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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 34: The 1st Bombardment Wing dispatches 74 B-17s against the Hamm, Germany marshaling yards. The mission is cancelled due to weather and the aircraft are recalled before they pass the European coast. We claim 1 enemy aircraft destroyed; 1 B-17 is damaged.

Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4th Fighter Group fly 18 uneventful sorties on shipping patrols.

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

Mission Reports

Notes: VIII BC 34
303BG Mission Report - Target: Industrial Targets, Hamm, Germany (Aborted). Crews Dispatched: 19 (358BS - 6, 359th - 4, 360th - 4, 427th - 3). Length of Mission: 3 1/2 to 4 1/4 hours. Bomb Load: 5 x 1000 lbs M44 H.E. & 10 x 500 H.E. M43 bombs Bombing Altitude: 22,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 8,748 rounds. Enemy Aircraft Claims: 1 Destroyed, 1 Damaged.

This day's Field Order No. 99 was the 35th received by the Group. The primary target was Hamm, Germany; the secondary, Osnabruck; and the last resort, any German industrial target. 1000-lb. M44 and 500-lb. M43 bombs were loaded on the nineteen airplanes scheduled for take-off. Breakfast was at 0430, briefing was at 0520, engines started at 0810, taxiing began at 0820, and first take-off was at 0840 by Capt. Hagenbuch, 427BS(H) in S for Sugar, #41-24619. Capt. Fredericks, 360BS(H), in #42-2973 Iza Vailable, was the last to take off at 0854. Two B-17s failed to take off.

Poor visibility and 10/10 cloud cover caused the mission to be recalled between the coast and Dokkum, the Netherlands, without bombing. Some black flak was observed and eleven German aircraft were sighted with one encounter. All aircraft returned by 1400 hours with no casualties or damage.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306th Bomb Group Mission Report
TARGET
Hamm, Germany marshalling yards

INFORMATION IN DETAIL
Objective was not reached by Group due to bad weather conditions over Channel and German Coast.

source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Mission undertaken against Hamm Marshaling Yards in Germany but due to adverse weather conditions all ships returned to base without dropping their bombs. Our group had no encounters with enemy. source: 323rd Bomb Squadron / 91BG Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17F (#42-5770).
Organization: / of .
Pilot: Underwood, Richard F.
Notes: forced landing due to engine failure.
Location: Boffa/ 25mi W Atlantic Ocean.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: L-4B (#43-681).
Organization: / of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Kolstad, Robert F.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Atcham, Shropshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spit Va (#W3505).
Organization: 109OS / 67OG of Membury Berkshire.
Pilot: Lambert, Donald E.
Notes: bailed out due to mid air collision.
Location: Atcham, Shropshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spit Vb (#W3797).
Organization: 109OS / 67OG of Membury Berkshire.
Pilot: Warburton, Joseph R.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Atcham, Shropshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF Bomber Command Mission 34"
Hamm, Germany marshalling yards
February 14, 1943

Notes: VIII BC 34

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman

 
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7400.01-0-00-0-00-0-10-0-0abandoned because of weather
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Mission Targets

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HAMM, GERMANY
Railroad
marshalling yard0 A/Cphotos (2)
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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
91BG
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