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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 450: 350 bombers and 171 P-51s are dispatched to hit 13 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area; 1 B-24 is lost:

1. Of 78 B-17s, 24 hit Fleury, 24 hit Fressin, 21 hit Blengermont and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 33 B-17s are damaged.

2. Of 272 B-24s, 36 hit Crepy, 35 hit Fiefs, 24 hit Vignacourt, 23 hit Blanc Pignon, 22 hit Courbronne, 21 hit Renescure, 13 hit Haute Cote Island, 13 hit Mont Louis Ferme, 13 hit Santrecourt and 12 hit Belloy-sur-Somme; 1 B-24 is lost and 1 damaged beyond repair; 4 airmen are WIA and 9 MIA. Escort for the above is provided by 166 of 171 P-51s without loss.

41 P-51s, temporarily in Italy while en route from the USSR to the UK during a shuttle mission, join Fifteenth Air Force fighters in escorting Fifteenth AF bombers against targets in the Budapest, Hungary area, claiming 9 aircraft destroyed and suffering 4 losses.

37 B-24s 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

306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #29 Haute de Cote, Monte Luis Ferme. Command Pilot: YOUNG. 36 planes were dispatched and 2 of these aborted. 23 aircraft dropped 51.5 tons on the primary target while 11 failed to bomb. Bombed by Gee H methods through 10/10 cloud. Results unobserved. 34 Credit Sorties. The three unidentified lead planes were GH equipped planes from the 486th Bomb Group, 92nd Wing. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Noball target; Crepy, France

20 planes dropped on the target through heavy cloud cover.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.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/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-37775).
Organization: 410BS / 94BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: Brooks, Marvin Q.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50378).
Organization: 566BS / 389BG of Hethel, Norfolk.
Pilot: Rowbottom, Harry E Jr.
Notes: crashed on take off.
Location: Hethel, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-109793).
Organization: 714BS / 448BG of Seething, Norfolk.
Pilot: Blanton, Billie C.
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Boreham/3mi N Sta 161 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 and weather Reconnaissance
July 02, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
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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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FRANCE
Reconnaissance
photo3 A/C
FRANCE
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
ATLANTIC
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
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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)