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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 482: 1,082 of 1,242 B-17s and B-24s and 670 of 761 P-38s, P-47s, and P-51s dispatched, operating in 5 forces, attack targets in W and SW Germany including 2 plants producing hydrogen peroxide (an ingredient in V-weapon fuels), a chemical plant, 2 aircraft factories, 4 ball bearing plants, 6 marshaling yards, 4 airfields, and a river dam; 17 bombers and 7 fighters are lost. Attacks in the the Munich area are followed, within 90 minutes, by Fifteenth Air Force attacks. 731 fighters, operating in 19 separate units support the bombers; 8 of these units afterwards strafe ground targets, including parked aircraft, locomotives and rolling stock, and road vehicles. The bombers claim 6-4-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; the fighters claim 17-0-4 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 38-0-14 on the ground.

Mission 483: 5 of 5 B-17s drop leaflets in France and Belgium during the night.

5 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions 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

303BG Mission Report - Target: Hollriegelskreuth, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 37 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 9). Crews Lost: Lt. Boyce, 4 KIA, 5 POW Crew Members Lost or Wounded: 2 killed by flak. Length of Mission: 8 hours, 40 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb M43 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: Group A - 26,000 ft; B - 25,000 ft; C - 24,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 21,000 rounds.

The 8th Air Force concentrated its attacks on strategic industrial targets in Germany. The 303rd BG(H) furnished three formations as the lead, low and high Groups of the 41st CBW-C. Group Operations Officer, Maj. Louis M. Schulstad led the Combat Wing. Two aircraft returned early: #42-37841 Banshee, 360BS (Ross), internal failure of the No. 1 engine; #42-97298 The Floose, 358BS (Stein), oil line failure. Its bombs were jettisoned over Germany.

Weather over the target was 2/10 low clouds with some medium and high clouds. Visibility was 15 miles. The primary target was bombed visually from 26,000, 25,000 and 24,000 feet utilizing 350 500-lb. G.P. M43 bombs. Good results were reported. One aircraft jettisoned its bombs twelve miles northeast of Strasburg and another at an undetermined target of opportunity.

From five to fifteen enemy aircraft attacked the high Group in the target area. Moderate to intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered at the target. Chaff had little beneficial effect. Ten aircraft sustained major and six, minor damage.

B-17 #42-31583 Clover Leaf, 358BS, piloted by 1Lt. Marvin S. Boyce, was shot down by enemy fighters. The aircraft crashed at Stutzing.

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 #38 Saarbrucken, Konz Karthaus. Command Pilot: LeBAILLY. 38 planes were dispatched and 4 aborted. 20 planes dropped 55.8 tons on the primary target, 11 planes dropped 31.5 tons on the secondary target and 3 failed to bomb. 34 Credit Sorties. Two aircraft were lost in a mid-air collision. 21 crewmembers listed as Missing in Action. Another B-24 was abandoned by its crew near Lympne Airfield after heading the bomber back out to sea.

B-24H 42-94893 D/E Hells Belle Missing in Action mid-air collision with 42-51190. With 18BS. Pilot: Damatio. Missing Air Crew Report # 7419. 10 Killed in Action.

B-24H 42-51190 B/H Ann Missing in Action mid-air collsion at the IP with 42-94893 Hells Belle. With 18BS. Pilot: Little.

B-24J 44-40284 L/J Tondelayo Missing in Action Flak. Hit by flak about one minute after bombs away. All controls were shot away but the pilot managed to maintain some control. The plane wandered over Dieppe and encountered more flak. Jerome, Proctor and Harris bailed out over Dieppe from 16,000 feet and their chutes were seen to open. Plane managed to get back to the English coast and four crewmen bailed out 15 miles inland. The Pilot then headed the plane back out toward the channel and the pilot and co-pilot bailed out. Crashed near Wynghene. With 391BS. Pilot: Meyer. Missing Air Crew Report # 7422. 3 Killed in Action, 6 Returned to Duty.

B-24H 41-28849 Fightin Rebel Salvaged. Plane was with 7BS and had crash-landed June 20, 1944.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 37 aircraft were sent on this mission.

42-102949 Lt. H. C. Konecheck - Shot down by fighters. POW 2, KIA 7.

42-107077 Lt. R. G. Chapman - Shot down by fighters. POW 6, KIA 3.

source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 161. Primary Target: Industry - Hollsriegelskreuth, Germany

41 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 32. Failed To Return - 3. Aborted - 2. Ground Spare, Unused - 4
42-97178 Heim, Gerard Anthony - Failed to Return - MIA; Attacked by e/a immediately after bombs away; #1 caught fire and explode in a puff of smoke; a/c fell out of formation a started gliding down slowly; one e/a followed him down, firing; plane later exploded in mid-air; no chutes seen; e/a, cr Perchting, Ger; MACR 7279
42-97237 Mount, Dick Wilson - Failed to Return - MIA; attacked by e/a immediately after bombs away; 0957 hrs he called for permission to land in Switz; four wounded, three engines out; f/l Dubendorf, Switz; MACR 7280
42-97449 Bodker, James Mervil - Failed to Return - MIA; hit by e/a after bombs away; seen falling back from formation and go into a spin, then pulled up, then went spinning down a second time; bellylanded 2 km east of Mils, Austria; 9POW MACR 7261;
42-102601 Strand, Robert E - Turned back due to runaway prop on #2 engine; 10x500GP ret to base

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - Some 1200 heavy bombers were to take part in attacking targets in south-central Germany on this mission. The 388th was to furnish the lead and low Groups of the 45th "A" Combat Wing. This was to follow the 4th Wing which was in the lead for the 3rd Air Division.

17 A/C plus one PFF of the "A" Group were airborne by 0527 hours. 20 A/C of the "B" Group were airborne by 0542 hours. 1 a/c of each Group aborted plus one spare returned to base.

Formations were effected without difficulty and then a midair collision caused one a/c in the "B" Group to go down over Bury St. Edmunds. The formations then proceeded to the assigned target as briefed. Patchy clouds covered the entire route, but it was clear over the Target. Bombs were away at 0936 hours from 25,000 feet "A" Group and 0938 hours from 23,300 feet on the "B" Group. The PFF A/C leading the "A" Group was reported to have been hit by flak on the bomb run and the formation became slightly dispersed and many of the bombs missed the MPI. Strike photos show that the bombs from the "B" Group were on the factory just to the west of the assigned factory.

No fighters were seen on this mission. Flak was intense over the Target.

Lt. Maring in A/C 42-30195 "Blind Date" made an emergency landing at Honington as the plane received major flak damage.

A/C 42-30851 "Little Boy Blue" was cut into by the props of the plane below when a/c #851 dropped down in the formation, at 0800 hours over Bury St. Edmunds at 15,000 feet. It was cut just forward of the waist windows. The forward part of the plane spun into the ground and exploded while the tail section fluttered earthward. One waist-gunner and the tail-gunner were able to parachute safely and returned to base. When they returned to base to be interrogated, the S-2 officer (Lt. Ratcliffe) said it was hard to believe this story.

32 A/C returned to base by 1258 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 / 613BS Mission Report - The 613th put up 9 aircraft. Bombing was visual and strike photos disclosed the area was well covered. Lt. William J. McKeon and crew flying No.3, 2nd element Low Squadron, Lead Box was lost near Stuttgart as a result of flak. When last observed, two engines were out, prop feathered, still under control but losing altitude rapidly. Crews taking part in this mission were: Lemmon, Kuta, Jetter, Fox, Etters, McKeon, Lippert, Hammond, Coleman.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Another long mission and back to Southern Germany to bomb the parent Messerschmitt Aircraft Factory at Augsburg. Our Group was flying 94th "A" CBW furnishing all three boxes consisting of 12 aircraft each. Although PFF bombing was expected it became obvious in the I.P. area that visual bombing could be accomplished. All three boxes bombed the primary M.P.I. obtaining generally good results and covering the assigned M.P.I., although the patterns were somewhat scattered. There was no enemy air opposition although flak was encountered at three different points. Intense and very accurate flak was met from the Coblenz area, moderate and fairly accurate flak from Aachen, and moderate and accurate flak from the target area. This accounted for battle damage to 15 of the Group's aircraft, three of them sustaining major damage, and for the loss of one aircraft from 613th Squadron. All others returned safely.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This was another long mission back to Southern Germany to attack the Messerschmit assembly plant at Augsburg. Lt. Col. led the mission when the 401st put up three Boxes and two spares to form the entire 94th "A" cmv formation. Although the usual PFF bombing was expected it became obvious in the I.P. area that it would be visual bombing for a change. All three Boxes bombed their primary MPI's obtaining good results and covering the assigned MPI's. There was no enemy air activity but the flak was intense and accurate at three points, Coblenz, Aachen and the target area, accounting for damage to 15 of the Group aircraft. Crews: 42-97872 Rozzell, 42-102917 Mercer, 42-102394 Harasym, PFF 687 Gruman, 42-39012 Cammack, 42-97145 Taylor, 42-107084 Fisette, 42-97395 Koons, 42-97602 Lipka, 42-97780 Kovach.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - Two PFF aircraft, Dimple L and Dimple I landed from Polebrooke just before midnight on the 18th July to lead the 401st on this mission. The briefing was again extremely early, taking place at 0200 hrs for 38 crews. The weather ship, IY-K, Serial No. 42-31069, taking off at 0434 hrs, was one of the original 401st ships and was nicknamed LITTLE MOE. The 401st furnished three 12 aircraft Boxes comprJ.sJ.ng the 94th "A" CBW on an attack upon a Messerschmidt factory producing components for the Me-410's and the Me-262's (the jet aircraft) at Augsburg. Strike photos disclosed results as follows:- 100% of the bombs of the Lead Box within 2,000 feet and 80% within 1,000 feet of the assigned MPI; 85% of the bombs of the Low Box within 2,000 feet and 80% within 1,000 feet of the assigned MPI; strikes of the incendiary bombs dropped by the High Box almost completely obscured by smoke and dust of the other two Boxes, but some flashes observed in the center of the target area, showing the area was well covered. No enemy air opposition was met. Moderate, accurate flak was encountered at Aachen and at the target area. Three aircraft received major and twelve received minor battle damage. The Wing Leader was Lt. Col. W.T. Seawell; the Lead Navigator was Captain N.D. Wood and the Lead Bombardier was Major J. Pickoff. The 615th loading list was as follows: Melofchik, Duckworth, Ferdyn, Wingard, Haskett, Konze.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Capt. Aldridge led the Group on an operational mission to Russelsheim, Germany. But the primary was obscurred by clouds, so the secondary, Koblenz Marshalling Yards in the vital industrial area of the Rhine Valley was hit by PFF with excellent results. The Squadron (67th) Put up 13 aircraft as did both the 68th and 5o6th, and the 66th provided PFF lead and deputy lead for the 392nd BG. All planes bombed successfully and all returned to base. The 67th planes were not damaged but the 68th reported moderate and fairly accurate flak with six of their A/C sustaining "A" damages and one "AC". 1st Lt. H.R. Dimpfl was slightly injured by flak. 67th Squadron Supply started issuing Bronze Stars to be worn on ETO ribbons.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Strasbourg, France

The marshalling yards were well hit by 468 500 pounders.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0330 hours. The target was Eberbach an industrial target east of Mannheim. The planes were loaded with 500 lb. GP bombs and take off started at 0530 hours. The bombing altitude of 24,000 feet was reached as the Group crossed the French coast. There was heavy flak at the target and bombs were dropped with "fair" results. Landing started at 1240 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 - Airfield at Lechfeld, Germany, was bombed. Results as observed show that this mission was successful. Twelve ships from 323rd squadron took part. There were no abortives.

Ship #7075 and #1542 were involved in an accident in which they ran together in mid-air. Both ships and their crews are missing. It is believed that ship #7075 crash-landed in Switzerland. Ship #1542 was seen going down hopelessly out of control

source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Lechfeld. Major Everett flying with Lt. Malone led the B CBW attacking the A/C at Lechfeld (17 mi. south of Augsburg) which is being used as a training field for jet pilots on Me262s and 163s. Assigned MPIs were covered by good concentrations of bombs. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Lechfeld Airfield. Photos show that lead and low groups obtained excellent results. No picture is available for high group, but results are claimed as good from visual observation. Our Group formed the B Combat Wing. Fighter support was described as fair going in and good coming out. At 0952 our crews reported seeing a B-17 from the Wing ahead explode from apparent direct hit by flak and in going down take at least two other Forts with it. No chutes seen. At 0947 hours we lost two A/C from our Group due to a mid-air collision near the I.P.. The wing of 075 knocked the tail off 542 causing it to go down in a tight spin with no chutes seen. A/C #075 was knocked out of formation and badly damaged. The last heard from it was a radio message that it was trying to reach Switzerland. There was no E/A opposition but flak was moderate and rather accurate.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17F (#42-30851).
Organization: 560BS / 388BG of Knettishall, Suffolk.
Pilot: Malaniak, Walter H.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Bury St Edmonds/6mi ENE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102937).
Organization: 412BS / 95BG of Horham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Sasser, James D.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Horham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-39973).
Organization: 730BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: Gross, Morris L.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Deopham Green, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37623).
Organization: 413BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Colflesh, Ralph M.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Sheperds Grove/1mi W England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: F-5E (#43-28616).
Organization: 13PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Vassar, Edgar L.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Mount Farm, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-12173).
Organization: 555FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Waldron, Karl M Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B10 (#42-106611).
Organization: 368FS* / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Bouchard, Lawrence H.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: East Wretham, 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 482
July 19, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
Bomb TonnageEnemy
(on gnd)
7616700.017-0-438-0-147-1-70-0-74FG crashes Switzerland
First mission of 55FG after conversion to P-51
Mission Targets

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OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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20FG (1 a/c)
352FG (1 a/c)
4FG (2 a/c)
56FG (1 a/c)
355FG (1 a/c)
78FG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)