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MISSION DETAILS

Mission 963: 532 bombers and 444 fighters attack jet fighter airfields and rail targets in SE Germany; 2 bombers and 2 fighters are lost:

1. 111 of 113 B-17s hit the marshalling yard at Munich, a target of last resort, with H2X radar; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 5 damaged. Escorting are 90 P-51s; 1 is damaged beyond repair.

2. 186 B-24s are sent to hit the Salzburg marshalling yard and rail bridge but abort the mission due to 10/10 cloud cover; 1 B-24 is lost and 4 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 12 MIA. The escort is 99 of 109 P-51s.

3. 6 of 232 B-17s hit the secondary target, the Amlech Airfield at Landsberg; 212 hit a target of last resort, the town of Ingolstadt; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 8 airmen are KIA and 7 MIA. 144 of 160 P-51s escort; 2 are lost (pilots MIA).

4. 1 B-17 and 23 P-51s fly scouting missions.

5. 48 of 57 P-47s fly a fighter sweep in the Salzburg area.

6. 4 of 5 P-51s escort 3 F-5s on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.

Mission 964: During the night of 21/22 Apr, 10 of 11 B-24s drop leaflets in France, the Netherlands and Germany.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,


Mission Reports for this date:
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388BG Mission Report - For this, the last combat mission to be flown by the 388th in Europe, the 388th furnished three small Groups for the 45th Combat Wing. As in the past few missions, some new crews flew their first combat mission.

Our 29 a/c were airborne between 0645 and 0704 hours and formations were effected without much difficulty. One crew, Lt. McIntyre, was unable to locate the formation and after proceeding to the Division assembly point without locating them, aborted and returned to the field. He jettisoned his bomb load 40 miles east of Southwold and landed at 1515 hours.

Our 28 a/c returned from the mission and landed between 1530 and 1559 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info

446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Salzburg

The mission was aborted due to bad weather.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com

398th Bomb Group Mission report
source: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
467th Bomb Group Mission report
source: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/
486th Bomb Group Flimsy report
source: 486th Bomb Group web page http://www.486th.org/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - On the 21 of April we dispatched 12 A/C and crews toattack the Furstenfeldbruck Airdrome west of Munich. Due to weather the city of Munich was attacked by means of instruments with unobserved results. Our Squadron furnished the Low Squadron in the Group formation. The Group furnished the 1st "C" Group. Moderate barage and meager tracking AA fire before bombs away was experienced in the target area. Fighter support was very good.
source: 91st BG / 401st BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Road bridge over a marshaling yard in Western Munich. The target was an overpass in the Western marshaling yards of Munich. The target was attacked by P.F.F. methods. Our squadron flew in the high position on this mission.
source: 91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report http://www.91stbombgroup.com/

Accident Reports for this date:
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38775).
Organization: 602BS / 398BG of Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.
Pilot: Zins, Samuel I.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-63212).
Organization: Hq / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Marshall, Leonard P.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Hagennau/8mi W Y-39 Germany.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D15 (#44-15092).
Organization: 352FS / 353FG of Raydon, Suffolk.
Pilot: Bowron, Everett B.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Raydon, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D20 (#44-72255).
Organization: 505FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Irion, Robert E.
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Mission "8th AF 963"
Jet airfields and rail targets in southeast Germany
April 21, 1945

mission statistics sources:
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
532330827.80-0-00-0-02-2-108-1-19398BG aircraft crash-lands base
452BG aircraft crashes continent
 
Mission Targets:
MUNICH, GERMANYMain Railroadmarshalling yards and st: 111 aircraft       photos(3), documents(0) - click target link
INGOLSTADT, GERMANY Industryordnance depot: 212 aircraft       photos(3), documents(0) - click target link
Aircraft Groups:
1ST AIR DIVISION
381st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
398th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
91st Bombardment Group (Heavy)
2ND AIR DIVISION
93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy)
389th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
446th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
448th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
466th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
467th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
3RD AIR DIVISION
94th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
388th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
447th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
452nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)
486th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
487th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
96th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses:
1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
466th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1 a/c)
3RD AIR DIVISION
94th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (1 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)

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
4444080.00-0-00-0-02-1-00-0-2
 
Mission Targets:
Escort: 337 aircraft       
Sweep: 48 aircraft       
Reconnaissancescout: 23 aircraft       
Aircraft Groups:
1ST AIR DIVISION
20th Fighter Group
2ND AIR DIVISION
4th Fighter Group
56th Fighter Group
355th Fighter Group
3RD AIR DIVISION
55th Fighter Group
78th Fighter Group
357th Fighter Group
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses:
1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
78th Fighter Group (2 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)

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
29290.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
 
Mission Targets:
GERMANY Reconnaissancephoto: 3 aircraft       
Chaff: 5 aircraft       
CZECHOSLOVAKIA ReconnaissanceSkywave: 1 aircraft       
Reconnaissanceweather: 3 aircraft       
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK Reconnaissanceweather: 4 aircraft       
Air Sea Rescue: 10 aircraft       
Communicationsradio-relay: 3 aircraft       
CHERBOURG / GERMANY / CZ Reconnaissancephoto: 3 aircraft       
AZORES/ATLANTIC/UK Reconnaissanceweather: 4 aircraft       
Aircraft Groups:
1ST AIR DIVISION
25th Bombardment Group (Recon)
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
7th Photographic Group (Recon)
5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
Aircraft Losses:
1ST AIR DIVISION
2ND AIR DIVISION
3RD AIR DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)