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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 787: 736 bombers and 269 fighters are dispatched to make PFF attacks on communications centers, rail targets and bridges in Germany; 2 bombers are lost.

1. 151 B-17s are sent to hit the Wissembourg communications center (36) and highway and rail bridge at Alzey (36); 65 hit a secondary target, the marshalling yard at Speyer; 4 hit a target of opportunity; all attacks are made using Gee-H and H2X; 2 B-17s are damaged beyond repair.

2. 117 B-17s are dispatched to hit communications centers at Kyllburg (37), Schweich (24) and Speicher (37); 12 hit a secondary target, the marshalling yard at Koblenz; all attacks use Gee-H and H2X; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 24 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 7 WIA and 9 MIA. 3. 24 of 30 B-24s hit the Stadtkyll communications center and 2 hit a target of opportunity using Gee-H without loss.

4. 204 B-24s are sent to hit communications centers at Wittlich (14), Oudler (29), Clerf (18), Burghreuland (31) and Dasburg (30); 2 others hit a target of opportunity; all use Gee-H; 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair; 1 airman is WIA.

5. 225 B-17s are sent to hit communications centers at Waxweiller (33) and Lunebach (29); 131 hit the secondary, the marshalling yard at Frankfurt; 1 hits a target of opportunity; attackers use Micro H and H2X; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 47 damaged.

6. 219 of 229 P-51s fly a freelance escort mission of all the bombers above without loss.

7. 9 of 9 B-17s fly a screening mission.

8. 29 of 32 P-51 fly a scouting mission.

9. 8 of 8 P-51s escort 2 Mosquitoes on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

Mission 788: 1 B-17s and 2 of 4 B-24s drop leaflets over St Hubert, Belgium.

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/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 253. Primary Target: Area - Kyllburg, Germany

41 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 37. Failed To Return - 1. Scrubbed - 2. Landed In Allied Territory - 1
42-98000 DeFrancesco, John Joseph - Failed to Return - MIA; at 1022 hrs a/c observed slowing up and dropping behind formation; was then lost in contrails; flak, cr Rochefort, Fr; MACR 11579
42-107148 Mackellar, Donald A - Landed in Allied Territory Did not join formation and probably joined another group. Landed in France due to flak damage. Crew and aircraft resumed combat operations 9 days later.
43-38752 Van Popering, Earle Allen - Landed away at Eye due to fuel shortage and inoperative radio equipment.

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - Again the 8th Air Force hit communication systems against the German Western Front lines. All Air Divisions were assigned targets in the immediate front line vicinity. The 388th flying lead and high in the 45th B Combat Wing, attacked the Communications Center in Lunebach. The 452nd formed the low Group.

22 a/c plus 3 PFF a/c were airborne between 0630 and 0700 hours. Of these, 1 spare and three other a/c, including one PFF a/c, returned to base early for mechanical reasons. Formations were effected under adverse weather conditions and the briefed route to the target was followed. Bombing was done using PFF equipment. The lead PFF a/c of the high Group had aborted so the deputy lead of our lead Group assumed the lead of the high Group. Bombs were away at 1103 hours from 27,800 feet.

A/C #552, scheduled to fly in the lead Group, missed the formation and flew with the 452nd A Group in another Wing formation. They released their bombs prematurely, dropping on a plane off the left wing in the 452nd. The bombs are believed to have dropped on friendly troops in the Aachen sector.

The formation encountered meager flak in the target area with no battle damage being reported. All of our a/c returned to base by 1455 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/
44BG Mission Report - Captain Overstreet, 67th, led the 491st BG and bombed Dasburg, Germany. The 44th dispatched 22 aircraft with Lt. Firman B. Mack, 506, leading both our Group and the 14th Wing to a railroad junction at Burg Reuland. One 66th ship aborted and the remaining ships bombed the target on Gee-H, through 10/10th undercast with unobserved results. Enemy resistance was nil and fighter support was good. Although the Gee-H fixing indicated good results, it was not verified. On the return an aircraft of the 466th BG attempted an emergency landing at this Station and crashed. There were no fatalities, but some crew members were injured. 2nd Lts. Schein, Bledsoe and Longnecher promoted to 1st Lt.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Clervaux

16 planes bombed a road junction with unobserved results. The planes were fired upon by British anti-aircraft as they returned, with no damage.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
486th Bomb Group Flimsy reportsource: 486th Bomb Group web page http://www.486th.org/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102569).
Organization: 427BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Richter, George K.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Molesworth, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37715).
Organization: 367BS / 306BG of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.
Pilot: Davis, John L.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Thurleigh, Bedfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95248).
Organization: 785BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Taylor, Harry W.
Notes: crashed due to engine failure.
Location: Shipdam/ NNW Sta 115 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50510).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Cullen, Walter J.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Wretham Hockam Station England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: F-5E (#44-24284).
Organization: 22PRS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Gentille, Albert L.
Notes: killed in crash due to engine failure.
Location: Mount Farm/4mi N Sta 234 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-29120).
Organization: 63FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Daniel, Robert J.
Notes: crash belly landing due to mechanical failure.
Location: Boxted/ off Sta 150 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-11341).
Organization: / 2SF of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Castleberry, Marvin H.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 787"
Comm centers, rail targets, bridges in western Germany
January 08, 1945

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
7366041553.70-0-00-0-02-6-711-8-992BG aircraft crashes Rheims
306BG aircraft crashes Rochester airfield
453BG aircraft crashes East Wretham
466BG aircraft crash-lands Shipdham
303BG aircraft crashes base
487BG aircraft crash-lands St. Margarets, Kent
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Mission Targets

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WISSEMBOURG, FRANCE
Communications
36 A/C
ALZEY, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge36 A/C
SPEYER, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard65 A/C
KYLLBURG, GERMANY
Transportation
chokepoint37 A/C
SCHWEICH, GERMANY
Communications
24 A/C
SPEICHER, GERMANY
Communications
37 A/C
KOBLENZ, GERMANY
Lutzel Railroad
marshalling yard12 A/C
STADTKYLL, GERMANY
Communications
24 A/C
WITTLICH, GERMANY
Communications
14 A/C
OUDLER, BELGIUM
Communications
29 A/C
CLERVAUX, LUXEMBOURG
Transportation
chokepoint18 A/C
BURG-REULAND, NETHERLANDS
Railroad
junction31 A/C
WAXWEILER, GERMANY
Communications
33 A/C
DASBURG, GERMANY
Transportation
chokepoint30 A/Cphotos (1)
LUNEBACH, GERMANY
Transportation
chokepoint29 A/C
FRANKFURT, GERMANY
Main Railroad
marshalling yard131 A/Cphotos (3)

Screen
9 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
306BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
398BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
392BG
446BG
458BG
466BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
388BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
384BG (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
447BG (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
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Mission Targets

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Escort
227 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout29 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
20FG
2ND AIR DIVISION
4FG
355FG
479FG
3RD AIR DIVISION
78FG
339FG
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
37370.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo3 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo2 A/C

Escort
8 A/C

Screen
3 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures13 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
8 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)