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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 667: 1,271 bombers and 784 fighter are dispatched to hit industrial targets in N Germany; with one exception, all attacks are visual; 19 bombers and 4 fighters are lost:

1. 447 B-17s are dispatched to hit Stargard Airfield (199), aircraft factories at Neubrandenburg (73) and Stettin (12); targets of opportunity are Stralsund (110), Kappeln (36), Freienwalde (1) and other (1); 1 B-17 is lost and 34 damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 180 of 202 P-51s; they claim 3-1-3 aircraft in the air and 30-0-14 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA), 2 damaged beyond repair and 4 damaged.

2. 418 B-17s are dispatched to Berlin to hit a munitions dump at Berlin/Spandau (144), aircraft factories at Berlin/Spandau (138) and tank factory at Berlin/Tegel (100); 10 hit a target of opportunity. 17 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 234 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 4 WIA and 154 MIA. Escort is provided by 363 of 414 P-51s; they claim 15-0-5 aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost and 3 damaged.

3. 406 B-24s are dispatched to hit Harburg/Rhenania oil refinery (121) with PFF methods, munitions dumb at Hamburg/Glinde (89) and aircraft factories at Hamburg/Klockner (79) and Wenzendorf (46); targets of opportunity are Stade Airfield (29), the Hamburg area (8), Nordhoz Airfield (2), Bremervorde (1) and Ottersberg (1); 1 B-24 is lost and 127 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 2 WIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 156 of 168 P-47s; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft in the air; 6 P-47s are damaged.

Mission 668: 6 B-24s and 4 B-17s drop leaflets in Germany, the Netherlands and France during the night without loss.

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: Power Plant at Stralsund, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 31 (358BS - 7, 359th - 9, 360th - 6, 427th - 9). Length of Mission: 8 hours, 30 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb H.E. M43 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 25,500 & 25,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 29,400 rounds.

Lieutenant Colonel Lewis E. Lyle led what would result in his 56th and last combat mission with the 303rd BG(H). Thirty-one B-17s were dispatched as the 41st CBW lead and low Squadrons, and first and second flights of the "A" Group, to attack the synthetic oil plant at Politz, Germany. The last resort target was the power plant at Stralsund, Germany. Two aircraft returned early with their bombs: #43-38197 (No Name), 427BS (Lt. Gano) - oxygen problems; #44-6166 The Red, 427BS (Lt. Healy) - engine trouble over the Harrington Buncher.

Twenty-nine aircraft dropped 289 500-lb. H.E. M43 bombs over the last resort target from 26,700, 25,500 and 25,000 ft. One B-17 dropped 10 bundles of T174 leaflets. Bombing results, confirmed by photographs, were reported as good. At the primary target, there were 10/10 low clouds with tops at 8,000 ft. There were no clouds at the last resort target and visibility was 60 miles.

There were no enemy aircraft nor anti-aircraft fire. Friendly fighter support by 180 P-51s was good but slacked off after the target. All aircraft returned safely to Molesworth. There was no battle damage or 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/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #74 Berlin. Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 36 planes dispatched. 30 planes dropped 73 tons on the primary target, while 6 planes failed to bomb. 34 Credit Sorties. Two crewmembers were listed as Wounded in Action. One plane lost due to flak. Target was an ordnance depot and visual bombing with good results. 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 206. Aircraft of the 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as composite of 40th "D" Combat Wing (high squadron) and 41st "A" Combat Wing (low section of high squadron) on the mission flown today. Weather obscured the primary targets for both formations ("A" group primary was a Synthetic Oil Plant in "Politz, Germany" - Police, Occupied Poland). The high squadron of the 40th "D" Combat Wing attacked the secondary target at Stargard, Germany (Occupied Poland): aiming was accomplished visually and bombs were away after an eight minute bomb run. The low section of the high squadron of the 41st "A" Combat Wing attacked the last resort target at Stralsund, Germany: aiming was accomplished visually and bombs were away after a twenty-four minute bomb run. Primary Target: M/T Factory - Stettin, Germany (Occupied Poland). Target Attacked : Secondary (Visual): Airfield - Hangars - Stargard, Germany (Occupied Poland)

23 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 21. Ground Spare, Unused - 2

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - On this mission, the 388th furnished 26 a/c for the lead and high Groups in the 45th B Combat Wing. The 96th furnished the low Group. Our formation was the seventh wing in the Division which was led by the 93rd Combat Wing.

Our 26 a/c including 2 PFF a/c were airborne between 0710 and 0724 hours. One a/c in each Group aborted for mechanical reasons. Two other a/c in the high Group returned early from over the North Sea and received credit for the mission.

Formations were effected without difficulty and the briefed route was taken to the target, the Berlin Spandau Tank Depot. The climb to bombing altitude was made over the North Sea. Visibility in the target area was good and the target was attacked visually by Groups. Bombs were away at 1210 hours from 26,500 feet. Both lead bombardiers had malfunctions on the bomb run and missed the assigned target.

Flak over Berlin was intense and fairly accurate. 4 FW 190's were seen in the target area but did not attack our formation. Our fighter support was very good.

All a/c returned to base by 2208 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 - Because of 10/10ths cloud coverage over the primary target, the secondary target (Stargard airfield) was bombed by visual means. Results were excellent. Direct hits were observed on the headquarters and the school area. A moderate barrage was observed over Stettin and no flak was encountered over Stargard. No enemy air opposition was encountered and all aircraft returned to base. Crews from the 613th participating were: Jetter, Keck, Carson, Campbell, McGoldrick, Annis, Budd, Hanson, Hopley.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This was an attack on the airfield at Stargard. The large plant at Stettin was the original objective but lack of visibility made it necessary to bomb the secondary target by PPF. The 614th furnished 10 crews for the High Squadron. There was no air opposition and the flak was reported to be meager. The pictures taken through breaks in the clouds showed that the strikes were all within 2,000 feet of the MFI. The 39 401st aircraft formed the 94th "C" Group with Capt. C.A. Lewis. rio enemy aircraft were seen but there was some flak with some moderate amounts with fair to good for accuracy coming up from boats and barges near to the Danish peninsula. 44-8033 Mercer, 44-6464 Wittman, 42-107084 Harasym, 42-97478 Melton, 42-97395 Hubbell, 44-6508 Sisson, 42-97145 Hayes, 42-97602 Moran, 43-38452 James, 42-102151 Morton.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The Group were briefed for a low visibility take-off. 39 crews attended the briefing and all aircraft were airborne, with the exception of IY-R, by 0814 hrs. IY-R had a blow-out while taxiing and the crew had to switch over to IW-J, getting airborne by 0838 hrs. The 401st put up the 94th "C" Group, led by Capt. C.A. Lewis, Capt. D.A. Currie and Capt. W.S. Harb leading the other two Squadrons. The primary target was Politz but it was abandoned because of heavy cloud cover and a visual run was made on the secondary target, the airfield at Stargard. No enemy fighters were encountered by the 1st Bomb Division, although the 3rd Bomb Division met heavy resistance from the Luftwaffe over Berlin. Flak was met in meagre to moderate amounts with fair to good accuracy from barges and boats adjacent to the Danish Peninsula. No flak was met over the secondary target and only five aircraft sustained minor flak damage. Crews: 42-97636 Charleville, 42-31485 McKay, 43-37947 Kochel, 42-107113 Sullivan, 42-31983 Callawy, 43-38125 Udy, 42-97664 Dow, 43-38159 Oas, 42-102659 Cooper.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - October 6th found the Group with an assignment at Politz, Germany, a large scale attack against Germany's second largest oil industry. Three Squadrons of 12 aircraft each comprised the 401st complement for this effort. Although bad cloud layers prevented the three Squadrons attacking the Primary target a visual bombing job was accomplished on the Secondary, an airdrome at Stargard, Germany. Photo Interpretation of the strike photos show that the Lead Bombardiers of the Lead and High squadrons put 100% of their bombs within 2,000 feet of the and Lt. Murphy leading the 612th Low Squadron did excellent work by dropping of that Squadron's bombs in the 1,000 feet circle. No enemy opposition was encountered although "bandits" were reported in the area. Flak was encountered in meagre to moderate amounts with fair to good accuracy from barges and boats adjacent to the Danish Peninsula. No Flak was encountered over the secondary target and only five aircraft sustained minor damage. One crew member received minor wounds, but all aircraft returned safely. Captain Currie accompanied Lt. Hayes, to lead the Low Squadron with the able assistance of Lt. Minor as Lead Navigator and Lt. Murphy as Lead Bombardier. This was Lt. Murphy's first job of lead and his work was excellent. Eight other 612th crews completed this mission, flying in the same Squadron, with Lt. Burns leading the Low box. Crews: 42-79780 Hayes, 42-107039 Harlan, 42-31087 Schaunaman, 42-106992 Burns, 42-39993 Gibson, 44-6506 Hocking, 42-31662 Cromer, 42-97938 Lawrence, 43-37790 Bonney.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
44BG Mission Report - Today the 44th dispatched 23 aircraft (7 were 67th) and two PFFs in four squadrons to lead the "B" Wing to the air armament factory at Hamburg, Germany. Four aircraft returned early (not identified) and the remainder of the force attacked the target with excellent results, except for the first squadron which had poor results. 67th's Captain Orthman led the Group formation. Flak was intense but inaccurate and all aircraft returned safely assisted by good fighter support. Lt. Kuklowicz, flying in 0 049 (42-95049) sustained slight battle damage from this flak barrage. Lt. Appelin adds: Bomb load: 8 X 500 lb GP plus 4 x 500 lb M-17s. "Never saw so much flak in my life! Hurst flew a B-24 like a "peashooter" doing evasive action. The tail gunner (Sgt. Danny Fierro) and pilot are getting pretty good now. The gunner tells how the Jerry tracking is following us and then tells Hurst where to go to avoid it. Really works fine. The sky was solid black after we left the target area - I guess we were lucky as hell."source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Hamburg, Germany - Glinde Ordnance Depot. A/C Took Off: 30. A/C Bombed Target: 29. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report

31 planes attacked an oir refinery with poor results. A pilot was killed by flak; the co-pilot was able to return the heavily damaged plane to base.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Link source: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.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: B-17G (#42-38037).
Organization: 365BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Wiley, Galen M.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38342).
Organization: 7BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Vick, Herbert (NMI).
Notes: bailed out due to fire.
Location: Shadingfield England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-25299).
Organization: 352FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Nance, Harold E.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Raydon, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#44-19802).
Organization: 359FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Hoffert, William L.
Notes: mechanical failure.
Location: Hamburg/nr Germany.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#44-20099).
Organization: / BAD1 of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: Johnston, Edward (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Burtonwood, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13656).
Organization: 486FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk.
Pilot: Karan, Alex A.
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/

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

Mission "8th AF 667"
Industry in northern Germany
October 06, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
Bomb TonnageEnemy
(on gnd)
127112003024.53-9-50-0-019-1-3954-6-17394BG aircraft ditches sea
34BG aircraft crashes Brampton
Mission Targets

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199 A/Cphotos (2)
oil refinery12 A/C
Dornier Industry
Aviation73 A/C
110 A/C
Target of Opportunity
36 A/C
Ordnance plant
1 A/Cphotos (2)
BMW Flugmotorenwerke Brandenburg GmbH Industry
vehicles138 A/Cphotos (1)
vehicles100 A/Cphotos (1)
Rhenania Industry
oil refinery121 A/Cphotos (1)
Ammunition Dump
89 A/Cphotos (2)
Klockner Industry
Aviation79 A/Cphotos (1)
29 A/Cphotos (1)
2 A/C
Hamburger Flugzeugbau GmbH Industry
Aviation46 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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379BG (1 a/c)
489BG (1 a/c)
94BG (4 a/c)
100BG (1 a/c)
385BG (10 a/c)
447BG (1 a/c)
490BG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)