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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 945: The AAF claims 284-0-220 Luftwaffe aircraft.

1. 212 B-17s, escorted by 256 of 278 P-51s, attack the marshaling yard at Neumunster visually; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 3 damaged; 8 airmen are KIA, 3 WIA and 17 MIA. The escort claims 137-0-83 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air; 6 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

2. 97 P-47s and P-51s fly a freelance mission in support of the bombers; they claim 147-0-137 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost; both pilots are MIA.

3. 8 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

4. 11 of 13 P-51s escort 10 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

Mission 946: 10 of 12 B-24s bomb the Beizenburg rail junction during the night without loss.

Mission 947: During the night, 10 of 11 B-24s drop leaflets in France and Germany and 1 of 4 B-24s completes a CARPETBAGGER mission to Denmark.

The 328th Fighter Squadron, 352d Fighter Group, moves from Chievres, Belgium to Bodney, England with P-51s.

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

Mission Reports

306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Primary Target: Gustrow M/Y. Capt. Marsh led the high squadron furnished by the 322nd on this mission to the railway center in Neumunster. The target was bombed visually with excellent results. No enemy opposition was encountered. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38433).
Organization: 18BS / 34BG of Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Rawson, Elmer R.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Mendlesham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6934).
Organization: 862BS / 3SF of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Betts, Russell W Jr.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage):
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#MM387).
Organization: 653BS / 25BG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Gordon, Robert (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Watton, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#NS512).
Organization: 653BS / 25BG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Larkin, John (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Watton, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B5 (#43-6928W).
Organization: 343FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Gould, Clifford C.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-14316).
Organization: Hq / 2AD of Hethel, Norfolk.
Pilot: Shannon, James D Jr.
Notes: ground looped.
Location: Hethel, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-10NA (#44-14783).
Organization: / 3SF of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Fitzsimons, Tom L.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15415).
Organization: 338FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Tally, Vernon B.
Notes: crashed belly landing due to engine failure or fire.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-72363).
Organization: Hq / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Lanfer, William A.
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Rackheath/8mi NE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13743).
Organization: 338FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: McGill, William F.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13979).
Organization: 486FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk.
Pilot: Reichman, David M.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Bodney, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 945"
Neumunster marshalling yard
April 13, 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
212212577.30-0-00-0-02-1-38-3-172x 398BG aircraft lost due to bomb explosion
4x 398BG aircraft damaged from bomb explosion
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Mission Targets

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NEUMUNSTER, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard212 A/Cphotos (1)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
305BG
306BG
381BG
398BG
91BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
398BG (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
3993720.0137-0-83147-0-1678-3-00-0-8Strafing ban on airfields lifted
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Mission Targets

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Escort
267 A/C

Support
97 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout8 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
20FG
356FG
359FG
2ND AIR DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
361FG
479FG
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
359FG (1 a/c)
364FG (2 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
56FG (1 a/c)
355FG (1 a/c)
479FG (3 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
41410.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo10 A/C
CONTINENT / UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
12 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures4 A/C

Reconnaissance
radar scope5 A/C

Communications
radio-relay1 A/C

Communications
radio-relay5 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)