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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 156: the port area at Bremen, Germany is the target. 402 of 479 B-17s, 133 of 141 B-24s and 10 of 11 PFF aircraft hit the target at 1309-1322 hours; they claim 18-11-11 Luftwaffe aircraft; 10 B-17s are lost; 2 B-17s and 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair; 128 B-17s, 22 B-24s and 5 PFF aircraft are damaged; casualties are 6 KIA, 8 WIA and 104 MIA. The mission is escorted by 31 P-38s, 131 P-47s and 39 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost, 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair and 1 P-38 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 1 MIA.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 157: 4 B-17s drop 1.952 million leaflets over Hannover, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and Lille, France at 1903-1943 hours; no losses or casualties.

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