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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 954: In the afternoon, 1,252 bombers and 913 fighters are dispatched to attack rail targets in Germany; they claim 727-0-373 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-24 and 31 fighters are lost.

1. 273 of 306 B-24s bomb the marshaling yard at Landshut; 1 B-24 is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 8 damaged; 7 airmen are MIA. Escorting are 299 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 228-0-109 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-47 and 16 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

2. 454 B-17s are sent to hit the marshallling yard (148), East rail bridge (72) and West rail bridge (74) at Regensburg, the Platting marshaling yard (77) and rail bridge at Straubing (76); 2 B-17s are damaged. The escort is 240 of 262 P-51s; they claim 2-0-0 aircraft in the air and 86-0-66 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

3. 286 of 298 P-51s fly a freelance mission in support of the bombers attacking 40+ landing grounds in Germany and Czechoslovakia; they claim 1-0-1 aircraft in the air and 410-0-198 on the ground; 9 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

4. 19 of 22 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

5. 16 P-51s escort 10 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).

Mission 955: During the morning, 485 of 489 B-17s bomb the tank ditch defense line at Pointe de Grave on the S side of the Gironde estuary in the Bordeaux area in support of the ground assault in that area; 14 B-17s are damaged.

Mission 956: During the night, 11 of 12 B-24s drop leaflets in France, the Netherlands and Germany.

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: Railroad Bridge at Straubing, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 0, 359th - 13, 360th - 13, 427th - 13). Length of Mission: 8 hours, 41 minutes. Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 18,000, 17,500 & 19,000 feet.

The 1st AD and 3rd AD B-17s attacked rail and communication targets while the 2nd AD B-24s went after German strongholds in the Bordeaux, France area.

303BG targets were: No. 1 Straubing railroad bridge (visual); No. 2 Platting landing ground; No. 3 Ingolstadt marshalling yard (H2X). All targets were in Germany. No group aircraft returned early.

Lead element en route to Straubing. B-17G #44-8552 PFF 360BS (PU-X) Deputy Lead (pilot Capt William E. Jones) and B-17G #44-8912 PFF 359BS (BN-W) (Lead Pilot Major William C. Heller). At the top is B-17G #42-102544 Sack Time flown by 2Lt Hamm.

Thirty-nine dispatched bombers dropped 450 500-lb. G.P. and ten units of VG-3 bombs on target No. 1. Bombing was visual and photos indicated a possible hit on the bridge, one near miss and damage to the bridge's southern approach. Overall results were fair. The group following the 303BG(H) definitely hit the bridge. There were no clouds in the target area.

There was no enemy air or flak opposition. A force of 251 P-51s provided good support. All aircraft returned undamaged with no casualties.

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 #166 Royan area. Command Pilot: CREER. 38 planes dispatched. 38 planes dropped 114 tons on the primary target. 38 Credit Sorties. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 38 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
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 - This was the third mission in three days. This time it was to hit the German communications at Regensburg where a rail road bridge was the assigned target. The bombing was coordinated with the bombing of five other EPI's in the city of Regensburg and 36 aircraft of the 401st Group were The splendid weather also continued and the three Lead Bombardiers, bombing visually, got at least 955; of their bombs within the 1,000 foot radius and believe the bridge must certainly have been Some meager flak was met over Nuremburg and over the target area, and some of it proved to be accurate, causing some damage to two of the Group's aircraft. There were no casualties among the crews and all returned to base. The Crew Loadings were as follows: 42-102947 Berneburg, 43-38458 Shepard, 43-38757 Maharick, 43-38160 King, 44-6132 Evans, 44-6313 Ford, 42-31730 Levy, 44-6125 May, 44-8767 McKinny, 42-31983 Snyder.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This was a mission to knock out a railroad bridge at Regensburg, and was part of 1st and 2nd Divisions attacks on rail and communications centers throughout Germany. The 401st furnished the usual 38 aircraft to form the 94th "B" Group and was commanded by Captain F.A. Kalinski. Bombing was excellent with all three Squadrons putting 90% of their bombs within 1,000 feet of the aiming point. Meager flak was met at Nuremburg and over the target and the accuracy was fairly good but only two aircraft suffered slight damage. All returned safely to Deenethorpe. The briefing was at a most civilized hour for a change - 0830 hrs, with all aircraft being airborne by 1156 hrs. The loading list for the Squadron was: 42-97322 Howlin, 42-107151 Lindsay, 43-38738 Viehman, 43-38677 Gibson, 43-38791 Salisbury, 42-102077 Friedsam, 42-97780 Yeargan, 42-97931 Ayre, 42-97478 Stehman, 43-38646 Cameron, 42-97602 Short.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - About 150 Fortresses of the 1st Air Division set out on an afternoon mission to destroy two important railway bridges at Regensburg. One was on the East of the city and the other on the West. The 401st records do not state which of these they attacked, except to state that the bombing was excellent with all three Squadrons putting 90% of their bombs within 1,000 feet of the aiming point. Briefing was at 0815 hrs and was attended by 38 crews plus one observer aircraft crew. All ships were away by 1156 hrs without problems. The flak was meagre at Nuremburg and over the target and sometimes the accuracy was good. It caused minor damage to two aircraft. The 615th put up the following six crews: 44-8550 Knowles, 44-8707 Eglin, 44-8648 Hart, 44-8825 Cole, 44-6947 Lovell, 44-8812 Kochel.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - The 44th dispatched nine aircraft of the 67th plus 24 from the Other Squadrons to lead the 14th Wing today. Information received from weather scouts that priority #1 and #2 targets were obscured so the formation went on to attack the priority #3 target, the Landshut Marshalling Yards. A visual run was started with H2X assistance, but the lead and high right squadrons were cut out by B-17's and therefore forced to abandon their run and hold their bombs. The first squadron composed mostly of 66th planes, salvoed their bombs safe. The second squadron jettisoned their bombs (mostly 67th's planes). The low left squadron did partially salvage the mission since they had sufficient time to move their MPI and bomb it visually, with excellent results. Moderate to intense and accurate flak was encountered from Augsburg, and our fighters furnished very good support, All returned to base safely and no 67th plane sustained battle damage,. although one in another squadron had category "A" damage. T/Sgt. Ridgway completed operational tour. Lt. Fremstad appointed Squadron Navigator vice Lt. Owczar. Four S/Sgt's. promoted to T Sgt. 18 Sgt/s. promoted to S/Sgt. Five Cpl's. and one private promoted to Sgt. One T/5 appointed Cpl.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Rosenheim, Germany - Railroad Marshalling Yard. 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
Landshut

Good results were reported as the group bombed a marshalling yard.

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: Regensburg Railroad bridge Our squadron furnished the high squadron on a mission to Regensburg, Germany. The primary target was a railroad bridge on the Western edge of the town. Results of the visual bombing were excellent.source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6836).
Organization: 332BS / 94BG of Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.
Pilot: Smith, John R.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24 (#42-52737W).
Organization: 790BS / 467BG of Rackheath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Ferree, Hobart G.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Rackheath, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50585).
Organization: 786BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Evans, Paul S.
Notes: bailed out due to mid air collision.
Location: Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-10591).
Organization: 786BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Felber, Thomas L.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Belgium.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#44-40317).
Organization: 854BS / 491BG of North Pickenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Fuller, Charles D.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: North Pickenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-26B (#42-96194).
Organization: 597BS / 397BG of Peronne.
Pilot: Wells, Milton E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Perrone/A-72 France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-72335).
Organization: 857BS / 1SF of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Nelson, Joe D.
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Ridgewell/ 1 1/2mi SSE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-20NA (#44-72180).
Organization: 362FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Kirla, John A.
Notes: landing accident due to mechanical fail.
Location: Leiston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14120).
Organization: 55FS / 20FG of Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Fruechtenicht, Richard W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15065).
Organization: 374FS / 361FG of Little Walden, Essex.
Pilot: Furbush, Allen E.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-63735).
Organization: 338FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Thacker, Robert K.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 954, 8th AF 955"
Rail and communication centers
April 16, 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
125212083448.90-0-00-0-01-2-240-0-7448BG aircraft crashes take-off
2x 466BG aircraft collide over France, 1 abandoned
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Mission Targets

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LANDSHUT, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard273 A/Cphotos (1)
REGENSBURG, GERMANY
west Railroad
bridge74 A/C
REGENSBURG, GERMANY
East Railroad
bridge72 A/C
REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard148 A/C
PLATTLING, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard77 A/C
STRAUBING, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge76 A/C
BORDEAUX/ROYAN, FRANCE
Defenses
Coastal Batteries485 A/Cphotos (1)

Reconnaissance
scout3 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
446BG
448BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
94BG
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
95BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
448BG (1 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
9138600.03-0-0724-0-37331-5-00-5-314FG crash-lands Otterburg
364FG crashes near Frankfurt
357FG crash-lands continent
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Mission Targets

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Escort
555 A/C

Support
286 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout19 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
352FG (2 a/c)
364FG (1 a/c)
2ND AIR DIVISION
4FG (8 a/c)
56FG (1 a/c)
355FG (4 a/c)
361FG (2 a/c)
479FG (4 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
55FG (4 a/c)
78FG (2 a/c)
353FG (3 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
48480.00-0-00-0-02-0-00-0-2
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Mission Targets

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

Air Sea Rescue
17 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures4 A/C

Communications
radio-relay3 A/C
FRANCE / GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo10 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)
7PG (2 a/c)