Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 924: 752 B-17s and 569 P-51s are dispatched to hit U-boat yards at Kiel; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 bombers and 4 fighters are lost:
1. 693 of 752 B-17s hit the Deutsche U-boat yard and 24 hit the Howardts U-boat yard; 2 B-17s hit Flensburg Airfield a target of opportunity; 2 B-17s are lost and 121 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 20 MIA. Escorting are 517 of 569 P-51s; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost and 2 damaged beyond repair.
2. 98 of 100 P-51s fly a sweep of the Kiel area; 1 is damaged beyond repair.
3. 4 P-51s escort 1 F-5 on a photo reconnaissance mission over Germany.
4. 17 of 18 P-51s fly a scouting mission; 2 P-51s are lost.
Mission 925: 1 B-17 and 10 B-24s are dispatched to drop leaflets in the Netherlands, France and Germany during the night; 1 returns to base.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
Thirty-nine aircraft, including three spares, were dispatched to attack the underground oil storage depot at Kiel, Germany, the first priority target (visual), the submarine works at Kiel, the second priority (H2X), and the Schwesig airfield and Husum airfield, the third priorities. One of the spare aircraft returned early – #44-6006 (No Name), 358BS (Lt. Perkins).
41st CBW-C Lead (427BS) - Pilot Maj C.E. Kerwin / CoPilot 1Lt E. Haynes
Thirty-eight Fortresses dropped 180 1,000-lb. G.P. bombs and 10 units of leaflets on the second priority target. Bombing was by PFF (H2X) through solid overcast with results unobserved. Photos showed no bursts. In the target area there were 9/10 low clouds with tops at 10,000 to 12,000 feet, 4/10 high clouds with tops at 23,000 to 24,000 feet, and moderate, persistent contrails.
Although a few enemy ME-162s were seen and one crew reported an ME-262, the 303rd BG(H) formations sustained no aircraft attacks. Only meager to moderate and inaccurate flak was encountered at the target with meager flak at other points. All aircraft returned to Base. There was no battle damage or casualties.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #156 Kiel. Command Pilot: FREEMAN. 38 planes dispatched. 35 planes dropped 101 tons on the primary target and 3 planes failed to bomb. 36 Credit Sorties. Hal Province #13.
source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
388BG Mission Report - For this mission, the 388th furnished 38 a/c for the 45th Combat Wing. Our a/c took-off between 1339 and 1404 hours and formations were effected without difficulty. Lt. Bass in a/c # 948 aborted and returned to base at 1655 hours. Lt. Barbre in a/c # 692 aborted and returned to base at 1658 hours. The remaining 36 a/c completed the mission. The IP was reached at 1706 hours, bombs were away at 1716 hours and the rally point was reached at 1721 hours. The formation encountered light flak at the target.
Our a/c returned to base by 2027 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info