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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 455: In the morning, missions are flown to France and Germany:

1. 800 bombers and 224 fighters are dispatched to bomb 18 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area; 556 of 641 B-17s and 133 of 159 B-24s bomb; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair; 161 B-17s and 59 B-24s are damaged; 2 airmen are KIA and 3 WIA. Escort is provided by 141 P-38s and 83 P-51s; they claim 4-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 is lost (pilot is MIA).

2. 229 of 262 B-24s bomb the dock area at Kiel, Germany and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 3 B-24s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 105 damaged; 8 airmen are WIA and 22 MIA. Escort is provided by 168 of 189 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).

Mission 456: In the late afternoon 73 of 104 B-17s and 148 of 176 B-24s strike 6 V-weapon sites and supply installations, 3 railroad bridges, a highway bridge, and an airfield in N France. Escort is provided by 443 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-47 is lost; afterwards a squadron of P-47s dive-bombs 3 airfields in the Conches area.

212 P-38s and P-47s, fly fighter-bomber missions against rail and road traffic in the Paris area; they claim 11-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47s are lost (pilots are MIA).

Mission 457: 7 of 7 B-17s drop leaflets in Belgium and France during the night.

20 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions; 1 B-24 is lost. A C-47 makes the first landing at a secret airstrip in the Ain, France area.

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: V-Weapon Sites "No Ball" Target, Beaumetz-Les-Aires, France. Crews Dispatched: 38 (358BS - 9, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 9). Length of Mission: 4 hours, 25 minutes. Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb G.P. M43 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 26,000, 25,100 & 24,500 ft.

The 303rd BG(H) furnished three Group formations to form the 41st CBW-B, led by Maj. George T. Mackin, commanding officer of the 358BS. Thirty-eight Fortresses were dispatched to bomb V-bomb installations in the Beaumetz-Les-Aires area.

Thirty-seven B-17s dropped 434 500-lb. G.P. M43 bombs on the primary target. The lead and high Groups had poor results. Low Group results were excellent. One aircraft dropped twelve 500-lb. bombs with the 351BG on its target.

Weather was CAVU in the target area. No enemy aircraft or flak was seen and, as a result, there was no battle damage. P-38s, P-47s and P-51s furnished good support with 1,138 in the air.

#42-97272 Duchess' Daughter, 359BS, piloted by 2Lt. P.H. Brabant, made a normal landing. Then co-pilot, 2Lt. I.J. Judy, accidently put the landing gear switch in the up position. The landing gear collapsed near the end of the landing roll.

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/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #30 Fressin, Crepieul, Crepy. Command Pilot: GARRETT. This was a milk run mission to three No-Ball targets; that is to buzz bomb launch sites. 39 planes were dispatched and 3 aborted. 34 planes dropped 81.8 tons on the primary target and 2 failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties.

Mission #31 L Isle Adam, Bois de Cassan. Command Pilot: BOYD. The second mission of the day targeted two additional buzz bomb launch sites. 13 planes were dispatched and one aborted. 12 planes dropped 33.3 tons on the primary target. 12 Credit Sorties.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 47 aircraft were sent on this mission. Two missions on this day.source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - Due to repeated air traffic conflicts, followed by bombsight failure, targets of opportunity (TOO) were attacked. Lead Group attacked airfield at Denain/Prouvy, France. Low Group attacked airfield at Vitry-en-Artois, France. High Group attacked airfield at Moorselle, Belgium.source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 151. Due to repeated air traffic conflicts, followed by bombsight failure, targets of opportunity (Target of Opportunity) were attacked. Lead Group attacked airfield at Denain/Prouvy, France; Low Group attacked airfield at Vitry-en-Artois, France; High Group attacked airfield at Moorselle, Belgium. Primary Target: "NOBALL" Launch Site - Courbronne, France. Target Attacked : Target of Opportunity (Visual): German Air Force (Luftwaffe) - Denain/Prouvy, France

43 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 38. Scrubbed - 1. Spare, Returned As Briefed - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 3.
42-31435 Maggart, Richard L - C/l at Manston due to major flak b/d; bombed target

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 152. Three bomb runs. Target apparently in the area of Blanc Pignon, France. Primary Target: Launch Site - Blanc/Pigon/Ferne, France. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual).

15 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 12. Aborted - 1. Scrubbed - 1. Returned To Base - 1

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - For this mission the 388th furnished one 12 a/c formation to fly as high Group with the 96th A Group formation and 12 a/c to fly as high Group in the 452nd B Group formation. The A Group crossed the enemy Coast at 0922 hours at 24,500 feet and proceeded to the target as briefed. After bombs away the formation departed the enemy Coast at 0944 hours. Flak over the target was light and no enemy fighters were seen.

The B Group crossed the enemy Coast at 0930 hours at 24,000 feet. Just before the target, the lead plane was hit by flak and the target was not bombed. The Group returned with bombs.

All of our a/c returned to base by 1115 hours.

source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
388BG Mission Report - For this the second mission for the 388th, we furnished 14 a /c to lead the 45th Combat Wing with the 452nd Bomb Group flying the low Group. The briefed target was the supply depot for pilotless aircraft.

Assembly was effected without difficulty and all a/c proceeded to the target on the briefed course. Excellent weather conditions prevailed. The target was attacked visually at 2020 hours from 25,000 feet with excellent results.

Moderate flak was encountered at the target.

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/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - A second NOBALL target was attacked on 6th July, at Renescure, France. Four aircraft from the 613th flying in the Low Squadron. Weather CAVU and only one run was made on the target. Bomb strike photos showed good results with part of the pattern hitting the assigned MPI. Meager inaccurate flak was encountered at the coast near Dunkirk. No air opposition was reported and all aircraft returned safely. Our four participating crews were: Jetter, Lockhart, Lippert, Murgatroyd.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Again the much discussed and much bombed Rocket Coast in the Pas de Calais area were the targets for our Air Force on 6th July. Our Group dispatched a Wing of 36 aircraft - all to attack installations at Rely, France (near St. Omer). The target area was CAVU for weather but badly obscured with smoke and dust from a previous Wing's bombing. Neither of our three boxes of 12 aircraft each could pick up the target for bombing although two boxes made a second run. source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Low Box went on to bomb another NOBALL at Beaumont-les-Air, France, obtaining excellent results. Meanwhile the High Box had found still another NOBALL at Enguinegatte, France, obtaining good bombing results there. Being unable to find a Target of Opportunity for itself the Lead Box returned to base with its Bombs. Neither flak nor enemy aircraft were encountered and all aircraft returned safe. Fighter support was reported as good. A freak accident resulted in the death of a 613th navigator, when a piece of metal from one aircraft engine flew back striking the the propellor on another aircraft which slung metal through its nose killing the navigator instantly. All other personnel were unharmed.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The target on this early July morning was one of the rocket sites on the Pas de Calais, France and 36 aircraft of the 401st set out under the command of Major Hinkle. With two PFF ships they formed the 94th CBW "B" formation. Although the weather was clear the Group ran into the problem of finding the target through the smoke and dust from a previous Wings bombing. A second run was made over the target but the Lead Box still could not locate the target. The Low Box found a NOBALL target at Beaumont-les-Aire, France, and obtained excellent results. The High Box also succeeded in finding a NOBALL site at Enguinegatte, France, obtaining good results. The Lead Box brought back its bombs after failing to locate any target. There were no enemy aircraft and no flak and all aircraft returned to Deenethorpe. Crews: Gruman, Koons, Kaufman, Kenney, Rozzell, Carroll, Risher, Lerwick, Taylor, Kovach.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The Group returned to the Pas de Calais with 12 aircraft, this time flying alone as thethe weather was clear and 95% of the bombs were dropped within 1,000 feet of the MPI. The flak was medium to moderate but inaccurate. No enemy aircraft were encountered. All aircraft returned to Deenethorpe without even one suffering battle damage. Crews: La Fevor, Carroll, Kovach, Kaufman.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - Two PFF ships for the day's mission landed from Polebrook just before midnight on the 5th, they were 600 and 637. This turned out to be quite an eventful morning. 36 crews were briefed at 0300 hrs and the mission was cancelled before the briefing was over. The mission was then reinstated for a 0645 hr take-off but the fog was so thick that after a number of aircraft had collided it was held up again. The aircraft in the collisions were SC-A and IN-F, and IY-P and IN-H. The other aircraft finally managed to become airborne by 0746 hrs. Almost immediately IY-J landed with an oil leak and the crew took off in IY-G. A little later one of the aircraft in the collision, IY-P, took off. But the series of accidents was not yet over. The Group returned to base just before noon and SC-B ran off the end of the runway, nosed up, then righted itself. No one was injured in this incident.

The 401st furnished the Lead, Low and High Boxes of 12 aircraft each, including two PFF ships, to form the 94th "B" CBW. The target assigned was a "Noball" rocket installation at Rely, France. Weather en route was 2/10 to 5/10th's broken, clearing CAVU at the target area. The Lead Box made its first bomb run at 25,000 feet but smoke and dust obscured the target. A second run was made but the target still could not be located. The bombs were brought back. A "Noball" target of opportunity was bombed with good results at Beaumetz-Les-Aires, France, by the Low Box. The High Box, after making a second run over the assigned target, selected a target of opportunity near Enquinegathe, France. The results were good. No enemy aircraft or flak was encountered. The Mission leader was Maj. Carl Hinkle. A bombardier, 2nd Lt. Joseph P. Kozlowski, was struck by a fragment of the propeller of an adjacent aircraft and killed. The 615th crews on this mission were: Kalinski, Ochsenhirt, Wingard, McIlraith, W.J. Mann, Konze.

source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The second briefing of the day - for the second mission of the day - took place at 1430 hrs for 12 crews. All ships were airborne by 1703 hrs and back at Deenethorpe by 2115 hrs. The mission leader, also for the second time that day, was Major C. Hinkle. The attacks against the "Noball" targets continues, and the 401st, furnishing 12 aircraft for the "E" Group of the 94th CBW, was assigned and bombed a rocket installation at Renescure. Although the assigned MPI was obscured, synchronization on intersecting roads in the center of the target area was selected with good results, the bomb pattern covering the entire target area. Crews: Kalinski, Duckworth, Haskett.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - 32 of the 44th's planes took off today, 7 were PFFs, 8 each by the 67 and 68, 9 by the 506th on a mission to the submarine pens at Kiel, Germany. Two planes were abortive: Lt. Starkey (67) lost #1 engine and Lt. Stone (506) due to personnel trouble. The 66th's PFF flew leads for the 392nd, 492nd, 458th, 467th and the 44th. Capt. Ugarte in #783 led the 44th with six out of the seven leads bombing visually. Light accurate flak was ncountered but there was no battle damage reported by the 67th crews. Excellent fighter support was supplied. A/C #42-100367 f crash-landed in field. Three 2nd Lts. promoted to 1st: Honmyhr, Herring and Paul, effective 4 July. A second mission for the day was scrubbed - this one to Haute Gote.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Sully Sur Loire, France

2 bridges, one a railroad bridge, were destroyed.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0430 hours. The assigned target was the airfield at Berck, France. This is located near the coast south of Boulogne and 10 miles north of the Somme River. Weapons were 500 lb. GP bombs and take off started at 0650 hours. While departing the English coast, the bombing altitude of 24,000 feet was reached. The mission was uneventful with bombing results rated as "fair". Landing started at 1050 hours without a loss. source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 1500 houors. The target was in the Pas de Calais again. Take off started at 1725 hours. The lead Bombardier lost the target during evasive action and due to haze in the area. The Group returned home with their bombs and started landing at 2010 hours with no losses. source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Link source: 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 / 322nd BS Mission Report - The 322nd Squadron flew the low group in the first 'A' CBW, making three 360 degree turns in the target area, finally bombing last resort target at 5036N 0220E with fair results. 1st Lt. Oscar A. Kunst, bombardier on Lt Strong's crew, suffered superficial face wounds from flak. 5 A/C minor damage, 2 major. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17 (#42-31394).
Organization: / of .
Pilot: Sollars, John A.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Honington, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31037).
Organization: 613BS / 401BG of Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Thomason, Walter H Jr.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-39932).
Organization: 613BS / 401BG of Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Lockhart, Russell R.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97272).
Organization: 359BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Brabant, Patrick H.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Molesworth, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-100367).
Organization: 67BS / 44BG of Shipdham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Hundelt, Lester W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Shipdham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: F-5E (#43-28324).
Organization: 13PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Sommerkamp, Frank M.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Mount Farm, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67980).
Organization: 384FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Farnsworth, Everett W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Honington, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-68098).
Organization: 384FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Honington, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#43-28468).
Organization: 383FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Braggins, Robert E.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Honington, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-7870).
Organization: 312FRS / 27ATG of Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland.
Pilot: Langford, George T.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-6496).
Organization: 555FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Whalen, William E.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Proctor II (#DX193).
Organization: / 4SAD of Hitcham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Peepless, Lamar (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Hethel, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Fighter Command"
Escort for 8th AF 455; Strafing traffic around Paris
July 06, 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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Escort
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Strafing
212 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
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
56FG (1 a/c)
355FG (1 a/c)
479FG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
78FG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)