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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 498: 26 B-17s are dispatched to hit coastal batteries at Ostend and Cap Gris Nez/Calais area but weather prevented bombing. In Belgium, of 120 B-24s, 34 hit a Luftwaffe communication center at Brussels/Vilvorde, 20 hit a coastal battery at Gravelines, 11 hit oil installations and industrial plants at Ghent and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 32 damaged. Escort is provided by 154 P-38s, P-47s and P-51; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).

Mission 499: 193 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s fly fighter-bomber mission against rail traffic S of Rouen and Amiens; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft on the ground; 2 P-38s and 1 P-51 are lost (pilots are MIA); 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair and 2 P-47s are damaged.

Mission 500: 7 of 7 B-17s drop leaflets in the Netherlands and France 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

34th BG Mission Report - Mission #43 Wissant. Command Pilot: YOUNG. 12 planes were dispatched and 2 aborted. The remaining 10 planes failed to bomb. 10 Credit Sorties.

B-24H 42-94930 E/O Kisco Kid was hit by flak on the bomb run causing considerable damage to the fuselage and wings. Right after bombs away, another flak burst cut the rudder control cables and damaged #1 engine. The pilot headed directly for England but kept bearing left due to #1 engine being out. As the ship came over the Southern tip of England, still bearing left toward the open sea, the crew was ordered to bail out, the pilot and navigator being the last ones out. The plane exploded just before hitting the ground at West Malling. With 7BS. Pilot: Holmes. Unnumbered Missing Air Crew Report. All but two crewmembers were wounded or injured and four were seriously wounded but the four are not identified.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0130 hours. The target was the coastal batteries at Ostend on the south Belgian coast. Take off started at 0409 hours. As the Group approached the Belgian coast they found the target cloud covered. The Group returned with their bombs and landing started at 0831 hours. source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102533).
Organization: 568BS / 390BG of Framlingham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Hibbard, Paul R.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Framlingham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102677).
Organization: 568BS / 390BG of Framlingham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Perry, Clay L Jr.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Framlingham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38177).
Organization: / PBG of .
Pilot: Hall, Robert E.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Nutts Corner/Sta #2 Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-51105).
Organization: 701BS / 445BG of Tibenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: King, Harry L.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Tibenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95207).
Organization: 506BS / 44BG of Shipdham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Atkins, Charles N.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Shipdham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-104140).
Organization: 434FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Helding, Arnold G.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-75863).
Organization: 351FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: McLaughlin, Grover H.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: RAF Fairford England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-13863).
Organization: 79FS / 20FG of Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Williams, Woodrow W.
Notes: bailed out due to explosion.
Location: RAF Cranfield/5mi W Bdfrd England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Fighter Command"
Escort for 8th AF 498; FIghter-Bomber ops
July 27, 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
36834728.70-0-01-0-13-1-20-0-4364FG first use of P-51
20FG destr by lightning
FIghter-Bomber attacked rail traffic S of Rouen
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Mission Targets

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Fighter-Bomber
1 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
20FG
356FG
364FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
56FG
479FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
78FG
353FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
364FG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
479FG (2 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)