Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 490: 280 bombers and 193 fighters are dispatched to attack airfields in France; 1 bomber is lost:
1. 78 of 82 B-17s hit Creil Airfield; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 2 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA and 1 WIA.
2. Of 198 B-24s, 61 hit Laon/Couvron Airfield, 57 hit Laon/Athies Airfield and 48 hit Juvincourt Airfield; 3 B-24s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 2 WIA.
Escort for both groups above is provided by 177 P-38s and P-51s.
Mission 491: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night. 21 of 25 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,
303BG Mission Report - Target: Airdrome at Creil, France. Crews Dispatched: 38 (358BS - 10, 359th - 9, 360th - 10, 427th - 10). Crews Lost: Lt. Morgan, all Rescued; Lt. Miller, 1 KIA, 7 BO. Length of Mission: 6 hours, 25 minutes. Bomb Load: 38 x 100 lb G.P. M30 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 26,750, 24,700 & 23,400 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.
The 303BG was assigned the Creil, France airdrome. 1Lt. J.A. Moreau, 358BS, led the 41st CBW-B formation of 39 B- 17s, including one GEE-H aircraft, B-17G #42-102449 Hale’s Angels, from the 547BS, 384BG (SO-R) at Grafton Underwood. Two aircraft aborted the mission.
Thirty-seven B-17s dropped 1,390 100-lb. G.P. M30 bombs utilizing the GEE-H British ground stations to obtain the bomb release position fix. There was a 10/10 undercast covering enemy territory. Almost no enemy opposition, fighters or flak, was encountered, but two aircraft were lost. Because the trip was prolonged, both ran out of gasoline on the way back to Base.
#42-102960 (No Name), 359BS, piloted by 1Lt. William D. Morgan, ditched in the English Channel when its gasoline was exhausted. The entire crew was picked up by an air-sea rescue boat. One crewman was injured. #42-97622 Paper Dollie, 358BS, piloted by F/O Cecil M. Miller, ran short of fuel and was unable to find an emergency field on which to land. F/O Miller ordered his crew to bail out while crossing the English coast. Three engines had stopped and the 4th was on and off. The countryside was hilly where seven of the crewmen made successful parachute jumps and landed safely. F/O Saul A. Cooper sustained a broken ankle. F/O Cecil Miller jumped, but was killed on landing. His parachute handle had been pulled, but the ‘hute was still semi-packed. Sgt. William A. Zweck's parachute caught in the B-17's elevators and he was killed when the Fortress crashed at Bishop's Waltham.
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50470). Organization: 714BS / 448BG of Seething, Norfolk. Pilot: Briola, Donald A. Notes: landing accident. Location: Seething, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: F-5B (#42-68213). Organization: 27PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire. Pilot: Harmon, Ronald W. Notes: landing accident. Location: Mount Farm, Oxfordshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Oxford II (#AP468). Organization: 5SrS / 1SrG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire. Pilot: Warth, Thomas H. Notes: take off accident due to engine failure. Location: Debden, Essex England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67220W). Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire. Pilot: Tachick, George K. Notes: landing accident. Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/