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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Heavy bomber operations are curtailed for one day to give bomber crews a break from maximum effort operations. Two small missions are flown:

Mission 231: 40 P-38 fighters from the 20th Fighter Group are dispatched to make a high altitude reconnaissance sweep of coastal areas of Holland, Belgium and France without loss.

Mission 232: 5 of 5 B-17s are dispatched to drop 250 bundles of leaflets on Rennes, Le Mans, Chartres, Lille and Orleans, France at 2136-2232 hours without loss.

Source: Notes from Lee Cunningham

Mission Reports

458th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 458th Bomb Group web page http://www.458bg.com/
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Schweinfurt, Germany. Bomb load: 12 (6) x 500. Bombing Altitude: 20,000 to 21,000. Bombing Results: Unobserved due to heavy smoke in target area. Time: Take off 0850. Target 1338. Ar. Base 1603 to 1630. A/A fire: Moderate and accurate at target with meager to moderate at scattered points en route. source: 322rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
92BG Mission Report - Losses: 327th Squadron, a/c B-17 G-15-BO 231411 R. Me 110 crashed into left wing. A/c in flames; disintegrated just before entering clouds. #2: 407th Squadron, a/c B-17 B-30-BO 231860 L. Last seen over Holland with one engine out and losing altitude. source: 92nd Bomb Group web page http://92ndma.org/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17F (#42-29889).
Organization: 525BS / 379BG of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: .
Notes: ground accident destroyed by fire.
Location: Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-38154).
Organization: 358BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Gamble, Donald (NMI).
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Molesworth, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52182).
Organization: 735FS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Adams, William B.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-22530).
Organization: 487FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk.
Pilot: Riley, Harold S Jr.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Bodney, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-12255).
Organization: 363FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Hurley, William M.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Leiston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-12471).
Organization: 363FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Gutierrez, Santiago R.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Leiston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 231 8th AF Fighter Command Fighter Operation 249"
Sweeps of coastal Holland, Belgium, France
February 23, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
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X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
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X-P-D
USAAF
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X-E-D
USAAF
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KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
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Mission Targets

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
20FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
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3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)