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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 519: In the morning, 1,171 bombers and 646 fighters are dispatched to attack strategic targets in the Magdeburg-Brunswick-Hannover region of Germany including oil refineries and tank and aircraft production; 13 bombers and 4 fighters are lost:

1. Of 215 B-17s, 93 hit Magdeburg/Neustadt, 87 hit Magdeburg/Krupp, 14 hit Helmstedt Airfield and 6 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 3-1-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s are lost and 189 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 8 WIA and 28 MIA. Escort is provided by 174 P-38s and P-51s; they claim 19-1-7 aircraft in the air and 1-0-2 on the ground; 1 P-38 and 3 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 1 P-38 and 5 P-51s are damaged; 1 pilot is KIA and 1 WIA.

2. 70 of 78 B-24s hit Halberstadt Airfield and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost and 7 damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 41 of 47 P-47s; they claim 4-0-1 aircraft.

3. Of 452 B-24s, 98 hit Brunswick Aero-Engineering, 85 hit Fallerslaben, 69 hit Brunswick/Wilhelmitor, 65 hit Brunswick/Me 110 Assembly Plant, 44 hit Brunswick/Bussing, 30 hit Brunswick aircraft components factory, 9 hit Goslar Airfield and 8 hit targets of opportunity; 7 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 147 damaged; 13 airmen are KIA, 5 WIA and 55 MIA. Escort is provided by 172 of 188 P-51s; they claim 5-0-1 in the air and 3-0-3 on the ground; 1 P-51 is damaged.

4. Of 426 B-17s, 176 hit Nienburg, 143 hit Hannover/Langenhagen Airfield, 72 hit Dollbergen and 3 hit targets of opportunity; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 130 are damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 5 WIA and 15 MIA. Escort is provided by 186 of 197 P-51s; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 6 damaged; 2 pilots are MIA. Mission 520: 38 of 39 B-17s hit 6 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais; 19 B-17s are damaged. Escort is provided by 10 of 12 P-51s; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft on the ground.

Mission 522: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in the Netherlands and France during the night.

19 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

In England, HQ 492d Bombardment Group (Heavy) moves from North Pickenham to Harrington; and the 406th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), VIII Air Force Composite Command [attached to 801st Bombardment Group (Provisional)], moves from Harrington to Cheddington with B-24s.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

German damage report (Brunswick) - Frankfurter Strasse Cammannstrasse, Doering road Hedwigstrasse, Luisenstrasse Sophienstrasse Juliusstrasse, Broitzemer road Virchowstrasse, Ekbertstrasse, Schoettlerstrasse, Goslarsche road Wilhelmitorwall, Ferdinand Street, Gieseler Wall, Lachmann road, August Street, Viewegstrasse, Schuntersiedlung, Vorwerk settlement, Boast. Damaged were the cathedral, the station, the MIAG. 36 dead. (translated from German)source: Brunswick city website http://www.braunschweig.de/kultur_tourismus/stadtportraet/geschichte/stadtchronik.html
303BG Mission Report - Target: Flers, Cousbronne, Flefs, Fleury, Crepieul, Fressin, and Coxyde, France - "No Ball" Targets. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 9, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 3 hours, 40 minutes. Bomb Load: 20 x 250 lb G.P. M57 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 21,000 & 25,200 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Six separate "No Ball" targets in the Pas de Calais area were attacked. Low 0/10 to 3/10 clouds enabled bombardiers to locate their targets with ease. The formations dropped 423 500-250 lb. G.P. M57 bombs. Thirty-four aircraft bombed their assigned targets and four bombed Coxyde airfield as a target of opportunity. Bombing results were good, except at Fressin and Fiefs, where the results were generally poor.

No enemy aircraft were seen. Moderate and accurate flak was encountered by four of the six Squadrons. Nine aircraft sustained major and ten, minor battle damage. One crewman was wounded. Friendly fighters furnished fair area support. Aircraft #44-6006 (No Name) 427BS (Lt. Stark), 358BS, landed at Ford, England, with two engines out.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
366BS / 306BG Mission Report - Squadron Lead and Hi in Lo Gp of 40"B" CBW. 8 A/C (1 A/C in Lead E1 of the 422nd) Piloted by Lts Brye, Seewer, Mockett, Tupler, Barry, - Boggs, Sejerman, Anthony (Hi BS). Lt Tupler aborted. Bombing mission was over Hannover (A/C Mfrg plant), Germany. Bombing results were excellent. All A/C and personnel returned but for Sgt. H. G. Miller, who was killed in action. source: Army Air Forces Online Forum http://forum.armyairforces.com/
306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #52 Halberstadt. Command Pilot: WACKWITZ. Target was again an airfield. 36 planes were dispatched. 35 bombed the primary target, dropping 100 tons, and one plane failed to bomb. 35 Credit Sorties. Score: Very good. One plane was lost to Flak on this mission.

B-24H 41-29557 E/L Shadrach Missing in Action Flak believed near Vagdeburg. Crashed at Wesermunde. With 7BS. Pilot: Terry. Missing Air Crew Report # 7697. 1 Killed in Action, 8 or 9 Prisoner of War.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 36 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 173. Primary Target: Airfield - Langenhagen, Germany

41 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 34. Scrubbed - 1. Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3. Ground Spare, Unused - 2. Some Crewmembers Bailed Out - 1
42-37982 Shwery, Arthur J - A flak shell exploded beside the nose of Tremblin Gremlin on the bomb run. I'm hit. said the bombardier, 1st Lt. Marvin Fryden, but he remained at his bombsight until bombs-away, then collapsed. He had been hit in the chest, and subsequently died of his wounds. Schwery (pilot) and Seeley (TT) were also wounded, and the plane was severely damaged, barely making it back to England (Halesworth) on two engines, with no brakes, and many flak holes.
42-107058 Mead, Frank Willard - Five EM bailed out before target at 1230 at Garlstorf when the hydraulic motor burned out, causing intense smoke in the cockpit; stand by to bail out order was heard by EM as bail out and they jumped (MACR 7885). Plane attacked target w 4 crew.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - Over eleven hundred heavy bombers were dispatched to attack targets in the Magdeburg, Brunswick and Hanover Areas. The 388th flew as high Group in the 45th Combat Wing which attacked the Krupp Armament Works.

21 a/c including one PFF a/c were airborne by 0759 hours. 3 a/c aborted. Formations were effected and the Wing proceeded to the target on the briefed course. Weather was good over the entire route and clear over the target. The target was bombed visually by Groups. Our Group bombed the target at 1253 hours from 26,000 feet. Strike photos show fair results. Several large buildings received direct hits.

Flak at the target was intense and accurate. Some enemy fighters were seen just before the IP but our fighter escort engaged these a/c.

All of our a/c returned to base by 1518 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 flying 9 aircraft in the Lead and High Squadron positions. Weather over the continent was nil to 3/10ths, visibility excellent. Bombing results were excellent for the Lead, good to excellent for the High and good for the Low Box. No enemy opposition or flak was encountered and all aircraft returned to base. Crews on the mission were: Mannix, Connoly, Carson, Lockhart, Thomason.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - A shorter mission against a strategic underground oil storage on the outskirts of Nienburg, Germany was flown August 5th for the Group's next effort. The three boxes of 12 aircraft each that the Group furnished as the 94th "C" CBW all carried Semi-armor piercing bombs of the 1,000 pounder size in an effort to get through to the underground tanks. Again an undisturbed by flak bomb run in good CAVU weather afforded the Lead Bombardiers the best of conditions in which to bomb. All three boxes literally saturated the assigned area with excellent coverage of the assigned M.P.I. From the look of the rising smoke after bombing it appeared their efforts had met with good success. Again no enemy fighters and no flak was encountered for another very successful Milk Run to Germany. All of the crews and aircraft returned safely.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - Capt. V.K. Cammack led the Low Box to bomb an underground storage depot. The target was hard to identify and the 614th Squadron were last over the target. Heavy fires were observed and as the formation turned at the rally point out it seemed doubtful if the main supply had been destroyed. The 1,000 pound bombs did not penetrate to the deeply covered tanks. The 39 aircraft from the Group made up the 94th "C" with three aircraft as spares for other formations. The Air Commander was Lt. Col. W.T. Seawell. The weather over the continent was nil to 3/10ths with excellent visual bombing conditions over the target. Bombing results were excellent for the Lead Box, good to excellent for the High Box and good for the Low Box. Again the Group had a milk run with no enemy aircraft or flak encountered. Crews: 42-97395 Koons, 42-102394, Brown, 42-31369 Kovach, 42-31863 Harasym, 42-97872 Carroll, 42-97145 Sauerwald, 42-97863 Rozzell, 42-97602 Lerwick, 42-97478 Filemyr.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - 39 crews briefed at 0530 hrs including the two PFF ships from Polebrook, '687 and '947. All aircraft were airborne by 0933 hrs on their way to the primary target, an underground storage plant. Strike photos indicated the MPI's of the Lead and High Boxes were covered and crews observed explosions with columns of black smoke rising after they had left the target area. The 401st Group furnished three 12 aircraft Boxes that made up the 94th "C" CBW. L't. Col. W.T. Seawell was the Wing Leader with Captain Cammck and Lt. Connolly the other two Box Leaders. No enemy air opposition was met, but, again, crews reported contrails high above their formation which could have been jet aircraft. Crews: Kalinski, Stegemann, Wingard, Duckworth, McIlraith, Gillespie, Oas, Dow.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - 34 A/C plus 6 PFFs were dispatched to Brunswick to hit the aircraft factory, with the 44th leading the 14th Combat Wing. PFF lead was 1st Lt. Hawkins in #770 with 10 67th in first section, 12 68th in second and 12 more 506th in third section. There were three ships that did not bomb. Bombing was visual but with PFF assistance, bomb loading 13 x 100 M47s and 9 x 500 GPs. Results were: poor, first sect. excellent, second sect. Excellent, third section. Flak was moderate over the target, but accurate; no enemy aircraft were observed due to great fighter support. All planes returned to base safely but some with battle damage, especially the third section - 506th - with #016 out of commission from damage. 1st Lts. Ward and Gunton promoted to Captaincy effective this date.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Fallersleben

An aero engine plant was hit with very good results. Carolyn Sue (42-95190) was hit by flak and crashed. 2 crewmen were killed and 9 were taken prisoner.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
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 / 322nd BS Mission Report - Nienburg, Germany. An underground oil storage depot with a capacity of 147,000 gallons at Nienburg 26 Miles N.W. of Hanover was very accurately bombed by the 1st B CBW of which the 322nd Squadron furnished 10 crews of the high group led by Lt. Malone. The pattern of bomb strikes completely covered the assigned MPI. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Nienburg Underground oil storage depot. Photos show excellent results with MPI covered with hits. Crews were disappointed, however, they could see no black oil smoke billowing up from target after it was attacked. There was no flak or fighter opposition and the weather was CAVU.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: A-20G (#43-9898).
Organization: 640BS / 409BG of Little Walden, Essex.
Pilot: Turner, Carl E Jr.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Scotland Fm, Dry Drayron England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97967).
Organization: 524BS / 379BG of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Miller, Marshall B.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94809).
Organization: 714BS / 448BG of Seething, Norfolk.
Pilot: Matthaes, Hosea E.
Notes: landing accident due to engine failure.
Location: Seething, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95222).
Organization: 576BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Filkel, Owen H.
Notes: killed in a take off accident.
Location: Wendling/ 2 1/2mi E S 118 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: F-5E (#43-29025).
Organization: 27PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Floyd, Robert C.
Notes: crash landing engine failure.
Location: Mount Farm, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67277).
Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Cilli, Alexander F.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67297).
Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Curtis, Harry I Jr.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Goxhill/60mi N Sta 345 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#42-106934).
Organization: 503FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Stillwell, Frank M.
Notes: bailed out mid air collision due to engine failure.
Location: Nutts Farm/Ashdown England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C7 (#42-103567).
Organization: 503FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Flaherty, Edward C.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Manor Farm/Thriplow England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-14012).
Organization: Hq / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Reynolds, John R.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Manor Farm/Thriplow England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Photo Reconnaissance "
Photo recon; Scouting; Weather
August 05, 1944

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

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SCOUT FOR BOMBERS
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C

Special Op
2 A/C
BELGIUM / FRANCE / GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo38 A/C

Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C
SCOUT FOR BOMBERS
Reconnaissance
weather8 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
1SF
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)