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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 702: 1,272 bombers and 666 fighters in 3 forces attack marshaling yards in W Germany; H2X radar is used by all forces; 12 bombers and 6 fighters are lost.

1. 452 B-17s are dispatched to the marshaling yard at Frankfurt (396); 36 hit the marshaling yard at Hanau and 4 hit other targets; 1 B-17s is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 126 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 3 WIA and MIA. Escort is provided by 206 P-47s and P-51s; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA)

2. 454 B-17s are dispatched to hit the marshaling yard (219) and industrial area (177) at Ludwigshafen; targets of opportunity are the marshaling yard at Kaiserslautern (33) and other (4); 11 B-17s are lost and 298 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 5 WIA and 103 MIA. Escort is provided by 192 P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

3. 333 of 366 B-24s hit the secondary target, the Karlsruhe marshaling yard; 12 others hit Landau; 3 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 28 damaged; 6 airmen are KIA and 8 WIA. Escort is provided by 228 P-47s and P-51s; 2 P-47s and 1 P-51 are lost (pilots are MIA).

Mission 703: 3 B-17s and 7 B-24s drop leaflets in France, the Netherlands and Germany 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

100th BG Mission Reportsource: 100th Bomb Group web page http://www.100thbg.com/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Railroad Marshalling Yard at Frankfurt, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 9). Crew Members Lost or Wounded: Lt. Counsell WIA. Length of Mission: 7 hours, 2 minutes. Bomb Load: 6 x 1,000 lb S.A.P. M59 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 26,000, 25,000 & 24,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 1,450 rounds.

Thirty-nine 303rd BG(H) B-17s were dispatched to attack the Frankfurt marshalling yard. The PFF secondary target also was Frankfurt and the last resort target was the Giesser, Germany airfield. One aircraft returned early due to mechanical difficulties — #44-8427 Henn’s Revenge, 358BS (Lt. Holm).

Thirty-eight Fortresses dropped 222 1,000-lb. S.A.P. M59 bombs and 10 units of T196 leaflets on the secondary PFF target from 26,000, 25,000 and 24,000 feet. Weather in the target area was 8/10 to 10/10 middle clouds with tops at 15,000 feet. The few breaks in the clouds would not permit visual bombing, but did make possible bombing results observation. Results were good—hits were in the city's built-up area.

A few enemy aircraft were reported in the distance, but there were no attacks on the 303rd BG(H) formations. Support was provided by 206 P- 51s and P-47s. Intense and accurate flak caused nine instances of major damage and 16 instances of minor damage. Six aircraft landed at other bases, but quickly returned to Molesworth. No aircraft were missing and one man was wounded by flak.

Lt Clarence L. Counsell, Bombardier in B-17 #43-38705 (Lt Arwood), was hit in the chest area by flak. Flak bounced off his vest into his left arm, throwing him into temporary shock. He managed to get back to his bomb sight and release bombs with his right hand. The minus 60 degree temperature kept him from bleeding to death. A shot of morphine by the navigator, Lt. C.L. Fowler, controlled the pain. Lt. Counsell was awarded the Silver Star medal for his heroic action in getting bombs away.

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 - the primary target and 1 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties. One plane was lost to flak and 10 crewmen were listed as Missing in Action as well as 3 crewmen listed as wounded in action. Pathfinder bombing of the docks. Results: fair. 6 flak holes in wing and tail. LT Alleman & crew shot down. Plane broke in half, leveled off at 8,000 ft. B confirmed 5 chutes. Plane got direct hit in tail over target. Very rough mission!

B-17G 43-38363 E/F Missing in Action Ludwigshaven, flak. Just after bombs away, this aircraft received a direct hit which destroyed the tail section. The plane went into a steep climb to the right, then into a flat spin. Then the aircraft went into a steep dive. Two chutes were reported. Crashed Ludwigshaven. With7BS. Pilot: Alleman. Missing Air Crew Report # 10303. 10 Killed in Action.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 33 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 220. The 384th provided three squadrons to make up the entire 41st Bomb Wing "A" group. Primary Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards - Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Target Attacked : Primary (PFF)

43 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 38. Aborted - 1. Scrubbed - 3. Ground Spare, Unused - 1
42-97309 Gabel, Raymond J - High squadron deputy.
42-98027 McDaniel, Clifford F - PFF ship; group deputy.
42-102501 Causa, Raymond - Hot camera ship.
42-102661 Blankenmeyer, William J - High squadron lead.
43-37703 McKone, Joseph F - Hot camera ship.
43-38616 Oosterhof, Franklin G - Hot camera ship; low squadron lead.
43-38678 Hicks, Kenneth Delmont - Hot camera ship. Landed away at Stratishall due to fuel shortage.
43-38747 Pranger, Nicholas Vincent - Low squadron deputy.
43-38801 Rice, Robert E - Hot camera ship.
44-6141 Groff, Richard H - Aborted; #3 engine feathered.
44-8008 Koch, Robert B - PFF ship; group lead.
44-8409 Zink, Joseph D - Hot camera ship.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The 8th Air Force went out in force with the 1st Division to attack targets in the Ruhr Area and the 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions to attack tactical targets in support of the ground troops. The 388th furnished the lead and high Groups of the 45th C Combat Group. The low Group was furnished by the 447th Bomb Group.

Our 26 a/c including 3 PFF a/c were airborne between 0715 and 0738 hours. One a/c in the high Group aborted. Assembly was effected without difficulty and the briefed route across France was followed to the target. Because of weather conditions, the primary target could not be bombed visually and the Wing proceeded to the briefed secondary target. A visual bomb run was made on the railroad yards at Ludwigshafen. Bombs were away at 1131 hours from 27,200 feet. After bombs away, a route parallel to the route in was followed back to the base.

Intense accurate flak was encountered at the target. Of the a/c returning, 5 had major battle damage and 8 minor damage. Two a/c were lost due to this flak and two men were wounded.

Because of bad weather conditions in England when the Group returned, only 14 a/c returned to this base while 8 a/c landed at other bases in England. One of our a/c landed in Holland. Our 14 a/c returned to base by 1447 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 - The marshalling yards at Frankfurt was the target on November 5th. Bombing was done by means of PFF, with some visual assistance through a cloud break. Strike photos disclosed that the majority of the bombs hit over and to the right of the assigned MPI. Flak over the target was moderate and generally accurate. Upon the return, a front was encountered over the vicinity of the base, making it neccesary to divert the aircraft which returned to the station a few hours later. Crews from the 613th flying in the 94th "C" Group led by Major E.T. de Jonckheere were: 43-37706 Annis, 44-6104 Keck, 42-31591 Douglas, 44-6313 Budd, 42-97931 Campbell, 43-37736 Hopley, 42-102009 Hillested, 44-6132 McGoldrick, 44-8258 ( 615th PFF ship) Cushman, 42-97636( 615th PFF ship) Baker source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The Squadron made up the Right Section of each Box ( 9 aircraft ) of the 94th "C" CBW. The target was the marshalling yards but the cloud cover was 9/10th's at the I.P. and the Mickey operators took over. A few openings in the clouds showed strikes in the target area. The flak was intense and accurate but there was no enemy air opposition. The Group put up 39 aircraft under the command of Major E. de Jonckheere. When the Group returned a front was encountered over the base and the aircraft were diverted to other bases for the few hours it took the front to clear. Crews: 42-38236 Hayes, 44-6508 Sisson, 44-6464 St. Aubyn, 42-38568 Ochsenhirt, 43-38677 Moran, 42-102659 Fondren, 42-97602 Mays, 42-107151 Morton, 42-97395 Babcock.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The important marshalling yards at Frankfurt were again designated as either the primary or secondary target. 39 aircraft were briefed for the mission at 0430 hrs with all aircraft airborne at 0838 hrs. The crews were warned that very poor weather conditions were forecast upon their return, and this was the case with six aircraft having to land at other bases for the night. Because of 5/10 to 7/10th's cloud coverage over Frankfurt, it was elected to bomb by PFF techniques, however, with visual assistance through some breaks in the clouds. photos disclosed that the majority of the bombs hit over and to the right of the assigned MPI, although some hits were observed in the vicinity of the main passenger station. The 401st furnished the 94th "C" Group, led by Major E.T. de Jonckheere, flying with Captain Tom Cushman. The 615th Squadron put up part of the High Squadron which was led by 1st Lt. B.C. Konze. 1st Lt. A.C. Wilhelm was the Lead Navigator and 1st Lt. A.G. Kossuth was the Lead Bombardier. The Luftwaffe stayed clear of the 8th Air Force formation yet again but the flak at the target was moderate and accurate causing major damage to two of the 401st aircraft and minor damage to 8 others. The nine 615th crews on this mission were: 42-102674 Grimm, 42-31983 Calloway, 44-6146 Cooper, 43-37551 Duckworth, 43-38125 McKay, 43-38458 Dow, 42-31730 Sombart, 44-6113 Sullivan, 43-38607 Konze.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Continuing the elaborate offensive against Germany as long as good flying weather over England permitted the 401st despatched 36 aircraft, comprising three Squadrons flying as 94th CBW "C" Group, to attack the important marshalling yards at Fran.'tcfurt, Germany. Arriving at the I.P. the Group found 9/10's cloud cover and therefore started the conventional FFF run to bomb. Just a few seconds before "bombs away" the Lead Bombardier was able to make a minor course correction for the Mickey Operator when he saw the ground through a cloud break. Although this helped it did not suffice for the best bombing and the majority of the Group's bombs fell over and to the right of the assigned target. They did cause extensive damage to built-up areas and got into the main passenger station for the rail line. Continuing to miss the fighters but encountering Flak was the opposition report. Flak was observed from the Coblenz area and encountered over the target in moderate amounts and of generally good accuracy. This caused damage to 10 of the but all crews and aircraft returned safely. Lt. Hayes,, which included Lt. Minor as Navigator and Lt. Murphy as Bombardier, led the Low on this mission eight other 612th crews participating in the same Squadron, Lt. Harlan leading the Low Section. Crews: 42-31662 Cox, 42-106992 Roadman, 43-38637 Comer, 42-102393 Schielmann, 43-37628 Bonney, 42-102398 Hayes, 42-97938 Bloetscher, 42-107039 Harlan, 43-38733 Cromer.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Continuing the elaborate offensive against Germany as long as good flying weather over England permitted the 401st despatched 36 aircraft, comprising three Squadrons flying as 94th CBW "C" Group, to attack the important marshalling yards at Fran.'tcfurt, Germany. Arriving at the I.P. the Group found 9/10's cloud cover and therefore started the conventional FFF run to bomb. Just a few seconds before "bombs away" the Lead Bombardier was able to make a minor course correction for the Mickey Operator when he saw the ground through a cloud break. Although this helped it did not suffice for the best bombing and the majority of the Group's bombs fell over and to the right of the assigned target. They did cause extensive damage to built-up areas and got into the main passenger station for the rail line. Continuing to miss the fighters but encountering Flak was the opposition report. Flak was observed from the Coblenz area and encountered over the target in moderate amounts and of generally good accuracy. This caused damage to 10 of the but all crews and aircraft returned safely. Lt. Hayes,, which included Lt. Minor as Navigator and Lt. Murphy as Bombardier, led the Low on this mission eight other 612th crews participating in the same Squadron, Lt. Harlan leading the Low Section. Crews: 42-31662 Cox, 42-106992 Roadman, 43-38637 Comer, 42-102393 Schielmann, 43-37628 Bonney, 42-102398 Hayes, 42-97938 Bloetscher, 42-107039 Harlan, 43-38733 Cromer.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
44BG Mission Report - 33 of the 44th's aircraft were dispatched to hit a tactical target in support of the ground forces who opened a new offensive in the Metz area. The 67th was led by Lt. Holmer in the high right squadron in the Group formation. Capt. Testa, 66th, led the 44th on assembly but deputy lead took over on bomb run. Inclement weather however forced part of the formation to attack the Secondary, Karlsruhe on PFF. The low left squadron, 506's ships, became separated from the rest of the formation and dropped visually on Landau railroad, a target of opportunity, but also with unobserved results. Flak was moderate and accurate and fighter support was good. There were no losses. 67th's Lt. Harris was forced to turn back due to mechanical malfunction. Lt. Struthers, in U, bombed with 4 x 2000 lb GPs from 23,000 ft. His tail gunner, Sgt. Allen adds "Had very strong headwinds coming back - approximately 100 knots. Also bad weather over the Channel and we had to land at a Fortress base 20 miles from Shipdham. We refueled and then got back."source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Karlsruhe

31 planes bombed the marshalling yards through cloud cover with unobserved results.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 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/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Briefed - M/Y at Frankfurt - Attacked Offenbach. On this mission our squadron furnished the lead squadron of the group. Major I. J. Klette and Capt. Ray M. Brown lead the show. The briefed target was the M/Yds. at Frankfurt but the target attacked was the M/Yds. at Offenbach. Results of mission were just fair, bombs were seen bursting 5 miles East of assigned M.P.I. in the town of Offenbach.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102674).
Organization: 615BS / 401BG of Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Grimm, William F.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Great Dunmow/Sta 164 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31662*).
Organization: 612BS / 401BG of Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Cox, Walter, E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Great Dunmow/Sta 164 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38236).
Organization: 614BS / 401BG of Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Hayes, Leland R.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Chelmsford England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50301).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Barre, Arthur D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Bungay, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-52231).
Organization: 786BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Nelson, Robert D.
Notes: killed in crash due to engine failure.
Location: Lenwade/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-11222).
Organization: 368FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Brown, Ralph L.
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 702"
Marshalling yards in western Germany
November 05, 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
127212144070.80-0-00-0-012-5-4528-16-112401BG aircraft crash-lands Flambridge
401BG aircraft forced to land Gt. Dunmow
467BG aircraft crash-lands Bungay A/f
466BG aircraft crash-lands Lenwade
93BG aircraft crashes Shipmeadow
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Mission Targets

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FRANKFURT, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard396 A/C
HANAU, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard36 A/Cphotos (3)
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard219 A/Cphotos (1)
LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY
I G Farben Industry
oil refinery177 A/Cphotos (2)
KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard33 A/Cphotos (1)
KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard333 A/Cphotos (1)
LANDAU, GERMANY
Railroad
junction12 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
446BG
448BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
489BG
491BG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
94BG
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
379BG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
94BG (1 a/c)
100BG (1 a/c)
34BG (1 a/c)
388BG (2 a/c)
452BG (1 a/c)
487BG (1 a/c)
490BG (2 a/c)
493BG (2 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
6666260.00-0-00-0-06-0-00-0-656FG baled over sea
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Mission Targets

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Escort
626 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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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
20FG (1 a/c)
359FG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG (1 a/c)
56FG (2 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG (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
77770.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo4 A/C
CONTINENT / UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C
SCOUT FOR BOMBERS
Reconnaissance
weather28 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
15 A/C

Communications
radio-relay23 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
1SF
25BG
2SF
3SF
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
7th Photographic Group (Recon)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)