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VIII Bomber Command Mission 113. 2 targets in Germany and 2 in Poland are hit; 26 B-17s and 2 B-24s are lost.

1. 106 of 115 B-17s hit the industrial area in Anklam, Germany at 1142-1146 hours; they claim 65-19-47 Luftwaffe aircraft, 18 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 51 damaged; casualties are 25 WIA and 185 MIA.

2. 96 of 100 B-17s hit the industrial area in Marienburg, Germany at 1253-1302 hours; they claim 9-2-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17s are lost and 13 damaged; casualties are 3 WIA and 21 MIA.

3. 41 of 51 B-24s hit the U-boat yards at Danzig and the port area at Gdynia, Poland at 1305 hours; they claim 7-3-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-24s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 19 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 21 MIA.

4. 109 of 112 B-17s hit the port area at Gdynia, Poland at 1304-1324 hours; they claim 41-5-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 62 damaged; casualties are 6 WIA and 60 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 81: 66 of 72 B-26s bomb the Woensdrecht Airfield in the Netherlands at 1516-1526 hours; 26 B-26s are damaged. This is the final Eighth Air Force B-26 operation; the B-26s will be transferred to the Ninth Air Force.

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