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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 959: 767 bombers and 705 fighters are dispatched to hit rail targets in Czechoslovakia and SE Bavaria; they claim 16-0-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17s and 2 P-51s are lost:

1. 174 B-17s hit the secondary target, the marshalling yard at Straubing without loss. 99 P-51s escort.

2. 121 B-17s are dispatched to hit the marshalling yard at Kollin (97); 21 others hit the secondary, the marshalling yard at Pilsen; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 17 damaged; 10 airmen are MIA. The escort is 157 of 160 P-51s; they claim 3-0-4 aircraft in the air; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

3. 196 B-24s are sent to hit the marshalling yard (166) and rail bridge and rail industry (28) at Passau without loss. Escorting are 240 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 12-0-8 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

4. 276 B-17s are sent to hit electrical transformers (9) and marshalling yard (56) at Traunstein and marshalling yard and electrical transformers at Rosenheim (148); 61 hit the secondary, the marshalling yard at Freising; no losses or casualties. 139 of 150 P-51s escort.

5. 101 of 103 P-51s escort Ninth AF B-26s claiming 1-0-2 aircraft in the air.

6. 27 P-51s fly scouting missions.

7. 15 of 17 P-51s escort 11 of 13 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

Mission 960: During the night of 18/19 Apr, 11 B-24s drop leaflets in France, the Netherlands and Germany and 17 of 18 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions to Denmark and Norway.

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/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #168 Kolin, Passan. Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 30 planes dispatched. 28 planes dropped 81 tons on the primary target while 1 plane dropped 3 tons on a target of last resort (LR), and 1 plane failed to bomb. 30 Credit Sorties. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 31 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 three small Groups for the 45th Combat Wing. Our 29 a/c were airborne between 0810 and 0826 hours and there were no abortions on this mission. All 29 a/c returned to base between 1652 and 1714 hours.source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
398th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - This was the deepest penetration the Group had had to make for many months. The target was a transformer power station to the southeast of Munich at Traunstein with a marshalling yard as the secondary target. A new policy started with this mission with 30 aircraft as the Group formation instead of the usual 36. As the Group approached the primary they found it obscured by broken cloud and the Lead and Low Squadrons could not see the target for visual bombing. They went on to bomb the secondary target which was the marshalling yards at Freising with good results. The clouds were drifting and this enabled the High Squadron to get a visual correction on their PPF run at the last moment. They hit the target, which was an excellent result under the conditions they found over the target area. Some meager and accurate flak hit the formation at or about the point 4727N 1153E somewhere to the south of Munich and not very far from the Swiss Italian border causing one aircraft to lose an engine. Later this aircraft lost yet another engine and had to leave the formation. Some fighter pilots later reported to the Group that they had seen the crew of this aircraft bailout over the front lines. The pilot of this aircraft was Lt. Eugene A. Viehman of the 614th Squadron. This was the only aircraft to be even damaged on this mission and all other crews returned safely to base. Crew Loading for this mission was as follows: 42-102947 Berneburg, 44-6588 Litchfield, 42-31591 Maharick, 43-38862 King, 43-37706 Evans, 42-31072 May, 42-31730 McKinny, 44-8767 DePalma.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The 401st High Squadron attacked the primary target at Traunstein, the transformer station supplying power for Hitler's Bavarian redoubt, while the Lead and Low Squadrons attacked the secondary target at Freising, the marshalling yards. The three squadron made up the 94th "A" Group with 30 aircraft with Col. Eugene Romig the Group and Division Leader. Strike photos showed that good results had been obtained. Some meager and accurate flak hit the formation somewhere south of Munich, not very far from the Swiss - Italian border, causing Lt. Viehman to lose an engine. Later on it lost another engine and had to leave the formation and some fighter pilots later reported that they had seen the crew bailout. A member of this crew, Lt. James J. Stalzer, managed to evade capture and walked back to the Allied lines. No other aircraft was damaged. A new policy started with this mission with 30 aircraft as the Group formation instead of the usual 36 plus 2 or 3 PFF aircraft. The 614th loading list was as follows: 42-102468 Dobson, 42-97931 Ayre, 43-38565 McMillan, 43-38791 Sorensen, 43-38646 Viehman, 42-97780 Holmes, 42-32012 Yeargan, 42-97478 Stehman.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was a very long mission to the South-East of Munich to bomb a transformer station at Traunstein as the primary and a marshalling yard as the secondary. In the event the High Squadron bombed the transformer station - said to supply the power for Hitler's Bavarian reboubt - while the Low and Lead Squadrons bombed the marshalling yards at Freising. The 401st furnished three ten-aircraft Squadrons for the 94th llA" Group and led the 1st Air Division. Colonel Eugene Romig was the Divisional ane the Group Leader. The other leaders were 1st Lt. J.B. Hart and 1st Lt. J.D. Gerber. The 30 aircraft Group formation was a new policy starting with this mission. Briefing for the 30 crews was at 0500 hrs with the weather ship, IY-L, piloted by Major C.A. Lewis getting away at 0733 hrs. Meagre and accurate flak hit the formation at one point and IW-T, Serial No. 43-38646, piloted by Lt. E.A. Viehman, went down behind the German lines. One member, 1st Lt. James J. Stalzer, returned to Deenethorpe after walking to the Allied lines. The six 615th crews on this mission were: 44-8812 Gerber, 43-39148 Tobin, 44-8033 Cole, 44-8653 Hart, 44-8153 Lovell, 44-8825 Coleman.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Captain Lavitt flew Group lead for 30 aircraft of the 44th, seven of them 67th's. and leading the 14th Wing and the 2nd Air Division on a mission to attack the priority #2 target, the Passau Marshalling Yards. The priority #1 target was covered by clouds. Bombing was done by all aircraft visually, by squadrons, and the results achieved were good to excellent. There was no enemy opposition and fighter support was very good. All but two aircraft of the Group returned to base safely and none of these sustained any damage. The two aircraft landed on the continent, but returned the same evening. S/Sgt. Latty completed operational tour. In the afternoon the officers and enlisted men participated in a softball game on the ball diamond. It was a heated contest with the enlisted men victorious over the officers to the tune of 5 to 2. Later, at 1900 hours, all Squadron members assembled in Site #3 for a big beer party. Apparently the boys were quite thirsty as 8 barrels of beer was consumed. There was also plenty to eat, cheese and crackers, and sandwiches. The party reached its peak when Lt. Fisher sat down at the piano and began to beat out that "Boogie-Woogie", eight to the bar. He was joined by two guitarists which made the music more solid. It was really a jam session and later all joined in a song fest. There was no doubt that the blend of baritones, tenors, and ickies, make known to the base that the 67th was enjoying themselves to the fullest extent.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Passau, Germany - Railroad Bridge. A/C Took Off: 28. A/C Bombed Target: 28. A/C Lost: 0source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Passau

A marshalling yard was attacked with good results.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Primary Target: Rosenheim R/R Center. Lt. Johnson led the high squadron on this mission to Rosenheim. The marshalling yards were bombed visually with good to excellent results. Mickey operators gave the bombardiers check points on the bomb run due to difficulty in pilotage because of a ground haze. No damage was suffered from enemy opposition. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - On the 18th of April we dispatched 10 A/C and 12 crews to attack the Railway Center at Rosenheim. The target wwas bombed visually with excellent results. Our Squadron furnished the Lead Squadron in the Group formation, with Maj. John R. Davis flying in A/C 792 as Acting Commander. The Group furnished the 1st "A" Group. AA fire over the target was nil. Fighter support was good. All Squadsron A/C and crews returned safely.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: A-20J (#43-21745).
Organization: 311FRS / of Toussus-le-Noble, France.
Pilot: Case, Theodore W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Toussus/A-46/Sta 384 France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-37794W).
Organization: / 96BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Gurney, Howard J.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97296).
Organization: 711BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: [ground crew].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37928).
Organization: 851BS / 490BG of Eye, Suffolk.
Pilot: Snure, Robert H.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Eye, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#41-29567).
Organization: 752BS / 458BG of Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk.
Pilot: Hendrickson, Glenn E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50280).
Organization: 702BS / 445BG of Tibenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Taylor, Robert H.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Tibenham (Sta 124) England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50595).
Organization: 703BS / 445BG of Tibenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Balog, Milton J.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Tibenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50791).
Organization: 787BS / 466BG of Attlebridge, Norfolk.
Pilot: Koch, Richard D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wendling, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24M (#44-42315).
Organization: 814BS / 482BG of Alconbury, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Wilson, Myron A.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: The Wash England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: F-5E (#44-24980).
Organization: 14PRS / 7PRG of Chalgrove, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Comstock, Ira A.
Notes: take off accident due to engine failure.
Location: Chalgrove, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-13573).
Organization: 363FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Van Roy, Harlan Q.
Notes: crash landing out of gas.
Location: Leiston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D-20NA (#44-63633).
Organization: 357FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Gelsone, Frank E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14787).
Organization: 336FS / 4FG of Debden, Essex.
Pilot: Stumpf, John J.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Debden, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15510).
Organization: 503FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Hill, Ralph S.
Notes: crash landing engine failure.
Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51K1 (#44-11369).
Organization: 376FS / 361FG of Little Walden, Essex.
Pilot: Basinger, Albert (NMI).
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Little Walden, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 959"
Rail targets in Germany
April 18, 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
7677602088.40-0-00-0-02-1-420-0-20
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Mission Targets

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STRAUBING, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard174 A/C
COLOGNE, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard97 A/C
PILSEN, CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Railroad
marshalling yard21 A/C
PASSAU, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard166 A/C
PASSAU, GERMANY
Railroad
bridge28 A/C
TRAUNSTEIN, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard65 A/C
ROSENHEIM, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard148 A/Cphotos (1)
FREISING, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard61 A/Cphotos (1)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
305BG
306BG
351BG
398BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
92BG
2ND AIR DIVISION
44BG
93BG
445BG
446BG
448BG
458BG
466BG
491BG
3RD AIR DIVISION
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
390BG
452BG
490BG
493BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST AIR DIVISION
401BG (1 a/c)
457BG (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
8087780.04-0-612-0-82-0-00-0-2
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Mission Targets

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Escort
650 A/C

Support
101 A/C

Reconnaissance
scout27 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
2ND AIR DIVISION
479FG (1 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
357FG (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
67670.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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GERMANY
Reconnaissance
photo13 A/C

Reconnaissance
monitor2 A/C
CONTINENT / UK
Reconnaissance
weather3 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
21 A/C

Communications
radio countermeasures4 A/C

Communications
radio-relay9 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)