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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 674: 552 bombers and 514 fighters are dispatched to hit targets in Germany; they claim 18-3-1 aircraft; 3 bombers and 5 fighters are lost:

1. Weather prevents the 290 B-24s dispatched to hit the primaries at Vechta, Achmer, Rheine and Varrelbusch; PFF means were used to hit the secondary, the marshaling yard at Osnabruck (267); 5 others hit Diepholz Airfield, a target of opportunity; 2 B-24s are lost and 67 damaged; 19 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 210 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 1-1-0 aircraft in the air.

2. 262 B-17s are dispatched to aviation industries at Bremen (267) bombing visually; 1 other hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 59 damaged. 7 airmen are KIA, 1 WIA and 9 MIA. Escort is provided by 273 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 17-2-1 aircraft; 5 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

Mission 675: 8 aircraft are dispatched to drop leaflets in the Netherlands, France and Germany during the night; 2 B-24s are lost.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

392nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
44BG Mission Report - Achmer was the Primary (visual) and Osnabruck M/Y the Secondary if PFF. The 44th flew a split formation with the first squadron being high right on the 392nd BG and the second squadron was high right on the 491st. Six of the 67th ships bombed the Secondary with Lt. Honmyhr leading the high right squadron. Their results were poor because of personnel error and bombs were six miles west of the MPI. The first squadron's results were unobserved because of the bomb smoke, but bombs were seen to drop in the target area. There were no enemy A/C and flak was moderate and inaccurate. Fighter support was good - the Group incurred no losses. Lt. Appelin adds: "Getting cold as hell. Strike photos show steam from train on viaduct going across viaduct unmolested. Neat miss." A/C returned to base at 1400 hours.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Vechta, Germany - Osnabruck, Germany - German Airdrome - Railroad Marshalling Yard. A/C Took Off: 32. A/C Bombed Target: 0 - 30. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Osnabruk

29 planes hit the marshalling yards with unobserved results.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-39973).
Organization: 730BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: Miller, William J.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Ingham/ 2mi W England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37717).
Organization: 545BS / 384BG of Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Holmes, George W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Grafton Underwood England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38052).
Organization: 366BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Konysky, Henry R.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94965).
Organization: 409BS / 93BG of Hardwick, Norfolk.
Pilot: McGuire, Edward L Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Hardwick, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-14322).
Organization: 385FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Jones, Alma R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Honington, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5NT (#44-11160).
Organization: 350FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Larsen, Carl A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Raydon, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 674"
Airfield and marshalling yard
October 12, 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
5525111333.40-0-00-0-03-1-1267-1-28452BG aircraft crashes Coates
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Mission Targets

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OSNABRUCK, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard267 A/Cphotos (2)
DIEPHOLZ, GERMANY
Airfield
5 A/Cphotos (2)
BREMEN, GERMANY
Focke-Wulf Industry
Aviation238 A/Cphotos (2)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
446BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
489BG
491BG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
94BG
100BG
388BG
390BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
93BG (1 a/c)
466BG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
447BG (1 a/c)
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
5144830.018-3-10-0-05-0-00-0-5
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Mission Targets

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Escort
483 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
352FG
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
364FG (4 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
357FG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)