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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 928: 1,358 bombers and 662 fighters attack marshalling yards, ordnance depots, armament works and airfields in Germany; they claim 8-0-6 aircraft; 10 bombers and 1 P-51 are lost:

1. 436 B-17s are dispatched to hit munitions dumps at Ingolstadt (211) and Grafenwohr (94), and the marshalling yard at Bayreuth (73); targets of opportunity are Weiden (30) and Nurnberg (1); the attacks are made visually; 1 B-17 is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 2 damaged; 11 airmen are KIA and 2 WIA. Escorting are 182 of 201 P-51s; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft in the air and 7-0-3 on the ground.

2. 397 B-24s are sent to hit the marshalling yard at Plauen (151) and the munitions dump at Bayreuth (39); targets of opportunity are the munitions dump at Grafenwohr (1) and munitions plant at Ingolstadt (1); bombing is with H2X radar; 5 B-24s are lost and 5 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 44 MIA. 280 P-47s and P-51s escort; they claim 1-0-2 aircraft in the air; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

3. 521 B-17s are sent to hit the Unterschlauersbach Airfield (59), an aircraft parts factory (13) and munitions depot (54) at Furth, and the Nurnberg S marshalling yard (37); 271 bombers hit the Nurnberg Station marshalling yard, the secondary; bombing is visual; 4 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 112 damaged; 8 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 39 MIA. The escort is 91 of 104 P-51s.

4. 4 B-17s fly scouting missions.

5. 18 P-51s escort 5 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

6. 35 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

Mission 929: 12 B-24s drop leaflets in France, 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

303BG Mission Report - Target: Ordnance Depot at Bayreuth, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 11, 359th - 12, 360th - 11, 427th - 5). Length of Mission: 10 hours, 38 minutes. Bomb Load: 6 x 500 lb G.P. & 4 x 500 lb M17 Incendiary bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 15,000, 14,500 & 18,000 feet.

Major William C. Heller flew the Scouter aircraft and 1Lt. Emerson H. Shields the Weather Fortress. The ordnance depot at Grafenwoehr, Germany was designated the first priority (visual) and second priority (H2X) target and the Bayreuth ordnance depot was the third priority (visual) and fourth priority (H2X) target. Suggested targets of opportunity were Regensburg, Ingolstadt, Plauen and Straubing—all in Germany. One aircraft, piloted by 1Lt. Rudolph L. Griffith (358BS), #44-8318 (No Name) (360BS), aborted the mission about mid- channel. The #1 engine went sour and the #2 was failing. Landing was made at Field A-64 at St. Digiere, France.

Thirty-seven aircraft dropped 206 500- lb. G.P., 6 500-lb. S.A.P. and 144 500-lb. M17 incendiary bombs and 10 units of leaflets on the fourth priority target. Bombardiers utilized PFF (H2X) equipment. Although results could not be observed, the lead bombardier judged that his bombs hit in the city. The lead and low Squadron bombardiers were able to make 10-second visual assists at the end of the bomb run. One aircraft bombed with the 401BG and dropped 6 500-lb. G.P. and 4 500-lb. M17 incendiary bombs on an ordnance depot at Ingolstadt.

In the target area there were 6/10 to 8/10 low clouds with tops at 8,000 to 10,000 feet. There was no enemy air opposition, good support was provided by 182 P-51s, and no flak was encountered. There was no battle damage or casualties. Several aircraft landed away from 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 #158 Unterschlauersbach, Nurnburg. Command Pilot: HERSHENOW. 38 planes dispatched. 13 planes dropped 39 tons on the primary target and 16 planes dropped 48 tons on the secondary target and 9 planes failed to bomb. 30 Credit Sorties. 1 plane was lost and 3 crewmembers were listed as Missing in Action and 1 crewman was listed as Killed in Action.

B-17G 44-8283 B/G 'Dinah-Mite' Missing in Action Nuremburg flak. At bombs away, one bomb hug up on one end of the shackle. The plane left formation and began trailing behind, eventually losing sight of formation due to low visibility. Crossing the coast 5-7 miles East of Dunkirk, flak and machine gun fire hit the plane, seriously wounding Harris (B). A fire broke out behind #2 engine and the left alerion was shot out. Share (R) was also wounded. Ditched in the English Channel. At ditching Harris (B) was either dead or near dead. The Engineer tried but could not free Harris (B) from the debris in the Radio room. Huntley (CP) apparently never managed to get out. Deines (WG) got out but was holding on the tail section and would not release, saying he could not swim, even though he was wearing a MaeWest. He went down with the tail, still holding on. With 18BS. Pilot: Mehling. No Missing Air Crew Report. 3 Killed in Action, 6 rescued from the Channel and returned to duty one of whom was WIA.

B-17G 43-38416 E/C Abandoned on the Continent. Landed at Merville, B-53, with #2 engine on fire and leaking oil. Requires #2 engine change.

B-17G 43-38280 E/M with 7BS. Pilot: R. Martin. During assembly encountered violent propwash which threw crewmembers from their stations. Fleming (E) bailed out at about 20,000 feet. Webster (N), Jalvingm (BT), and Schmitt (WG) also bailed out. It is believed that Bartczak (B) also bailed out.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 37 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
388BG Mission Report - For this mission, the 388th furnished 38 a/c for the 45th Combat Wing. Our 38 a/c were airborne between 0715 and 0744 hours and effected formations over the Continent without difficulty. Lt. Jackson in a/c # 447, returned to base at 0755 hours and took-off again at 0809 hours. With mechanical problems, he aborted and returned to base at 1157 hours. The formation proceeded to the target on the briefed course with bombs away at 1149 hours. Meager flak was encountered.

On the return route, Lt. Bass in a/c # 948 landed on the continent with one engine out. Lts. Aubry and Gilkes also landed on the Continent and the crews are safe. Lt. Gramprie in a/c # 262, returned early.

The remainder of our a/c returned to base by 1546 hours. Lt. Aubry returned to base at 1939 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 next day, April 5th, the assignment was the No.1 remaining ordnance depot in Germany: Ingolstadt. This was a target that had, up to that time, never been attacked, and the 401st put up 36 aircraft on this day to lead the 94th Bombardment wing. Although it was a clear day and ideal for a visual attack it had already been under attack by other Groups and the smoke from fires obscured the whole area. The Lead Bombardiers, using outside checkpo ints, managed to bomb successfu'lly, although two of the Squadrons did drop a little short of the assigned HPI. There was no flak over the target but the jet He 262's hit the High Squadron just before IF and badly damaged one aircraft that began to break up. The crew managed to bring the aircraft back to base with the exception of one of the gunners who had been critically wounded. The crew could not decide if he was alive or dead when they bailed him out on a static line. The 613th crew loadings were as follows: 42-102947 Berneburg, 43-38160 Long, 44-6842 Litchfield, 43-38458 Shepard, 42-31591 Maharick, 44-6313 Bradley, 44-6113 Geren, 44-6588 Kerkes, 44-6132 Ford, 44-6125 May, 42-31983 Young.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This mission was to an ordnance depot at Ingolstadt and the 401st B.G. furnished 38 aircraft to make up the 94th "A" Group of the Wing formation with Major D.G. McCree as the Air Commander. En route to the target the Group was attacked by a formation of Me-262's just before the I.P. in what was to be the last fighter attack on the 401st in the ETO. The first attack was from two jets who hit the Lead and High Flight of the High Squadron and the second was from four jets who also hit the High Squadron. The gunners fired at the attackers but there were no claims of any aircraft destroyed or damaged. In one aircraft of the Group, piloted by Lt. Thomas N. Curran, the Top Turret Gunner was killed and the aircraft damaged. The other members of this crew bailed out over France and all got down safely. The gunner killed was Sgt. David N. Lesher. On approaching the target the three Lead Bombardiers found that the whole area was covered by smoke from previous strikes and had to use outside checkpoints, but they did hit the target. The lead and Low Squadrons did drop a little short but the High Squadron dropped right in the assigned area. Briefing seemed to be getting even earlier at this period of the war with the one on this morning being held at 0215 hrs with take-off about 4 hours later. All aircraft had returned by 1620 hrs, and with the debrief- ing time added to that, it made for an incredibly long day. The 614th Squadron loading list was as follows: 42-38012 James, 42-97602 Park, 43-38791 Howlin, 43-38677 Yeargan, 42-102468 Holmes, 42-98322 Lindsay, 43-38565 Stehman, 43-38646 Gray, 42-102072 Scimeca.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The ordnance depot at Ingolstadt was the target on this mission with good to excellent results, particularly by the High Squadron, led by the 615th crew of Lt. R.S. Hubbell. 4 Me-262's attacked the High Squadron knocking down one of the 401st aircraft piloted by Lt. Thomas N. Curran. The top turret gunner was killed and the crew bailed out over France. Briefing for 38 combat crews and one weather ship crew was at 0215 hrs with the weather ship becoming airborne by 0455 hrs. 35 combat ships were away by 0652 hrs but three were left behind. IN-V had a blow-out and this trapped IN-C and the turbo of SC-L went out on the runway - and was also late in loading its bombs. The 401st put up the 94th "A" Group, led by Major D.C. McCree with Lt. R.S. Hubbell and Lt. A.K. Wolf as the other Squadron leaders. The five 615th crews on the loading list were: 44-8825 Wolf, 44-8153 Hubbell, 44-8033 Spuhler, 43-39148 Cole, 43-38941 Lovell.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - The Group dispatched 43 aircraft, 12 of them from the 67th, to lead the Division today. The first priority target was the Plauen Marshalling Yards, a visual target and the second priority target was the transportation network at Plauen, an H2X target. Captain Lavitt flew Group deputy lead and Lt. Kleiderer led the low left squadron in the 392nd BG formation. Lt. Markle was abortive due to mechanical failure. Extremely adverse weather conditions were encountered and 38 44th aircraft attacked the second priority target while one aircraft joined the 446th BG which did not bomb. Our Group reached the objective and bombed on PFF, result's unobserved. Enemy resistance was nil and our fighters furnished excellent support. One 506th A/C #44-40l58 Q "Tinker Belle" piloted by Lt. Brown was missing, but the crew which was in enemy hands, has since returned. * Four other 44th aircraft landed on the continent but are safe - none of them are 67th's. 1st Lt. Gleaves and S/Sgt. Petzoldt completed tour. F/O Lipkin appointed 2nd Lt. 2nd Lts. Kostakos, Blades Hildebrand and Wells promoted to 1st Lt. Site #3 inspected conditions good.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Bayreuth

9 planes hit the marshalling yards. 13 planes flew with another group and hit their targets. Pin-Up Girl (42-94941) was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, killing 4 crewmen. 4 more were taken prisoner, though one escaped.

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 / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Grafenwohr Railway The target on this mission was an ordnance depot at Grafenwohr. Our squadron flew in the high position and bombed the target by PFF methods and strike photographs show fair results. The lead and low squadrons were able to bomb visually and photos showed good results.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - On the 5th of April we dispatched 12 A/C and crews to attack the Railway which forms the Eastern boundary of the ordnance depot at Grafenwohl. The Lead and Low Squadrons bombed visually with excellent results. The High Squadron had to bomb by means of instruments due to cloud cover over the target The Squadron flew the Low Squadron in the Group formation. The Group furnished the 1st "A" Group. AA fire in the target area 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 (#43-28878).
Organization: 359BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Rogers, Clem W.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Harrington/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37814).
Organization: 730BS / 452BG of Deopham Green, Norfolk.
Pilot: Ziemke, Alvin C.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Deopham Green, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37873).
Organization: 709BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: Dreyer, Nathan T Jr.
Notes: take off accident due to engine failure.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37895).
Organization: 571BS / 390BG of Framlingham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Corcoran, John H.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Framlingham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8152).
Organization: 748BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Snow, Donald L.
Notes: killed in a take off accident.
Location: Glatton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-72985).
Organization: / BAD2 of Warton, Lancashire.
Pilot: Rue, Fred W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Warton, Lancashire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14147).
Organization: 384FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Price, Sterling J.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Chilbolton/3mi W {VU-7958 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14173).
Organization: 357FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Kirby, Henry H Jr.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-63690).
Organization: 22PRS / 7PRG of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Gauss, John A.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Chalgrove, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 928"
Ordnance depots, marshalling yards and airfields
April 05, 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
135810392815.30-0-00-0-010-4-11919-10-8334BG aircraft shot down
457BG aircraft crashes take-off
379BG aircraft crashes Bellheim
2x 490BG aircraft crashes continent
384BG aircraft forced to land continent
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Mission Targets

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INGOLSTADT, GERMANY
Industry
ordnance depot211 A/Cphotos (3)
GRAFENWOHR, GERMANY
Military
ordnance depot94 A/Cphotos (1)
BAYREUTH, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard73 A/Cphotos (1)
WEIDEN, GERMANY
Target of Opportunity
30 A/C
PLAUEN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard151 A/C
BAYREUTH, GERMANY
Military
ordnance depot39 A/C
UNTERSCHLAUERSBACH, GERMANY
Airfield
59 A/C
FURTH, GERMANY
Military
ordnance depot67 A/C
NUREMBURG, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard37 A/C
NUREMBURG, GERMANY
Railroad
station271 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout4 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
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 (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG (1 a/c)
93BG (1 a/c)
389BG (1 a/c)
446BG (1 a/c)
466BG (1 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
94BG (1 a/c)
100BG (1 a/c)
34BG (1 a/c)
490BG (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
6626060.01-0-37-0-31-0-00-0-1
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Mission Targets

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Escort
571 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout35 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
20FG
352FG
356FG
364FG
2ND AIR DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
361FG
479FG
3RD AIR DIVISION
55FG
78FG
339FG
353FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
20FG (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
58570.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo5 A/C

Chaff
8 A/C
FRANCE / GERMANY / UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C
ATLANTIC / UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
22 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures4 A/C

Communications
radio-relay10 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)