Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 256: 46 of 52 B-24s dispatched hit a V-weapon site at St Pol/Siracourt, France and 6 hit targets of opportunity, all using blind-bombing techniques; 1 B-24 is lost and 26 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.
788th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 467th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrives at Rackheath, England from the US with B-24s; first mission is 10 Apr.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
44BG Mission Report - The Group went on another mission to the "Invasion Coast" with the 67th sending six aircraft and all returned. The target was Siracourt, and sometimes called "Military Installations". It was bombed with unobserved results due to 10/10th clouds, amidst moderate to intense and accurate flak. No enemy aircraft however, were seen, Some of our aircraft suffered damage from the flak. Due to the closing in of the "unusual weather" here at Shipdham, our aircraft had to land in southern England at Ford and Thorny Island. One A/C, piloted by Lt. Bowman, 68th, crash-landed with no casualties, but the aircraft itself, #42-7507 X burned. Tom Britton states that the plane crash-landed low on fuel at Freston.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31756). Organization: 360BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire. Pilot: Hicks, David F. Notes: taxiing accident. Location: Molesworth, Huntingdonshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/