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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 973: 396 B-17s are dispatched to drop food supplies in the Hague (237) and Rotterdam (155), the Netherlands; a total of 777.1 tons of food are dropped.

Mission 974: During the night of 1/2 May, 4 of 5 B-24s drop leaflets in 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

34th BG Mission Report - Mission #171 Chowhound #1 source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: A-20B (#41-3370W).
Organization: Hq / 65FW of Debden, Essex.
Pilot: Stewart, James G.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Debden, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-38193).
Organization: 338BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Deane, Donald V.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Troston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38667).
Organization: 550BS / 385BG of Great Ashfield, Suffolk.
Pilot: Crosby, Charles B.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Great Ashfield, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47M (#44-21174).
Organization: 61FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Zychowski, Albin P.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Tiverton/ 1mi N England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C10 (#43-25047).
Organization: OT / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Saken, Lawrence A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15335).
Organization: 435FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Williams, George E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15421).
Organization: OT / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: Sharp, Robert L.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D25 (#44-72814).
Organization: 338FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex.
Pilot: McGill, William F.
Notes: killed in a take off accident.
Location: Wormingford, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D25 (#44-72826).
Organization: 434FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: White, Joseph L Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D5 (#44-13667).
Organization: 79FS / 20FG of Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Sass, Donald A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 973"
Supply Mission
May 01, 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
3961550.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0313.7 tons of food
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Mission Targets

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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Leaflet drop
VALKENBURG, NETHERLANDS
Airfield
237 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
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
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
14140.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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Reconnaissance
weather5 A/C
CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Reconnaissance
Skywave1 A/C
CONTINENT / UK
Reconnaissance
weather2 A/C
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK
Reconnaissance
weather4 A/C

Air Sea Rescue
2 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
25BG
3SF
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
Aircraft Losses

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