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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 762: Poor weather inhibits operations but 151 bombers and 336 fighters are dispatched to hit rail targets behind the Bulge; they claim 11-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 fighters are lost:

1. 74 B-17s are sent to hit the railroad bridge at Neuwied (23) and the Andernach marshaling yard (9); secondary targets hit are the marshaling yard at Neuwied (12) and communications center at Sinzig (12); 1 B-17 hits a target of opportunity, the communication center at Mayen; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft; 30 B-17s are damaged.

2. 77 B-24s are dispatched to hit the marshaling yard at Niederlahnstein (36) and the rail bridge at Sinzig (35) without loss.

3. The bombers are escorted by 249 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 11-0-0 aircraft without loss.

4. 70 of 73 P-51s make a sweep in the Bonn area to support the bombers; they claim 3-0-0 aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair.

5. 2 of 2 P-51s fly a scouting mission without loss. Mission 763: 3 B-17s and 6 B-24s drop leaflets in the Netherlands 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

446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Sinzig

A rail bridge was bombed with excellent results. Direct hits were reported.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
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/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14231).
Organization: 362FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Ziebell, John A.
Notes: take off accident due to mechanical failure.
Location: Leiston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 762"
Rail targets behind battle area
December 26, 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
151128351.90-0-10-0-00-0-300-0-0
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Mission Targets

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ANDERNACH, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard9 A/C
NEUWEID, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard35 A/C
SINZIG, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge47 A/Cphotos (2)
NIEDERLAHNSTEIN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard36 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
93BG
446BG
466BG
467BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
452BG
486BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR 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
3363210.011-0-00-0-02-1-00-0-2352FG crash-lands Belgium
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Mission Targets

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Escort
249 A/C

Sweep
70 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout2 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
352FG
356FG
359FG
364FG
2ND AIR DIVISION
56FG
361FG
479FG
3RD AIR DIVISION
357FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
52nd Fighter Group
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
356FG (2 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR 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
17170.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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ULM GERMANY
Reconnaissance
H2X1 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo4 A/C
ATLANTIC / N IRELAND
Reconnaissance
weather1 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
9 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather1 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
Aircraft Losses

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