Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 670: 1,110 bombers and 878 fighters are dispatched to make PFF attacks on industrial targets in S and C Germany; 1 bomber is lost:
1. 329 of 345 B-17s hit the secondary target, ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt; 1 other hit a target of opportunity; 15 B-17s are damaged. Escort is proivded by 338 of 364 P-51s; 3 P-51s are damaged beyond repair; 1 pilot is WIA.
2. 381 B-17s are dispatched to hit the marshaling yard at Mainz (210) and aircraft engine plant at Gustavsburg (148); 84 B-17s are damaged. Escort is provided by 202 Ninth AF P-38s and P-47s; 2 P-38s are damaged.
3. 360 of 384 hit the secondary, the marshaling yard at Koblenz; 1 hit a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 17 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 271 of 295 P-51s; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft in the air and 1-0-0 on the ground.
Mission 671: 2 B-24s drop leaflets in the Netherlands during the night. HQ 12th Bombardment Wing is inactivated at Marks Hall, England.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
303BG Mission Report - Target: Ball Bearing Plant & Cycle and Clutch Works at Schweinfurt, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 37 (358BS - 9, 359th - 10, 360th - 8, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 8 hours, 20 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb H.E. M43 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 27,800, 27,400 & 27,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 2,110 rounds.
Unlike previous missions to Schweinfurt, this mission proved to be a milk run. There were no enemy aircraft, only moderate and inaccurate anti-aircraft fire, and very good fighter support by 364 P-51s. No B-17s sustained battle damage and there were no casualties—all returned safely to Molesworth.
There were 10/10 clouds over the target with light, persistent contrails at 25,000 ft. The bombers dropped 347 500-lb. H.E. M43 bombs from 27,800, 27,400 and 27,000 ft. with unobserved results. One aircraft dropped ten bundles of T174 leaflets. B-17G #44- 8238, 358BS (Lt. Twomey), could not release its bombs due to a bomb bay door malfunction.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #76 Mainz. Command Pilot: YOUNG. 13 planes dispatched. 12 planes dropped 30 tons on the primary target. 12 Credit Sorties. Target was the marshalling yards.
source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 208. The 384th Bombardment Group (H) flew as the lead group of the 41st CBW "A" wing on today's mission. Weather at the target was 10/10ths clouds, and the decision was made to bomb the PFF target. Results were unobserved. Primary Target: Ball-Bearing Plant - Schweinfurt, Germany. Target Attacked : Primary (PFF)
41 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 36. Scrubbed - 1. Spare, Returned As Briefed - 2. Returned To Base - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 1
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The 1st and 2nd Divisions went to Schweinfurt and Koblenz while the 3rd Aid Division went to Frankfurt/Mainz area. The 388th furnished two Groups that flew as lead and high in the 45th A Combat Wing.
26 a/c including three PFF a/c were airborne between 1020 and 1043 hours with 1 a/c of the lead Group aborting. Formations were effected and the briefed route to and from the target was followed. 10/10th clouds were over the entire route and the target was attacked by using PFF methods. The mickey equipment failed between the IP and target on the lead a/c and the deputy lead a/c took over. Bombs were away at 1455 hours from 23,900 feet on a mag heading of 023 degrees.
Flak over the target was moderate but inaccurate.
All of our a/c returned to base safely.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
44BG Mission Report - Gressen Airfield was the Primary today and 30 aircraft (8 being 67th's) and 2 PFFs were dispatched to form the third Group in the Wing, while the 14th Wing led the Division. However the Primary, being a visual target, could not be located through 10/ 10th cloud cover, so the Secondary, Koblenz M/Y, was bombed PFF. The 67th's Lt. Phillip was abortive due to the loss of #3 engine being one of the two ships not attacking. Results were not observed. Captain Orthman flew Group deputy lead while 506th's Capt. Gossett led the Group with Major Middleton flying as Command Pilot. Flak in the target area was light and inaccurate, no enemy aircraft encountered, so all A/C returned safely to base. Fighter support was excellent throughout the mission. F/0 Porter, bombardier on Lt. Hurst's crew, appointed 2nd Lt. effective 6th October.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
source: 486th Bomb Group web page http://www.486th.org/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Schweinfurt. Again the 322nd led the group which flew as first B attacking the primary target, ball bearing plant at Schweinfurt, with PFF equipment with results believed to be good. Major Thompson, air commander, flew with Lt. Walton.
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-7478). Organization: 578BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk. Pilot: Alexander, Allen B. Notes: crash landing. Location: Wendling/3mi S Sta 118 England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94841). Organization: 837BS / 492BG of Harrington, Northamptonshire. Pilot: Pitsenbarger, Elmer D. Notes: killed in mid air collision. Location: Woodhead Resvr/2mi NE England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: C-64 (#43-35390). Organization: 320TpS / 27ATG of Le Bourget, France. Pilot: Batdorf, Gordon E. Notes: taxiing accident. Location: Le Bourget, France France. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-13848). Organization: 77FS / 20FG of Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire. Pilot: Murrell, Robert E. Notes: take off accident,explosion. Location: Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13668). Organization: 338FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex. Pilot: Sharp, Francis R. Notes: bailed out due to mechanical failure. Location: Wormingford, Essex England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/