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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 159: the port area at Bremen, Germany is hit. 357 of 407 B-17s, 103 of 127 B-24s and 12 of 12 PFF aircraft hit the target at 1142-1214 hours; they claim 21-14-23 Luftwaffe aircraft; 21 B-17s and 6 B-24s are lost; 3 B-17s are damaged beyond repair; 213 B-17s and 34 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 9 KIA, 41 WIA and 270 MIA. Window-metal foil strips which, when dropped from an airplane, provide an echo which confuses radar locating equipment is used for the first time on an Eighth Air Force mission. This mission is escorted by 26 P-38s, 418 P-47s and 47 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 19-3-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47s and 4 P-51s are lost; 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 5 P-47s are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 5 MIA. Twin-engine, rocket-firing Luftwaffe fighters attack under protection of single engine airplanes.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 160: 5 B-17s drop 1 million leaflets on Lille and Lens, France and Ghent and Brussels, Belgium at 2005-2015 hours; no losses.

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