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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 288: 21 of 50 B-24s dispatched hit V-weapon sites at St Pol/Siracourt, France without loss; heavy clouds and the failure of blind-bombing equipment cause other B-24s to return to base without bombing. 50 P-47s escort the B-24s without loss.

Mission 289: 96 P-38s, 236 P-47s and 124 P-51s are dispatched to attack airfields in Germany; heavy cloud hinders most groups: 1 P-38s is lost and 4 damaged, 1 pilot is MIA; P-47s claim 2-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft, 1 P-47 is lost and 4 damaged, 1 pilot is MIA; P-51s claim 96-4-120 aircraft, 7 P-51s are lost and 3 damaged, casualties are 1 KIA and 6 MIA.

During the night of 5/6 Apr, 801st Bombardment Group (Provisional) dispatches 17 B-24s on CARPETBAGGER (air operations to drop supplies to guerillas in Europe) missions; 1 B-24 is lost.

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

Mission Reports

Carpetbagger Mission Report
Adolphe W Kalbfleisch , ASN# 0-748423, Co-Pilot; of Westmoreland Cty,PA: EVR - RTD 8 August 1944 - MACR 3568

Joseph E Porter , ASN# 35566756, Dispatcher; of Carthage, IN: EVR - RTD 8 August 1944 - MACR 3568

Richard C Bindel , ASN# 37233213, Engineer; of Sabetha, KS: KIA - MACR 3568

Warren A Brewer , ASN# 14126001, Radio Operator; of Greenville, SC: KIA - MACR 3568

Thomas F Davis , ASN# 0-747648, Bombardier; of Brooklyn, NY: KIA - MACR 3568

William G Harris , ASN# 0-691999, Navigator; of White Haven, TN: KIA - MACR 3568

Ralph L Kittrell , ASN# 39692464, Tail Gunner; of Ventura Cty, CA: KIA - MACR 3568

William W Nicoll , ASN# 0-680689, Co-Pilot; of Lakeland, FL: KIA - MACR 3568

source: The Carpetbaggers http://www.801492.org/
466th BG Mission Report
Twenty a/c dropped bombed on PFF ship in target area. Results unobserved due to 10/10 overcast. No enemy a/c were observed. Flak meagre and inaccurate; A/C MIA = 0; KIA = 0; WIA = 0; MIA = 0
source: 466th BG: Mission List (Mark Brotherton Collection)

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31513).
Organization: 323BS / 91BG of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Kuehl, Albert R.
Notes: crashed destroyed by fire.
Location: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-32114).
Organization: / 96BG of Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: .
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-38168).
Organization: 359BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Daub, Leroy E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Molesworth, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97554).
Organization: 413BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
Pilot: Esterline, Milton A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-26B (#41-17994).
Organization: Hq / 3CCRC of Toome, Northern Ireland.
Pilot: Bjork, Paul A.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Toome, Northern Ireland Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-26B (#41-18081).
Organization: Hq / 3CCRC of Toome, Northern Ireland.
Pilot: Morris, William E.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Toome, Northern Ireland Ireland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-75622).
Organization: 352FS / 353FG of Metfield, Suffolk.
Pilot: Armstrong, Clifford F.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Metfield, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B1 (#43-12159).
Organization: 364FS / 357FG of Leiston, Suffolk.
Pilot: Siverts, Donovan D.
Notes: crashed belly landing due to engine failure or fire.
Location: Panworth Hall, Ashill England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 289"
Strafing attack against airfields in Germany
April 05, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
Aircraft
Sent
Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
Personnel
KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
45600.010-1-288-3-1209-0-111-0-84FG crashes sea
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Mission Targets

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BERLIN, GERMANY
City
456 A/Cphotos (4)
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
20FG
352FG
352FG
356FG
359FG
364FG
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG
56FG
355FG
361FG
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
78FG
353FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
20FG (1 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG (4 a/c)
355FG (3 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
78FG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)