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AIRBORNE OPERATIONS (IX Troop Carrier Command): 2,000+ transports and gliders drop and land the British 6 Airborne and US 17th Airborne Divisions (plus artillery, vehicles, ammunition, and other supplies) E of the Rhine River N and NW of Wesel as the British Second and US Ninth Armies cross the river to the NW and SE.

Mission 911: In conjunction with the allied ground forces assault across the lower Rhine River (Operation VARSITY) the Eighth flies bombing, supply, and armed reconnaissance missions; during the day, 1,749 bomber sorties and 1,375 fighter sorties are flown to attack airfields visually in W and NW Germany in the morning and afternoon and drop supplies to US and British troops at midday; they claim 54-0-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 19 bombers and 9 fighters are lost;

1. 175 of 179 B-17s bomb Vechta Airfield in the morning; 1 hits Rheine Airfield, a target of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost; 1 airman is WIA and 9 MIA.

2. 527 B-17s are sent to hit Steenwijk (114), Zwischenahn (74), Varel (88), Varrelbusch (113) and Plantlunne (13) Airfields in the morning; targets of opportunity are Wittmundhafen Airfield (13) and other (2); 1 B-17 is lost and 2 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 9 MIA.

3. 294 B-17s are dispatched to hit Rheine (36), Hopsten (62), Vechtel at Furstenau (72), Achmer (73) and Hesepe (36) Airfields in the morning; 1 other hits a target of opportunity; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft; 3 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 100 damaged; 8 airmen are KIA, 5 WIA and 28 MIA. 4. All 58 B-24s hit Nordhorn Airfield without loss.

5. The 4 forces above have 1,158 P-47s and P-51s flying area support; they claim 53-0-2 aircraft in the air and 0-0-4 on the ground; 9 P-51s are lost (8 pilots MIA).

6. At midday, 240 B-24s are sent to drop supplies in the US (122) and British (118) assault areas flying at 300 to 400-feet (91 to 122 m); 14 B-24s are lost (mostly to small arms fire), 4 damaged beyond repair and 103 damaged; 5 airmen are KIA, 30 WIA and 116 MIA.

7. 182 B-24s are sent to hit Stormede (96) and Kirtorf (65) Airfields in the afternoon; 9 hit Ziegenhain Airfield, the secondary, and 11 hit the Treysa marshalling yard, a target of opportunity; 16 B-24s are damaged.

8. 114 B-17s are sent to hit Ziegenhain Airfield (104) in the afternoon; 6 others hit Siegen marshalling yard, the secondary; 2 B-17s are damaged.

9. 152 of 153 B-17s hit Enschede Airfield at Twente; 20 B-17s are damaged.

10. The 3 forces above are escorted by 95 P-47s and P-51s without loss.

11. 2 B-17s and 19 of 20 P-51s fly scouting missions; 1 P-51 is lost.

12. 8 P-51s escort 4 Mosquitos that monitor operations for the bombers.

13. 17 P-51s escort 19 aircraft on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

Mission 912: 10 of 12 B-24s drop leaflets in Germany and the Netherlands during the night and 24 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions over Scandinavia.

The 859th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 492d Bombardment Group (Heavy) [attached to the 2641st Special Group (Provisional)] moves from Brindisi to Rosignano, Italy with B-24s and C-47s (the squadron is flying CARPETBAGGER missions in the MTO).

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

Notes: airfields in morning; supply in afternoon
303BG Mission Report - Target: Afternoon Mission - Airfield at Twente-Enschede, The Netherlands. Crews Dispatched: 14 (358BS - 4, 359th - 3, 360th - 3, 427th - 3). Length of Mission: 4 hours, 30 minutes. Bomb Load: 34 x 100 lb H.E. M30 bombs. Bombing Altitude: 22,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Colonel Maurice A. Preston (P), CO 41CBW and Maj. Charles W. Bagstad (CP) flew in #42-31055 Aloha 360BS, as the Scouter aircraft.

The only assigned target for the 303rd BG(H) was the Twente-Enschede airfield in the Netherlands. The good morning weather continued into the afternoon—no clouds were seen along the route or over the target.

The Group dropped 480 100-lb. H.E. M30 bombs visually with excellent results. The bomb pattern crossed two runways and covered the assigned MPI. The Scouter B-17 did not bomb.

The meager and accurate anti-aircraft fire encountered at the target caused major battle damage to one B-17. However, there was no enemy air opposition and friendly fighter support was good. There were no casualties and all Fortresses returned to Molesworth.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Morning Mission - Airfield at Furstenau, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 36 (358BS - 0, 359th - 12, 360th - 12, 427th - 12). Length of Mission: 6 hours, 2 minutes. Bomb Load: 36 x 100 lb H.E. M30 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 25,000, 24,000, & 26,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Today, all target priorities were airfields. Furstenau was first (visual) and second (GEE-H). Third were Nordhorn, Zwischenahn, Oldenburg, Plantlunne and Varrelbusch. Fourth was military establishments in the Rhine (H2X). B-17G #43- 38554 Bouncing Betty III, 358BS (Lt. Edmunds) returned early with mechanical problems.

Thirty-five aircraft dropped 1,265 100-lb. H.E. M30 bombs and ten units of leaflets on the first priority target. The visual bombing produced excellent results for all three squadrons — bombs blanketed the airfield.

Area support by 1,158 P-51s and P-47s was excellent. There was no flak, enemy air opposition or casualties. All aircraft returned to Molesworth.

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 #151 Zwischenahn. Command Pilot: RICHEY. 38 planes dispatched. 36 planes dropped 120.75 tons on the primary target and 2 planes failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties.

B-17G 44-8605 B/H Homesick Angel Battle damaged by mid-air collision during mission in support of "Operation Varsity," the American and British forces crossing of the Rhine River. With 18BS. Pilot: Bennett.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - Two missions flown on this day. 49 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 296. Primary Target: Airfield - Vechta, Germany

37 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 37

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 297. Primary Target: Airfield - Twente/Enschede, Holland

13 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 13

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The 388th furnished 38 a/c for the 45th Comb. Wing with no abortions. Take-off was between 0600 and 0623 hours and formations were effected without difficulty. Our assigned targets were airfields on this mission.

All of our a/c returned to base by 1114 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/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - For the first time this year two operations were run in the same day. It was the fourth straight day that the 401st was doing tactical work along with all Air Forces in the ETO, and was to help the established as well as the impending bridgeheads across the Rhine. The 36 aircraft of the 401st formed the 94th "B" Group with the 613th making up the Lead squadron of the Group formation. It was also another clear day for bombing and some good bombing results were obtained. All the three Squadrons put their bombs within the assigned area keeping up the 401st's record for good bombing. Very accurate flak met the formation on the bomb run and eighteen of the aircraft of the 401st sustained damage, one, the "I: LL BE SEEING YOU", crashing in England with the loss of seven of the crew. The loading list for the 613th on this mission was: 44-6842 Kelso, 44-6132 Litchfield, 43-38458 Shepard, 42-31591 Maharick, 44-6313 Bradley, 43-37706 May, 44-6146 Young, 44-6588 Nielson, 43-38160 Jones, 44-8767 McKenny.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - A second mission was completed on 24th March with 12 401st crews flying as the High Squadron to attack the airfield at Twente Enschede in Holland. The 613th Squadron did not participate on thiG mission.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This mission was in, support of operation "Varsity", the crossing of the Rhine by the American and British Forces. The targets were the airfields in the west and north-west of Germany and most Groups, including the 401st, ran a mission in the morning and again in the afternoon. All the airfields were attacked visually. The morning force consisted of 36 aircraft led by Lt. Col. R.J. White - "Jumbo" to his many friends - and all B-17's were in the air by 0651 hrs. The Group composed the 94th "B" Group of the Combat Wing and all aircraft from the mission, except SC-K, 43-38733, landed back at Deenethorpe by 1240 hrs. The battle damaged SC-K spun in at Halesworth while trying to land and seven of the crew lost their lives. The 614th loading list was as follows: 42-107151 Park, 43-38565 Babcock, 42-102468 Djernes, 42-97322 Cameron, 42-97395 Holmes, 42-38012 Stehman, 42-97478 Lindsay, 42-102077 Salisbury, 42-97931 Ayre, 43-38810 Stauffer.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This was the afternoon part of Operation "Varsity" with 12 401st crews attacking the airfield at Twente/Enschede, a fighter base. The mission was led by Lt. A.D. Aschenbach with two 614th aircraft and crews taking part. The twelve aircraft flew as the High Squadron of the 94th Composite Group. The target was attacked visually and Lt. Folkerts, the Lead Bombardier from the 612th Squadron, did an excellent job on the MPI, which was the airfield runway, obtaining a pattern right down the length of it. Four aircraft were damaged by the flak over the target which was classed as meager but accurate. The 614th loading list was as follows: 43-38664 Gray, 42-97664 James.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was the day the British and American Forces crossed the Rhine on Operation VARSITY. The support given by the 8th Air Force was truly mighty - 1,749 bombers and 1,375 fighters were sent out to attack all the airfields in the north-west and west Germany, most Groups flying a morning and afternoon mission. The 401st put up 36 crews on this morning mission with briefing at 0300 hrs. All ships were on their way by 0651 hrs. The leaders were Lt. Col. R.,J. White, Capt. W.S. Harb and Capt. R.S. Hayes. Bombing was visual with good results, The flak turned out to be wickedly accurate on the bomb run with 18 aircraft sustaining battle damage. One, a 612th ship piloted by Lt. Campbell crashed: on the English coast while trying to land at an airfield. Seven of the crew were killed. The six 615th crews on this mission were: 44-8825 Strauss (PFF & Gee-H aircraft), 44-8812 Wolf, 43-38941 Knowles, 43-39148 Bennett, 43-38707 Hayes, 44-8648 Boddin.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The 2nd Task Force of the day set out at 1500 hrs with 12 crews flying as the High Squadron in the 94th Composite Group. The target was the airfield at Twente in Holland. The Leader was Lt. A.D. Aschenbach. Bombing was visual with excellent results. Four aircraft received minor flak damage. Two crews from the 615th Squadron flew th£s mission and were: 44-8708 Aschenbach, 44-6947 Speer.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Today's effort, our ninth consecutive mission, was one of the most important since the invasi6n of France. In order to attain final victory, it was imperative that the ground forces gain a crossing of the Rhine river in order to break out on the north German plain. Our support to them came in the form of supplies which were dropped in an area just WNW of Wesel, on the east bank of the Rhine. Seven 67th aircraft were among the 27 A/C dispatched by the 44th to lead the 14th Wing on this highly important low-level supply mission. Capt. Smith, 66th, was the Group leader with Capt. Brownlowe, 67th, flying as deputy Group lead. It was the second similar expedition that we have been called upon to do, and this time we can say we came through with flying colors. The secrecy in which the mission was prepared was astonishing, for only the persons closely connected with it knew anything about it. 540 bundles (69 tons) of supplies were dropped with excellent success. Moderate and fairly accurate small arms fire and 88 mm fire from ground positions was encountered in the immediate dropping area, and on withdrawal. Two of our 44th aircraft were lost, with the 67th Squadron suffering its first loss since 18 October 1944 when Lt. and crew were MIA. The other aircraft to go down was from the 506th Squadron, A/c #42-50896 R "Southern Comfort III" piloted by 2nd Lt. Max E. Chandler. This airplane was observed to momentarily lose control, strike the ground, come up again for about 90 seconds, and then the right wing dipped and struck the ground, causing the aircraft to pinwheel into the ground. It immediately burst into flames and disintegrated. One cannot imagine anyone escaping from that terrible scene, but two of the crew did. The 67th's A/C #42-100314 G+ suddenly went into a steep climb with #1 engine smoking. The ship then stalled out, nosed over and directly into the ground and exploded. Due to the low altitude and excessive speed, it was impossible for witnesses to determine if there were any survivors. There were none. 67th A/c 42-100314 G+ All men KIA MACR # 13601 Crandell, Leonard J. 1st Lt. Pilot Peoria, Illinois Croll, William B. 2nd Lt. Co-pilot Larchmont, New York Hummer, William M. 2nd Lt. Navigator Dover, New Jersey Ogilvie, Robert R.Jr. T/Sgt. Engineer Auburn, N.Y. Feeney. Larry L. T/Sgt. Radio Oper. Spokane, Wash. Battenberg, Walter R. S/Sgt. LW Gunner Milwaukee, Wisc. Brown, James M. Jr. S/Sgt. Tail Tur. Rosehill, N.C. Germolus, Irvin E. S/Sgt. RW Gunner Albany, N.Y. Roach, James E. S/Sgt. Nose Tur. Denver, Colorado The remainder of the aircraft returned to base safely, but thirteen of them sustained category "A" and one category "B". It seems proper to add that our crews participated in this mission without armament. No ship carried machine guns or ammunition as it was feared that we could mistakenly hit our own ground troops. Also, the 506th suffered another fatality on this mission when Sgt. Anibal 0. Diaz was assisting others in dropping some of the supplies, his parachute accidentally opened and the wind from the open windows pulled him out to his death. This happened at extremely low altitude 2-1/2 miles WNW of Wesel. Captain Brownlowe; Lt. Hester; T/Sgt. Sumerlin and S/Sgt. Benedict completed their tour. On an afternoon mission, second mission of the day and tenth consecutive, the 44th dispatched 12 A/C to fly the low left squadron in the 14th Wing formation on an operational mission to the Stormede Landing Strip. Capt. Lavitt, 67th, led our Group and his squadron was the low left squadron made up of 5 506, 2 66th, 3 67th, and 2 68th. All aircraft bombed the target visually with excellent results. The only enemy resistance encountered was eight bursts of very accurate flak from Koblenz on the rout out, while our fighters furnished very good support. All of our air- craft returned to base safely, but five of the 12 sustained category "A" battle damage.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Wesel, Germany - Supply Drop (Operation VARSITY). A/C Took Off: 27. A/C Bombed Target: 27. A/C Lost: 2source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
445BG Mission Report - Target: Stormede, Germany - German Airdrome. A/C Took Off: 33. A/C Bombed Target: 29. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Stormede

The airfield was attacked with good to excellent results.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Wessel

The group dropped supplies to ground troops on this low-level mission. Flying at 300 to 700 feet, the planes were met by small arms and light artillery fire and 3 were shot down. Queen of Angels (42-50735) went down, killing 8 crewmen with 1 more returning safely. 2 unnamed planes (42-50545, 41-28814) also crashed, with 6 crewmen killed and the remainder returning safely.

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/
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 - The 24th was an unusual day for this group but not for the first time for this group to complete two missions in the same day. Early morning the target was Vechta, Germany. All three squadrons bombed the airfield visually with good results. The three twenty-third took their turn at stand-down so did not participate in this mission.

However, in the afternoon, the 323rd squadron flew the high squadron with Ridgewell and Nuthempstead, attacking the airdrome at Twente-Enscheden, Holland. 323rd squadron bombed visually with excellent results as per the strike photographs. Thirteen ships and crews participated in this second mission for the day, all returning safely to base with no abortives.

source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Primary Target: Vechta A/D. Lt. Swegle flew as Air Commander of the low squadron with Major Newquist as his pilot. The A/F at Vechta was bombed visually with excellent results. Strike photos show a good concentration of hits from this squadron covering the assigned aiming point. A good job of post-holing the field was accomplished. No flak was encountered. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Vechta Airfield Col. Terry, Commanding Officer of the Group, and Major Klette led our squadron and the group on a mission to Vechta A/D. The flak encountered was nil. A second mission was flown on this day and the only squadron flying was the 324th, who flew high squadron of a composite group from rd the 1st Combat Wing. Bombing results on Vechta were good.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - On the 24th of March we dispatched 11 A/C and 13 crews to attack Vechta Airdrome. The target was bombed visually with good results. Lots of postholes. Our Squadron flew the High Squadron in the Group formation. The Group furnished the 1st "A" Group. AA fire over the target was nil. Fighter support was good. All Squadron A/C and crews returned safely.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37643).
Organization: 339BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Snetterton Heath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37683).
Organization: 339BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Brady, Walter R.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Snetterton Heath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-39054).
Organization: 710BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: Moore, Lawrence W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6605).
Organization: 366BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Madarassy, Richard C.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24L (#44-49610).
Organization: 791BS / 467BG of Rackheath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Littleford, James W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Rackheath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: C-64A (#44-70255).
Organization: 27PRS / 7PRG of Denain/Prouvy, France.
Pilot: Tubbs, Shirley B.
Notes: unknown.
Location: Denain/Prouvy, France France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: L-4B (#43-703).
Organization: / 487BG of Lavenham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Timko, John (NMI).
Notes: unknown.
Location: Lavenham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito III (#LR530).
Organization: 653BS / 25BG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Hodges, Edward F.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Watton, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C10 (#43-25066).
Organization: 383FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Seth, Joseph A Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Honington, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14191).
Organization: 374FS / 361FG of Chievres, Belgium.
Pilot: Voss, John R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Chievres, Belgium Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14333).
Organization: 435FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Rogers, John R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14441).
Organization: / 2SF of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Monefelt, Leonard H.
Notes: killed in crash due to engine failure.
Location: Steeple Morden/2mi from England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-14858).
Organization: 357FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: McNeff, Edward P.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-14890).
Organization: 503FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Preddy, William R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15139).
Organization: 361FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Jarvis, William C.
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Lowestoft/ 18mi E English Channel.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15605).
Organization: 77FS / 20FG of Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Larsen, Frederick (NMI).
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-63199).
Organization: 362FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Jenkins, Otto D.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Leiston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-11235).
Organization: 504FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Clifton, Frank A.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51K (#44-11653).
Organization: 82FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Rosenberg, Alvin M.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51K5 (#44-11760).
Organization: 370FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Leathley, Eric H.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: East Wretham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 911"
Operations in support of Operation VARSITY - crossing of the Rhine
March 24, 1945

Notes: airfields in morning; supply in afternoon

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
174917144774.61-0-00-0-019-5-24314-36-162392BG aircraft crash-lands France
448BG aircraft abandoned over Manston
401BG aircraft crashes Westhall
389BG aircraft crashes continent
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Mission Targets

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VECHTA, GERMANY
Airfield
175 A/Cphotos (1)
STEENWIJK, NETHERLANDS
Airfield
114 A/C
BAD ZWISCHENAHN, GERMANY
Airfield
74 A/Cphotos (3)
VARRELBUSCH, GERMANY
Airfield
113 A/Cphotos (1)
PLANTLUNNE, FRANCE
Airfield
111 A/C
WITTMUNDHAFEN, GERMANY
Airfield
13 A/Cphotos (1)
RHEINE, GERMANY
Airfield
37 A/Cphotos (2)
HOPSTEN, GERMANY
Hesepe Airfield
62 A/Cphotos (3)
FURSTENAU, GERMANY
Airfield
72 A/C
ACHMER, GERMANY
Airfield
73 A/Cphotos (1)
HOPSTEN, GERMANY
Hesepe Airfield
36 A/Cphotos (3)
NORDHORN, GERMANY
Airfield
58 A/C
GERMANY
Supply
VARSITY122 A/C
GERMANY
Supply
VARSITY118 A/C
STORMEDE, GERMANY
Airfield
96 A/C
KIRTORF, GERMANY
Airfield
65 A/C
ZIEGENHAIN, GERMANY
Airfield
9 A/C
ZIEGENHAIN, GERMANY
Airfield
104 A/C
SIEGEN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard6 A/Cphotos (1)
TWENTE ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS
Twente-Enschede Airfield
152 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout2 A/C
VAREL, GERMANY
Airfield
88 A/Cphotos (1)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
446BG
448BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
94BG
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
390BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
379BG (2 a/c)
381BG (1 a/c)
457BG (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG (2 a/c)
389BG (2 a/c)
392BG (1 a/c)
445BG (2 a/c)
446BG (2 a/c)
448BG (2 a/c)
491BG (3 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
96BG (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
137512970.053-0-20-0-49-1-01-0-8357FG crashes base
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Mission Targets

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Escort
120 A/C

Support
1158 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout9 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
20FG (1 a/c)
356FG (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
361FG (1 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
55FG (1 a/c)
353FG (5 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
70700.00-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-1
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo19 A/C

Reconnaissance
monitor4 A/C

Special Op
1 A/C
ATLANTIC / CONTINENT / UK
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather7 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
27 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures12 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)