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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 595: 679 B-17s and 294 B-24s are dispatched to hit Ludwigshafen, Haguenan, Gustavsburg, Mainz and Hallach, Germany and Foret de Haguenan, France; high clouds are encountered over France and the mission is recalled; 1 B-17 bombs Hallach; 2 B-17s and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 5 B-17s are damaged; 30 airmen are KIA and 2 WIA. Escort is provided by 508 P-38s and P-51s; 3 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 2 pilots are MIA.

Mission 597: 12 of 12 Azon-equipped B-24s hit the Ravenstein rail bridge, the Netherlands without loss. Escort is provided by 15 of 15 P-51s.

Mission 599: 3 of 3 B-17s fly a Micro H mission to attack a fuel dump in the Bois del la Haussiere, Belgium without loss. Escort is provided by 2 of 2 P-51s. VIII Fighter Command fighter-bomber missions:

1. 265 of 273 P-47s attack railroads in N and NE France; they claim 5-0-2 aircraft on the ground; 3 P-47s are lost (pilots are MIA), 1 damaged beyond repair and 28 damaged.

2. 33 of 33 attack targets in the Brussels, Belgium area without loss.

31 of 44 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

398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The 401st supplied 39 aircraft to form the 94th "C" CBW plus PFF aircraft and a spare, to attack the Daimler-Benz plant at Gaggenau, a plant that employed 12,000 workers. The plant produced a variety of equipment, mostly in the transportation field. The Wing Leader was Lt. Col. Brown with Lt. H.E. Kron as Lead Navigator and Capt. H.W. Meadville as Lead Bombardier. The bombing was visual for a change with all MPIs being well covered. Flak came up from the vicinity of Strasbourg and Karlsruhe and was meager to moderate, crews reporting that they were in and out of flak for about 25 minutes in all. Major W.C. Garland led the 614th low box of nine aircraft which bombed with fair results. They were: 42-97780 Mercer, 42-39012 Harasym, 42-38236 Filemyr, 42-102659 Kovach, 42-97872 Bright, 42-31863 Cooke, 42-97145 Lerwick, 42-38330 Hubbell, 42-97602 James, 42-107151 Crozier.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The Group flew as the 94th "B" Combat Bomb wing with the 614th furnishing 9 aircraft to form the High Squadron. Major Maupin was the Air Commander. The Group also put up three PFF aircraft in case the weather turned foul - which it usually did. There was an error in navigation and the Mickey equippment also failed so the lead aircraft picked up the wrong target - Gera, Germany. The High and Low Boxes did bomb the primary visually, which were synthetic oil and nitrogen plants at the I.G. Farben plant. The flak was intense and accurate and there were also several fights with enemy aircraft. Crews: 42-97145 Lerwick, 42-38330 Rundell, 42-97602 Mays, 42-31863 Silverstein, 42-107084 Filemyr, 42-97872 Bright, 42-97869 Kovach, 42-102398 Crozier, 42-38236 Hayes.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.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/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: AT-6 (#BD137).
Organization: / 3BD of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Lojewski, Teleschor (NMI).
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Grafton Underwood/2mi E England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97955).
Organization: 748BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Ingalls, John N.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Glatton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37561).
Organization: 533BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Ridgewell, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37935).
Organization: 418BS / 100BG of Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk.
Pilot: Armstrong, David A.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8024).
Organization: 533BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: Riza, Henry B.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Ridgewell, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-51134).
Organization: 784BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Harris, Homer Y.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6190W).
Organization: 551FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Schrank, Earl D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Atcham, Shropshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8412).
Organization: 61FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Bartle, William G.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8564).
Organization: 359FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Pietruszka, John F.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-12451W).
Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Sears, Eugene E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B10 (#42-106450*).
Organization: 354FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Stanton, O N.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#42-106923).
Organization: 364FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Hermansen, Harry H.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Leiston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13586).
Organization: 364FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Howell, Horace P.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Woodbridge/ 5mi NE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13709).
Organization: ESF / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Brown, Fred (NMI) Jr.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire 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 595; Fighter-bomber op; Sweep
September 01, 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
86682370.05-0-25-0-26-2-290-0-5364FG ditches sea
359FG ditches sea
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Mission Targets

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Escort
525 A/C

Fighter-Bomber
265 A/C

Sweep
33 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
20FG
352FG
356FG
359FG
364FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
361FG
479FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG
78FG
339FG
353FG
357FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
356FG (1 a/c)
359FG (1 a/c)
364FG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG (1 a/c)
78FG (2 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)