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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 932: 1,173 bombers and 794 fighters attack various targets in Germany; 9 bombers and 1 fighter are lost: 1. 339 B-17s are dispatched to hit the Derben oil depot (31) and Schafstadt Airfield (73); secondary targets hit are the Stendal marshalling yard workshops (73) and the marshalling yard at Halberstadt (218); Derben is hit visually and the others targets visually and with H2X radar; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 55 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 5 WIA and 35 MIA. Escorting are 239 of 252 P-51s.

2. 522 B-17s are dispatched to hit the marshalling yards at Plauen (86), Hof (101) and Eger (111) and an ordnance depot at Grafenwohr (203); the attacks are made visually and with H2X radar; 5 B-17s are lost and 58 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 1 WIA and 43 MIA. 235 of 246 P-51s escort.

3. 302 B-24s are sent to hit the munitions depot at Bayreuth (51), the Blumenthal jet aircraft factory at Furth (89) and the Unterschlauersbach (57) and Roth (91) Airfields visually; 39 B-24s are damaged. The escort is 245 P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-47 is lost (pilot MIA).

4. 10 B-17s fly a screening mission.

5. 28 P-51s fly a scouting mission; 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair.

6. 16 P-51s escort 19 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

Mission 933: 11 B-24s drop leaflets in France, the Netherlands and Germany during the night.

Mission 934: 12 B-24s bomb the Travemunde port area using PFF methods during the night.

The 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance), moves from Mount Farm to Chalgrove, England with F-5s.

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: Airfield at Schafstadt, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 34 (358BS - 10, 359th - 12, 360th - 10, 427th - 8). Length of Mission: 8 hours, 31 minutes. Bomb Load: 34 X 100 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 20,000, 19,000 & 21,000 feet.

Target priorities were airfields and marshalling yards with the 303rd BG(H) assigned the Schafstadt landing ground, the first priority (visual), Halberstadt railway center, the second priority (visual or H2X), and the Halle marshalling yard, the third priority. No aircraft returned early.

303rd BG(H) Fortresses dropped 1,237 100-lb. G.P. bombs and 10 leaflet units on the first priority target with good results–the target was well covered with bombs. Weather conditions did not affect this mission. The target area contained only 3/10 to 4/10 low clouds with tops at 4,000 to 5,000 feet and no contrails. Friendly support by 239 P-51s was very good. There was no enemy air opposition, flak, battle damage, or casualties. All Group aircraft returned safely 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 #160 Grafenwohr. Command Pilot: STEWART. 38 planes dispatched. 37 planes dropped 108 tons on the primary target and 1 plane failed to bomb. 37 Credit Sorties. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 36 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
388BG Mission Report - The 388th furnished three Groups for the 45th Combat Wing. 38 a/c were airborne between 0725 and 0750 hours and there were no abortions. This was nearly a nine hour mission. The primary target was bombs visually with poor results.

All of our a/c returned to base by 1616 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 third mission of the month came two days later on April 7th. The airfield at Reinsehlen, Germany was the assigned target with the marshalling yards at Luneburg as the second priority for the visual bombing the Group was to carry out. The 401st dispatched 36 aircraft as the 94th CWB "C" Group. There was cloud cover over the primary so the formation hit the Luneburg target visually with almost 100% of the bombs within the 2,000 feet circle. At two points on the mission there was meager and inaccurate flak and that was the only opposition met. All aircraft and crews returned safely to base. The 613th Crew Loading List was as follows: 44-6132 Kerkes, 44-6588 Ford, 42-31730 Levy, 44-6125 May, 44-6146 Young, 44-8648 Riegler, 42-102947 Berneburg, 42-31989 Long, 44-6842 Litchfield, 43-38458 Shepard, 42-31591 Maharick, 43-38862 Lovelace.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - April 8th was another excellent day for weather both over England and the Continent and the 8th Air Force kept up the offensive with the 401st sending 36 aircraft to hit the airfield at Lerbst. They were ordered to attack the marshalling yards at Halberstadt if the primary couldn't be hit. In fact the smoke from the preceeding Groups completely obscured the primary target at Lerbst so the formation went on to bomb the secondary at Halberstadt. Smoke also covered this target but the photos show that some damage was done to it. There was no opposition from flak or fighters and all aircraft and crews returned safely to base. The Group Leader on this mission was the 612th Squadron. Operations Officer, Major Joe Strauss. Crew loadings were as follows: 43-38677 Berneburg, 44-6842 Litchfield, 43-38458 Shepard, 42-31591 Maharick, 43-38862 Lovelace, 44-6125 Kerkes, 43-37706 Evans, 44-6146 Ford, 44-6584 Levy, 44-6313 McKenny.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The 401st B.G. put up 38 aircraft to form the 94th "B" Group of the Wing formation under the command of Major J.D. Strauss. There was clear weather over England and the continent and the primary target for the Group was an airfield at Lerbst. It was found that smoke from preceding Groups had blotted out Lerbst so the Group went on to the secondary at Halberstadt. In fact smoke also covered the secondary target but the Group were able to bomb it with some success. There was no flak or fighters and all aircraft and crews returned safely to Deenethorpe. Briefing was again early on this mission - 0240 hrs - with the last aircraft taking off at 0700 hrs and returning at 1519 hrs. The 614th loading list was as follows: 42-107151 Reinhard, 42-97322 Salisbury, 42-97931 Ayre, 42-102468 Gibson, 43-38791 Sorensen, 42-97602 Park, 43-38012 James, 43-38565 Babcock, 42-102077 Scimeca, 42-97478 Howlin, 42-97780 Gray.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - Another early briefing. It was at 0240 hrs for 38 crews; it .was 1519 hrs when they arrived back at base that afternoon to begin debriefing so the crews wer~ putting in 16 to 18 hours work to complete a mission. The primary target was again an airfield, this time at Lerbst, with the marshalling yard at Halberstadt to be bombed visually or by PFF if the primary couldn't be hit. It proved to be the case and Halberstadt was bombed visually although there was a great deal of smoke from preceding Groups over the assigned area. However, photos did show that damage to the target was heavy. No fighters or flak were observed and all aircraft returned to the base safely. The 401st furnished the 94th "B" Group with Major J.D. Strauss as the Air Commander and Lt. A.K. Wolf and Lt. E.A. Post leading the other two Squadrons. The Squadron put up the following crews: 43-39148 Hartsock, 44-8708 Wolf, 44-8153 Bennett, 44-6947 Tobin, 44-8653 Post, 44-8648 Seder,source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Lt. O'Brien was forced to turn back early due to loss of turbos on #2 and #4 engines-, so only two of our aircraft participated with six other of the 44th to form the high right squadron of the "B" Group on a mission to the Ordnance Depot at Bayreuth, Germany. Bombing was visual by squadrons and all of our aircraft attacked the target with excellent results. No flak or enemy aircraft was encountered,- fighter support was excellent and all returned to base. No battle damage was sustained. T/Sgt. Burkey completed tour. Two crews participated in local flights.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Furth, Germany - Jet Aircraft Industry. A/C Took Off: 33. A/C Bombed Target: 31. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Roth airfield

1,000 pounders and incendiaries were dropped with good 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: Stendal Oil Storage. The #2 target which was the locomotive repair shops at Stendal was bombed with H2X methods plus a visual assist in the case of the lead and high squadrons. The high squadron was furnished by the 322nd, led by Lt. Johnson. Strike photographs for the high squadron's bombs show an excellent concentration of hits covering the aiming point. Almost the entire concentration lies within a 1000 ft. circle over the MPI. Meager to moderate tracking A/A fire on the bomb run which was extremely accurate resulted in minor damage to 13 A/C and major damage to 4 in the group. The high and lead squadrons each lost one A/C in the target area from flak damage. Lt. Fuller's A/C #333, Wee Willie, flying its 129th mission, was seen to lose a wing from a direct hit by flak over the target and finally exploded. No chutes were observed. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - On the 8th of April we dispatched 12 A/C and crews to attack the underground Oil Storage Depot 14 miles SSE of Stendal. The Number 2 target was the Locomotive Repair Shop at Stendal. Results were good to excellent. The Squadron flew the Lead Squadron in the Group formation. Lt. Col. Sheller flew in A/C 792 as Acting Commander. The Group furnished the 1st "A" Group. Meager to moderate flak was encountered in the target area. Fighter support was good. A/C 504, piloted by Lt. Pastras, was hit by flak over the target. The A/C caught fire and finally source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8546).
Organization: 325BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: Newhouse, Charles W.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Podington, Bedforshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-74705).
Organization: 5ERS / 496FTG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Judd, Russell P.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Fritton Lake England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-76175W).
Organization: 5ERS / 496FTG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Davis, Louis S III.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Fritton Lake England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-20NA (#44-63204).
Organization: / 3SF of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Hitt, Edward J.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14524).
Organization: / 2SF of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Shewfelt, Ray L.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Tantonville/Y-1 France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15201).
Organization: 359FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: McCloskey, Bruce O.
Notes: landing accident causing a ground loop.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: UC-78 (#43-31825).
Organization: / of Prestwick, Scotland.
Pilot: Gardner, John R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Prestwick, Scotland Scotland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 934"
Night Bombing Operation Apr 8/9 1945
April 08, 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
121229.30-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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TRAVEMUNDE, GERMANY
Naval
port12 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
492BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
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
550.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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Communications
Red Stocking1 A/C

Reconnaissance
radar scope1 A/C
GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo3 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
25BG
482BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
492BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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