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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 443: 251 bombers and 191 fighters are dispatched to hit CROSSBOW (V-weapon) supply sites around Pas de Calais, Criel and Chantilly, France; 195 B-17s hit the Pas de Calais area, 12 B-24s hit targets of opportunity and 11 B-24s hit Criel Airfield; 5 B-24s are downed by AA fire, 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 104 B-24s and 8 B-17s are damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 51 MIA. Escort is provided by 149 of 191 P-51s; they claim 6-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft and lose 2 (pilots MIA); 1 P-51 is damaged; after completing the escort, the P-51s bomb and strafe targets of opportunity, including marshaling yards, bridges, railroads, transportation and airfield installations, and dispersal areas. VIII Fighter Command fighter-bomber missions:

1. 46 of 193 P-38s attack Connantre Airfield; 3 are lost (pilots MIA), 3 are damaged beyond repair; 1 pilot is WIA.

2. 36 of 156 P-47s bomb Villeneuve/Zertes Airfield claiming 10-0-8 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air without loss.

3. 32 of 49 P-51s attack Coulommiers Airfield and 246 others attack transport in the Paris area; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground without loss.

Mission 444: 4 of 4 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

16 B-24s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions in France.

A B-24 on a training flight in England is shot down by an intruder.

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

Mission Reports

Carpetbagger Casualty Report - Randall G Sadler , ASN# 18116863, Dispatcher; of Clay Cty,TX: WIA - Night of 27/28 June 1944 - RTD August 1944source: The Carpetbaggers http://www.801492.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #26 Beauvoir. Command Pilot: FANDEL. 12 planes dispatched. 9 planes dropped 22.5 tons on the primary target while 3 failed to bomb due to mechanical failure. Cloud was 9/10. Score: poor.

B-24H 41-29566 D/O War Eagle salvaged

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 147. Primary Target: Tactical - St. Martin L'Hoitier, France.

29 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 26. Ground Spare, Unused - 3
42-97282 Druckenmiller, Leon C - Landed away Manston w both starboard engines feathered; bombed target

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
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

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102424).
Organization: 325BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: Curtis, Neil L.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Podington, Bedforshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-104104).
Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: .
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67720).
Organization: 38FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Carmel, Arthur R.
Notes: killed in crash due to engine failure.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C3 (#42-103321).
Organization: 357FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Ludeke, Edward P.
Notes: forced landing due to engine failure.
Location: Matching/Sta 166 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-13593).
Organization: / BAD2 of Warton, Lancashire.
Pilot: Orth, Bertie L.
Notes: killed due to structural failure.
Location: Ingol Head Farm, Fulwood 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 "
Escort for 8th AF 443; FIghter-bomber missions
June 27, 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
48036072.416-0-81-0-05-3-10-1-520FG crash-lands Wittering
20FG crash-lands base
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Mission Targets

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Escort
149 A/C
CONNANTRE, FRANCE
Airfield
46 A/C
COULOMMIERS, FRANCE
Airfield
32 A/C
PARIS, FRANCE
City
246 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
20FG
352FG
356FG
359FG
364FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
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
352FG (1 a/c)
364FG (2 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
355FG (1 a/c)
479FG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)