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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 759: 10 of 12 B-24s hit the La Pallice coastal battery in France without loss.

Mission 760: A high pressure front across W Europe brings clear weather and the Eighth AF launches a maximum effort against airfields and communications in W Germany; this was the largest air strike of WWII; 2,034 bombers and 853 fighters are dispatched; they claim 92-6-21 Luftwaffe aircraft; 12 bombers and 10 fighters are lost:

1. 858 B-17s are dispatched to hit airfields at Darmstadt (189), Frankfurt-Rheine (143), Bilbis (100), Babenhausen (96), Zellhausen (85) and Gross Ostheim (60); secondary targets hit are marshaling yards at Pforzheim (37) and Kaiserslautern (24) and Haildraum (60); 26 targets of opportunity are hit by 37 B-17s; they claim 18-5-1 aircraft; 8 B-17s are lost, 11 damaged beyond repair and 337 damaged; 15 airmen are KIA, 21 WIA and 76 MIA. Escorting are 343 of 358 P-51s; they claim 53-0-6 aircraft; 7 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair.

2. 542 B-17s are dispatched to hit the Merzhausen air depot (198) and airfields at Giessen (74), Kirchgons (54), Nidda (53) and Ettinghausen (43); secondary targets hit are Koblenz (42), Darmstadt (7), Kaiserslautern (5) and Babenhausen (4); 20 B-17s hit a target of opportunity; 2 B-17s are lost, 9 damaged beyond repair and 109 damaged; 21 airmen are KIA, 23 WIA and 18 MIA. Escort is provided by 350 of 368 P-51s; they claim 13-1-13 aircraft; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair.

3. 634 B-24s are dispatched to hit Euskirchen (62), Wittlich (62), Gerolstein (59), Mayen (59), Ahrweiller (54), Bitburg (35), Eller (32), Pfazel (28), Ruwer (27), Schonecken (26), Rheinbach (25), Daun (24), Wetteldorf (18), and Cochem (11); 75 others hit 18 targets of opportunity; 2 B-24s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 150 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 5 WIA and 20 MIA. Escorting are 87 of 92 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 4-0-0 aircraft without loss.

4. 24 of 24 P-51s fly a scouting mission; they claim 3-0-1 aircraft without loss.

5. 9 of 11 P-51s escort 9 Spitfires and 8 F-5s on a photo reconnaissance mission over Germany; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft 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

Notes: Largest single mission of the war for 8AF
390th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: Louis Hensgens 390 Bomb Group http://www.louishensgens.com/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Landing Ground at Merzhausen, near Frankfurt, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 50 (358BS - 11, 359th - 13, 360th - 13, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 7 hours, 25 minutes. Bomb Load: 30 x 100 lb H.E. M30; 30 x 100 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 21,500, 19,000 & 21,800 ft. Ammo Fired: 3,200 rounds.

The 303rd BG(H) dispatched its 42 available B-17s from the scattered airfields where they landed on 23 December. Seven aircraft took off from Molesworth, 35 from Bassingbourne (91BS), four from Poddington (92BG), four from Snetterton Heath (96BG) and two from Nettishall (388BG). An additional two aircraft were dispatched to fly with the 92BG from Poddington and six flew with 3rd BD Groups. Some of the latter contained crews from the 303rd BG(H) and some 303rd BG(H) B-17s had crews from other Groups. In one case, the aircraft had a mixed crew. Capt. Lynch, diverted to an

RAF Base on 19 December and unable to return to Molesworth, unsuccessfully attempted to load his B-17 with RAF bombs and fly with the RAF. Crews were briefed at Molesworth and transported to Bassingbourne by truck.

Conditions for a maximum effort could not have been worse. Visibility at Molesworth and Bassingbourne was nonexistent and taxiing was very difficult. Aircraft could not be seen by the tower when they went down the runway. At Bassingbourne, where 87 aircraft were dispatched, a man was stationed at the end of the runway to record the aircraft taking off. The 8th Air Force ground and air crews and staffs performed magnificently in dispatching the record 2,046 bombers.

Two aircraft returned early.

Forty 303rd BG(H) aircraft dropped 1,446 100-lb. H.E. M30 bombs from 21,500, 19,000 and 21,800 feet in clear skies and unlimited visibility. Bombing was visual and results were excellent: 75% of the landing area was covered by craters, making the field non-operational. The six aircraft flying with the 3rd BD dropped 168 100-lb. G.P. bombs on the Darmstadt airfield.

A few enemy aircraft were seen, but none attacked the Group. The 368 P-51 escorts provided good support. One ME-109 flew over the 303rd BG(H) formation trying to escape a pursuing P-51. Other ME-109s, FW-190s and jets were spotted as they were chased by P-51s. Some meager flak was seen over the target areas with a few accurate bursts causing major damage to one B-17 and minor damage to four. There were no casualties to 303rd BG(H) personnel.

Missing in action was #42-31573 Ole George, flown by a 92BG crew. Another 303rd BG(H) B-17, loaned to the 92BG, came to an untimely end. #42-97298 The Floose, 358BS, flying on its 102nd combat mission, crashed at Snetterton Heath. The 92BG pilot, Lt. W.H. Hackett, failed to completely lower the landing gear, causing the gear to collapse on landing. The Floose was so badly damaged that it could not be salvaged.

Facing zero visibility caused by low clouds and fog at Molesworth, returning 303rd BG(H) aircraft landed at Snetterton Heath (96thBG airfield).

A total of 12 8th Air Force bombers and 10 fighters were lost on this mission. B/Gen. Frederick W. Castle, Commanding General of the 3rd BD, 4th CBW and previous Commanding Officer of the 94BG, was killed. He was the 8th Air Force Air Commander flying with a 487BG crew and aircraft. German fighters hit his aircraft several times. B/Gen. Castle and his co-pilot were killed in the crash of their stricken B-17 after they ordered other crewmen to bail out. Gen. Castle was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and was the only Air Force General to die in a direct act to try to save the lives of his subordinates.

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 - Mission #102 Frankfurt. Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 59 planes dispatched. 57 planes dropped 110 tons on the primary target. 2 planes failed to bomb. 59 Credit Sorties. Four or five planes were damaged in runway collision upon return from the mission. This was due to the fact that a number of planes from another group landed at Mendlesham because their field was socked in. This left the 34th BG planes circling and waiting to land until very nearly out of fuel, necessitating very close landings, one behind the other, eventually resulting in the collisions. (Cleveland Romero #17. '5 crack-ups on end of runway. 377 group diverted here.')

B-17G 43-38222 L/H on return from Darmstadt collided with other B-17s on landing and salvaged 24-12-44. With 391BS. Pilot: Latz.

B-17G 43-38422 L/J on return from Darmstadt collided with other B-17s on landing and salvaged 24-12-44. With 391BS. Pilot: Ettlebrick.

B-17G 44-8397 H/E Battle damaged at Darmstadt and salvaged. With 4BS. Pilot: Barbaras.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 57 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 243. Primary Target: Airfield - Kirch Gons, Germany. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual)

29 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 25. Returned To Base - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 3.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 243F. Primary Target: Airfield - Worms, Germany. Target Attacked : Secondary (Visual): Railroad Marshalling Yards - Kaiserslautern, Germany

16 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 16

11 a/c landed away because of weather.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
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 - In accordance with Field Order instructions available on this effort the 401st Group furnished 50 aircraft as part of the 1,989 put up by the 8th A.F. for the day. Our target was the marshalling yards at Koblenz. The Lead and High Squadrons bombed visually in spite of intense and accurate flak. Strikes were seen in the target area. The Low Squadron dropped approximately a minute late Due to mechanical difficulties. A diversion message was received over the Channel and 35 aircraft landed at Lavenham safely. (Home of the 487th Group) Fifteen aircraft flew the High Squadron with the 452nd B.G. of the 3rd Air Division and bombed Damstadt marshalling yards. These aircraft were also the 613th were: 43-38160 Douglas, 43-38862 Hopley, 44-6113 Scheller, 42-39993 Steele, 44-6588 Carson, 42-31072 Curran, 44-6313 Bradley, 43-38680 Campbell, 44-8371 Keeling, 43-38941 Jennings, 44-6132 Nielson.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The weather cleared on 24th December and the 8th Air Force put up the largest air strike of the war - 2,046 four engined bombers dispatched with an escort of 853 fighters. The 401st were scattered over three airfields, to give the Group a difficult operational problem, but it was well handled and 50 aircraft made up the 94th "B" Group and part of the 452nd B.G. of the 3rd Air Division. The Group Leader was forced to abort and handed over command to Lt. Christensen his deputy. Meager but accurate flak followed the Group for some 27 minutes from before the I.P. and after the bombs away causing damage to 24 aircraft and wounding two men. The 8th Air Force Air Leader on this day was Brigadier General Fred Castle. He died when he took over the controls of the B-17 he was flying to give his crew a chance to parachute to safety, which most of them did before a wing tank exploded sending the bomber into a spin and crashed near Hods in Belsium. 614th aircraft were in the Lead and High Boxes with Lt. C.W. Utter leading the High Box. The Squadron furnished the following aircraft and crews:- 44-8033 Mercer, 42-97780 Utter, 44-6508 Fondren, 42-107151 Morton, 44-6464 King, 43-38677 Richardson, 43-38738 Spuhler, 42-97322 St. Aubyn, 43-38646 Thompson, 42-97602 White, 42-39012 Seder, 43-38662 Moran, 42-38565 Babcock.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The diversions of December 19th caused the aircraft to remain away from base and the 401st took off from six different bases to take part in this mission. 31 crews were briefed at 0700 hrs and at 1130 hrs 46 aircraft were airborne, including 8 from Polebrook and one from Glatton - where the extra six appear from is not clear from the Control Tower Log Books. That night three 401st B-17's managed to return to the base; the others were located at Lavenham, Knettishall, Woodbridge, Deopham Green, Great Massingham, Bruntingthorpe, Boxted and Ridgewell. The marshalling yards and factory areas of Koblenz were attacked causing much damage,and the bombing, to everyone's surprise, was visual. The bombs of the Lead and High Squadrons, however, actually fell to the right of the assigned MPI. Strike photos of the Low Squadron were obscured somewhat by haze and smoke, but they did disclose hits in the vicinity of the MPI. The 401st furnished a complete 36 aircraft Group for the 94th "B" formation, led by 1st Lt. M.J. Christensen, after Major A.H. Chapman had aborted. While on the bomb run and over the target the Group were engaged for about 27 minutes by meager but accurate flak. This caused battle damage to 22 aircraft wounded two crew members. Several crews also observed 6 to 8 jet aircraft, identified as Me-262's, which circled the formation. The 615th loading list was as follows: 43-38779 Grimm, 43-38077 Cooper, 42-31485 McKay, 43-38758 Hansen, 43-38810 Jordan, 43-37551 Udy, 42-102468 Jones, 42-102398 Maloney, 43-38125 Stegemann, 42-97636 Duckworth, 44-8007 Turk, 44-6146 Gerber, 43-38425 Cracraft, 42-31730 Sombart.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - The diversion of December 19th caused the aircraft to remain away from base until December 24th when they took off from Southern England to bomb Coblenz, Germany. Flying as the 94th CBW "B" Group the 401st was to furnish 36 aircraft to attack the marshalling yards at the city. A strange thing occurred during the bombing. It was visual weather for a change and visual sighting on the target was possible through extremely thich haze. The Lead Bombardier managed to synchronize but with great difficulty as the stabilizer became disengaged from the sight. Strike photos show that his bombs fell to the right of the assigned MPI and so did the High Squadron's bombs which released on the Lead. The Low Squadron had to resort to a PDI run at the last moment. His bombs were left of the assigned MPI but some fell within the assigned area. Meager and accurate Flak engaged the formation for 27 minutes while on the bomb run and on leaving the target. This caused wounds to two men and damage to 24 aircraft, but all returned safely. One Jet aircraft was observed by several of the crews but caused no trouble. Lt. Christensen, took over the Group Lead when the Group Leader had to abort. Lt. Christensen was leading the High Squadron. Lt. Lawrence took over the High Squadron Lead. Six other 612th crews completed the mission flying in various positions. Crews: 42-31891 Lawrence, 42-97395 Comer, 43-38541 Hudnall, 44-6506 Long, 43-97947 Aiken, 44-6947 Christensen, 42-106992 Boddin, ? Martin.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
445BG Mission Report - Target: Bitburg/Mayen/Prum, Germany - Communications Center. A/C Took Off: 45. A/C Bombed Target: 40. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Rheinbach-Euskirchen/Ahrweiller

Several communication centers were hit with good 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 / 323nd BS Mission Report - Merzhausen-Kirch-Gons, Germany were attacked visually on this date with good results. Weather and visibility was very poor on this date at takeoff time and became worse later on in the day, forcing our group to land in Bury St. Edmund. X-mas Eve was a messed up affair for all the men in our group, as they had to travel thru heavy fog to the aforementioned camp to service the planes for the following day. However, spirits of all the men were wonderful, even though all were cold and had been up most of the night, both X-mas Eve and X-mas night.

The attack for this day was made on a goods concentration on a landing ground near our bomb lines. Lt. McConnell and crew was diverted to Bury St. Edmund airbase because of the weather. Little could be gotten out of the remaining crews at interrogation, concerning this crew, as they didn't seem to have been able to observe too much due to poor visibility. There were no aborts.

source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Kirch-Gons Airfield. Squadron Losses: 1 Group Losses: 1 A/C ( 9 personnel ). We furnished the lead squadron of a composite group made up of a high squadron from the 381st Group and low squadron from the 398th Group. The target was a grass airfield behind German lines reported being used as a base for fighter A/C attacking our troops. The M.P.I. was the center of the landing area and strike photos showed excellent results. Enough craters were visible to make the A/F non-operational for a short time and thus hinder German air support to their troops. The returning A/C were diverted because of poor visibility prevailing at the base and landed at Bury St. Edmunds. During take off Lt. Bowlan's A/C crashed landed near Shepworth and the only injury was a broken leg. T/Sgt. Vivian R. Chowning being the only one hurt.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
95th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 95th Bomb Group web page http://95thbg.org/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102536).
Organization: 600BS / 398BG of Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.
Pilot: Grinter, Donald D.
Notes: take off accident weather.
Location: Little Chisell England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31368).
Organization: 729BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: MacSporran, James (NMI).
Notes: killed in a forced landing.
Location: Deophan Green/4mi N England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-38101).
Organization: 327BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: Seeber, Robert A.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Podington, Bedforshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-39970).
Organization: 730BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: Csoros, John (NMI) Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Deopham Green, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97298).
Organization: 358BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Hackett, William H.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Snetterton Heath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97374).
Organization: 602BS / 398BG of Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.
Pilot: Zimmerman, Leland L.
Notes: take off accident weather.
Location: Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97870).
Organization: 327BS / 92BG of .
Pilot: Lathrum, Donald K.
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Bury St Edmunds/ 2mi S England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38222).
Organization: 391BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Latz, William F.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Mendlesham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38403).
Organization: 7BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Vick, Herbert (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Mendlesham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38422).
Organization: 391BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Ettelbrick, Charles H.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Mendlesham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38767).
Organization: 325BS / 303BG of .
Pilot: Duagherty, Earl Q.
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Snetterton Heath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38819).
Organization: 750BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Sundbaum, Carl P.
Notes: killed in a take off accident.
Location: Glatton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38946).
Organization: 324BS / 91BG of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Bowlan, J C.
Notes: crash landing on take off.
Location: West Hill Farm, Fexton England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6517).
Organization: 325BS / 303BG of .
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Snetterton Heath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8397).
Organization: 7BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Barbaras, Gordon F.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Mendlesham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8479).
Organization: 748BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Burningham, Haven R.
Notes: landing accident out of gas.
Location: Troston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94807).
Organization: 787BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Gordon, Robert E.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Attlebridge, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50637).
Organization: 701BS / 445BG of Tibenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Wills, Lynn R.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Chivenor England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-95511).
Organization: 784BS / 466Bg of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Harrington, Robert R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Attlebridge, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-40208).
Organization: 786BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Merritt, Harry C.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Attlebridge, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J SH (#42-50599).
Organization: 791BS / 467BG of Rackheath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Tibbetts, Donald C.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Rackheath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: F-5E (#44-23720).
Organization: 27PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Purdy, Ira J.
Notes: crash landing destroyed by fire.
Location: Denain/Prouvy, France France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-76096).
Organization: Hq / 65FW of Saffron Walden, Essex.
Pilot: Thompson, Dick W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Debden, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-15563).
Organization: 383FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Lewis, Harry W.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Troston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 759, 760"
Airfields and communications center in Gemany (760) and French U-boat coastal batteries (759)
December 24, 1944

Notes: Largest single mission of the war for 8AF

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
204618845052.118-5-10-0-012-23-48737-49-11491BG aircraft crashes take-off
92BG aircraft crashes take-off
2x 398BG aircraft crashes take-off
457BG aircraft crashes take-off
445BG aircraft crash-lands base
303BG aircraft crash-lands Snetterton
92BG aircraft crash-lands Bury St Edmunds
452BG aircraft crash-lands continent
388BG aircraft crash-lands Liege
3 x 92BG aircraft crash-lands Belgium
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Mission Targets

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BABENHAUSEN, GERMANY
Airfield
96 A/C
GROSSOSTHEIM, GERMANY
Airfield
60 A/C
ZELLHAUSEN, GERMANY
Airfield
85 A/C
BIBLIS, GERMANY
Airfield
100 A/C
DARMSTADT, GERMANY
Airfield
189 A/C
RHEINE, GERMANY
Airfield
143 A/Cphotos (2)
PFORZHEIM, GERMANY
Airfield
37 A/C
KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard24 A/Cphotos (1)
NIDDA, GERMANY
Airfield
53 A/C
MERZHAUSEN, GERMANY
Airfield
198 A/C
ETTINGHAUSEN, GERMANY
Airfield
43 A/Cphotos (1)
KIRCH GONS, GERMANY
Airfield
54 A/Cphotos (1)
GIESSEN, GERMANY
Airfield
74 A/C
KOBLENZ, GERMANY
Target of Opportunity
42 A/C
BABENHAUSEN, GERMANY
Airfield
4 A/C
DARMSTADT, GERMANY
Airfield
7 A/C
KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard5 A/Cphotos (1)
RUWER-PFAZEL, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge27 A/C
PFALZEL, GERMANY
Communications
28 A/Cphotos (1)
WITTLICH, GERMANY
Communications
62 A/C
ELLER, GERMANY
Communications
32 A/C
COCHEN, GERMANY
Transportation
chokepoint11 A/C
BITBURG, GERMANY
Transportation
chokepoint35 A/C
MAYEN, GERMANY
Transportation
chokepoint59 A/C
AHRWEILER, GERMANY
Transportation
communications54 A/C
RHEINBACH, GERMANY
Supply
depot25 A/C
EUSKIRCHEN, GERMANY
Airfield
62 A/C
DAUN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard24 A/C
GEROLSTEIN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard59 A/C
WETTELDORF, GERMANY
Communications
18 A/C
SCHOENECKEN, GERMANY
Transportation
chokepoint26 A/C
LA PALLICE, FRANCE
Naval
U-boat base10 A/Cphotos (1)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
482BG
91BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
446BG
448BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
94BG
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
390BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
92BG (1 a/c)
303BG (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
448BG (1 a/c)
458BG (1 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
385BG (1 a/c)
390BG (2 a/c)
447BG (1 a/c)
452BG (1 a/c)
487BG (3 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
8538130.074-1-200-0-010-2-00-0-1055FG and 357FG collide
479FG crash-lands near Bruges
357FG crash-lands continent
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Mission Targets

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Escort
789 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout24 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
20FG
352FG
356FG
359FG
364FG
2ND AIR DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
361FG
479FG
3RD AIR DIVISION
55FG
353FG
357FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
356FG (1 a/c)
359FG (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
361FG (1 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
55FG (3 a/c)
353FG (1 a/c)
357FG (3 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
69680.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-07PG crash-lands base
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Mission Targets

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FRANCE / GERMANY / HOLLAND
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo27 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo10 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures5 A/C

Screen
3 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
18 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
25BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
7th Photographic Group (Recon)
5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
36th Bomber Squadron
Aircraft Losses

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