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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 975: 401 B-17s are dispatched to drop food supplies in the Netherlands at Schipol (250) and Alkmaar (20) Airfields, Vogelenznag (40), Hilversum (20), Utrecht (59) and targets of opportunity (4); 4 B-17s are damaged by 20mm fire which ceases as soon as a green flare is fired; a total of 767.1 tons of food are dropped.

Mission 976: 8 B-17s, escorted by 9 P-51s, drop leaflets in France, the Netherlands and Germany during daylight hours.

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 #172 Chowhound #2 source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37523).
Organization: 560BS / 388BG of Knettishall, Suffolk.
Pilot: Melehes, John A.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Sudbury/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-37623).
Organization: 413BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Patchen, Howard W.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: Lowestoft/NW England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38301).
Organization: 751BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Koch, Lorenz M.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Glatton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38684).
Organization: 326BS / 92BG of Podington, Bedforshire.
Pilot: Magnello, Fred (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Podington, Bedforshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#44-8589).
Organization: 526BS / 379BG of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Grimwood, David C.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#41-29386).
Organization: 310FRS / 302TpW of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: Kellogg, William W.
Notes: crash landing engine failure.
Location: Strangford/ 3mi W Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-51939).
Organization: 755BS / 458BG of Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk.
Pilot: Dye, L A Jr.
Notes: bailed out due to weather.
Location: Oxford/ 12mi WNW England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: C-64A (#43-35369).
Organization: / 1SAD of Troston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Bauer, George R.
Notes: unknown.
Location: Troston (Sta 595) England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 1
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-74669W).
Organization: 61FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Hard, Walter J.
Notes: crash belly landing due to mechanical failure.
Location: RAF Bradwell Bay England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47M (#44-21210).
Organization: 62FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Geren, Lloyd F.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47M (#44-21228).
Organization: 62FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Jones, Robert B Jr.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C (#42-103363).
Organization: 352FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Pletz, LeRoy O.
Notes: crash landing engine failure.
Location: Radleigh/ 1 1/2mi NE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15011).
Organization: 361FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Cochran, Paul H Jr.
Notes: ground loop due to engine failure.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 975"
Supply Mission
May 02, 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
4013930.00-0-00-0-00-0-40-0-0767.1 tons of food
4x 385BG aircraft damaged by ground fire
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Mission Targets

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Schiphol Airfield
250 A/Cphotos (1)
VOGELENZANG, NETHERLANDS
Supply
40 A/C
BERGEN, NETHERLANDS
Alkmaar Airfield
20 A/C
HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS
Supply
20 A/C
UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS
Supply
59 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
12120.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
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Mission Targets

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

Air Sea Rescue
3 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST AIR DIVISION
25BG
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)