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VIII Bomber Command Mission 140. 154 of 360 B-17s hit the port of Bremen, Germany and targets of opportunity in the area at 1429-1450 hours; unfavorable cloud conditions and malfunction of blindbombing equipment cause 200+ B-17s to abort; they claim 15-11-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 13 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 43 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 13 WIA and 131 MIA. The B-17s are escorted by 38 P-38s and 314 P-47s; they claim 15-4-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 P-38s and 9 P-47s are lost; 1 P-47 is damage beyond repair and another damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 16 MIA.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 141: 8 B-17s drop 1.6 million leaflets over Paris, Reims, Le Mans, Orleans, Chartres, Amiens and Rouen, France; no casualties.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 142: 1 B-17 drops two 2,000 pound (907 kg) bombs and 1 photoflash on Emmerich, Germany at 2108 hours; no casualties. HQ 358th Fighter Group transfers from Goxhill to Leiston, England. HQ 447th Bombardment Group (Heavy) arrives at Rattlesden, England from the US.

The 714th and 715th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 448th Bombardment Group (Heavy) arrive at Seething, England from the US with B-24s. They will fly their first mission on 22 Dec.

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