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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 807: 209 B-17s are dispatched to hit the marshalling yard at Neuss, Germany (169); 12 others hit the Neuss Bridge; the attacks are made using Gee-H and Micro H; 1 B-17 is lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 95 damaged; 5 airmen are KIA, 6 WIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 74 of 79 P-51s; 1 is damaged beyond repair. Other operations are:

1. 68 of 75 P-51s fly a sweep over the Neuss area; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft without loss.

2. 16 of 17 P-51s fly a scouting mission without loss.

Mission 808: 5 B-24s drop leaflet in 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,

Mission Reports

303BG Mission Report - Target: Railroad Marshalling Yard at Neuss, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 13 (358BS - 3, 359th - 3, 360th - 4, 427th - 3). Length of Mission: 5 hours, 15 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb H.E. M43 & 2 x 500 lb M17 Incendiaries. Bombing Altitude: 23,650 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

A single, 13-aircraft Squadron formation was dispatched to attack the Neuss, Germany, marshalling yard. There were no assigned secondary or last resort targets and no aircraft returned early.

The thirteen Squadron aircraft dropped 109 500-lb. H.E. M43, 21 500-lb. M17 incendiary bombs and 20 units of leaflets from 23,650 feet. The bombing utilized GEE-H equipment, with the bombardier taking over visually about thirty seconds before "bombs away" when a break in the clouds enabled him to see the target. The results were generally unobserved, but photos indicated that the bombs hit in the northern part of the target. Target weather consisted of 3/10 low clouds with tops at 6,000 feet and 2/10 middle clouds from 8,000 to 10,000 feet, with dense, persistent contrails at 25,000 feet.

There was no enemy opposition and support by 74 P-51s was good. Moderate and fairly accurate flak at the target resulted in minor damage to seven Fortresses. Due to weather conditions at Molesworth, returning aircraft were diverted to other Bases. There were no casualties. Lt Mauger in #43-38878, 359BS, landed at a British airfield at Eindhoven, France.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #116 Neuss. Command Pilot: CRABTREE. 38 planes were dispatched but only 32 were airborne. 28 planes dropped 60 tons on the primary target while 4 failed to bomb. 28 Credit Sorties. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 260. Primary Target: Neuss, Germany

29 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 18. Aborted - 5. Scrubbed - 3. Ground Spare, Unused - 3

22 a/c landed away because of weather

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-107213).
Organization: 524BS / 379BG of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Hathaway, Carl C.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wendling, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31592).
Organization: 525BS / 379BG of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Watson, Harold W.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97680).
Organization: 413BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Waters, Kenneth T.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Snetterton Heath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#NS556).
Organization: 654BS / 25BG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Geary, Richard N.
Notes: landing accident due to engine failure.
Location: RAF Foulsham England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-28689).
Organization: 63FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Dewey, Ernest A.
Notes: crash belly landing due to mechanical failure.
Location: Boxted/1 1/2mi N Sta 150 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14706).
Organization: 351FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Frye, James E.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Raydon, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15115).
Organization: 360FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Wood, James N.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 807"
Neuss marshalling yard
January 23, 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
209181312.20-0-00-0-01-3-955-6-10379BG aircraft crashes take-off
398 crash-lands continent
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Mission Targets

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NEUSS, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard169 A/Cphotos (1)
NEUSS, GERMANY
Transportation
bridge12 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
379BG
384BG
398BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
34BG
390BG
493BG
95BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
91BG (1 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
1711580.01-0-00-0-00-1-00-0-0353FG crash-lands near Antwerp
355FG crash-lands base
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Mission Targets

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Escort
74 A/C

Sweep
68 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout16 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
352FG
2ND AIR DIVISION
355FG
3RD AIR DIVISION
353FG
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)