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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 766: 1,275 bombers and 606 fighter are dispatched to hit rail and road bridges and several cities in the W German tactical area; 2 bombers are lost:

1. 361 B-24s are sent to hit marshaling yards at Kaiserslautern (123), Homburg (28) and Neunkirchen (18), the Kaiserslautern rail bridge (31) and the bridge at Bullay (20); secondary targets hit are Bierbach (32) and Zweibrucken (20); 12 other hit a target of opportunity; 2 B-24s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 121 damaged; 10 airmen are KIA, 2 WIA and 22 MIA. Escorting are 147 of 161 P-51s without loss.

2. 535 B-17s are dispatched to hit the rail bridge at Irlich (109); 399 hit the secondary, the Mosel marshaling yard at Koblenz; 2 other hit a target of opportunity; 4 B-17s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA. Escort is provided by 236 of 247 P-51s without loss.

3. 379 B-17s are sent to hit marshaling yards at Koblenz/Lutzel (131), Bruhl (75), Sieburg (36), and Troisdorf (11), and the Remagen Bridge (71); 1 B-17s hit the secondary, Sinzig; and 5 hit a target of opportunity; 2 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 2 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 2 WIA. Escorts are 158 of 168 P-51s without loss.

4. 27 of 30 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

Mission 767: During the night, 7 of 16 B-24s hit de la Colibre, France without loss.

Mission 768: During the night, 2 B-24s drop leaflets in Belgium 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

390th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: Louis Hensgens 390 Bomb Group http://www.louishensgens.com/
306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #104 Neuwied. Command Pilot: CREER. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 108 tons on the primary target. 38 Credit Sorties. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 36 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 245. Primary Target: Bruhl, Germany

40 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 37. Scrubbed - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 2

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The 388th furnished 38 a/c for this mission. All of our a/c were airborne by 0930 hours with formations being effected without difficulty. The briefed route was followed to and from the target with all a/c returning to base by 1520 hours.source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
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 - On December 28th the 94th "A" Group attacked another marshalling yard at Rheinbach. Major E. de Jonckheere led the High Squadron with Capt. Anderson as Navigator and Capt. Fesmire as Bombardier. Solid cloud cover necessitated instrument bombing and Gee-H was used. No results could be observed. Flak was practically nil and no enemy air opposition was encountered. All crews returned safely. Those flying were: 44-6132 Kelso, 43-37790 Tausig (612th aircraft), 44-6313 Bradley, 44-6113 Scheller, 42-102947 Campbell, 42-39012 Jennings (614th aircraft), 42-31591 Annis, 43-38941 Carson, 42-31072 Curran, 44-8454 Cushman. Flying with 615th Sqdn.: Stelzer.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - 39 operational crews plus one weather ship crew were briefed at 0630 hrs for an attack on the marshalling yards at Rheinbach, one of many such targets attacked by the 8th Air Force in western Germany on this mission. The other targets were rail and rod bridges. A Gee-H equipped aircraft went along on the mission and it was used when the cloud cover over the target was found to be 10/10th's. Several G-H fixes indicated that the bombing should have been in the right place. This was another "Milk Run" for the Group, and no enemy opposition was encountered and all aircraft returned safely to Deenethorpe. The 401st furnished the 94th "A" Group, led by Captain C.A. Lewis flying with Captain P.E. Campbell of the 615th Squadron. The other two Squadron Leaders were Captain R.L. Stelzer and Captain E.W. Mercer. The nine 615th crews flying this mission were: 42-97636 Campbell, 44-8007 Turk, 43-38779 Grimm, 43-38077 Udy, 43-38125 Spansel, 43-38758 Hansen, 42-97664 Cooper, 42-31730 Grimm, 42-97869 Jones.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Back out again on the 28th December to bomb another marshaling yard in support of the Ground Forces at Rheinbach, Germany. Thirty-six aircraft were dispatched with Gee-H equipment in case of cloud cover. The target was obscured by 10/10'5 clouds and Gee-H bombing became necessary with unobserved results and no strikes were available. Several Gee fixes indicated that the bombing should have been in the right place. Again the crews experienced a "Milk Run", and no enemy opposition was encountered. All aircraft returned safely. The 612th crews flew in the High Flights, three with each Squadron with Lt.'s Aiken, Cox and Roadman each leading a flight. All completed the mission and the Crews: 43-38680 Aiken, 43-38788 Long, 42-31891 Hudnall, 42=39993 Comer, 44-6506 Cox, 42-102393 Boddin, 42-106992 Roadman, 43-38733 Smith, 42-107039 French.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
44BG Mission Report - A road and rail junction at Kaiserlautern, Germany was the target today for nine of the 67th aircraft, plus an additional 44th planes. Lt. Brownlowe flew Group deputy lead, while another 67th pilot, Lt. Lavitt led the 392nd BG with bombing results for them being considered excellent. Results for the 44th was classed as excellent, also. Meager to moderate and fairly accurate flak was encountered at the target and fighter support was good. It was clear at the target, with only the second squadron not hitting the MPI. 506th's Captain Clements led the 44th's formation and was credited for excellent results. This was a bad day for the 68th squadron losing one aircraft (MIA), another was forced to land on the continent, and another, being forced to return early due to some sort of malfunction, crashed and all the crew were killed in the crash in which a bomb went off. The 68th A/C #44-10582 D, a Gee-H aircraft, was in the lead of the 491st BG when it received a direct hit in the bomb bay, just prior to bombs away, and fire immediately broke out. The aircraft struggled forward, dropped its bombs, and then fell below the formation. Capt. Konstand, pilot, seemed to gain control for approximately a minute and a half, and then the ship broke in two at the waist. Both sections of the aircraft were seen to crash into the ground and five chutes were observed. Seven KIA, two reported POW and three others survived. The second 68th A/C was forced down on the continent, but was able to return to the base later. The navigator had been wounded so they landed at Brussels, Belgium to get him to a hospital as quickly as possible. The 3rd 68th ship had encountered engine trouble just prior to reaching the enemy coast and returned to the field with his #2 engine feathered and one or more bombs aboard. He missed his approach and began a right turn, lost another engine, hit a tree, crashed and blew up. Lt. Al Jones recalls: "At lunch Lee and I were raised right out of our seats by a terrific explosion. Capt. Berthong drove us out to the field and we made our way to dispersal #21 where "Henry" is parked. A few fields from there is where a ship from the 68th hit with a full load of bombs. There wasn't enough to pick up - all aboard were lost." A/C 42-95260 P Bledsoe's S/Sgt. K.S. Chaffin adds: We flew "Sultry Sue U, our bomb load was six x 1000 lb GPs and we bombed from 21,500 feet. Flak was moderate but very accurate. We (Lt. Kleiderer's crew) received a hit in the head of number 2 engine which busted the head and caused a bad oil leak; the engine had to be replaced. A spent casing hit the nose turret of our ship and knocked a hole in the plexiglass. Otherwise, we had no damage. We bombed Gee-H and hit the target right in the center. We are expecting to be Gee-H lead crew in a little while. (10th mission) We already have a new bombardier, Lt. Blair. 68th A/c #42-9526o P piloted by 2nd Lt. J.W. Bledsoe All, 10 dead.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Homburg/Zweibrucken, Germany - Railroad Marshaling Yards. A/C Took Off: 29. A/C Bombed Target: 29. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Bullay

19 planes attacked a rail bridge, and 10 more hit the Kaiserslauteren marshalling yards with unobserved results.

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/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Remagen Railway bridge. The briefed primary target was a railway bridge across the Rhine river at the town of Remagen. Our squadron furnished the low squadron of the group for the mission. The target was attacked by Gee H. means and later P.R.U. showed the main concentration fell on the approach to the bridge with good results. Major Klette & Capt. Collins lead the squadron and meager scattered flak was reported. No battle damage was received.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: A-20G (#43-9366).
Organization: / BADA of Warton, Lancashire.
Pilot: Kurtz, Francis E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Warton, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102660).
Organization: 728BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: Randll, William H.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Deopham Green, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-107055).
Organization: 423BS / 306BG of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.
Pilot: Reioux, Paul J.
Notes: bailed out due to fire.
Location: Abbotts Langley/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38822).
Organization: 729BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: Hayes, Jack A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Deopham Green, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95260).
Organization: 68BS / 44BG of Shipdham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Bledsoe, Jesse W.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Shipdam/ 1mi N Sta 115 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-51361).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Mitchell, Elmer R.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Shrawardine Farm England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: C-46A (#44-70288).
Organization: Hq / 2CBW of Hethel, Norfolk.
Pilot: Ottman, Robert H.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Dieppe Apt France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47 (#42-75856W).
Organization: 61FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Wilson, George W.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-29335).
Organization: 62FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Smith, Kenneth L.
Notes: crashed on take off.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-15 (#44-14981).
Organization: 384FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Price, Sterling J.
Notes: bailed out due to mechanical failure.
Location: Honington/ 2mi N Sta 375 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-15NA (#44-15527).
Organization: 362FS / 357FG of .
Pilot: Kenney, James W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Leiston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14426).
Organization: 434FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Bromschwig, Robert I.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51K (#44-11621).
Organization: 83FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Green, Robert T.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 766"
Rail and road bridges in western Germany
December 28, 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
127511583171.90-0-00-0-02-3-12712-4-2244BG aircraft crashes take-off
351BG aircraft crash-lands Belgium
306BG aircraft crashes St. Albans
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Mission Targets

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HOMBURG, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard28 A/C
BULLAY, GERMANY
Transportation
bridge20 A/Cphotos (3)
KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard31 A/Cphotos (1)
KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard123 A/Cphotos (1)
NEUNKIRCHEN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard18 A/C
ZWEIBRUCKEN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard20 A/C
BIERBACH, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard32 A/C
IRLICH, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge109 A/C
LANDAU, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard399 A/C
SIEGBURG, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard36 A/C
TROISDORF, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard11 A/C
BRUHL, GERMANY
Railroad
junction75 A/C
REMAGEN, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge71 A/C
KOBLENZ, GERMANY
Lutzel Railroad
marshalling yard131 A/C
SINZIG, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge1 A/Cphotos (2)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
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
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG (1 a/c)
392BG (1 a/c)
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
6065680.00-0-00-0-00-1-00-0-0364FG abandoned over base
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Mission Targets

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Escort
541 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout27 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
78FG
339FG
353FG
357FG
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
38380.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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SCOUT FOR BOMBERS
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
POLITZ GERMANY
Reconnaissance
H2X2 A/C
CONTINENT
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C

Escort
3 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures10 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
17 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
25BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
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)