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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 830: 1,377 bombers and 962 fighters are dispatched to hit oil and rail targets in Germany; bombing of most targets is by H2X radar; they claim 11-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 bombers and 7 fighters are lost:

1. 461 B-17s are dispatched to hit the marshalling yard at Dresden (311); targets of opportunity are Prague (62), Brux (25) and Pilsen (12) in Czechoslovakia and other (25); they claim 1-0-0 aircraft; 5 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 54 damaged; 4 airmen are KIA, 15 WIA and 49 MIA. Escorting are 281 of 316 P-51s; 3 are lost (pilots MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair.

2. 457 B-17s are sent to hit the marshalling yard at Chemnitz (294); targets of opportunity are Eger Airfield (38), Bamberg (33), Sonneberg (23), Tachau (24), Hof marshalling yard (12) and other (17); 1 B-17 is lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 103 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 4 WIA and 14 MIA. The escort is 224 of 238 P-51s; 2 are lost (pilots MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair.

3. 375 B-24s are sent to hit an oil refinery at Magdeburg but are unable to attack due to weather; 340 hit the secondary, the marshalling yard at Magdeburg; targets of opportunity are Emlicheim (1), Meppen (1), Bodenteich (1) and other (1); 1 B-24 is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 16 damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. 253 of 273 P-51s escort; they claim 10-0-3 aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

4. 84 B-17s are sent to hit the Wesel road bridge (37); 35 hit the secondary, the Dulmen oil depot and 1 hits Ahaus, a target of opportunity; 15 B-17s are damaged. 26 of 30 P-51s escort the bombers.

5. 44 of 49 P-47s fly a sweep of the Magdeburg area without loss.

6. 24 P-51s escort photo reconnaissance aircraft over Germany.

7. 29 of 32 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

Mission 831: 10 B-24s drop leaflet 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

390th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: Louis Hensgens 390 Bomb Group http://www.louishensgens.com/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Military Objectives at Dresden, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 10, 359th - 9, 360th - 10, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 9 hours, 5 minutes. Bomb Load: 6 x 500 lb H.E. M43 & 4 x 500 lb M17 Incendiaries. Bombing Altitudes: 27,900, 26,600, & 28,300 ft. Ammo Fired: 1,750 rounds.

The primary target for the 39 303rd BG(H) Fortresses was military objectives in Dresden (PFF). Three aircraft returned early due to mechanical problems.

The remaining 36 bombs dropped 210 500-lb. H.E. M43, 140 500-lb. M17 incendiary bombs, and ten units of leaflets on the primary by PFF from 27,900, 26,600 and 28,300 feet. Although lead and low Squadron photos showed only clouds, high Squadron photos indicated bomb hits in the city. Over Dresden there were low clouds with tops at 5,000 to

One B-17, #43-38619, 359BS (Lt. Towne) landed on the Continent and was salvaged. All others returned to England. There were no casualties. Lt. Gobrecht landed #43-37590 Neva-The Silver Lady, 358BS, at Ridgewell to refuel.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #122 Hof, Sonnenberg, Chemnitz. Command Pilot: FANDEL. 38 planes dispatched. 12 planes dropped 30 tons on the primary target and 12 planes dropped 30 tons on the secondary target and 13 planes dropped 27.5 tons on targets of opportunity and one plane failed to bomb. 38 Credit Sorties. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 34 aircraft were sent on this mission.

43-38405 Lt. C. E. Ash - Shot down by flak. POW 8, KIA 1.

43-38650 Lt. J. C. Kirkland - Abandoned, out of fuel. Crew safe.

source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 266. Primary Target: Dresden, Germany

43 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 35. Aborted - 2. Ground Spare, Unused - 5. Returned Early - 1
43-38673 Hollingsworth, Frederick C - Landed away Continent due to fuel shortage
43-38678 Miley, Harold L - Landed away B-53 on Continent due to fuel shortage
43-39131 Rush, Joseph H - Landed away Woodbridge
44-6923 Carlson, Russell E - Landed away Brussels due to fuel shortage
44-8608 Hoppen, Jack S - Landed away Woodbridge
44-8665 Tuck, Sam G - Returned early after entering enemy airspace; attacked a target of opportunity in Nordhorn, Germany.
44-8679 Baughman, John R

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - Our 1300 heavy bombers escorted by over 850 fighters were sent against enemy installation supplying the Eastern Front. 1st Division forces attacked Dresden and Brux while the 2nd Division went to Magdeburg. The 3rd Air Division sent one Task Force to Chemnitz and a smaller Task Force to targets on the Western Front. The 388th furnished three Groups composing the 45th A Combat Wing. Our Wing attacked the marshalling yard at Chemnitz as a part of the 3rd Air Division's Task Force A.

34 a/c plus 4 PFF a/c took-off by 0922 hours. One spare returned to base. When assembly was effected, the briefed route to the target was flown. Bombing was done by Groups using PFF methods. On the bomb run, 7/10th clouds enabled our crews to identify the target. Bombs were away at 24,000 feet.

Meager accurate flak was met at landfall from 17,000 feet. There was a meager barrage from the Frankfurt area. Some ground rockets were encountered over the target. All a/c returned to base by 1726 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 - The 401st, flying as the 94th "A" Group, with Lt. Col. E.W. Brown as Group Leader, attacked marshalling yards at Dresden, located in the center of the town. Instrument bombing with a visual assist was completed and results were believed to be good. Captain Wood was Lead Navigator and Captain Meadville Lead Bombadier. All aircraft returned safely to base. Crews flying were: 44-6313 Scheller, 43-38607 Cox, 43-38458 Baker, 42-31072 Steele, 44-8449 Riegler, 43-31187 May, 44-6588 Nielson, 44-8648 Tausig, 43-38791 Gerin, 44-6132 Maharicksource: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This was a distant target very near to the Russian front and being used by the German Army and civilians escaping from the Russian advance. The important marshalling yards were the target of the 401st on this day, the 39 aircraft making up the 94th "A" Group under the command of Col. E.W. Brown. The bombing run was started on PFF in Group formation due to the clouds but the clouds broke enough for the bombardiers to make visual corrections for the bomb release. There was some meager flak encountered on the way to the target but none at the target and five aircraft received battle damage. Again, the Luftwaffe made no appearance. The 614th flew as the High Element of each of the three Boxes and the loading list was as follows: 42-107151 Babcock, 42-97478 Fondren, 43-38738 James, 43-38646 Thompson, 43-38677 Stauffer, 42-97322 St. Aubyn, 43-38330 White, 42-97395 Sorensen, 42-97602 Cole.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - Bad weather closed in over the base for the next three days and on Wednesday it cleared, allowing the 8th Air Force to dispatch 1,377 fourengined aircraft to Germany. They had a long way to go on this mission so the briefing was early, taking place at 0400 hrs. The formation of 1st Division aircraft, of which the 401st was a part, attacked Dresden, Prague, Brux and Pilsen, the Group's target being Dresden and the MPI being the small marshalling yard in the center of the city. Bombing was done by PFF techniques due to 9/10th cloud coverage. However, a break in the clouds permitted the Lead Bombardier' to see rails and buildings resembling round-houses in the target area, and, synchronizing, dropped his bombs visually. Although unobserved, results were believed to have been good. The 401st furnished the 94th "A" Group, led by Lt. Col. E.W. Brown, flying with Captain W. Riegler. The Luftwaffe were again nowhere to be seen and the flak was meagre and inaccurate but one aircraft received major flak damage and four minor flak damage. The 615th loading list was as follows: 42-102468 Knowles, 42-97664 Bennett, 43-38779 McKay, 43-38077 Gerber, 42-31983 Cracraft, 44-8653 Haskett, 42-107113 Hansen, 43-37551 Jordan, 42-31730 Smith, 43-38810 AR Grimm.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Today the weather has cleared to the point where the members of this command are affected with Spring Fever. It's a beautiful day - and the 44th dispatched 33 aircraft, 8 being 67th's, to the now well-known Magdeburg. This is the fourth time this month the ordered Primary was the Rothansee Oil Refinery and the fourth time the Primary has been obscurred by clouds, so the formation went on to bomb the Secondary, the Magdeburg M/Y on H2X, and of course with unobserved results. Capt. F.B. Mack, 506th, led the Group, with Lt. Pellow, flying Group deputy lead. All of our aircraft bombed through flak that was moderate and fairly accurate. Four of them sustained slight flak damage, including Capt. Henry. Fighter support was excellent. Lt. Jones adds: "Load was 10 x 500 lb Gps. We dropped on PFF. Aircraft T+ 480. Hope we are done!"(30th mission - it wasn't) 2nd Lts. Fisher and Powell promoted to 1st Lt. The following personnel completed operational tour: Lt. Silver- thorne; T/Sgts. Spence and Koprowski; S/Sgts. Randell and Goshorn.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Magdeburg, Germany - Railroad Marshalling Yard. A/C Took Off: 33. A/C Bombed Target: 32. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Magdeburg

31 planes made a return trip, hitting the marshalling yards with unobserved results.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
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 / 323nd BS Mission Report - Dresden, Germany was bombed to disappointment because the rain they expected us to give them never came thru. Instead, Prague, Czechoslovakia looked more promising for some reason or other, and so they caught hell instead visually. This was carried out be our high and low squadrons. results were good. Some other target looked better to our lead squadron so they hurried off an bombed it as a target of opportunity by 'PFF' with results unknown. Eight crews landed on the continent. source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - B Plan Primary Target: Dresden. A Plan Primary Target: Kassel Locomotive Works. The high squadron with Capt. Ellis and Lt. Johnson in the lead A/C was furnished by the lead A/C was furnished by the 322nd Squadron. The group flew as 1st B in the division lineup, and following the Division leader, who went West and South of course to avoid an unexpected front of bad weather, the city of Prague was bombed by PFF methods instead of Dresden, the assigned primary target. Meager inaccurate flak at the target did little or no damage, but moderate and accurate flak at Munster on the route out resulted in major damage to one A/C and minor damage to 6 A/C of this squadron were forced to land on the continent due to battle damage or gas shortage. Capt. Ellis made a wheels up crash landing at Jollett, Belgium, in a field. Due to the skillful handling no one on the A/C was injured but the plane is category E. Lt. Robert E. Fuller, pilot of A/C #027, was wounded by flak over Munster, and due to severe damage to his A/C turned back at about 0700 degrees E. landing at A-83 after jettisoning ball turret. Lt. Fuller was left at a hospital on the continent with injuries that were not believed to be serious. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - On the 14th of february we dispatched 11 A/C and 12 crews to attack the Henschel Locomo-tive works at Kassel. The factory was manufacturing tanks an tank parts. The secondary target was the Marshalling Yards in the same city. The primary target was bombed visually with good results. AA fire at the target was meager inaccurate, moderate to intense accurate AA fire was encountered enroute and on the way out. Fighter support was satisfactory. All A/C and crews returned safely.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17E (#41-9043).
Organization: 532BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident.
Location: Ridgewell (Sta 167) England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37733).
Organization: 749BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Stann, Leon (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Glatton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50390).
Organization: 577BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Prater, Willis K.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wendling, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95272).
Organization: 576BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Kelly, John B.
Notes: crash landing out of gas.
Location: Wendling/3mi S Sta 118 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#42-106448W).
Organization: 383FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Kiley, Thomas W.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Sandy/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-63173).
Organization: 375FS / 361FG of Chievres, Belgium.
Pilot: Street, William H.
Notes: crash belly landing out of gas.
Location: Chievres, Belgium Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13871).
Organization: 486FS / 352FG of Chievres, Belgium.
Pilot: Pattillo, Charles C.
Notes: crash belly landing out of gas.
Location: Lille/ 10mi E France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13894).
Organization: 376FS / 361FG of Chievres, Belgium.
Pilot: Cole, Charles C Jr.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Chievres, Belgium Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 831"
Night Leaflet Operation Feb 14/15 1945
February 14, 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
10100.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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UDEN, NETHERLANDS
Leaflet drop
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Leaflet drop
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Leaflet drop
UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS
Leaflet drop
COLMAR, FRANCE
Leaflet drop
WEEZE, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
KEVELAER, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
STADTKYLL, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
BUDESHEIM, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
SCHOENECKEN, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
LUNEBACH, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
HEIMBACH, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
GEMUND, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
SCHLEIDEN, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
SISTIG, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
MECHERNICH, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
KALL, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
BLANKENHEIM, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
NEUNKIRCHEN, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
MERZIG, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
SAARBURG, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
TRIER, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
BRUHL, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
SIEGBURG, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
BONN, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
EUSKIRCHEN, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
MAYEN, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
ANDERNACH, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
ERKELENZ, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
COCHEM, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
BAD KREUZNACH, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
MAINZ, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
NEUNKIRCHEN, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
MOERS, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
NEUSS, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
MUENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
ERKELENZ, GERMANY
Leaflet drop
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
801st Bombardment Group (Provisional)
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
770.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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HOLLAND
Reconnaissance
photo4 A/C
CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Reconnaissance
Skywave1 A/C

Reconnaissance
H2X2 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
25BG
482BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
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)