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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 623: 1,131 bombers and 440 fighters are dispatched to hit synthetic oil plants and refineries in Germany; AAF encounters an estimated 525 Luftwaffe fighters; 40 bombers and 17 fighters are lost; AAF claim 115-7-23 aircraft in the air and 42-0-43 on the ground:

1. 384 B-17s are dispatched to hit oil refineries at Bohlen (75), Chemnitz (75), Brux (39) and Ruhland (22); the Chemnitz force is an Operation FRANTIC force that along with 64 P-51s, continues on and lands in the USSR; targets of opportunity are a tire plant at Fulda (66), a marshaling yard at Fulda (40) and 16 others; they claim 12-16-1 aircraft; 16 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 94 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 4 WIA and 153 MIA. Escort is provided by 252 of 275 P-51s; they claim 57-2-12 aircraft in the air and 26-0-25 on the ground; 4 P-51s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 5 damaged; 4 pilots are MIA.

2. 351 B-17s are dispatched to hit oil refineries at Merseburg (111) and Lutzkendorf (96); targets of opportunity hit are Eisennach (71), Labejum (12), Rossla (6) and 25 others; they claim 1-1-2 aircraft; 13 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 106 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 21 WIA and 120 MIA. Escort is provided by 247 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 13-0-1 aircraft in the air and 4-0-2 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 2 P-47s and 4 P-51s damaged; 3 pilots are MIA.

3. 396 B-24s are dispatched to hit an engine factory at Hannover (88), oil refineries at Misburg (87) and Magdeburg (33) and an ordinance depot at Magdeburg (27); targets of opportunity hit are Magdeburg (70), Stendal (45), Diepholz (9) and 3 others; they claim 4-8-1 aircraft; 10 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 179 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 13 WIA and 102 MIA. Escort is provided by 164 P-38s and P-51s; they claim 45-5-10 aircraft in the air and 12-0-16 on the ground; 10 P-51s are lost, 4 damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged; 14 pilots are MIA.

Mission 625: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets on France and Germany during the night.

38 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: Synthetic Oil Plant at Lutzkendorf, near Halle, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 26 (358BS - 7, 359th - 6, 360th - 7, 427th - 6). Length of Mission: 7 hours, 32 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb G.P. M43 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 27,900 & 26,800 ft. Ammo Fired: 31,155 rounds.

The 303rd BG(H) again dispatched a small number of B-17s to attack the Lutzkendorf synthetic oil plant. The secondary target, the aero-engine works at Eisenbach, last resort Erfurt Airfield and PFF target military installations in Merseburg. Aircraft #42- 107206 Old Black Magic, 359BS (Lt. Akers) turned back over Stamford due to a supercharger problem.

The primary target was bombed with 240 500-lb. G.P. M43 bombs from 27,900 and 26,800 ft. with fair results. A 5/10 low cloud cover, with tops at 7,000 ft., permitted visual bombing, but clear results were obscured by the clouds. One aircraft dropped 10 500-lb. bombs on Grouzberg as a target of opportunity. Another dropped 10 500-lb. bombs on an unidentified German target of opportunity.

Moderate contrails obscured visibility at the bombing altitude. A few enemy aircraft were seen (FW-190s and ME-410s) with no attacks on the 303rd BG(H). Fighter support, consisting of 164 P-38s and P-51s, was good. A little meager and inaccurate flak was encountered at several points. Major battle damage was sustained by five B-17s and five had minor damage.

Aircraft #42-38057 (No Name), 427BS (Lt. Brown), landed at an airfield near Paris. The crew was uninjured. All other aircraft returned safely to Base with no casualties.

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/
351BG Mission Report - 38 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - This group saw several ME-163 'Komet' rocket-powered aircraft around Leipzig and one near the Belgian border, but they were not attacked.source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 192A. The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high section of the 41st "A" Combat Bombardment Wing on this mission. The primary target, oil installations near Lutzkendorf, Germany, were obscured by a solid undercast, as was the secondary and an airfield near Giessen. Finally, a successful visual attack was accomplished on an unidentified factory in the Friedberg, Germany, area. This group saw several Me-163 'Komet' rocket-powered aircraft in the vicinity of Leipzig, and one near the Belgian coast, but they were not attacked. Primary Target: Oil - Luetzkendorf, Germany. Target Attacked : Target of Opportunity (Visual): Unidentified Factory - Friedburg, Germany

17 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 11. Aborted - 3. Ground Spare, Unused - 3
42-107057 Mock, John M - Aborted due to #4 engine failure.
43-37703 Dodson, Lee W - Aborted due to #2 engine failure.
43-37990 Goodrick, Gene Robert - Aborted due to #1 engine supercharger failure.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 192B. The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the high section of the 41st "B" Combat Bombardment Wing on this mission. The primary target, oil installations in the Merseburg, Germany, area was obscured by weather conditions. The formation then proceeded to the secondary target. Although the rest of the formation broke off the attack, the 384th pressed on and were able to drop their bombs in the vicinity of the target, although results were deemed "poor." This group was attacked by a single ME163 'Komet' rocket-powered aircraft, which made two passes on his formation (the high and low squadrons), in the vicinity of the primary target. Primary Target: Oil Refinery - Merseburg, Germany. Target Attacked : Secondary (Visual): Motor Assembly Plant - Eisenach, Germany.

12 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 11. Failed To Return - 1
42-102566 Farra, Robert L - Landed at home base about one-and-one-half hours after the rest of the Group.
42-107058 Chadwick, James Woodrow - Failed to Return - MIA; aircraft received a direct flak burst, at 1208 hours near the primary target, in bomb bay; immediately released bombs and caught on fire; dived to 18,000 feet and levelled off; lost to sight; flak, crashed near Halle, Germany; MACR 8903.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
392nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - Eight crews from the 613th were distributed between the Lead, High and Low Boxes. Because of the weather over the target the Lead and High Boxes bombed on PFF. The Low Box was unable to bomb the primary and dropped on Eisenach, the secondary target with results described as excellent. South of Coblenz along the Rhine river flak was encountered which was moderate and accurate and appeared to come from barges on the river. Flak at the target was moderate, and fair to good for accuracy. No enemy air opposition was encountered by our Group although other Wings reported combat with approximately 125 enemy aircraft. Our fighters engaged an estimated 400 enemy fighters over wide areas in central Germany and despite weather conditions the Luftwaffe put forth a maximum effort against todays attacks. Our crews participating in todays mission and returning safely to base were: Jetter, Etters, Budd, Carson, Lippert, Campbell, Hopley, Annis.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The Group put up a 36 aircraft box to form the 94th "B" CBW, plus 3 other aircraft that were probably two PFF and a spare. Major W.C. Garland was the Wing Air Commander. The flak was intense and accurate and aircraft 42-97478, piloted by Lt. G.A. Filemyr, was badly damaged by flak and forced to leave the formation. It was then jumped by four enemy fighters wounding the Ball Turret gunner in the chest. Later, over Saarbrucken, at 8,000 feet, they flew into an intense flak barrage and during the violent evasive action two of the crew bailed out. The aircraft eventually returned to Deenethorpe. Crews: 42-97636 Carroll, 42-39012 Harasym, 42-107151 Silverstein, 42-97145 Lerwick, 42-31983 Utter, 42-38330 Hubbel, 42-102659 Kovach, 42-97602 James, 42-38236 Crozier, 42-97478 Filemyr.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - 39 crews plus one observer ship crew were briefed for the mission to Merseburg at 0400 hrs with all ships except SC-B taking off by 0813 hrs. SC-B took off at 0846 hrs but was forced to land again ten minutes later with mechanical problems and was scrubbed from the mission. The target was the largest synthetic oil refinery in Germany and was located at Merseburg. The 401st made up the 94th liB" CBW with Major W.C. Garland leading. Capt. R.D. McCord and Capt. C.A. Lewis were the other Box leaders. The Lead and High Boxes bombed by PFF with unobserved results but the Low Box bombed the NFl of the 351st Group and plastered it with almost 10~6 of the bombs within 1,000 feet of the MPI.

Although no enemy air opposition was met by the Group the crews experienced moderate and accurate flak from the vicinity of Koblenz going in and coming out. There was also moderate and fairly accurate flak at the target. This flak accounted for the loss of one of the Squadron's crews between the I.P. and the target. Another crew lost two of its members who bailed out near the target when the plane they were in was severely damaged by flak, although the aircraft did manage to return to Deenethorpe. All other aircraft returned with a total of four men wounded. Three of the Group's aircraft received major flak damage and 22 received minor flak damage.

The crew that was lost was that of 1st Lt. Milton R. Wingard and it was later reported that Lt. Wingard had been made POW. Sgt. Billie M. Ingram, the waist gunner was reported KIA and the rest of the crew reported MIA. Apparently the flak burst was inside the cockpit on the co-pilot's side of the aircraft for flames were coming out of his side window. After the bombs were salvoed the aircraft appeared to be under control and no chutes were observed. The aircraft was IY-O, Serial No. 42-31091, one of the Group's original B-17's. The 615th loading list was as follows: Heenan (with Capt. C.A. Lewis), Kochel, Turk, Grimm, Wingard MIA, Daves, Cooper, Udy.

source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Not so fortunate was the case of Lt. Hohler and crew. Returning from a mission on September 11th, the aircraft of Lt. Hohler and crew caught on fire while in the traffic pattern and the fire spread so rapidly they had no alternative other than to jump. All nine bailed out successfully but Lt. Mohler suffered two fractures his leg and will be laid up for a long period. Then on September 30th the remainder of the crew was lost on an operational mission to Munster, Germany. Their pilot was Lt. Davis of 615th Squadron. After being hit by flak over the target and with their number one engine on fire and smoking they left formation with escort and under good control. No parachutes or further observations were made but all agree that the crew had plenty of time to bailout. We hope they did and agree that their luck appeared to have run out.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - The next day, September 11th, provided a change in scenery for the crews when the Group furnished a 36 aircraft Box flying as the 94th "B" CBW. This time the target was the largest synthetic oil industry in Germany located at Merseburg. The lead and High Box found it necessary to bomb the target PFF and no results were observed due to the undercast. The Low Box did not manage to get in PFF bombing formation after dropping in Trail for Visual Bombing and consequently did not bomb the primary target. They returned to the Secondary Visual Target and found it obscured by cloud on the bomb run and so they bombed the Secondary for the 351st Group which was only three miles to the west. Since the Lead Bombardier was familiar with the 351st MPI as brought out in the pre-briefing for Lead Crews the Group will receive credit for the excellent job of bombing - 100% of the bombs within 1,000 feet of the MPI. Although no enemy air opposition was met by the Group the crews experienced moderate and accurate Flak from the vicinity of Koblenz going in and coming out. There was also moderate and fairly accurate Flak at the target. This Flak accounted for the loss of one of the 615th crews between the I.P. and the target. Another crew lost two of its members who bailed out near the target after the plane was severely damaged by Flak, although the aircraft managed to return to base. All other aircraft returned with a total of four men wounded. Captain McCard, with Lt. Joe Browne as Lead Bombardier and Lt. Fishbeck as Lead Navigator, led the Low Box accomplishing the splendid bombing at Eisenach, the secondary target. A total of ten this effort with the crew loadings as follows: 42-97487 Schaunaman, 42-97938 Burge, 42-31891 McCord, 42-106992 Burns, 43-37632 Hocking, 42-102993 Hill, 42-102393 Knost, 43-37628 Hayes, 42-102957 Mohler, 42-107039 Harlan.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
44BG Mission Report - Lt. Benadom led the Group against the Hanomag Works at Misburg (Harover) along with seven other 67th ships in the 44th's 4 formation of 35 planes. All reached the target and bombed thru cloud cover and the results were unobserved. Ten to 20 E/A were seen but no attacks were made on our Group's formation. Flak was intense and accurate, but we sustained no losses. Six of the 67th's planes received battle damage from the flak and F/O Porter and Sgt. Ponfield suffered slight wounds, too. Lt. Appelin adds: "Results excellent! Battle damage - over 300 holes, number 3 engine shot out, main landing gear flat. One hole in horizontal stabilizer about 3 feet in diameter; bombardier injured. Lt. Ray Porter got it between the eyes and got a lot of plexiglass in his eyes. Lost altitude while struggling home over Great Yarmouth - 14 British destroyers shot at us, warning us not to go over, but we had to. Lt. Hurst landed the ship with auto-pilot - and our iron bird will be put in its nest for a while. Capt. Gatti from duty to leave of absence 5 days. 2nd Lt. Harris promoted to 1st Lt. effective 7 Sept.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Misburg, Germany - Oil Refinery. A/C Took Off: 40. A/C Bombed Target: 33. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.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/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Lutzkendorf, Germany. The synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf 13 miles S.W. of Halle was bombed by this group flying as 1st A CBW with poor results due to 4-6/10 cloud cover and large cloud formation directly over MPI. The 322nd Squadron furnished the lead group with Capt. Newquist, Squadron operations officer, piloting the lead ship and Capt. Thompson, Squadron C.O., acting as CBW commander. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: AT-6D (#43-13984).
Organization: / 1BD of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Bertelson, Robert G.
Notes: killed due to engine failure.
Location: Steeple Morden/1mi E S122 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31579).
Organization: 323BS / 91BG of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Kirkham, Charles M.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38016).
Organization: 544BS / 384BG of Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Allred, Frank L.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Grafton Underwood England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-74753).
Organization: 350FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Grainger, Lester M.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Raydon, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-14381).
Organization: 385FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Jamison, Gilbert L.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Honington, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "Carpetbagger Sept 11/12, 1944"
Carpetbagger mission
September 11, 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
37260.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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BOB, FRANCE
BOB 200 Carpetbagger
1 A/C
BOB FRANCE
BOB 267 Carpetbagger
2 A/C
BOB FRANCE
BOB 285 Carpetbagger
2 A/C
BOB FRANCE
BOB 309 Carpetbagger
1 A/C
GLOVER FRANCE
GLOVER 7A Carpetbagger
4 A/C
HECKLER FRANCE
HECKLER 4A Carpetbagger
1 A/C
HUGH FRANCE
HUGH 6C Carpetbagger
1 A/C
LICENSE FRANCE
LICENSE 5B Carpetbagger
3 A/C
SALESMAN FRANCE
SALESMAN 25 Carpetbagger
3 A/C
STOCKBROKER FRANCE
STOCKBROKER 24F Carpetbagger
2 A/C
TABLEJAM DENMARK
TABLEJAM 78 Carpetbagger
1 A/C
TABLEJAM FRANCE
TABLEJAM 79 Carpetbagger
1 A/C
STOCKBROKER FRANCE
STOCKBROKER 24F Carpetbagger
2 A/C
STOCKBROKER FRANCE
STOCKBROKER 25 Carpetbagger
2 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
492BG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)

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
220.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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Night ops
2 A/C
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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
801st Bombardment Group (Provisional)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)