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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 453: 371 bombers and 445 fighters are dispatched to attack 3 airfields in the Netherlands and 2 in Belgium, a factory near Mol, and 3 V-weapon supply sites in France; 5 fighters are lost:

1. Of 79 B-17s dispatched to the Netherlands, 38 hit Gilze-Rijen Airfield, 20 hit Volkel Airfield and 19 hit Noll without loss.

2. Of 221 B-24s, 43 hit Bois de Cassan V-weapon site, 36 hit Le Coulet Airfield, 29 hit Foret de LIsle Adam and 29 hit hit Mery sur Oise V-weapon sites, 13 hit Eindhoven Airfield, 5 hit Melsbroek Airfield and 2 hit Tulemont Airfield; 49 B-24s are damaged; 1 airman is WIA. The two missions above are escorted by 180 of 192 P-51s that claim 4-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-0 on the ground; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA).

3. 70 of 71 B-17s hit Beziers marshaling yard; 13 B-17s are damaged. 228 P-47s and P-51s escort the bombers and claim 18-1-9 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-0 on the ground; 2 P-47s and 1 P-51 are lost (pilots are MIA). Of 93 P-47s, 22 bomb Rouen, 10 hit LArche Bridge, 10 hit Seine River locks, 7 hit Boissy le Bois, 7 hit Pantgouin, 7 hit Veulettes Bridge and 6 hit communication targets; they claim 3-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-0 on the ground; 2 P-47s are lost (pilots are MIA). The P-47s are escorted by 181 of 190 P-38s; 2 P-38s are lost (pilots MIA) and 1 is damaged beyond repair.

During the night, 8 of 8 B-17s drop leaflets in France with the loss of 1 B-17; and 8 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions.

70 B-17s on shuttle mission (UK-USSR-Italy-UK) attack a marshaling yard at Beziers, France (with Fifteenth AF B-24s) while on the last leg from Italy to the UK; 42 P-51s return to UK with the B-17s (of the 11 P-51s remaining in Italy, 10 return to the UK the following day and the last several days later).

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: Airfield at Gilze Rijen, Holland. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 5 hours. Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb G.P. M43 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: Group A - 25,900 ft; Group B - 24,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Forty Fortresses, including one from the 384BG, took off to bomb the Gilze/Rijen airdrome in the Netherlands. They flew in the lead and high Groups of the 41st CBW-B formation led by Lt. Col. Edgar E. Snyder, CO 427BS. Two B-17s returned early.

Thirty-seven B-17s dropped 416 500-lb. G.P. M43 bombs from 25,900 and 24,000 feet. The bombing was by GEE-H radar bombing which used two British ground beacon beams to obtain a navigational fix. One aircraft jettisoned its twelve 500-lb. bombs.

Friendly fighter support was good and no enemy aircraft were spotted. Flak was meager and inaccurate at the target. Chaff was effective. No aircraft sustained battle damage. There were no casualties and all aircraft returned safely to Base.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
388BG Mission Report - For this mission five of our aircraft flew with the 100th Bomb Group to hit targets in Beziers. No enemy aircraft were encountered and all a/c returned to base safely.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/
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Noball target; Foret De Lisle/Bois De Casson, France

3 squadrons dropped on the target with unobserved results.

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 (#42-37888).
Organization: 527BS / 379BG of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Sakryd, Charles M.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Andover/Sta 406 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#41-28731).
Organization: 576BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Reese, Robert L.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Foxley England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95092).
Organization: 579BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Fidel, Paul M.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Foxley England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50555).
Organization: 856BS / 492BG of North Pickenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Leahy, Edward D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: North Pickenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67215).
Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Leahy, James E.
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Ganstead/1 1/2mi NW England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67276).
Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Miner, Arthur E.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Great Coats/ 1/2mi S England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67863).
Organization: 38FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Caldwell, William R Jr.
Notes: take off accident due to engine failure.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#43-28707).
Organization: 434FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Peterson, Carl L.
Notes: crashed on take off engine failure.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C* (#41-6587).
Organization: 87FFRS / 27ATG of Warton, Lancashire.
Pilot: Thomas, Gregory P.
Notes: take off accident due to mechanical failure.
Location: Warton, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C7 (#42-103742).
Organization: 505FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Nay, Martin N.
Notes: taxiing accident due to structural failure.
Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spit Vb (#BL680).
Organization: 14PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: McNulty, James M Jr.
Notes: crashed on take off.
Location: Watton, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Photo Reconnaissance "
Photo and weather Reconnaissance
July 05, 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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FRANCE
Reconnaissance
photo6 A/C
PARIS FRANCE
Reconnaissance
weather1 A/C
SCOUT FOR BOMBERS
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
ATLANTIC / UK
Reconnaissance
weather2 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)