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VIII Bomber Command Mission 111. 4 locations in Germany are targetted. On this mission the Eighth Air Forces uses, for the first time, airborne transmitters (Carpet equipment) to jam German radar. 30 bombers and 3 fighters are lost.

1. 105 of 118 B-17s dispatched to the shipyard at Breman hit the target at 1505-1513 hours; they claim 42-2-28 Luftwaffe aircraft; 9 B-17s are lost and 61 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 18 WIA and 90 MIA.

2. 53 of 56 B-17s dispatched to the industrial area at Breman hit the target at 1512-1513 hours; they claim 24-7-17 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost and 44 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 12 WIA and 41 MIA.

3. 43 of 55 B-24s dispatched to the U-boat yards at Vegesack hit the target at 1622-1624 hours; they claim 17-1-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-24s are lost and 21 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 5 WIA and 30 MIA.

4. 156 of 170 B-17s dispatched to the city of Bremen hit the target and targets of opportunity at 1505-1527 hours; they claim 84-12-33 Luftwaffe aircraft; 14 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 110 damaged; casualties are 21 WIA and 140 MIA.

The B-17s are escorted by 274 P-47s; they claim 12-2-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 P-47s are lost and 5 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 3 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 80: 144 B-26s are dispatched to Lille/Vendeville and Chievres Airfields in France; the mission is abandoned due to thick haze and generally unsuitable weather; 4 B-26s are damaged.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 112: 2 B-17s drop 266,336 leaflets over Rennes at 0005-0011 hours, 9 Oct 43.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,