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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 460: 1,029 bombers and 714 fighters, in four forces, are dispatched to hit bridges, tunnels, rail targets and NOBALL (V-weapon) sites in France; only 462 aircraft bomb due to bad weather; 9 bombers and 1 fighter are lost:

1. Of 331 B-24s, 14 hit Schore Bridge, 9 hit Welle Bridge, 1 hits Orsel Airfield and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 20 B-24s are damaged; escort is provided by 266 P-38s and P-51s; they claim 20-0-19 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).

2. Of 304 B-17s, 61 hit Poix Airfield, 49 hit V-1 sites, 37 hit Etaples Bridge, 13 hit a road junction, 12 hit Abbeville Airfield and 11 hit Etaples choke point; 4 B-17s are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 90 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 32 MIA. Escort is provided by 36 of 39 P-47s. 3. Of 130 B-24s, 71 hit V-1 sites, 13 hit St Vallery en Caux Airfield and 11 hit Abbeville railroad junction; 3 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 27 are damaged.

4. Of 264 B-17s, 21 hit Jaigle, 20 hit Barenton and 10 hit Chandai rail junctions, 11 hit Nantes/Gassicourt Bridge, 11 hit Nantes railroad bridge, 9 hit railroad tracks at Yvetot, 11 hit Nogent and 6 hit Rouen marshaling yards, 24 hit Conches and 11 hit St Andre de lEure Airfields and 25 hit targets of opportunity; 5 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 98 damaged; 4 airmen are KIA, 16 WIA and 51 MIA.

Forces 3 and 4 are escorted by 286 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground.

86 of 91 P-47s bomb St Andre de lEure Airfield without loss.

Mission 461: 4 of 5 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night. 17 B-24s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions.

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: Railroad Bridge at Etaples, France. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 9). Length of Mission: 4 hours, 15 minutes. Bomb Load: 2 x 2,000 lb G.P. M34 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 24,850, 24,500 & 23,500 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Returning to tactical targets in support of the ground offensive, Group bombers went after a railroad bridge at Etaples, France. The 303rd BG(H) furnished three Group formations constituting the 41st CBW-B led by Lt. Col. Richard H. Cole.

Two aircraft returned early after failing to find the formation.

There was very little flak, meager and inaccurate, no fighter attacks and no losses. Thirty-seven B-17s dropped 74 2,000-lb. G.P. M34 bombs from 24,850, 24,500 and 23,500 feet. There were no clouds and bombardiers had 10 to 20 miles visibility. At least one hit was scored on the bridge. Three B-17s were slightly damaged.

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 #32 St Sylvestre, Bois de Grande Marche. Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. The targets this day were again the buzz bomb launch sites. 26 planes were dispatched and one aborted. 23 planes dropped 53.8 tons on the primary target and 2 failed to bomb. 25 Credit Sorties.

Mission #32a. This second mission of the day was scrubbed before take-off.

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 154. Primary Target: Launch Site - Renescure, France

43 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 39. Ground Spare, Unused - 4
42-97072 Combs, William F - Did not attack target due to mechanical failure and brought bombs back to base
42-97142 Jennings, William C - joined formation and dropped 12x500Gp on Poix a/f, the target of opportunity

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The whole 8th Air Force heavy bombers were dispatched to attack tactical targets in the Paris area. The 45th A Combat Wing with the 388th "A" and "B", high and low respectively, was to have attacked a supply depot Northwest of Beaumont.

Our 28 a/c were airborne by 0351 hours. 1 a/c from each formation aborted for mechanical reasons and 3 a/c from the A Group returned early because of inability to locate the formation. Formations were effected with difficulty due to the hours of darkness, and the Combat Wing never did get together.

The B Group followed by the A Group crossed the enemy Coast at the briefed point. Approximately 12 miles inside the French Coast the B Group encountered meager but extremely accurate flak from Cleres. The Group leader and his right wing man went down from this attack. Two other a/ c were so severely hit that they had to abort. The B Group reformed with the deputy lead taking over the lead.

The primary target was completely cloud covered and was not attacked. The A Group attacked a railroad bridge over the Seine River at Mantes-Gassicourt. The B Group attacked railroad tracks in the vicinity of Yvetot.

No enemy a/c were seen. Meager flak was encountered over the targets. The flak at Cleres which shot down two of our a/ c also caused major damage to 6 a/c and minor damage to 5 others.

Lt. J. Klein was killed by flak. The following were wounded by flak: Lt. J. Pakiz and S/Sgt. L. Myers, F. Serio and J. Hollister.

18 a/c returned to base by 0855 hours.

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/
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - After another lapse of one day due to bad weather the Group went out again after the rocket installations. This time two boxes of 12 aircraft each were to attack two installations. Belloy-sur-Somme and Montlouis, France. Both boxes encountered some clouds enroute and experienced difficulty with finding the I.P.'s. However the bomb runs were accomplished through a severe haze and good bombing resulted for both boxes. Flak was observed on other formations, and a small amount of flak was encountered although it was inaccurate. One Me-110 was observed but caused no trouble. All of our aircraft returned unharmed, as did the crew members.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The 401st put up two Boxes of twelve aircraft, Major Maupin leading the Box attacking Belloy-sur-Somme and Captain Kaufman leading the other, attacking Mont Louis Ferme. Both Boxes encountered cloud enroute and there was some difficulty in finding the I.P.'s. The bomb runs were then made through haze with good results. One Me-110 was observed but did not attack the Group and only a small amount of flak was encountered which was inaccurate and caused no damage. Crews: Kaufman, Koons, Risher, Taylor, Carroll, Lipka, Kenney, Fisette, Lerwick.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was a Saturday morning but was still a working day for the 401st with briefing for 26 crews taking place at 0130 hrs. It was also a very early take-off with 25 of the 26 crews airborne by 0420 hrs, the odd one, SC-B, taking off at 0450 Hrs to catch up with the rest of the Group. The 401st furnished two 12 aircraft Forces - "E" Force to attack the target at Montlouis and the "F" Force to attack Belloy-Sur-Somme. The targets were obscured by previous Wing's contrails, and there was some flak, but a short run was made on each target and the bombs were dropped with excellent results. Even though the bombs were somewhat scattered both MPIS were completely covered. There was no enemy aircraft or flak, but some was observed south of the I.P. and over Calais on the way back. The 615th Squadron was led by Lt. Kalinski as the High Squadron Leader of the "F" Box. The weather ship on this mission was IY-K. The Group was briefed for a second mission at 1400 hrs but it was cancelled just before take-off. From this date the Group VHF relay ship, Serial 483, believed to have been a Polebrook B-17, was based at Honington. The 615th loading list for this mission was: Kalinski, Ossiander, Duckworth, Johnson, Dow, Haskett, WJ Mann.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - The 67th Squadron, with four ships, led the Group's small formation of 10 on a briefed mission to Esternay, France. Bad weather prevented the formation reaching the target even thought one PFF ship of the 66th was flying deputy lead. So it was a target of opportunity that was sighted and bombed with excellent results. The target was a tactical one, a bridge (railroad) on the island of Zuid Beveland. All of the nine planes that bombed ( 1 506 had to return early) returned to base safely as no flak or enemy aircraft were encountered. A milk run.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Hamm Sur Somme, France

The target was a bridge, but the mission was recalled due to bad weather.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0130 hours. The 447th was split between two Groups on this mission. Lt. Leavitts crew led the high group of the 4B Combat Wing. J.G. Browns crew led the low group of the 13C Combat Wing. Both groups were assigned tactical targets in France. The weapons were 1,000 lb. and 2,000 lb. GP bombs. Take off started at 0400 hours and both groups reached their bombing altitudes of 19,700 feet and 18,000 feet. The weather was poor. The high group attacked the airfield at St. Andre de L"Eure, 30 miles west of Paris. The low group attacked the railroad marshalling yards at Nogent. Results of both missions were rated as "good". Landing started at 0850 hours. 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 / 323nd BS Mission Report - Targets in France were attacked at Crepieul and Etaples. The 'A' Group bombing Crepieul, did not drop bombs. Theirs was an abortive sortie. The 'B' group successfully bombed Etaples, a target of opportunity. Six ships from this organization took part. There were no abortives. All returned safely except one ship, #7173; it disappeared. As yet, it is not known how it became lost, unless it was the ship that was seen to 'Blow Up' in mid-air. source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Etaples. The A/C of the 322nd Squadron flew with C group in the first CBW. As the assigned Noball target near Fleury, France, was obscured by 10/10 clouds, a railroad bridge at Etaples was bombed as a target of opportunity with excellent results. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31321).
Organization: 569BS / 390BG of Franlingham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Ratcliffe, Robert G.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Towyn, Merionithshire Wales.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-37966).
Organization: 550BS / 385BG of Great Ashfield, Suffolk.
Pilot: Gaguarelli, Anthony D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Great Ashfield, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97147).
Organization: 711BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: Heinrich, Danie B.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Bovindon, Hertfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97400).
Organization: 708BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: Dallas, Wayne W.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97889).
Organization: 750BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Stevens, Edward R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Glatton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#41-28721).
Organization: 752BS / 458BG of Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk.
Pilot: Rew, Russell E.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-40067).
Organization: 856BS / 492BG of North Pickenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Powers, Harold P.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: North Pickenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Oxford II (#R6093).
Organization: Hq / 445BG of Tibenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Harding, Richard C.
Notes: crashed on take off.
Location: Bottesford/sta 481 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-68020).
Organization: 343FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Brokaw, James D.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-68101).
Organization: 384FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Ford, John C.
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Honington/ 1/2mi W S375 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6195).
Organization: 551FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Wahl, Orin A.
Notes: bail out.
Location: Denbigh/ 8mi SW England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6203).
Organization: 552FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Foulkrod, Raymond (NMI).
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Llangallen/nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-74720).
Organization: 552FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Pfaff, Donald D.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Llangallen/nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8510).
Organization: 361FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Gillette, Richard W.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B10 (#42-106710).
Organization: 503FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Erickson, Earl E.
Notes: mid air collision with resulting crash landing.
Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#42-106934).
Organization: 503FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Cozad, John W.
Notes: mid air collision with resulting crash landing.
Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13471).
Organization: 505FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Johnson, Evan M.
Notes: bailed out due to structural failure.
Location: Fowlmere/2mi NE Sta 378 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: damage assessment, scouting, weather
July 08, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
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Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
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KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
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Mission Targets

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Reconnaissance
damage assess11 A/C
FRANCE
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
SCOUT FOR BOMBERS
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C
ATLANTIC
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)