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Eighth Air Force offensive against German oil targets is scheduled to start on this date, but the mission is cancelled because of bad weather.

309th and 310th Troop Carrier Squadrons, Eighth Air Force, arrive at Spanhoe, England from the US with C-47s; they will be reassigned to the Ninth Air Force on 26 Apr.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

Notes: 72 containers; 60 bundles of leaflets; 48 packages; 3 passengers; 48 crew


Mission Reports for this date:
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467th Bomb Group Mission report
source: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/
392nd Bomb Group Mission Report
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
44th BG Crash Report -
B-24H, #41-29418, 68 BS

There was heavy rime ice in the middle clouds, with visiblility of 4 miles according to the accident report. Steve Adams writes in his Flying Eight Balls History Book that the group of planes encountered bad icing conditions during assembly north of Norwich, England. The aircraft was climbing about 155 to 160 M.P.H. through overcast skies. Suddenly the plane shuddered and bore sharply right and then back before canting over into a spin. Unrecoverable, the planes tail and right wing finally twisted off. The pilot and co-pilot were tossed into the cockpit roof and then thrown out of the plane when it disintegrated in flight. Both were injured. None of the other 8 men would survive.

Crew:

  • 2nd Lt. Forrest Havens, pilot (injured);
  • 2nd Lt. Leon Del Grande, co-pilot (injured);
  • 2nd Lt. James L. Zajicek, navigator (KIA);
  • 2nd Lt. Edward A. Cole, bombardier (KIA);
  • Sgt. Leonard P. Lambert, Jr., engineer (KIA);
  • S/Sgt. George R. Houchins, Jr., radio operator (KIA);
  • S/Sgt. Roger W. Edmonson, asst. engineer (KIA);
  • Sgt. Hal N. Wood, ball turret, (KIA);
  • Sgt. Russell G. Taylor, tail turret, (KIA);
  • Sgt. Hartwell J. Higgins, asst. radio operator/waist gunner (KIA).

The main body of the airplane wreckage still lies in a lake at Taverham Mills outside of Norwich. A memorial stone was placed there in 2001.
source: Army Air Forces Online Forum http://forum.armyairforces.com/

Notes: 72 containers; 60 bundles of leaflets; 48 packages; 3 passengers; 48 crew
Accident Reports for this date:
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-30091).
Organization: 349BS / 100BG of Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk.
Pilot: Richmond, Myron D.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Eye, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-39864).
Organization: 709BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: [ground accident].
Notes: killed due to explosion.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97236).
Organization: 748BS / 457BG of Glatton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Coffman, Owen B.
Notes: killed due to structural failure.
Location: Parks Farm/ nr Hoxne England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97287).
Organization: 709BS / 447BG of Rattlesden, Suffolk.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: explosion.
Location: Rattlesden, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#41-29418).
Organization: 68BS / 44BG of Shipdham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Havens, Forrest C.
Notes: killed due to structural failure.
Location: Ringland Hills/ 1mi NE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94934).
Organization: 565BS / 389BG of Hethel, Norfolk.
Pilot: Elloitt, Charles M.
Notes: killed in crash landing.
Location: Seething/ 2mi North S146 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6261).
Organization: 63FS / 56FG of Boxted, Essex.
Pilot: Stewart, Roach S.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Boxted, Essex England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6628).
Organization: 551FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire.
Pilot: Mullan, Joseph D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Atcham, Shropshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B7 (#43-7009).
Organization: 505FS / 339FG of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Tower, Archie A.
Notes: crashed belly landing.
Location: Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Mission "Carpetbagger"
Carpetbagger mission
April 21, 1944

Notes: 72 containers; 60 bundles of leaflets; 48 packages; 3 passengers; 48 crew

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
660.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
 
Mission Targets:
MARKSMAN, FRANCEMARKSMAN 29 Carpetbagger: 3 aircraft       
MARKSMAN, FRANCEMARKSMAN 30 Carpetbagger: 3 aircraft       
Aircraft Groups:
1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
801st Bombardment Group (Provisional)
Aircraft Losses:
1ST BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
2ND BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
3RD BOMBARDMENT DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)