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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 405: Weather prevents operations against priority targets in Germany so the bombers attack targets in France; 1,055 bombers and 914 fighter sorties are flown; over 400 bombers abort or fail to bomb due to clouds and absence or malfunction of Pathfinders; 3 bombers and 8 fighters are lost:

1. 471 B-17s are dispatched to airfields at Beaumont-le-Roger (38 bomb), Bernay/St Martin (50 bomb) and Dinard/Pluertuit (37 bomb), and Toucquet-Paris-Plage (27 bomb), Merlimont Plage (34 bomb), Pontaubault Bridge (50 bomb) and Berck (36 bomb); 33 others hit Conches Airfield and 4 hit targets of opportunity; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 11 damaged; 20 airmen are MIA.

2. 584 B-24s are dispatched to airfields at Cormeilles-en-Vexin (34 bomb), Beauvais/Nivelliers (27 bomb), Beaumont-sur-Oise (36 bomb) and Creil (19 bomb) and Vicomte-sur-Rance (19 bomb), Montford Bridge (18 bomb) and Blois/St Denis (41 bomb); 12 others hit Beauvais/Tille Airfield, 7 hit Poix Airfield, 32 hit Montauban marshaling yard and 52 hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost and 14 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 3 WIA and 4 MIA. 87 P-47s and 144 P-51s provide escort for the bombers without loss. Other fighter missions are:

1. 143 P-38s patrol the beachhead and claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft without loss.

2. 77 P-38s, 195 P-47s and 268 P-51s fly fighter-bomber missions against communications targets in NW France; the P-38s claim 3-2-5 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 0-0-1 on the ground; 3 P-38s, 1 P-47 and 4 P-51s are lost; 7 of the 8 pilots are MIA.

Mission 406: During the night, 5 B-17s drop leaflets on France and the Low Countries 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

306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #14 Fleurs. Command Pilot: EATON. 41 aircraft dispatched to bomb Fleurs airport. Underwood says 39 planes were airborne with 50.2 tons of bombs and one plane aborted. Weather was bad so no bombs were dropped. No losses. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 19 aircraft were sent on this mission. source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
388BG Mission Report - The 388th furnished the A Group plus the high squadron of the Composite Group with the 96th BG and the 452 furnished the low Group. The 388th led the 45th B Combat Wing. 25 a/c plus 2 PFF a/c were airborne between 0410 and 0440 hours with 1 a/c aborting for mechanical reasons and 1 a/c returned as a spare. Formations were effected and the briefed route was followed to the target. A complete cloud over the target with the clouds being higher than anticipated and the formations bombed some 8,000 feet higher than briefed. The target which was a railroad bridge at Pontaubault was attacked by PFF methods. Bombs were away at 0831 hours from 22,300 feet.

Neither flak or enemy fighters were encountered on this mission.

All of our a/c returned to base by 1114 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/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - Target was an airfield at Bernay/St. Hartin, France. Visual bombing of the target was expected, but cloud cover made a visual run impossible. Bombs were released on the Gee-H equipment on the second run over the target. No enemy aircraft were observed or flak encountered. Crews in the mission: McKeon, Mannix, Fitchett, Hammond, Jetter, Keeling, Irwin.source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - An airfield at Bernay/ St. Martin, France was the target for 8th mission of the month. 21 aircraft from the Group, under the command of Major Leon Stann, made up the Low Box of the 94th CBW, and, although visual bombing was forecasted, the bombs were released on a Gee-H run on the sec- ond run over the target. This was one of those rare occasions when no enemy opposition was encountered - no flak - no enemy aircraft. Crews: Owens Fisette Kenney Rozzel Bartley La Fevor.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was a day of attacks on tactical targets in support of the Invasion, the 8th Air Force putting up over 1,000 bombers and 900 fighters. Another very early briefing took place at 0115 hrs for 21 crews with all aircraft becoming airborne by 0453 hrs. All landed safely from the mission by 1032 hrs. The weather over the target again compelled the Group to use Gee-H techniques for finding the target which was then bombed with unobserved results. The 401st furnished the Low Box of the 94th CBW, comprising 18 aircraft with the 615th Bomb Squadron putting up the Lead Squadron. No enemy aircraft were seen but between 6 and 10 bursts of flak were seen near Granville, France, which was all the enemy opposition offered. The 615th crews flying this mission were: Kalinski, Parr, Knight, Mcllraith, Gillespie.source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Captain Aldridge (67th) led one section in a Group mission to France today. The intended target, tactical, were Montfort (a bridge) and La Passonniere (viaduct). Montfort was bombed with unobserved results, while La Passonniere was not found and a suspension bridge, a target of opportunity, was attacked with excellent results. An airfield, also a target of opportunity, was bombed with excellent results. The Jerries finally came up to try to cope with the attacking aircraft - two attacks were made on our Group 4 E/A on the 1st attack (Me 109s) on a diving attack. 12 E/A on the second attack (FW 190s). The Group lost one aircraft on this mission due to these enemy aircraft attacks, per 68th records but I cannot identify. (There were no casualties listed for this date. Perhaps the plane was delayed in return.) 8 of the 67th planes participated, taking off at 0500 and returned at 1030 hours. Capt. Tolbert transferred to Group Hdqts. S/Sgt. Clark G. Bailey finished his tour of duty today.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Visconte-Sur-Rance, France

21 planes bombed a bridge at Visconte-Sur-Rance through cloud cover with unobserved results.

An excellent pattern was laid on runways at the Beaumont airfield. There was no opposition.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0200 hours and the target was the airfield at La Touquet, France 12 miles south along the coast of Boulogne. Weapons were 100 pound GP bombs and take off started at 0445 hours. Bombs were dropped at 23,000 feet, 2,000 feet below the briefed altitude. The Group returned to base with landing starting at 0850 hours. source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
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/
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/
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
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Beaumon-le-Roger: This target was an air drome in France . This Squadron put up 5 A/C and crews. BOMBING RESULTS: PFF bombing ' results. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil. FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good. FLAK: None at this group. There were a few bursts in distances. 10/10 cloud coverage.source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-107097).
Organization: 360BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Stark, Donald D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Molesworth, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#MM346).
Organization: 8RS / 802RG of Watton, Norfolk.
Pilot: Shoenhair, Robert D.
Notes: ground looped on take off.
Location: Watton, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-76587).
Organization: 83FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Higginbottom, Roy E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B15 (#42-106757).
Organization: 328FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk.
Pilot: Fieg, Lothar (NMI).
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Ashill England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 405"
Airfields and rail targets in Paris, Brittany and Loire valley
June 11, 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
10556061611.00-0-00-0-03-1-191-3-24491BG aircraft ditches sea
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Mission Targets

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BEAUMONT-LE-ROGER, FRANCE
Airfield
38 A/C
BERNAY, FRANCE
St. Martin Airfield
50 A/C
CONCHES, FRANCE
Airfield
33 A/Cphotos (1)
DINARD, FRANCE
Pleutuit Airfield
37 A/C
LE TOUCQUET-PARIS-PLAGE, FRANCE
Airfield
27 A/C
MERLIMONT PLAGE, FRANCE
Defenses
Coastal Batteries34 A/C
PONTAUBAULT, FRANCE
Railroad
junction50 A/Cphotos (1)
BERCK, FRANCE
Airfield
36 A/Cphotos (1)
CORMEILLES-EN-VEXIN, FRANCE
Airfield
34 A/C
NIVELLES, BELGIUM
Airfield
27 A/C
BEAUVAIS, FRANCE
Tille Airfield
12 A/Cphotos (1)
BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, FRANCE
Airfield
36 A/C
POIX, FRANCE
Nord Airfield
7 A/C
VICOMTE-SUR-RANCE, FRANCE
Railroad
bridge19 A/C
CREIL, FRANCE
Airfield
19 A/C
MONTFORT-LE-GESNOIS, FRANCE
Railroad
bridge18 A/C
SAINT-DENIS-SUR-LOIRE, FRANCE
Railroad
41 A/C
MONTAUBAN, FRANCE
Railroad
marshalling yard32 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
351BG
381BG
401BG
457BG
91BG
92BG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
445BG
446BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
489BG
491BG
492BG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
94BG
100BG
388BG
390BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
491BG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
96BG (1 a/c)
390BG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)