Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission No. 42: 72 B-17s are dispatched by the 1st Bombardment Wing against the Rouen-Sotteville marshaling yard; 63 drop 156.5 tons of bombs on the target between 1241 and 1244 hours local. There are no losses and no claims on this mission; good fighter escort is a major factor in this no-loss mission. Eighteen B-24s of the 2d Bombardment Wing fly a diversionary mission with no losses or claims. The 4th Fighter Group flies 43 sorties in their Spitfire Mk Vs; 41 are flown on a fighter sweep and 1 Spitfire is shot down near St. Omer, France; the pilot is listed as MIA; we claim 2 enemy aircraft damaged. The other 2 sorties were shipping patrols.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
303BG Mission Report - Target: Marshalling Yards, Rouen, France. Crews Dispatched: 18 (358BS - 5, 359th - 5, 360th - 3, 427th - 5). Length of Mission: 4 hours, 10 minutes Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb H.E. M43 bombs Bombing Altitude: 23,900 ft. Ammo Fired: 1,096 rounds.
Eighteen 303rd BG(H) B-17s took off to attack the marshalling yards at Rouen. Six aircraft were forced to abort. The remaining twelve B-17s, led by Maj. Romig, attacked the target through 4/10 to 6/10 broken clouds at 23,900 feet. Bombing, with 30 tons of 500-lb. H.E. M43 bombs, was reported to be very good. Five aircraft reported very slight black flak. Only two aircraft reported enemy aircraft with no encounters. Fighter coverage was excellent. There was no battle damage and no casualties. All aircraft landed safely between 1405 and 1420 hours.
source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306th Bomb Group Mission Report MISSION
VIII BC 42
Rouen-Sotteville marshalling yard
INFORMATION IN DETAIL
Bombing: 1243, 21000 ft
RESULTS OF BOMBING
Excellent - burst s observed directly on aiming point.
It is though that an ammunition train was hit.
Few bursts off at distance - very inaccurate
ENCOUNTERS AND CLAIMS
2 E/A 5 minutes after target
Every FW we saw had at least 1 Spit on it
Excellent fighter support
Support was best we ever hope to see
English suits no good
Piece of cake
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
44BG Mission Report - With our total remaining aircraft (from the original 9) no down to three, we participated in a diversion to the Dutch coast with four other aircraft of the 44th. Each squadron sent only 2 each and without incident. Both Capt. Warne and Lt. Cameron flew.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Four ships of 323rd squadron, piloted by Capt. Dwyer, Lt. Giauque, Lt. Birdsong and Lt. Walker participated in bombing mission over enemy territory. One ship bombed the airport dispersal area at Abbeville, France. Others bombed the locomotive depot, south of Amiens, France, without good resuLieutenants. A.A. fire light. Only five enemy fighters encountered, none of which were shot down.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Target for today was marshalling yards at Rouen, France. 18 A/C of 91st Group took off at 1017 and all attacked target at 1242 with 5 x 1000 bombs with excellent results. Flack was slight and only 5 E/A were seen, 2 attacks on group. Spitfires covered perfectly. All our ships returned safely. 322nd sent 4 ships: Capt. Robert Campbell #545, Lt. James D. Baird #481, Capt. Kenneth K. Wallick #178, Lt. John Tyson Harden #453 ('). Major Paul L. Fishburne led group.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Rouen engine sheds and Marshaling yards. Bombing results excellent. Large orange fires seen in center of target abortives. Excellent Spitfire cover with weak E/A and flak opposition.