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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

The 369th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, arrives at East Wretham, England from the US with P-47s. The squadron will fly its first mission on 13 Dec 43.Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

388BG Mission Report - On this mission the 388th sent 22 a/c and was the high Group of the lead Combat Wing of the 1st Air Task Force. Take-off was at 1043 hours.

11 of our a/c aborted before they left the English Coast.

Three more aborts after the formation left the English Coast as follows: Lt. Pack, turned back at 4405 hours when 6 guns froze; Lt. Zengerle, aborted at 1415 hours when the Navigator passed out; and Lt. Dewey, aborted at 1420 hours when #1 and #4 superchargers went out.

The remaining a/c followed the course as briefed and the mission was recalled in the vicinity of 5010'N-0400'E from 30,000 feet. The temperature was reported to be 48 to 52 centigrade. On this mission several cases of frost-bite were reported.

No fighter opposition was reported and no flak was encountered. The eight a/c returned to base by 1636 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/
44BG Mission Report - It was a repeat on yesterday, but this time we got our planes in formation and out over the North Sea, enticing a few half-harted attacks, but all the aircraft returned safelysource: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17F* (#42-3526).
Organization: 568BS / 390BG of Franlingham, Suffolk.
Pilot: Sebel, Robert W.
Notes: bailed out-engine failure.
Location: Hastings/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24D (#42-63974).
Organization: 409BS / 93BG of Hardwick, Norfolk.
Pilot: Thomas, James M.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Neaton/Sta 505 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-26B (#41-31828).
Organization: / of Greencastle, Northern Ireland.
Pilot: Wilkins, Hamilton (NMI).
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Greencastle, Northern Ireland Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8417).
Organization: 361FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Bailey, Thomas F.
Notes: ground looped on take off.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spit Va (#W3138).
Organization: Hq / of .
Pilot: Talbot, Adrian A G.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: RAF Maghaberry Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spit Vb (#BM523).
Organization: / 66FW of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Bryan, Edward L.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Fighter Command Fighter Operation 162"
Escort for heavy bombers
October 18, 1943

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
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Mission Targets

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Escort
329 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
352FG
356FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG
78FG
353FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
355FG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG (1 a/c)
78FG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)