Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 218: 94 of 201 B-24s bomb the Siracourt V-weapon site in France with PFF equipment; the remaining aircraft were assigned individual targets without PFF and were unable to locate their targets; 1 B-24 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 17 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 1 WIA and 10 MIA; escort is provided by 85 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-47s and 41 P-51s without loss. The primary target for 223 B-17s is the marshaling yard at Frankfurt, Germany; 157 hit the primary, 32 hit Ludwigshafen, 19 hit Saarbrucken and 4 hit other targets of opportunity; they claim 3-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 124 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 26 WIA and 51 MIA; escort is provided by 82 P-38s, 486 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-47s and 38 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 30-2-28 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 2-1-4 on the ground; 8 P-38s, 4 P-47s and 2 P-51s are lost, 2 P-47s and 1 P-51 are damaged beyond repair and 2 P-38s and 4 P-47s are damaged; casualties are 14 MIA.
Mission 219: 5 of 5 B-17s drop 250 bundles of leaflets on Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium at 2118-2146 hours without loss.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
303BG Mission Report - Target: City area, Frankfurt, Germany (PFF). Crews Dispatched: 21 (358BS - 7, 359th - 8, 360th - 0, 427th - 7). Crew Members Lost or Wounded: 1 KIA, 7 injured. Length of Mission: 8 hours. Bomb Load: 6 or 12 x 500 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitude: 25,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 1,370 rounds.
Frankfurt was bombed for the fourth time since 29 January 1944. Six of the 21 aircraft airborne were abortive. Fourteen aircraft attacked Frankfurt with 16 1/2 tons of 500-lb. A.N. M43 bombs. Nine tons were jettisoned. Three aircraft carried long-delay fuses. Strike attack photos showed the bombing from 25,000 feet to be poor. One cluster of bombs fell seven miles southwest of the city causing no damage and another group fell two miles northeast of the city in a sparsely settled residential area.
P-47s escorted bombers on penetration, P-51s and P-38s provided target support, and P-47s and RAF Spitfires escorted the B-17s on withdrawal. Approximately six to eight enemy fighters were seen. No attacks were made on the 303rd BG(H) and no enemy aircraft claims were made. Flak at the target was moderate and accurate. Chaff was discharged from the vicinity of the IP until two minutes past the target. Crews reported it as effective, but the flak continued after the formation left the target. Rockets from the ground were seen just after leaving the target, but went far above the formation with no explosions observed.
Ten aircraft returned to Molesworth after completing the mission. Four aircraft sustained major damage and five sustained minor damage.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 27 aircraft were sent on this mission.
42-29863 Cap. J. P. Carson - Shot down by flak. POW 4, KIA 1, EVD 5.
42-31694 Lt. F. W. Turbyne - Crash-landed and burned, 2nd Lt. John A. McCall (died of wounds).
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 62. Primary Target: Propeller Factory - Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Target Attacked : Target of Opportunity (Visual):German Air Force (Luftwaffe) - Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany.
22 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 14. Failed To Return - 2. Aborted - 5. Scrubbed - 1 42-29809 Pryor, Raymond T - Landed away Stanstead due to fuel shortage and #1 engine knocked out by flak; bombs dropped on target 42-30026 Decker, Charles E - Aborted at 0919 hrs b/c of oxygen leakage in ball turret when crew member stepped on and broke electical conduit leading to ball turret 42-31375 Courtemanche, Ralph E - Aborted at 1000 hrs b/c flt engineer became unconscious from anoxia and 'bends' and had to be taken to hospital; bombs rtd 42-37788 Smith, Harry B - Aborted at 1008 hrs; #2 supercharger ran away and could not be controlled; BL ret. 42-37801 Bennett, Phillip N - Aborted at 1011 hrs; #2 engine running rough and pulling 20' to 25'; BL ret. 42-39962 Widener, Seth Granell - Failed to Return - MIA; last seen approaching French Coast making a left turn losing altitude, going into a steep spiral and into a dive at 10,000 ft; hit by prop wash; cr St. Vaast, Hol, MACR 2529 42-40005 Moore, Clifford Orville - Failed to Return - MIA; last seen at 1240 hrs 20 mi west of Frankfurt losing altitude rapidly but under control; a/c made a right turn toward another formation, ctd losing altitude, dropping into clouds; e/a, cr Frankfurt; MACR 2530
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - The 613th flew as the Low Squadron of the Group. Lt. Sheahan was scheduled to fly the mission but his aircraft caught fire prior to take-off. The target was partially overcast and the bombing was done by methods other than visual. However some crews reported seeing the target through the breaks in the undercast and reported the results to be good. Some enemy air opposition was encountered near the target and flak was described as moderate to meager. All crews returned safely, and they were: Locher, Lew, Jones, Shanks, Shotts, Sharp, Vokaty, Hess.
source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - A Frankfurt, Germany engineering works was the target. Because the target was partially overcast the bombing was carried out on a PFF run. Some crews did report that they had caught sight of the target through breaks in the clouds and reported the results of the bombing as good. Some enemy aircraft were encountered near the target and the flak was described as moderate to meager. No aircraft were lost and the 614th crews on the mission were the following: Stimson, S.P. Wilson, Stine, Smith, Ksieniewicz, Weber, Dawes, Cammack, C.L. Wilson.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The target was a metal working factory at Frankfurt specializing in propellers and aircraft parts. The plant covered 600 acres of land and employed 10,000 people, and was estimated to produce 30% of Germany's propellers. The Group despatched 32 ships but 4 returned early. Good bombing was believed to have been achieved despite a 10/10th's undercast at 9,000 - 15,000 feet with occasional breaks. There were no claims or losses. Just after 11 o'clock that morning a 612th aircraft, 42-38026, SC-N, crash-landed on Runway 23/05 and blocked the runway. It had been shot up by another 401st aircraft, sustaining a flat tire and lots of other damage. Two other aircraft required ambulances to take away wounded crew members. The attack on the factory was carried out by 212 Fortresses of the 1st Air Division with an escort of 600 fighters. The 615th loading list was as follows: 42-31091 Dempsey, 42-31069 Wysocki, 42-37843 Christensen, 42-39873 Campbell, 42-31518 Gardner, 42-31730 Byrd, 42-31619 Ferdyn.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Today s target was Siracourt with the Group's 29 aircraft (six were 67th) participating, and all returned safely. The Group was to have made a visual run on this target but PFF technique was used due to the 10/10th undercast conditions that prevailed. The results were not seen. The enemy sent up a few aircraft but no attacks were pressed home. Flak, however, was much heavier and more accurate than previously experienced on this target. Many of the Group's ships were damaged and the 68th had S/Sgt. R.S. Myers killed by flak.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Noball target; French coast
Weather prevented the planes from dropping, but one plane, which could not form with his own group, tagged along with the 93rd bomb group on their mission.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Frankfurt, Germany was the target again for the 11th. Six ships from 323rd squadron took part. One ship aborted, but the remaining five went on over the target and dropped their bombs. Enemy opposition was not serious. Perhaps the strong fighter escort scares his fighters away, or else he thinks it best to hold them on the ground for future action. A considerable amount of flak was encountered in the target area, but it did very little damage.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Frankfurt, Germany. Bomb Load: M-47s. Bombing Altitude: 28,000. Bombing Results: Generally unobserved due 4/6/10 undercast. Time: Take Off 0806. Target 1223. Ar. Base 1500. A/A Fire: No A/A fire reported en route to the target. At the target a rather intense barrage was maintained for about 45 seconds, but inaccurate for our A/C. Coming back meager and inaccurate A/A fire was reported from several places. A/C 428 aborted due to failure of #2 supercharger. A/C 996 turned back before reaching altitude due to #3 engine leaking oil and prop. governor out.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: City of Frankfurt (PFF). Returning crews were uncertain as to identity of city attacked. 9/10ths cloud cover prevented identification. The attack may have been made on Ludwigshaven. Fighter support gave the bombers excellent protection from 20 to 40 E/A. Flak was moderate and inaccurate, although six A/C received minor damage at the target.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - [BMission to Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt: Unobserved, bombed on PFF. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 20 to 40 E/A were encountered in two attacks. Me 109's and FW 190's made up E/F force. All attacks were beaten off by our escort. FIGHTER ESCORT: Excellent! P-38's, P-51's and P-47's were all met as briefed. E/F attacks were all scared off by this escort. No AA fire reported enroute to target. An inaccurate, moderate barrage was experienced at target. Some crews reported a rather intense barrage was maintained at the target for 45 seconds when it suddenly faltered and almost died out.