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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 658: 887 B-17s and 549 fighters are dispatched to make PFF attacks on industrial targets at Cologne and Kassel, Germany; 2 B-17s are lost:

1. 305 B-17s are dispatched to hit the Bettenhausen ordnance depot at Kassel (129); targets of opportunity are Kassel (143), Fritzlar Airfield (12) and other (1); 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 89 damaged; 5 airmen are WIA. Escort is provided by 228 P-47s and P-51s without loss.

2. 458 B-17s are dispatched to hit the Henschel motor vehicle plant at Kassel (384); targets of opportunity are Wiesbaden (31), Gesecke (9) and other (17); 2 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 144 damaged; 16 airmen are KIA, 1 WIA and 20 MIA. Escort is provided by 219 P-47s and P-51s without loss.

3. 110 of 124 B-17s hit the Ford motor vehicle plant at Cologne; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 36 damaged. Escort is provided by 53 P-47s and P-51s without loss.

Mission 659: 308 B-24s are dispatched to make a PFF attack on the marshaling yard at Hamm (266); targets of opportunity are Handorf Airfield (29) and Munster (1); 2 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 144 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 18 MIA. Escort is provided by 212 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA), 2 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 1 pilot is KIA.

Mission 660: 2 B-17s, escorted by 15 P-51s, drop leaflets on Dutch islands during the day.

Mission 661: 5 B-24s and 3 B-17s drop leaflets in the Netherlands, France and Germany 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

390th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: Louis Hensgens 390 Bomb Group http://www.louishensgens.com/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Ford Motor Transport Plant, Cologne, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 38 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 9, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 6 hours, 40 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb G.P. M43 & 10 x 500 lb M17 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 27,600, 27,500 & 27,100 ft. Ammo Fired: 1,870 rounds.

Two aircraft returned early on this uneventful mission: #43-38442 (No Name), 358BS (Lt. McCutcheon) had engine trouble and #44-6516 My Darling, 358BS (Lt. Connely) had an oxygen problem 10 minutes northwest of the splasher No. 6.

Thirty-five B-17s dropped 120 500-lb. G.P. M43 and 230 500-lb. M17 incendiary bombs from 27,600, 27,500 and 27,100 ft. One Fortress dropped five bundles of T164 and five bundles of W62C leaflets. There were 10/10 clouds over the target, so bombing results were unobserved.

No enemy aircraft were seen. Meager and inaccurate flak was encountered at the target. There was no battle damage. Friendly fighter support was only fair going into the target, but good support was provided by 228 P-51s and P-47s from the IP to the target and out.

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/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #71 Wiesbaden. Command Pilot: TAVASTI. 36 plane dispatched. 31 planes dropped 69 tons on the primary target. 5 planes failed to bomb. One plane lost to flak. 9 crewmen were Missing in Action. 34 Credit Sorties. According to a quote in 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.26, Only 2 aircraft bombed the primary target, Kassel. On Wiesbaden a pathfinder run was made with visual sighting just prior to release. Score: poor on both targets.

B-17G 43-38265 E/I Missing in Action Kassel. Received a direct flak hit just behind the wing. The plane caught fire and the tail began to twist off. Aircraft dove out of formation and fell apart at about 10,000 feet. Crashed Muenchenhof, Germany'. With 7BS. Pilot: McCage. Missing Air Crew Report # 9369. 9 Killed in Action.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 34 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 203. The 384th Bombardment Group (H) formed the 41st CBW "A" Group for today's mission. Weather and equipment failures forced a decision to drop bombs on the center of the city.. Primary Target: Ford Motor Works - Cologne, Germany. Target Attacked : Secondary (PFF): City - Cologne, Germany

42 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 37. Aborted - 4. Returned To Base - 1
42-97320 Carlson, Walter E - Aborted with a runaway prop on #2 engine.
42-97941 Minor, Henry W - High squadron lead. Assumed lead at IP for a Gee-H bombing run. The Gee-H equipment malfunctioned, so bombing was by PFF on the wing lead.
42-107125 Bahten, John I - Aborted due to #3 engine failure. The crew then moved to spare lead aircraft 42-97948; after taking off in that aircraft, was unable to catch up to formation.
44-6105 Gabel, Raymond J - Aborted due to personnel failure; radio operator became ill.
44-6476 Groff, Richard H - Aborted with a runaway prop on #4 engine.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The 388th put up two Groups flying lead and high in the 45th "'C" Combat Wing which was dispatched to Kassel, Germany. The other Wings in the 3rd Air Division and a portion of the 1st Air Divison also attacked this general area. The rest of the 1st Air Division attacked the Cologne area. The 2nd Air Division went to airfields in the Glesson area.

23 A/C plus 3 PFF A/C were airborne by 0714 hours. No a/c aborted and all aircraft attacked the Target. After formation, a southeasterly route inside the Allied lines was followed to the Rhine River where a turn to the north was made to the Target area. Because of cloudy conditions, our bombs were dropped on the secondary Target using pathfinder methods. Bombing was in Wing formation from 25,000 feet at 1129 hours. Because of a Mickey malfunction, the deputy lead of "A" Group assumed lead of the formation before bombs away.

Moderate accurate flak was encountered on the bomb run and only one of our planes suffered flak damage. No enemy a/c were seen. Our fighter escort was excellent on this mission.

All of our planes returned to base by 1503 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/
44BG Mission Report - First, they scrubbed a proposed mission to Stuttgart, Germany Tult then dispatched 23 aircraft plus two PFFs to lead the 14th Wing and the 2nd Division to Hamm M/Y. 67th's Lt. Bartlett led the 3rd section composed of 67th aircraft. Lt. Spencer was abortive due to mechanical malfunction, leaving six remaining 67th aircraft to proceed on to the target and bomb, results unobserved. All aircraft attacked with unknown results because, after making a second run to the target, the bombs were dropped visually but the target was completely obscurred by clouds. Flak was moderate and accurate; fighter support was excellent. We incurred no losses but some of the returning planes had slight battle damage.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Hamm, Germany - Railroad Marshalling Yard. A/C Took Off: 20. A/C Bombed Target: 19. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Hamm

The marshalling yards were hit with good results. The yard was left in flames and freight cars were destroyed. Accurate flak caused damage to 15 planes, but all returned.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Link source: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
486th Bomb Group Flimsy reportsource: 486th Bomb Group web page http://www.486th.org/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Kassel and Fritzlar. A tank and vehicle factory at Kassel was the target for this mission, on which the 322nd Squadron furnished the High Squadron with Capt. Walter W. Thompson flying with Lt. Hammer in the lead A/C. The lead and low squadrons bombed the primary target by PFF methods and the high squadron bombed Fritzlar A/C, a target of opportunity about 12 miles S.W. of Kassel, visually, with good results, incendiaries falling in the building area. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31879).
Organization: 508BS / 351BG of Polebrook, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Lowery, James F Jr.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Alconbury, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97227).
Organization: 327BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: Fischer, Robert E.
Notes: bailed out due to mid air collision.
Location: Wellesbourne England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97357).
Organization: 533BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: Bigham, William E.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Ridgewell, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97882).
Organization: 533BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: Schein, Nelson C.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Ridgewell, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38245).
Organization: 711BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: Leach, Clifford T.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Weatherden Hall Farm England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38510).
Organization: 327BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: Foote, Erwin L.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Wellesbourne England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6022).
Organization: 527BS / 379BG of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Jones, Davis F.
Notes: bailed out-destroyed by fire.
Location: Little Staughton England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6460).
Organization: 710BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: Wilder, William M.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Treaclrs Fm, Kettlebaston England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8204).
Organization: / BAD1 of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: [ground crew].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Burtonwood, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8350).
Organization: / BAD1 of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Burtonwood, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-40288).
Organization: 753BS / 458BG of Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk.
Pilot: Akin, Arthur C Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#44-19911*).
Organization: 63FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Rotzler, Charles M.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-14616).
Organization: 434FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Pavlock, Quentin S.
Notes: killed in a take off accident.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13306).
Organization: 334FS / 4FG of Debden, Essex.
Pilot: Voyles, Robert A.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Hitcham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13708).
Organization: 358FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Watkins, Robert M.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13762).
Organization: 368FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Beaupre, Robert V.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: East Wretham, Norfolk 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 658, 8th AF 659
October 02, 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
7727120.00-0-00-0-01-2-71-0-1353FG 1st use P-51
479 crashes take-off
361FG crashes take-off
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Mission Targets

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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
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)