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Mission 174: 2 targets in Germany are hit; 19 bombers and 2 fighters are lost.

1. 371 of 439 B-17s and 115 of 130 B-24s are dispatched to the port area at Kiel; 7 B-17s and 34 B-24s hit targets of opportunity; they claim 4-12-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 11 B-17s and 6 B-24s are lost; 2 B-17s and 3 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 111 B-17s and 16 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 22 KIA, 53 WIA and 170 MIA. 70 P-38s and 42 Ninth Air Force P-51s escort; they claim 1-1-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 and 1 P-51 are lost and 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair; casualties are 1 WIA and 2 MIA.

2. 68 of 75 B-17s hit Munster; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 35 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 20 MIA. 430 P-47s escort; they claim 7-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is damaged.

Mission 175: During the evening, 4 B-17s drop 800,000 leaflets on Orleans, Lorient, Rouen and Tours, France at 2005-2021 hours; no losses. This is the first CARPETBAGGER operation from Tempsford, England on this night. US airplanes begin flying supplies from UK to underground resistance forces in W Europe, this operation being coded CARPETBAGGER.

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