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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 445: 992 bombers and 638 fighters are dispatched to targets in France, Germany and Belgium; 2 bombers and 2 fighters are lost. 485 B-17s attack targets in France: 72 hit Laon/Couvron Airfield, 64 hit Juvincourt Airfield, 60 hit Laon/Athies Airfield, 36 hit Fismes bridge, 28 hit Denain/Prouvy Airfield, 24 hit targets of opportunity, 20 hit Anizy le Chateau bridge, 19 hit Le Bourget Airfield and 18 hit the Dugny oil depot; 1 B-17s is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 99 damaged; 2 airmen are WIA and 9 MIA. Of 378 B-24s, 331 hit Saarbrucken marshaling yards, 11 hit Florennes/Juzaine Airfield and 1 hits Givet Bridge; 1 B-24 is lost and 125 damaged; 8 airmen are WIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 188 P-38s, 169 P-47s and 231 P-51s; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost (pilots are MIA) and 2 P-51s damaged beyond repair. About one-third of the escorting fighters afterward bomb and strafe transport targets, claiming 3 locomotives and an armored vehicle destroyed.

30 of 50 P-47s fly a fighter-bomber mission against La Perthe Airfield without loss.

18 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions in 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

306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #27 Coulommiers. Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 12 planes were dispatched and all 12 failed to bomb. The 34th BG Squadron flew with the 92nd Wing, providing the Low Squadron with Lead and High Squadrons coming from the 486th BG. Mission was Recalled in mid-channel. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 25 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 148. Primary Target: Airfield - Juvincourt, France

30 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 26. Scrubbed - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 3
42-32106 Peterson, Walter T - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-37982 Durdin, Larkin C - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-38208 Shelley, John K - Landed away at Wattisham due to weather
42-97142 Melsen, Howard C - Landed away Rattlesden due to weather
42-97204 Pring, Robert B - Landed away at Wattisham due to weather
42-97251 Rosborough, James Edward - Landed away Wattisham due to weather
42-97263 Mount, Dick Wilson - Landed away at Wattisham due to weather
42-97309 Young, Daniel M - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-97320 Thompson, Paul W - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-97824 Fairfield, William A - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-97960 Wright, James W - Landed away at Wattisham due to weather
42-102430 Heim, Gerard Anthony - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-102501 Rucker, David L - Landed away Wattisham due to weather
42-102518 Pluhar, Emil Edward - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-102620 Shearer, Wilbur L - Landed away Wattisham due to weather
42-102661 Kelley, Robert E - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-102959 Halasz, John J - Landed away Boxted due to weather
42-107057 Myrick, Kenneth D - Landed away Lavenham due to weather
42-107058 Burkhard, James A - Landed away Boxted due to weather
43-37703 Gottfried, Raymond N - Landed away Boxted due to weather
43-37713 Hayes, Edgar J - due to b/d, was forced to jettison 38x100GP before target
44-6105 Dudock, Edward P - Landed away at Wattisham due to weather
44-6109 Adams, William Lowell -Landed away Boxted due to weather
44-6128 Hale, Charles E - Only 547BS plane to land at GU; bad weather
44-6141 Strong, Bert F - Landed away Boxted due to weather
44-6149 Bahten, John I - Landed away at Wattisham due to weather

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
392nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - The 613th put up the following crews flying in the Low Squadron and the Lead Squadron position: Irwin, Jetter, Coleman, Fox, Etters, Mannix, Lippert, McKeon. Both Boxes hit the assigned t1PI with excellent results. Meager flak at the target was the only type of enemy opposition encountered. All crews returned to base.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - For a start on the second hundred missions the Group went to attack an airdrome at Laon/Couvron, France, (near Reims) on 28th June. Two boxes of 12 aircraft each hit their L.P .r. 's with excellent results and despite moderate and accurate flak all crews returned safely to England. Bad weather necessitated all aircraft landing away from home base.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - Lt. Col. W.T. Seawell again led the 401st on the 101st mission, this time with 24 aircraft to the German airdrome at Laon Couvron, France. The two Boxes of twelve aircraft hit their MPI's with excellent results and although the flak was moderate and accurate all the 24 aircraft returned to Deenethorpe safely. For the last mission of the month the following crews were on the loading list: Owens, Lerwick, Fisette, Kovach, Kenney, La Fevor, Koons.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - A Luftwaffe operational airfield was the target on 28th June, with the MPI selected as a center of barracks and buildings 1.5 miles SE of the field. Bombing, which was visual, was described as excellent with both Boxes hitting the MPI. The 24 crews on this mission were briefed at 0130 hrs, the weather ship, under the command of Major R.J. White, getting airborne at 0325 hrs. The B-17 used as a weather ship was IY-A. By 0452 hrs the Group's 24 ships were on their way to the primary target under the command of Lt. Col. W.T. Seawell, flying as co-pilot with Lt. F.A. Kalinski. By using a PFF ship as the Lead Ship they were able to avoid flyinG over the major cities and the known flak zones in the heavy undercast. The I.P. was about 25 miles from the MPI and the formation made several wide turns to avoid being too closely tracked by the anti-aircraft radar. They seemed to have succeeded because they found the flak over Laon not as heavy or as accurate as they expected. Because of bad weather over Deenethorpe the returning crews were diverted to 2nd Air Division bases but were able to return to their own base by 1211 hrs the following morning. Crews: Kalinski, Gillespie, Neill, Konze.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Saarbrucken, Germany was hit on the 28th by six PFF ships of the 66th Squadron. Capt. Ugarte flew the lead of the 458th BG; Capt. Stanhope was lead of the 2nd section of the 458th BG; Capt. Yoder was lead of the 392nd BG, with Lt. Englehardt as deputy lead. Lt. Zweig flew the lead of the 2nd section of the 467th BG; and Capt. Devon Davis led the 466th BG, B Wing.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Saarbrucken

This day started with the shoe on the other foot; the 446ths base was bombed by an enemy aircraft. 4 bombs were dropped but did not damage any equipment or cause injury. Meanwhile, the group bombed the marshalling yards at Saarbrucken with fair results. Flak was intense and accurate.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0230 hours and the mission was a tactical target in France. The planes were loaded with 250 pound GP bombs and take off started at 0400 hours. During take off Lt. Browns plane caught fire and the crew bailed out safely avoiding the explosion when the plane crashed. There were no injuries. Following a bad weather assembly the formation achieved its bombing altitude of 23,000 feet as they reached enemy territory. The primary target was not clear so a target of opportunity was bombed instead, an airfield at Denian/Prouvy, France. Results were rated as "Good" and landing started at 1030 hours. source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.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/
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
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - A bridge at Anizy, France was partially destroyed by our bombers. Twelve ships took part in the mission ' two of them aborted. Ship #7276 aborted. It, too, was unable to stay in formation. No. 4 engine was rough and throwing oil causing the pilot, Lt. Rizer to feather the prop. It was considered an engineering abortive. Ship #7563 aborted. It was unable to stay in formation. No. 2 engine three oil from top to bottom of nacelles thru cowl flaps. This was considered an engineering abortive. source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - The railway bridge over the Oise canal at Anizy Le Chateau (8 miles SW of Loan) was attacked with poor to fair results. The lead group failed to bomb primary and the main concentration of low and high groups' bombs fell about 1000 ft. over. No damage or casualties. A/C #333 turned back 30 miles inside enemy territory due to mechanical difficulties with two engines. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Anizy Railroad Bridge. The lead group was unable to attack the primary target because of misunderstanding between bombardier and pilot. Bombardier gave pilot true heading from I.P. to target but pilot flew Mag. Heading with the result that the bomb run took the group wide of target. When the mistake was discovered, it was too late to correct without colliding with another group which was on the bomb run. Both low and high groups attacked the primary but missed it. The lead Group dropped on a R.R. choke point target of opportunity and missed it, mission results very poor.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Today's target is a railroad bridge 8 miles Southwest of Laen and in the village of Anizy. Our Squadron provided nine aircraft and crews for the mission. BOMBING RESULTS: Generally poor for the entire Group.ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered.FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed.FLAK: Meager and inaccurate at the target.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102419).
Organization: 710BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: Brown, Thomas K.
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Woolpit/ 1mi E England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52707).
Organization: / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: .
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Mendlesham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95321).
Organization: / 801BG of Harrington, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Huenekens, William E.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Eaton Socon/1 1/4mi W England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-40049).
Organization: 4BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Armstrong, Richard V.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Mendlesham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67931).
Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Cutler, Byard M.
Notes: killed due to structural failure.
Location: Goxhill/3mi S Sta 345 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6385).
Organization: 551FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Nellis, William R.
Notes: bail out.
Location: Bank Farm, Leighton England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-26300).
Organization: 61FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Haek, Jack J.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-75691).
Organization: 352FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Starr, John F Jr.
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Raydon, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#42-106832).
Organization: 328FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk.
Pilot: Gehrke, Walter (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Bodney, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13326).
Organization: 374FS / 361FG of Bottisham, Cambrdigeshire.
Pilot: Bergmann, Charles H Jr.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Bottisham, Cambrdigeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13331).
Organization: 487FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk.
Pilot: Arnold, George C.
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Ash, Canterbury England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spit XI (#PL767).
Organization: 14PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Haugen, Cecil T.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Manor Farm, Combe 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 445; FIghter-bomber missions
June 28, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
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Notes
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Mission Targets

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Escort
539 A/C
ROMILLY-SUR-SEINE, FRANCE
La Perthe Airfield
30 A/C
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
352FG (1 a/c)
356FG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)