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,
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.
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