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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 412: Bad weather again covers all strategic targets in Germany except one in the extreme N; a major effort is against tactical objectives, mainly in France; 1,357 of 1,525 bombers dispatched hit the targets listed below; 14 bombers are lost:

1. 502 B-17s are dispatched to hit airfields in France, i.e.,: Le Bourget (134 bomb), Coulommiers (24 bomb), Creil (25 bomb), Bretigny (69 bomb), Melun (50 bomb), Creil (66 bomb) and Etampes (69 bomb); they claim 0-5-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 11 B-17s are lost and 139 damaged; 6 airmen are KIA, 14 WIA and 97 MIA.

2. 466 B-24s are dispatched to hit airfields at Chateaudun (103 bomb), Orleans/Bricy (97 bomb), Eindhoven, the Netherlands (63 bomb) and Coxyde, Belgium (7 bomb); and 61 hit the Emmerich, Germany oil refinery, 50 hit Beauvois, 44 hit Domleger, 12 hit targets of opportunity and 4 hit the Normandy beaches; 33 B-24s are damaged.

3. Of 191 B-24s, 7 hit Ham-sur-Somme, 32 hit targets of opportunity, 52 hit Lille/Vendeville, 12 hit Calas Tres, 12 hit Denain Drousey, 39 hit Laon/Athies and 70 hit Chievres; 2 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 56 damaged; 10 airmen are KIA, 2 WIA and 4 MIA.

4. 351 B-17s are dispatched to hit targets in Belgium: 35 bomb St Trond Airfield, 95 hit Florennes Airfield, 52 bomb Le Culot and 61 attack Brussels/Melsbroek; 1 B-17 is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 73 damaged; 1 airman is MIA.

5. 7 of 15 B-24s hit the Ham-sur-Somme Bridge and 5 use Azon missiles against targets of opportunity; no losses. Escort for the bomber missions is provided by 103 P-47s; 2 P-47s lost, the pilots are MIA.

Other fighter missions are:

1. 168 of 176 P-47s fly fighter-bomber missions against Luftwaffe HQ at Chantilly, France and Panzer columns; they claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft.

2. 234 of 242 P-38s, 178 of 190 P-47s and 171 of 197 P-51s fly beachhead patrols and sweeps in front of the bomber force; they claim 4-1-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 P-38s, 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost (all pilots are MIA; and 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair.

Mission 413: 3 of 4 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night. 20 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions.

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

Mission Reports

303BG Mission Report - Target: Airdromes at Creil & Coulommiers, France. Crews Dispatched: 39 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 0). Length of Mission: 5 hours, 40 minutes. Bomb Load: 100 lb G.P. & 100 lb Fragmentation bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 23,000 ft & 24,300 ft. Ammo Fired: 0 rounds.

Creil, France was the target for today. Thirty-six aircraft took off to bomb the airdrome. B-17G #44-6076 Liberty Run, 359BS-Y (Lt. Cunningham), turned back at the English coast because the tail gunner was sick.

Thirty-five B-17s bombed the Creil airdrome with varying results. The lead Group, spread across the middle of the field, cut the NW/SE runway in the middle from 24,300 feet. The low Group bombed from 23,000 feet with Lt. Col. Lyle at the bombsight for the third time. Three hits were seen on a fueling area. Five camouflaged revetments were hit plus an unidentified building in the area. The high Group results were not determined, but some were seen hitting in the woods.

In addition, three 303BG(H) B-17s were assigned to fly with the 41 CBW-D formation, and had as their target the Coulommiers Airdrome, France. Two of these aircraft brought their bombs back because the combat wing did not bomb due to inability to see the target through the undercast. The third aircraft flew with the 41 CBW-A and dropped their bombs on Creil Airdrome.

In the Creil target area there were 3/10 high clouds, which required bombing 3,000 feet above the assigned altitude. Solid overcast covered the rest of the route.

Gunners spotted 12 to 15 enemy aircraft, but there were no attacks. Moderate and accurate flak fired from Creil caused major damage to two B-17s with ten sustaining minor damage. There were no casualties and all aircraft returned to Molesworth.

More info on this mission at the 303BG website

source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306BG Mission Reportsource: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #16 Cambrai-Epinoy. Command Pilot: LeBAILLY. The 34th lead the 93rd Wing attack. 39 planes were dispatched with 90.75 tons of bombs. Two planes aborted. 36 aircraft made the bomb run through 9/l0ths clouds dropping 60.9 tons. Group summaries indicate that 15 planes bombed the primary target at Cambrai-Epinoy, France and 10 planes bombed the primary target at Donain, France. 4 planes were battle damaged and 2 crewmen WIA. Score: poor. Heavy flak at Antwerp, Belgium damaged 12 aircraft, one of which, 44-40468 Mean Kid crash-landed at Manston. Pilot Laskin was severely injured and two others were slightly injured.

B-24H 44-40468 B/H Mean Kid crash-landed at RAF Manston. With 18BS. Pilot: Laskin. Picture in Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth, p.156. Story of this mission told by Sam Laskin in 34th Bombardment Group (H) 1941-1945, p.41 and by John Wolf on pp.41-42. LT Laskin received the Silver Star for this mission.

source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 59 aircraft were sent on this mission.

42-102478 Lt. A. J. Cesarini - Shot down by flak. POW 7, KIA 2, EVD 1.

42-97066 Lt. J. R. Dixey - Shot down by flak. POW 7, KIA 1, RTD 2.

42-97798 Lt. G. L. Williamson - Shot down by flak. POW 10.

source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 135B. The primary and secondary targets were hidden by 10/10 cloud cover, so a target of opportunity, the airfield at Creil, was bombed. Primary Target: Airfield - Coulommiers, France. Target Attacked : Target of Opportunity (Visual): German Air Force (Luftwaffe) - Criel, France

39 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 35. Failed To Return - 1. Scrubbed - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 2
42-37776 Maggart, Richard L - Over the target four enemy fighters dove through the formation, shooting off a big chunk of this B-17's stabilizer; a shell went through her wing, grazing a gas tank and a mass of controls, but did no damage. When she reached her hardstand, the sub-depot boys had a new stabilizer there by the time the props stopped turning.
42-97188 Summerville, Robert Dana - Failed to Return LGrp 'B'; MIA; e/a; cr Chateaudun, Fr; MACR 5800;
42-97510 Sullivan, James D - #3 engine went out shortly after leaving Primary (which was not attacked) due to e/a; forced to jettison 38x100GP in open field to keep up w formation

source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - Again the 8th Air Force heavy bombers were sent out to attack German occupied airfields in France and Belgium. The 388th furnished three Groups to make up the 45th C Combat Wing. Each Group was assigned different targets.

39 a/c took-off between 0400 and 0433 hours and formations were effected without difficulty. 3 a/c aborted, 1 for mechanical reasons and 2 a/c as scheduled. The Wing followed the briefed course to the targets which were covered by 8/10th clouds. This caused the high and low Groups to make second bomb runs over the target. Bombs were away from the lead Group at 0754 hours from 23,000 feethigh Group at 0832 hours from 23,700 feet and the low Group at 0855 hours from 22,000 feet. Strike photos show that our bombs were dropped on the runways and dispersal areas.

Moderate accurate flak was encountered at the southern defenses of Brussels.

No enemy a/c were seen on this mission.

source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
392nd Bomb Group Mission Reportsource: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Le Bourget was the target for June 14th when the large airdrome near Paris was attacked by 5 boxes of 12 aircraft each from the Group. All five boxes did excellent bombing for one of the most successful demonstrations ever of efficient heavy bomber work. Flak was moderate and very accurate at the target and several enemy aircraft were encountered. These enemy aircraft accounted for the loss of one of the Group's aircraft. All other crews returned safely. source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - Colonel Bowman led 60 B-17's from the 401st to attack the famous Le Bourget airfield which was used as a night fighter base. supply and repair depot, and had large transport facilities. It was an important German Air Force operational base. The 614th put up 14 aircraft of the 60 furnished by the Group. Colonel Bowman led the 1st Division of 502 aircraft on one of the most successful raids of the war. Five Boxes of 12 aircraft each were assigned separate MPI's and everyone was a "shack". Major Hinkle led the High Box with Capt. C.M. Smith as navigator and Lt. H.B. Briarton as bomb- ardier. Moderate, accurate flak was encountered at the target and one fighter attack occurred near the I.P. 2nd Lt. R.H. Schroeder of the 615th Squadron was lost on this mission. Crews: Owens Chapman Lipka Filemyr Bartley Taylor Rozzell.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This mission was a record for the 401st and the 8th Air Force. The 401st furnished 60 aircraft for the mission, the greatest number it was to put up on one mission in its history. The 8th A.F. put up 1,525 four-engined bombers and 908 fighters, another record. The targets were a mixture of airfields, supply depots and oil refineries. The 60 401st crews were briefed at 0115 hrs and the two Wings were airborne by 0517 hrs and on their way to Paris where their primary target was the airfield where Lindbergh had landed after crossing the Atlantic.

One of the most successful missions attained by a bomb group was the unanimous opinion of the Le Bourget mission, by the 401st. So much so that the Divisional Commander, Major General R.B. Williams wrote a special letter of commendation addressed to the five Lead Bombardiers on the mission. The 615th Bomb Squadron bombardiers, Lt. W.W. Dolan and Lt. R.J. Wolfe achieved high praise on behalf of the Squadron. The 401st furnished five Boxes of 12 aircraft each for the 94th "A". Some enemy opposition was encountered particularly from Me-109's, and one of the new crews, that of 2nd Lt. R.E. Schroeder, was lost before the target area. The two Me-109's that caused this loss were immediately bounced upon by a swarm of around 50 8th A.F. fighters and disposed of very quickly. The flak at the target was moderate and accurate. The 615th loading list was as follows: Kalinski, Dempsey, Ochsenhirt, Grinham, Heenan, McIlraith, Post, Trimble, Schroeder (MIA), Mann, Parr, Knight, Lozinski, Neill, Di Siano.

source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - With very excellent results, Chateaudun Airfield, France, was hit by the 44th BG. Capt. Marcoulliers (68th) was Lead Pilot while Capt. Schmidt lead the second section of 12 planes from the 67th. There was no flak on the formation of 36 aircraft and enemy aircraft opposition was nil. All ships returned safely to base at 1015 hours after dropping their loads of 52 x 100 lb GPs. Another mission was set up for the afternoon, another airfield, but was scrubbed after the crews arrived at their planes. Operational tours completed: James H. Stephens (Canada), Henry C. Stewart of Columbus, Tenn., Clement J. Bartash, Newark, N.J. - 2nd Lt. Butler relieved from assignment and assigned to 66th.source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Orleans/Bricy airfield, France

42 planes hit the airfield with good results. A large explosion and fire were reported.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0130 hours and the target was and airfield at Florennes, Belgium, 42 miles south of Brussels near the French border. The planes were loaded with 250 and 500 pound bombs, take off stated at 0410 hours. The weather turned foul resulting in a lower bombing altitude but the weather cleared over the target. Bombing results were rated as "Excellent with landing starting at 0950 hours. source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0230 hours and the target was an oil refinery in Misburg near Hannover. Weapons for the mission were 500 pound GP bombs and take off started at 0405 hours. The bombing altitude of 25,000 feet was attained as the formation reached the Dutch coast. The target was reached after crossing the Zider Zee into Germany and the flak was heavy. Results were unobserved since the Group was using PFF equipment and landing started at 1135 hours. source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
457th Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
467th Bomb Group Mission reportsource: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/
486th Bomb Group Flimsy reportsource: 486th Bomb Group web page http://www.486th.org/
492nd Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 492 Bomb Group Mission Links http://www.492ndbombgroup.com
492nd Bomb Group Mission Linksource: 492 Bomb Group Mission Links http://www.492ndbombgroup.com

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: AT-6D (#41-34655).
Organization: Hq / of Bovindon, Hertfordshire.
Pilot: Wayland, Harry R.
Notes: killed due to structural failure.
Location: RAF Church Lawford/ 3mi England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-38037).
Organization: 364BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Johansen, Robert J.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: L-4B (#43-711).
Organization: 381SerS / 7PRG of Mount Farm, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: Elston, Allan V.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Mount Farm, Oxfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-75541).
Organization: Hq / of Bovindon, Hertfordshire.
Pilot: Lamb, Robert A.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Bovindon, Hertfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B7 (#43-6815).
Organization: 310FRS / 27FRG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Canning, John J.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Mission "8th AF 412"
Airfields in France and the low countries; supply sites in France
June 14, 1944

Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
 
Aircraft
Sent
Aircraft
Effective
Bomb TonnageEnemy
Aircraft
X-P-D
Enemy
Aircraft
(on gnd)
X-P-D
USAAF
Aircraft
X-E-D
USAAF
Personnel
KIA-WIA-MIA
Notes
152513572922.30-0-00-0-014-4-30116-16-102457BG aircraft ditches sea
94BG aircraft crashes base
96BG aircraft crashes base
493BG aircraft crashes Melton
34BG aircraft crash-lands Manston
Mission Targets

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PARIS, FRANCE - Le Bourget - Airfield134 A/Cphotos (2) documents (0)
COULOMMIERS, FRANCE - - Airfield24 A/C
CREIL, FRANCE - - Airfield25 A/C
BRETIGNY, FRANCE - - Airfield69 A/C
MELUN, FRANCE - Villaroche - Airfield50 A/Cphotos (2) documents (0)
CREIL, FRANCE - - Airfield60 A/C
ETAMPES, FRANCE - Mondesir - Airfield69 A/Cphotos (1) documents (0)
CHATEAUDUN, FRANCE - - Airfield103 A/Cphotos (2) documents (0)
ORLEANS, FRANCE - Bricy - Airfield97 A/Cphotos (3) documents (0)
EMMERICH, GERMANY - Deutsche Gasolin A. G. - Industryoil refinery61 A/Cphotos (1) documents (0)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - - Airfield63 A/C
BEAUVAIS, FRANCE - Tille - Airfield50 A/Cphotos (1) documents (0)
DOMLEGER, FRANCE - - V-weapons site44 A/C
FURNES, BELGIUM - Coxyde - Airfield7 A/C
LILLE, FRANCE - Vendeville - Airfield52 A/Cphotos (1) documents (0)
DENAIN, FRANCE - Prouvy - Airfield12 A/C
LAON, FRANCE - Athies - Airfield39 A/Cphotos (1) documents (0)
CHIEVRES, BELGIUM - - Airfield70 A/C
ST. TROND, BELGIUM - Brustrem - Airfield35 A/Cphotos (2) documents (0)
FLORENNES, BELGIUM - Juzaine - Airfield95 A/Cphotos (2) documents (0)
BEAUVECHAIN, BELGIUM - Le Culot - Airfield52 A/C
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - Mielsbroek - Airfield61 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMB DIVISION
303BG
305BG
306BG
351BG
379BG
381BG
384BG
401BG
457BG
92BG
2ND BOMB DIVISION
44BG
93BG
389BG
392BG
446BG
448BG
453BG
458BG
466BG
467BG
489BG
491BG
492BG
3RD BOMB DIVISION
94BG
100BG
34BG
385BG
388BG
390BG
447BG
452BG
486BG
487BG
490BG
493BG
95BG
96BG
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMB DIVISION
92BG (1 a/c)
351BG (3 a/c)
384BG (1 a/c)
401BG (1 a/c)
457BG (5 a/c)
2ND BOMB DIVISION
3RD BOMB DIVISION
95BG (1 a/c)
493BG (2 a/c)
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)