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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 854: 1,104 bombers and 737 fighters are dispatched to make PFF attacks on rail targets in Germany; they calim 18-0-11 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 and 5 P-51s are lost:

1. 378 B-17s are sent to hit marshalling yards at Soest (143), Hagen (151) and Schwerte (74) using Gee-H; 1 other hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-17s is lost; 3 airmen are MIA. 106 of 112 P-51s escort without loss.

2. 346 B-24s are dispatched to hit the Arnsberg (95) and Bielefeld (81) viaducts, the Siegen marshalling yard (77) and the Henschel tank plant at Meschede (79); 1 other hits the Neustadt road junction, a target of opportunity; all attacks are made using Gee-H; no casualties. Escorting are 117 of 123 P-51s; 1 is lost (pilot MIA).

3. 364 of 380 B-17s hit the marshalling yard at Kassel, the secondary target; 6 others hit 6 targets of opportunity; the attacks are made using H2X radar; no casualties. The escort is 113 of 118 P-51s; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft in the air and 10-0-4 on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

4. 308 of 318 P-51s fly a strafing run in the Wurzburg-Munich area; they calim 8-0-6 aircraft on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

5. 18 of 20 P-47s fly a figher-bomber mission against Ablar, Offenbach and Werdorf marshalling yards and factory buildings without loss.

6. 16 P-51s escort 4 F-5s and 1 Spitfire on a photo reconnaissance mission over Germany.

Mission 855: 11 B-24s drop leaflets in the Netherlands and Germany during the night without loss. 1 Mosquito flies a SKYWAVE mission over Germany. (SKYWAVE is a special navigational mission to calibrate LORAN equipment.)

Mission 856: 22 of 24 B-24s bomb the Freiburg rail depot during the night using PFF methods; no losses.

The 36th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 1st Air Division [attached to 482d Bombardment Group (Heavy)], moves from Cheddington to Alconbury, England with B-24s (the 36th is engaged in radio countermeasures operations).

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: Marshalling Yard at Hagen, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 10, 359th - 9, 360th - 10, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 7 hours, 20 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb M43 & 2 x 500 lb M17 Incendiary bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 25,000, 24,000 & 26,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 1,000 rounds.

Little activity was reported by crews returning from the last mission in February. Thirty- nine B-17s were dispatched to attack the marshalling yard at Hagen, Germany (visual or GEE-H). The secondary was the Hamm, Germany marshalling yard (visual or PFF), and the last resort, the Giessen marshalling yard. No aircraft returned early.

Thirty-eight Fortresses dropped 360 500-lb. M43 bombs, 71 500-lb M17 incendiary bombs and 10 leaflet units on the primary target. Bombing was through a solid undercast with tops at 6,000 to 8,000 feet and unobserved results. GEE-H navigators reported good bomb runs and PFF fixes indicated good results—except for the low Squadron that may have bombed to the right of the target.

There was no enemy air opposition and friendly fighter support was good, although 106 P-51s were not as many as usual. Bombers had no battle damage and all aircraft returned to Molesworth with no casualties.

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/
351BG Mission Report - 35 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 277. Primary Target: Marshalling Yards - Hagen, Germany

42 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 39. Ground Spare, Unused - 3

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
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 - Captain J.R. Locher flying his last mission on a second tour was Group Leader of the 94th "B" Group that bombed the marshalling yards at Soest on February 28, by Gee-H. No observations of results were possible. No flak or enemy air opposition was encountered and all aircraft returned safely to base. Those participating were: 43-38791 Kelso, 43-38458 Shepard, 42-31591 Maharick, 43-37706 Elgin, 44-6313 Scheller, 43-38607 Cox, 44-6506 Levy (612th a/c), 43-38160 May, 43-38862 Young (abort), 42-102398 Baker, 44-6132 McKenny.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This was the eighth consecutive day that the 401st had carried out a mission and the target was the marshalling yards at Soest, Germany. The Group put up 36 aircraft plus three PFF aircraft to form the 94th "BII Group in the Wing with the 614th furnishing eleven crews. The 10/10th clouds over the target again meant that the Gee-H bombing method was used, this time with very poor results according to the navigators. There was no flak and no fighters - a milk run. Of the 1,100 bombers on the mission only one was lost. It ditched in the sea with the loss of three of the crew. Also, not one of these 1,100 aircraft received any sort of battle damage. The Air Commander for the Group was Captain Locher. The 614th put up the following crews: 44-6464 Salisbury, 42-97322 St. Aubyn, 43-38646 Thomspon, 42-97395 Sorensen, 43-97931 Ayre, 42-97602 Fondren, 43-38738 Richardson, 43-38565 Viehman, 42-39012 James, 42-107151 Cameron, 43-38758 Park.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - Two G-H aircraft landed from Molesworth just after midnight and took part in the briefing, with 37 other crews, at 0730 hrs. All aircraft were airborne by 1131 hrs to attack the marshaling yards at Soest. The 401st flew as the 94th "B" Group, led by Captain J.R. Locher with Lt. Schaunaman and Capt. P.E. Campbell as the other two Squadron Commanders. 10/10th's clouds were found at the target so a G-H attack was carried out as planned. The target was considered to be of great importance to the Wehrmacht. No results were observed but Gee fixes taken by most navigators indicated that the bombing was poor. Crews agreed that this was a real "Milk Run" with no enemy fighters and no flak, in fact only one aircraft was lost on this mission out of the 1,072 taking part; not one received battle damage of any kind. The following 615th crews were on this mission: 256 McGoldrick, 44-8648 Gerber (PFF), 537 Campbell, (Molesworth G-H aircraft), 43-38941 Hart, 44-8707 Aschenbach, (PFF &G-H aircraft).source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - It is the last day of a very short month, and the 44th is taking off for the tenth straight time, and flying it's eighth consecutive mission. 24 of the 44th's aircraft, 6 are 67th, were dispatched to the Siegen M/Y in Germany. The Group lead was provided by 68th's Capt. H. Eckstein and crew, bombing by means of Gee-H through a 10/10th undercast with unobserved results. Flak was nil and fighter support again was excellent. Bomb loading was a combination of 250 lb GPs and M17s. All aircraft returned to base safely, none of them sustaining any battle damage. The 67th's Capt. Overstreet led the 491st BG, attacking the same target as the 44th' s. Sgt. Gately completed his tour. Lt. O'Brien and crew assigned to the 67th from 70th RD. Sgt. Barney Mares assigned and transferred to the 66th Squadron and promoted to S/Sgt. And so goes another month of air operations against our enemy. Additional honors were bestowed upon three members of the 67th Bombardment Squadron for their participation during the early days of the air war over France. These men being so honored were: Major Howard C. Moore, now Lt. Col. William R. Cameron and T/Sgt. Deloros R. Brumagin. On 29 January 1945 Lt. Col. W.R. Cameron was presented his award in person, this being the CROIX DE GUERRE, presented by "L'Orde Du Corps D'Armee" for their actions in assisting the allied efforts to free France from the German occupation. The decoration was presented by Charles De Gaule in ceremonies located in London.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Arnsberg, Germany - Railroad Viaduct. A/C Took Off: 31. A/C Bombed Target: 31. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Meschede

31 planes attacked a foundry 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 / 322nd BS Mission Report - Primary Target: Schwerte R/R Marshalling Yards. The 322nd Squadron furnished the lead squadron for this mission with Major Close as Air Commander and Capt. Towner lead pilot. The target which was the R/R yards in Schwerte was bombed by the low and high squadrons by Gee-H methods with what were believed to be very good results. The Gee-H equipment in the lead ship went out just after the I.P. and Major Close led the squadron in a 360 degree turn permitting the low and high to continue on their bombing run. The lead squadron returned to bomb the target with mickey equipment assisted by Gee-H equipment which determined the rate. No battle damage. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Schwerte Railway marshaling yards. We furnished the low squadron for this mission. Bombing was done on Gee-H methods and a photo plot indicates good results. Meager & inaccurate flak observed on the bombing run, but no damage was received.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8255).
Organization: 751BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Kirk, Roy E.
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: English Channel.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: He-177 (#).
Organization: / USSTAF of Orly, France.
Pilot: Koster, Robert J.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Orly/A-47 France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-74705W).
Organization: 5ERS / 496FTG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Judd, Russell P.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B7 (#43-6870W).
Organization: 394SrS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Taylor, George A.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14085).
Organization: 375FS / 361FG of Chievres, Belgium.
Pilot: Willis, Charles R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Chievres, Belgium Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15552).
Organization: 360FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: [ground crew].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 854"
Rail targets in Germany
February 28, 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
110410722881.50-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-3457BG aircraft ditches sea
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Mission Targets

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SOESTE, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard143 A/C
SCHWERTE, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard74 A/C
ARNSBERG, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge95 A/Cphotos (1)
SIEGEN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard77 A/Cphotos (1)
MESCHEDE, GERMANY
Industry
Henschel79 A/C
BIELEFELD, GERMANY
Railroad
viaduct81 A/Cphotos (2)
KASSEL, GERMANY
Mittefeld Railroad
marshalling yard364 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
446BG
448BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
94BG
100BG
385BG
390BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
457BG (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
7377072.30-0-118-0-105-0-00-0-5
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Mission Targets

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Escort
352 A/C

Strafing
308 A/C

Fighter-Bomber
18 A/C

Escort
29 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
359FG (2 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
479FG (1 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
55FG (1 a/c)
78FG (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
48480.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo5 A/C

Special Op
5 A/C
HOLLAND / IRELAND / GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo4 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures6 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
17 A/C

Communications
radio-relay8 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)