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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 754: 985 bombers and 773 fighters are dispatched to hit communication and tactical targets in Germany using PFF; 4 fighters are lost:

1. Extensive cloud formations force the recall of 358 B-24s without loss. Escorting are 103 of 110 P-51s.

2. 385 B-17s are sent to hit the Kalk marshaling yard at Cologne (32); secondary targets hit are the Lutzel marshaling yard at Koblenz (102) and Kaiserslautern (74) marshaling yard; 11 hit Bonn, a last resort target; 1 B-17 is damaged. The escort is 110 of 116 P-51s; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

3. 157 of 220 B-17s hit the marshaling yard at Mainz; 13 others hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost and 2 damaged beyond repair; 1 airman is MIA. Escort is provided by 150 of 162 P-51s without loss.

4. 22 of 22 B-17s fly a screening mission.

5. 255 P-47s and P-51s fly a fighter sweep in W Germany; they claim 3-0-0 aircraft; 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost (pilots MIA).

6. 29 of 31 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

Mission 755: 4 B-17s and 9 B-24s are sent to drop leaflets in France, Germany and the Netherlands 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,