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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 750: 674 B-17s and 434 fighters are dispatched to attack rail targets and an armored car factory in Germany using H2X; 1 bomber and 2 fighters are lost:

1. 318 of 334 B-17s hit the marshaling yard and tank factories at Kassel; 5 others hit targets of opportunity; 6 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 11 damaged; 25 airmen are KIA and 1 WIA. Escorting are 268 of 296 P-51s; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair.

2. 327 of 340 B-17s bomb the marshaling yard at Hannover and 6 hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost and 7 damaged. Escorting are 241 P-47s and P-51s without loss.

3. 19 of 24 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

Mission 751: 2 of 3 B-17s drop leaflets in France and Germany during the night.

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

Mission Reports

306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #101 Hannover. Command Pilot:HERSHENOW. 40 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 100 tons on the primary target and 3 planes failed to bomb. 39 Credit Sorties. One plane was lost to flak but no crew losses were listed. The lost plane is most likely the one that landed in Belgium.

B-17G 43-38406 L/W Battle damaged at Hannover and force landed at Melsbroek Airfield, Belgium. With 7BS. Pilot: Kimmerle. No Missing Air Crew Report. Badly damaged by strafing on the ground at Brussels 1-1-45. Salvaged 2-1-45.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 37 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
388BG Mission Report - The 1st and 3rd Air Divisions attacked the marshalling yards at Kassel and Hannover while the 2nd Division stood down. The 388th put up three Group which made up the 45th B Combat Wing which was the last Wing over the target. 35 a/ c plus 3 PFF a/c were airborne between 0830 and 0903 hours with no one aborting. One a/c did abort over the Continent (Lt. Beatty) for personnel reason, did not drop their bombs but did get credit for a mission. Formations were effected and the briefed route to and from the target was followed. The target was covered by 10/10th clouds and the target was attacked in Group formation using PFF equipment. Bombs were away at 1223 hours from 24,000 feet on a mag heading of 105 degrees.

No enemy a/c were seen and meager flak was encountered at the target. There was no battle damage.

All of our a/c returned to base by 1516 hours.

source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - In spite of the bad weather conditions take-off of the 94th "C" Group was accomplished in the semi-dark conditions. The target was the marshalling yards at Kassel, but due to 10/10ths cloud cover the bombing was made by PFF. Because of poor visibility over the base the Group was diverted to Old Buckingham. (This was the home of a B-24 Group - the 453rd). The aircraft piloted by Lt Tausig lost an engine near the I.P. and made an emergency landing in Belgium. Crew members returned to base via ATC. No enemy aircraft were encountered and the flak was meager and inaccurate. Crews from the 613th on this mission were: 42-97931 Tausig, 42-102947 Steele, 44-6113 Scheller (aborted), 42-31072 Curran , 43-38862 Hopley, 43-37706 Annis, 44-6388 Carson, 44-6313 Cox, 43-38791 Carey, 44-8454 Cushman (PFF aircraft). Flying with 615th Sqdn: Fowler.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - For three days bad weather closed down all bomber and fighter operations for the 8th A.F. and the weather conditions were not much better on the 15th when 39 aircraft of the 401st took off in semi-darkness. They were the 94th "C" Group on this operation against rail targets at Kassel. The Air Commander for the mission was Major D.G. McCree with Lt. C.W. Utter as Deputy Leader in the High Squadron. The PFF operators claimed good results because they were hardly disturbed by the meager and inaccurate flak they met over the target. Only 11 of the 318 aircraft over the target received battle damage, none of them being 401st aircraft. The day ended with the 401st being guests of a B-24 outfit. The bad weather forced them to divert to Old Buckenham, a base near the city of Norwich in East Anglia. Crews: 42-97780 Utter, 43-38646 King, 42-97395 Mays, 42-38330 Thompson, 43-38677 Moran, 44-6508 Wittman, 42-102659 Morton, 43-38738 White, 42-97478 Fondren.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was an H2X attack by the 1st Bomb Division on a tank factory at Kassel. The 39 aircraft of the 401st was part of a force of 318 Fortresses that dropped 933 tons of bombs after the I.P. had been reached by use of Gee-H. Briefing was at 0500 hrs with all aircraft airborne by 0902 hrs - then the airfield was closed due to the weather. The 401st flew as the 94th "C" Group with Major D.G. McCree as the leader. 1st Lt. L.A. Turk and 1st Lt. T.H. Cushman led the other two Squadrons. There was no enemy aircraft to be seen and only meagre and inaccurate flak at the target. No casualties - no battle damage. The nine 615th crews flying on this mission were: 43-39941 Turk, 43-38779 Grimm, 43-38425 Stegemann, 42-97664 Cracraft, 43-38758 Hansen, 43-38551 Gerber, 42-31730 Jones, 43-38810 Unk., 42-31485 Djernes.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Three more days elapsed before the Group was able to continue the December offensive of bombing. Bad weather was holding the aircraft on the ground. On December 15th the 401st was scheduled to attack Kassel, Germany with 36 aircraft participating. In an effort to keep the German transportation facilities at a minimum as marshalling yards were again the object of attack. The 401st flew as the 94th CBW "C" Group. PFF bombing continued to cause little trouble to the Group as only meager and inaccurate Flak was encountered over the target. This caused no wounds or damage and all the aircraft returned safely for another day without sighting the German Air Force. Major McCree flew as Lead Pilot for the Group to check out Major Havey, 401st Headquarters, as Group Air Commander. Lt.'s Jeffery and Shapiro supplied the lead navigation with Winn as Bombardier and Lt. Howard as Mickey Operator. Lt. Lawrence, were Deputy Group Lead and eight other 612th crews completed the mission flying in the same Squadron. Crews: 43-97947 McCree, 42-106992 Roadman, 43-38637 Long, 43-38788 Bloetscher, 42-102398 French, 44-8153 Lawrence, 42-39993 Aschenbach, 43-38733 Campbell, 42-107039 Thorne, 43-37628 Aiken.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37633).
Organization: 368BS / 306BG of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.
Pilot: Crooks, Charles A.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Greenham Commons England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38019).
Organization: 423BS / 306BG of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.
Pilot: Wilkie, Lorn A.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Greenham Commons England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38344).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Laumeier, Herman H Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: RAF Long Marston England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38385).
Organization: 563BS / 388BG of .
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Knettishall, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage):
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38455).
Organization: 407BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: Ruka, Lyle W.
Notes: crashed on take off.
Location: Podington, Bedforshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38510).
Organization: 327BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Podington, Bedforshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38973).
Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Harris, Finis E Jr.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Daventry England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8301).
Organization: 560BS / 388BG of Knettishall, Suffolk.
Pilot: Sears, Rolland E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Knettishall, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-74742).
Organization: 84FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Steir, Earl L.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#43-25565W).
Organization: 5ERS / 65FW of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Harris, Curtis S.
Notes: forced landing mechanical failure.
Location: Westleton/ 1mi NW England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-15 (#44-15642).
Organization: 361FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Baskin, Walter M.
Notes: landing accident due to mechanical fail.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-15NA (#44-15268).
Organization: 359FS / 356FG of .
Pilot: Oliver, Leon (NMI).
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15181).
Organization: 359FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Cooley, Warren C.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51K- 5-NT (#44-11564).
Organization: 359FS / 356FG of .
Pilot: Easley, Preston W.
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 750"
Rail targets and a vehicle factory
December 15, 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
6746561905.30-0-00-0-01-6-1825-1-091BG aircraft forced to land continent
401BG aircraft forced to land continent
487BG aircraft ditches sea
92BG aircraft crashes take-off
305BG aircraft crashes Norton after flying into radio mast
2x 306BG aircraft collide
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Mission Targets

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KASSEL, GERMANY
Industry
vehicles318 A/C
HANNOVER, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard327 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
305BG
306BG
351BG
381BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
92BG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
94BG
34BG
385BG
385BG
388BG
447BG
486BG
490BG
493BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
487BG (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
4345280.00-0-00-0-02-1-00-0-2364FG ditches sea
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Mission Targets

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Escort
528 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
356FG
364FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG
78FG
339FG
353FG
357FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
364FG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
355FG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
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
41400.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0ASR crash-lands Westleton
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Mission Targets

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CONTINENT / UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo2 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
16 A/C

Communications
radio-relay5 A/C

Screen
5 A/C

Communications
Red Stocking1 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures6 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
25BG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
7th Photographic Group (Recon)
36th Bomber Squadron
Aircraft Losses

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