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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

45 P-51s in Italy during an Operation FRANTIC mission are dispatched with Fifteenth Air Force aircraft to escort a troop carrier evacuation mission.

Mission 537: 175 B-24 and 249 fighters are dispatched against fuel dumps and bridges SE of Paris; 38 hit Clamecy Bridge, 31 hit Joigny, 31 hit Pacy-sur-Armencon, 26 hit Sens, 23 hit St Florentin and 13 hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 19 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 1 MIA. Escort is provided by 238 of 249 P-51s; they claim 8-0-0 aircraft; 3 P-51s are lost.

Mission 538: 138 fighters are dispatched to hit rail targets in C and E France; 5 fighters are lost.

Mission 539: 1 of 1 B-17s drops leaflets on Brest, France.

Mission 540: 4 of 4 B-17s drop leaflets in France and Norway during the night.

583 fighters are dispatched to hit rail targets in France; they claim 19-0-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-38s and 4 P-51s are lost.

In England, the 788th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 467th Bombardment Group (Heavy), moves from Harrington to Rackheath with B-24s; and the 856th, 857th, 858th and 859th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 492d Bombardment Group (Heavy) move from North Pickenham to Harrington with B-24s (the squadrons fly CARPETBAGGER missions until Apr 45).

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

Mission Reports

Notes: 96 of 120 containers; 56 of 71 packages; 28 of 29 leaflet bundles; 4 of 4 agents; 80 crew; 2 passengers
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #56 Sens. Command Pilot: CRABTREE. This mission was to the Sens oil depot, railway bridge and other targets. 26 planes were dispatched and all 26 bombed the primary target, dropping 75 tons. 26 Credit Sorties. Score: good. source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The primary target on this mission was the large aircraft engine factory on the outskirts of Stuttgart - Haguenau, the secondary being an airfield in the same area. The bad weather encountered made it necessary for the Wing to attack the secondary operational airdrome. The 401st Furnished three Boxes of twelve aircraft plus two spares, making up the 94th "B" CBW, the Air Commander being Major Maupin of the 612th Squadron. Results were classed as only fair. There was very little flak and no enemy aircraft were encountered. The 1st Air Division put up 381 aircraft on this mission with no losses and only twenty aircraft receiving battle damage. Crews: 42-32012 Gruman, 42-39780 Hayes, 42-31863 Brown Jr., 42-107151 Silverstein, 42-102659 Kovach, 42-107084 Finney, 42-97145 Evans, 42-97602 Koons, 42-97478 Filemyr.source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report
Joigny/Laroche, France

A railroad bridge was hit and, by accident, another was hit as well. Stray bombs also landed on the marshalling yards and barges.

source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com

Non-Combat Accident Reports

Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97270).
Organization: 527BS / 379BG of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Thomas, Stuart J Jr.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97298).
Organization: 358BS / 303BG of Molesworth, Huntingdonshire.
Pilot: Litman, Arnold S.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Molesworth, Huntingdonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: B-17G (#43-38052).
Organization: 366BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
Pilot: Chambers, Porter F.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Chelveston, Northamptonshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-26635).
Organization: 82FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: Richards, Hayden E.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-76512).
Organization: 83FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-12171W).
Organization: 555FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Anderson, Russell J.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-12417W).
Organization: 555FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: Ashcraft, Bradford N.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51C10 (#42-103797).
Organization: 369FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Bearden, Lawrence A.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Garboldsham England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Mission "Carpetbagger August 10/11, 1944"
Carpetbagger mission
August 10, 1944

Notes: 96 of 120 containers; 56 of 71 packages; 28 of 29 leaflet bundles; 4 of 4 agents; 80 crew; 2 passengers

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
1080.00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
Mission Targets

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BOB, FRANCE - BOB 192 - Carpetbagger2 A/C
DONKEYMAN FRANCE - DONKEYMAN 86 - Carpetbagger1 A/C
HUGH, FRANCE - HUGH 2C - Carpetbagger3 A/C
JOHN FRANCE - JOHN 133 - Carpetbagger2 A/C
LICENSEE FRANCE - LICENSEE 1 - Carpetbagger2 A/C
Aircraft Groups

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1ST BOMB DIVISION
2ND BOMB DIVISION
3RD BOMB DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)
801st Bombardment Group (Provisional)
Aircraft Losses

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1ST BOMB DIVISION
2ND BOMB DIVISION
3RD BOMB DIVISION
OTHER (IX AF, HQ, etc)