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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 930: 659 bombers hit rail targets in the Leipzig, Germany area using H2X radar; 4 B-17s and 1 P-51 are lost:

1. 183 of 207 B-24s hit the marshalling yard at Halle; 22 others hit Eisleben, a target of opportunity; 3 B-24s are damaged. Escorting are 201 P-47s and P-51s.

2. 430 of 452 B-17s hit secondary targets, the main station and marshalling yard at Leipzig (321) and hit Gera (109); 11 others hit the marshalling yard at Halle; 4 B-17s are lost and 2 damaged beyond repair; 17 airmen are KIA, 1 WIA and 33 MIA. The escort is 392 of 410 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

3. 26 of 27 P-51s fly scouting missions.

4. 11 P-51s escort 5 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions.

During the night, 3 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions.

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

Mission Reports

Carpetbagger Casualty Report
Leon G Dibble Jr, ASN# 0-467431, Co-Pilot; of Schenectady Cty, NY: KIA - MACR 13740

Clair D Vanderschaaf , ASN# 0-689700, Navigator; of Berrien Cty, MI: KIA - MACR 4603

source: The Carpetbaggers http://www.801492.org/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Main Marshalling Yard at Leipzig, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 8, 359th - 11, 360th - 12, 427th - 10). Crews Lost: 2Lt. Alderman, 8 KIA; 2Lt. Lacker, 9 KIA. Length of Mission: 9 hours, 19 minutes. Bomb Load: 32 x 100 lb G.P. & 2 x 500 lb M17 Incendiary bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 26,000, 24,800 & 26,600 feet.

Marshalling yards in the Leipzig area were the targets for the 8th Air Force bombers. The 303rd BG(H) targets were the Moehau yard in Leipzig, the first priority target (visual), the main yard in Leipzig, the second priority (H2X), and the Gerf yard, the third (visual) and fourth (H2X) priority targets.

Thirty-nine B-17s were dispatched. Thirty-seven dropped 1,217 100-lb. G.P. and 72 500-lb. M17 incendiary bombs and ten leaflet units on the second priority target. The target area weather conditions made visual bombing impossible–there were 10/10 low clouds with tops at 13,000 to 15,000 feet, 3/10 to 4/10 high clouds at 25,000 feet, and dense, persistent contrails. Bombing results were unobserved.

An ME-262 German fighter attacked another formation, but was chased by P-51s close to the rear of the 303rd BG(H) formation. One Group gunner fired on the ME-262 and filed a claim that was assessed as a probable. Flak was meager to moderate and inaccurate. Returning aircraft had no battle damage or casualties.

Two aircraft were missing as a result of a mid-air collision shortly before reaching the target at Leipzig — #43-38958 Green Hill Belle, 427BS, and #44-8647 (No Name), 360BS. The dense contrails appeared to contribute directly to the collision. No parachutes were observed leaving either B-17 and both aircraft crashed at Teplitz, Germany.

Green Hill Belle, piloted by 2Lt. Melvin Alderman, exploded in the air after the collision and broke up into small parts–some were on fire. The crewmen were assigned to the 2Lt Roman M. Ley Crew on 27 March 1945. They were flying their initial mission with pilot 2Lt Melvin Alderman, an experienced pilot who had flown 34 previous missions, most of them as copilot with the Grafton N. Smith Crew.

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/
388BG Mission Report - The 388th furnished three Groups for the 45th Combat Wing on this mission. Our 38 a/c took-off between 0520 and 0553 hours. Lt. Bare in a/c 4:k 322 did not take-off until 0630 hours but caught up with the formation. Lt. Aubry in a/c # 896, left the formation over the continent and returned to base at 1212 hours. 36 of our a/c dropped on the secondary target at 1025 hours.

36 a/c returned to base between 1350 and 1419 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/
44BG Mission Report - Six of our 67th aircraft attacked the Secondary target, the Marshalling yards at Halle, Germany. Lt. Brown led the high right squadron in the Group formation. All aircraft bombed H2X, with results unobserved. Meager inaccurate flak was encountered at the target. Fighter support was excellent. A plane from the 66th Squadron piloted by Lt. Alley led the Group and the Wing. All aircraft returned safely to base. S/Sgt. Nance, long a member of the Ordnance section, left the organization today, having been accepted for Infantry OCS.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Halle, Germany - Germany Army Headquarters. A/C Took Off: 27. A/C Bombed Target: 27. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Halle

21 planes attacked the marshalling yards with unobserved results.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
467th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17F (#44-6923).
Organization: 545BS / 384BG of Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: MacKeller, Donald A.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Kettering/ 4 1/2mi S England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-107204).
Organization: 335BS / 95BG of Horham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Davis, Robert L.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Foret de Solgars Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37667).
Organization: 709BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: Johnson, Winston R.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Meltham/ 4mi W England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8709).
Organization: 412BS / 95BG of Horham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Wilson, Joseph G.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Horham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-48854).
Organization: 701BS / 445BG of Tibenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Shank, William O.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Thorpe Abbots/ N Sta 139 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#RG113).
Organization: 654BS / 25BG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Pruis, John A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Watton, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-75147W).
Organization: 61FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Del Corso, Joseph A.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Donington/ nr {WF-6250} England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14368).
Organization: 370FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Smith, Seymour (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: East Wretham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15575).
Organization: 83FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Davis, Hubert (NMI).
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Shales Green, Sussex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-15576).
Organization: 385FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk.
Pilot: Head, Hayden W.
Notes: bail out.
Location: Orwell/ 2mi N England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-63225).
Organization: 338FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Henry, Carroll D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-64151).
Organization: 22PRS / 7PRG of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Sarber, Charles B.
Notes: crash landing engine failure.
Location: Munster/ 5mi W Germany.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51K5 (#44-11748).
Organization: 22PRS / 7PRG of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Weir, Harold G.
Notes: taxiing accident.
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 930"
Leipzig area
April 06, 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
6596461628.70-0-00-0-04-2-317-1-332x 303BG aircraft collide
2x 384BG aircraft collide
384BG aircraft crashes take-off
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Mission Targets

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HALLE, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard183 A/C
EISLEBEN, GERMANY
Target of Opportunity
22 A/C
LEIPZIG, GERMANY
Railroad
station321 A/C
GERA, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard109 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
379BG
384BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
446BG
448BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
100BG
388BG
390BG
452BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG (2 a/c)
384BG (2 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
6666300.00-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-155FG crash-lands base
4FG forced to land near Aachen
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Mission Targets

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Escort
604 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout26 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
356FG (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
56560.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo5 A/C

Chaff
9 A/C
CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Reconnaissance
Skywave1 A/C
CONTINENT / UK
Reconnaissance
weather6 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
12 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures4 A/C

Communications
radio-relay15 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)