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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 913: 1,009 bombers and 341 fighters are dispatched to hit seven oil plants and a tank factory in Germany; they claim 6-4-13 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-24s and 1 P-51 are lost:

1. 272 B-24s are sent to hti the Ehmen (59), Hitzacker (127) and Bucken (57) oil depots; they claim 2-4-9 aircraft; 4 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 19 damaged; 16 airmen are KIA, 2 WIA and 39 MIA. Escorting are 223 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 4-0-3 aircraft in the air.

2. 737 B-17s are dispatched to hit oil plants but bad weather during the assembly and the increasing possibility of adverse conditions causes the mission to be cancelled; 3 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 9 airmen are KIA.

3. 47 of 48 P-51s escort Ninth AF B-26s.

4. 24 P-51s fly a fighter-bomber mission against the Schmalge ammunition dump; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

5. 11 P-51s fly a scouting mission claiming 0-0-1 aircraft in the air.

6. 16 P-15s escort 8 F-5s and 3 Spitfires on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

Mission 914: 10 B-24s drop leaflets in Germany and 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

Notes: bad weather forced recall of 1AD, 3AD
392nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The 401st were briefed for a mission on the 25th March but the bad weather during assembly and the forecast of even worst weather on the way caused it to be cancelled after they had been airborne for about an hour. The day was not without incident. The crew of IN-J, "HOMESICK ANGELIl, bailed out after the pilot had accidentally hit the bailout bell. Also during the morning the long serving "CHUTE THE WORKS", with 111 missions completed,got into trouble and had to be abandoned near Saltby, Lines. One of the crew broke his ankle but that was the only injury to the crew.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Our eleventh consecutive mission and the last in this string the 44th dispatched 22 aircraft (5 67th) to form two squadrons; one flying high right on the 491st BG in lead of the Wing, and the other flying high right on the 392nd BG, on a mission to attack underground storage of oil at Hitzacker. Lt. O'Brien was abortive, unable to find the formation, so only four planes represented the 67th. Clouds, towering up to 22,000 feet forced the formation to change their course before entering the enemy coast, but we went on to attack the target visually, with excellent results. It was clear at the target with slight haze. 250 lb GPs were dropped on this oil storage depot. Flak was meager and inaccurate at two points along the route, and nil in the target area. Fighter support was excellent and all aircraft returned safely.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Ehmen, Germany - Oil refinery. A/C Took Off: 22. A/C Bombed Target: 21. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
467th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: A-26B (#41-39593).
Organization: / BAD2 of Warton, Lancashire.
Pilot: Swank, Berton L.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Warton, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97395).
Organization: 614BS / 401BG of Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Stauffer, David H.
Notes: bail out.
Location: Saltby/ nr Sta 538 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97589).
Organization: 533BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: Nichols, Archie E.
Notes: bailed out due to fire.
Location: Ridgewell, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8605).
Organization: 18BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Bennett, Lester S.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Mendlesham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50804).
Organization: 578BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Kaiser, Phillip W.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Coltishall/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-5134*).
Organization: 576BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Markuson, Clifford O.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Coltishall/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-10517).
Organization: 713BS / 448BG of Seething, Norfolk.
Pilot: Tod, Frederick W.
Notes: missing in service [often a macr].
Location: Falsterbo Sweden.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-10537).
Organization: 566BS / 389BG of Hethel, Norfolk.
Pilot: Faughn, John H.
Notes: taxiing accident due to structural failure.
Location: Hethel, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#NS774).
Organization: 654BS / 25BG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Borges, Warren (NMI).
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Watton, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 913"
Oil plants
March 25, 1945

Notes: bad weather forced recall of 1AD, 3AD

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
272243484.12-4-90-0-04-5-1925-2-3934BG aircraft crashes take-off
2x 392BG aircraft collide, crashes Skeyton
351BG aircraft crashes take-off
401BG aircraft abandoned over Saltby airfield
448BG aircraft forced to land Manston
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Mission Targets

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EHMEN, GERMANY
Industry
oil storage59 A/Cphotos (1)
HITZACKER, GERMANY
Industry
oil storage127 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
448BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
448BG (4 a/c)
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
3413216.04-0-40-0-01-0-00-0-1
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Mission Targets

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Escort
239 A/C

Support
47 A/C

Fighter-Bomber
24 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout11 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
352FG (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
37370.00-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-1
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo11 A/C

Reconnaissance
monitor1 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo2 A/C
CONTINENT / UK
Reconnaissance
weather6 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
8 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures3 A/C

Reconnaissance
radar scope2 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
25BG (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)