for info on the group.

This will open a new tab in your browser.

1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
92BG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
44BG
93BG
392BG
446BG
448BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
489BG
491BG
492BG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
94BG
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
390BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

Click blue links for info on the MIA aircraft (if known).
This will open a new tab in your browser.

1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
303BG (2 a/c)
351BG (1 a/c)
381BG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
96BG (2 a/c)
390BG (1 a/c)
447BG (1 a/c)
490BG (1 a/c)
493BG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)