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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 403: Bad weather restricts operations to NW France; 883 bombers and 1,491 fighter sorties are flown but 200+ bombers abort due to cloud conditions; 1 bomber and 24 fighters are lost.

1. 507 B-17s are dispatched to Equihen (24 bomb), Hardelot (23 bomb), St Gabriel (26 bomb), Gael Airfield (36 bomb), Nantes/Bouguenais Airfield (55 bomb), Vannes Airfield (59 bomb), Berck (26 bomb), Merlimont Plage (39 bomb), and Toucquet-Paris-Plage (10 bomb); 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 36 damaged; 6 airmen are KIA and 4 WIA.

2. 257 B-24s are dispatched to Wimereau (23 bomb), Boulogne (34 bomb), Dreux Airfield (26 bomb), Evreux/Fauville Airfield (65 bomb) and Boulogne (13 bomb); 39 others hit Conches Airfield; 1 B-24 is lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 28 damaged; 10 airmen are MIA.

3. 119 B-24s are dispatched to Chateaudun Airfield (45 bomb) and Orleans/Bricy Airfield (66 bomb) without loss.

VIII Fighter Command missions during the day are:

1. 405 P-38s fly sweep and escort; they claim 5-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft.

2. 3 P-47s and 364 P-51s provided escort for the bombers above; they claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; 7 fighters are lost.

3. 506 P-47s and 213 P-51s fly fighter-bomber missions against communications targets in the beachhead area; they claim 8-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-1 on the ground; 15 P-47s and 2 P-51 are lost; 3 P-47s and a P-51 are damaged beyond repair. During the day, 1 fighter pilot is KIA and 24 are MIA.

Mission 404: During the evening, 11 B-17s drop leaflets on Norway and France without loss.

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: Airdrome at Nantes/Bougeumaie, France. Crews Dispatched: 40 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 10). Crews Lost: Lt. Oliver, 6 Killed, 4 Wounded. Crew Members Lost or Wounded: 3 wounded during flight. Length of Mission: 7 hours, 15 minutes. Bomb Load: 250 lb G.P. & 100 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 23,000 ft & 21,200 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Forty aircraft, including four spares, took off between 0441 and 0507. Two aircraft aborted and were replaced by spare aircraft.

Aircraft #42-37893 Bam Bam, 358BS, piloted by 1Lt. Sam Oliver, crashed shortly after take-off, just after joining the formation. When last seen, the aircraft's left wing dipped down as if the B-17 had control problems or had been caught in a prop wash. Bam Bam went into a dive, but the pilot brought it out. It climbed again to the level of the formation, the wing dipped down and the aircraft went into a second dive and into a spin. When an explosion followed apparently from the bombs the tail was blown off and the B-17 crashed one-quarter of a mile southwest of Great Gidding, Huntingdonshire, England. Four crewmen managed to bail out. The other six crewmen died in the crash. Thirty-five B-17s dropped 324 250-lb. G.P. M57 and 646 100-lb. G.P. M30 bombs on the airdrome from 23,000 and 21,200 feet with good results. No enemy fighters were seen and very few friendly fighters were observed. Flak over the target was moderate and accurate. Some flak also was encountered near Caen. Eight aircraft sustained major battle damage and twenty-one minor damage. Three crewmen were wounded.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
351BG Mission Report - 18 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 132A. Target was clearly visible. Primary Target: Airfield, Tactical Support - German Air Force (Luftwaffe) - Chateau Bougon, France. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual)

21 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 21
42-97139 Meland, Ralph W - did not attack target due to total failure of bomb racks; 38x100GP jettisoned shortly after target
42-97510 Sullivan, James D

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The 8th Air Force attacked tactical targets in France. The 388th furnished the lead and low Groups for the 45th A Combat Wing. Both of our Groups attacked coastal installations at Bercks.

Our 26 a/c including 2 PFF a/c took off between 0458 and 0525 hours. One a/c of the lead Group aborted for mechanical reasons. 10/10th clouds in several layers up to 21,000 feet and dense contrails made assembly difficult. Over the target, heavy contrails still persisted and clouds covered the area. The target was attacked using PFF methods at 0745 from 23,000 feet on a mag heading of 125 degrees.

Neither flak nor enemy fighters were encountered. All aircraft returned to base by 0914 hours.

source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
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 - Five aircraft of the 613th Squadron flew in the Lead Squadron. Due to a combination of weather and operational difficulties bombing of the target was not accomplished and bombs were returned to base. Crews participating in the mission were: Hess, Lemmons, Fox, Kuta, McKeon.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - On the 10th June after a two day lay-off due to bad weather the Group set out to attack the operational airfield at Caen, France. Due to poor weather and GH malfunction the bombs were brought back as neither the primary or any target of opportunity could be bombed. Flak was observed at three different places and all crews returned safely.source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - Major "Hi Ho" Silver led 21 aircraft to form the the Lead Box of the 94th CBW to attack an airfield at Caen, France, near the beachhead. The 10/10th's cloud and a malfunction with the GH equipment caused the mission to be abandoned and the bombs returned to base as no target of opportunity could be found. Kaufman, Bartley, Risher, Taylor, Lipka, Kenney.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Five of the 67th planes departed this base at 1030 hours to attack the Orleans/Bricy Airfield in France. No flak was encountered; bombing was accomplished by G-H equipment, results unobserved. All planes of the Group returned at 1630 hours. Two PFF ships of the 66th were sent to assist the 492nd, but one returned early due to the bad weather, not finding the formation. Capt. Craig and crew was transferred to the 66th Squadron - to the regret of his crew chief, S/S&t. F. Chowanski. Capt. King, from the 66th was assigned to the 67th - a swap!source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Wimereux, France

21 planes dropped 63 2,000 pounders on 5 pillboxes. On plane, Brown Knowser (42-7659), crashed near the field on return, killing one crewman. The other 9 parachuted to safety.

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/
492nd Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 492 Bomb Group Mission Links http://www.492ndbombgroup.com
492nd Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 492 Bomb Group Mission Links http://www.492ndbombgroup.com
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Target was a group of four steel and concrete troop shelters on the coast about 4 miles south of Boulogne. Major Everett, squadron commander, led the formation of 24 A/C bombing by PFF methods with unobserved results. No casualties or damage. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Boulogne: Another tactical target, our Squadron provided 8 A/C and 9 crews for this mission. BOMBING RESULTS: Unobserved. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil. FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good. FLAK: Several rockets reported from vicinity of Boulogne. Three were rather close leaving a gray trail and showing a black burst.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-37893).
Organization: 358BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Oliver, Sam (NMI).
Notes: killed due to structural failure.
Location: Great Gidding/ 1/4mi SW England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-37894).
Organization: 334BS / 95BG of Horham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Sherwood, Vernon M.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Bovindon, Hertfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#41-29553).
Organization: 837BS / 487BG of Lavenham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Loranger, George O.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Poslingford England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50338).
Organization: 578BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: [ground crew].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Wendling, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-7659).
Organization: 705BS / 446BG of Bungay, Suffolk.
Pilot: Jones, Dana L.
Notes: killed in crash due to engine failure.
Location: Metfield/ 1mi NW England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95390).
Organization: 707BS / 446BG of Bungay, Suffolk.
Pilot: Maier, Ralph E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Bungay, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#43-28550).
Organization: 435FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk.
Pilot: McKay, William B.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: RAF Deanland England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-22518).
Organization: 552FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Bain, Malcolm A.
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Wykham Martin Estate England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-26053).
Organization: 83FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: McDermott, William M.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Tunbridge Wells/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-26473).
Organization: / BAD1 of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: Morgan, James E Jr.
Notes: forced landing due to engine failure.
Location: Chester/ 3mi N England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-75053).
Organization: 61FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Clark, James J.
Notes: crash belly landing out of gas.
Location: Boxted/15mi SE Sta 150 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-76510).
Organization: 83FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Kochanek, Francis J.
Notes: bailed out due to mid air collision.
Location: Tunbridge Wells/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#42-106896).
Organization: 354FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Cross, Richard G.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B7 (#43-7053).
Organization: 354FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Ellison, John C.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Fighter Command Fighter Operation 379, 380, 381"
Sweeps. escort, Fighter-Bomber ops
June 10, 1944

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
14911491254.213-2-31-0-224-4-01-0-242x 78FG collide
353FG crashes beachhead
359FG crashes beachhead
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Mission Targets

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Escort
364 A/C

Sweep
408 A/C

Fighter-Bomber
719 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
20FG
352FG
356FG
359FG
364FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
361FG
479FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG
78FG
339FG
353FG
357FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
352FG (3 a/c)
356FG (1 a/c)
359FG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG (2 a/c)
56FG (1 a/c)
361FG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
78FG (9 a/c)
339FG (1 a/c)
353FG (4 a/c)
357FG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)