Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #66 Kassel. Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 36 planes were dispatched. 34 planes dropped 96 tons on the primary target and 2 failed to bomb. 2 planes were lost Missing in Action by way of a mid-air collision. 18 crewmen on these two planes were listed as Missing in Action and one crewman was Wounded inAction. 36 Credit Sorties.
B-17G 43-38294 E/O The Wrangler With 7BS. Missing in Action Kassel mid-air collision. The collision occurred as the planes uncovered for the bomb run and was thought to be caused by prop wash which caused this plane, flying in position 3-2, to drop down onto 43-38399,which was in position 4-1. This plane sustained damage to the wing as its #3 engine sheared the tail assembly from the other plane. It dropped of on its right wing going straight down, exploding about 5,000 feet below the formation. As many as five chutes were seen and 5 crew members did survive to be taken Prisoners of War. Crashed Buren, Germany. Pilot: Whited. Missing Air Crew Report# 10199. 4 Killed in Action, 5 Prisoner of War.
B-17G 43-38399 E/Y With 7th Sq. Missing in Action Kassel mid-air collision. The plane 43-38294,flying position 3-2 dropped down onto this plane, which was in position 4-1. This planes tail assembly was sheered off. The plane winged over onto its back and went into a right spin, smoking as it went down. Crashed Buren, Germany. Pilot: Durrett. Missing Air Crew Report # 10200. 9 Killed in Action.
source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 38 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
source: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - The assigned primary was the ordnance depot but because of 10/10ths cloud coverage the secondary target, a large engineering plant was bombed by PFF, the results being unobserved. No enemy air opposition was reported and flak was encountered by the High Box only at the target area, and it was moderate and fair to good for accuracy. The nine crews from the 613th participating were: Jennings, Annis, Keck, Budd, Carson, Hanson, Thomason, Hopley,
source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The Group furnished 36 aircraft plus two PFF aircraft to make up the 94th "B" Combat Bomb Wing on this mission to Kassel. The primary visual target was the ordnance depot but because of 10/10th's cloud coverage the secondary target, a large engineering works, was bombed by PFF. The 614th put up ten crews to form part of the High Box with Lt. Ted D. Carroll in the Lead Aircraft. Some light scattered flak was encountered by the High Box only and was reported as being fair to good for accuracy. Five aircraft were damaged and one crewman was wounded. Crews: 44-8153 Carroll, 42-39012 Harasym, 42-97395 Morton, 42-38330 Sisson, 42~31863 Hayes, 42-102659 Kovach, 42-97602 Mays, 42-97478 Bright, 42-107151 Crozier, 42-97145 Rundell.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was an attack by the whole of the 8th A.F. on the armoured and motor vehicle factories at Kassel, Germany. 635 four-engined bombers dropping 1,700 tons of bombs for the loss of 3 aircraft MIA and 107 aircraft damaged. The 401st furnished three 12 aircraft Boxes comprising the 94th "B" CBW, led by Captain F.A. Kalinski of the 615th Squadron. 40 crews were briefed at 0700 hrs with the assembly on the Cottesmore Buncher at 11,000 feet. The crews were briefed for a low visibility take-off and in between the airfield being declared RED, the aircraft managed to become airborne by 1038 hrs. A "round-up" was organized in the early afternoon when the control tower staff spotted two horses and 15 cows wandering around the end of runway No 23 and dispersals 23, 24 and 25. Because of the bad weather over Kassel the Wing carried out a FFF attack on the marshalling yards. The Mickey operators reported that they had a good run and believed that good bombing was accomplished. Crews reported that columns of black smoke were rising from the target as the Wing left the area. No enemy aircraft were encountered but contrails of two jet fighters were seen in the neighborhood. The flak at the target was moderate and one aircraft received major and four aircraft minor battle damage. Crews: Grimm, Charleville, Stegemann, Haskett, Cooper, Sombart, Daves, Sullivan, Udy.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Aero-engines was the target for September 22nd with 36 aircraft from the 401st despatched to bomb the Henchel factory at Kassel. PFF aircraft were included as usual in case blind bombing became necessary. And bad weather, 10/10'6 undercast, was encountered and Mickey operators reported a good run and believed good bombing was accomplished on the PFF target which vas the city of Kassel and its marshalling yards. No enemy opposition in the air was encountered but Flak was present as usual. Only the High Box encountered the scattered but moderate Flak from Kassel and the varying accuracy accounted for damage to five of the aircraft and one man wounded. Nine of the 612th crews completed this mission with Major Maupin leading the Low Box assisted by Lt. Carns and Lt. Burns leading the other crews in the Low Squadron of the same Box. Crew loadings were as follows: 42-97487 Schaunaman, 43-37628 Burge, 42-39993 Gibson, 43-37632 Hoiking, 42-107039 Jones, 42-107398 Maxwell, 42-31891 Carns, 43-37790 Bonney, 42-106992 Burns.
source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
44BG Mission Report - There was some difficulty at take-off time today when four of the scheduled planes could not take off. However, 20 of them did make it, including two PFFs and five from the 67th, to attack Kassels M/Y while leading the 14th Wing. Bomb loads were 6 x 500 Incend. and 6 x 500 GPs, bombing altitude at 23,500 and using the PFF equipment. Results were unobserved. The formation encountered meager, inaccurate flak and no enemy aircraft were observed. Capt. Orthman flew Group deputy lead. Lt. Lavitt flew his first mission as co-pilot on Lt. Struthers crew aboard a new ship P - (42-50741). Tail Gunner Sgt. L.C. Allen adds that the target included locomotive works that were producing 88 mm guns. 1st Lt. Holladay promoted to Capt. effective 19th. 1st Lt. Owens Squadron S-2 officer, received orders to return to the States!
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-6566). Organization: 363FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk. Pilot: Bowles, Paul N. Notes: landing accident. Location: Leiston, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#43-24781). Organization: 504FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire. Pilot: Greer, Nile C. Notes: take off accident. Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#43-24800). Organization: 503FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire. Pilot: Coe, Charles S. Notes: landing accident. Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B5 (#43-6894). Organization: 328FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk. Pilot: Hurley, James C. Notes: take off accident due to engine failure. Location: Bodney, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14543). Organization: 369FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk. Pilot: Magee, Raymond E. Notes: landing accident. Location: East Wretham, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13959). Organization: 357FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire. Pilot: McHugh, Philip M N. Notes: crashed belly landing due to engine failure or fire. Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/