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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 712: 482 bombers and 367 fighters make PFF attacks on oil refineries and marshaling yards in W Germany; 1 bomber and 1 fighter are lost:

1. 197 B-17s are sent to hit the Oberlahnstein marshaling yard (146); 24 hit the secondary, the Koblenz marshaling yard; 2 hit a target of opportunity; 1 B-17s is damaged beyond repair and 31 damaged; 1 airman is KIA. Escorting are 170 P-47s and P-51s without loss.

2. 129 B-17s are sent to hit the Buer oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen (100); 23 hit the secondary, the Rheine marshaling yard; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 7 airmen are KIA. Escorting are 52 P-51s; 1 is lost.

3. 143 B-24s are sent to hit the Bottrop oil refinery (124); 1 hit Recklinghausen, a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost and 39 damaged; 10 airmen are MIA. Escorting are 98 P-47s and P-51s.

12 of 13 B-17s fly a screening mission.

31 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

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