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VIII Bomber Command Mission 169: The port area and oil refinery at Ludwigshafen, Germany are hit at 1156-1300 hours. 502 of 530 B-17s 145 of 168 B-24s, and 11 of 12 PFF aircraft attack the target; they claim 12-4-9 Luftwaffe aircraft; 14 B-17s and 9 B-24s are lost, 4 B-17s and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 106 B-17s and 11 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 11 KIA, 19 WIA and 200 MIA. The mission is escorted by 79 P-38s, 463 P-47s and 41 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 8-3-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 11 P-47s and 2 P-51s are lost, 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 5 P-47s are damaged; casualties are 12 MIA.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 170: 5 B-17s drop 1 million leaflets on Antwerp, Ghent, Lens, Belgium and Cambrai, France at 2319-2340 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,