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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 303: 616 fighters are dispatched on strafing sweeps of C and W Germany, airfields being the primary objectives; 33 fighters are lost: 132 P-38s claim 7-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft, 11 P-38s are lost and 16 damaged, 11 pilots are MIA; 262 P-47s claim 20-1-23 aircraft, 7 P-47s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 13 damaged, 7 pilots are MIA; 222 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-51s claim 30-0-10 aircraft, 15 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 5 damaged; 12 pilots are MIA.Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Mission Reports

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-39906).
Organization: 535BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex.
Pilot: Bartlett, William E.
Notes: forced landing destroyed by fire.
Location: Ridgewell, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-100308).
Organization: 579BS / 392BG of Wendling, Norfolk.
Pilot: Hunt, Norman J.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Wendling, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6237).
Organization: 551FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Edens, Billy G.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Atcham, Shropshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6251).
Organization: 551FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Gerrits, James F.
Notes: bail out.
Location: Arbury Park/nr Nuneaton England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-22533).
Organization: 361FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Policelli, Frank A.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-75505).
Organization: 361FS / 356FG of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Pilot: Zalot, John (NMI).
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Martlesham Heath, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

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

Mission "8th AF 303"
Strafing sweeps of western and central Germany
April 15, 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
6166160.018-1-640-0-2933-2-340-0-30352FG crashes sea
363FG crashes sea
363 crashes base
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Mission Targets

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Strafing
616 A/C
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
55FG
78FG
353FG
357FG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
363rd Fighter Group
354th Fighter Group
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
352FG (3 a/c)
364FG (8 a/c)
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
4FG (3 a/c)
56FG (3 a/c)
355FG (4 a/c)
361FG (1 a/c)
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
55FG (3 a/c)
78FG (2 a/c)
357FG (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
363FG (2 a/c)
354FG (3 a/c)