Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 379: 993 bombers and 673 fighters are dispatched to attack aircraft plants and oil installations in Germany and Poland; they claim 117-38-49 Luftwaffe aircraft; 34 bombers and 10 fighters are lost:
1. 443 B-24s are dispatched to hit an oil terminal at Politz (224 bomb) and airfield and aircraft assembly plant at Tutow (167 bomb); 14 hit Rensburg Airfield, 9 hit Misdroy and 1 hits Schwerin; they claim 29-15-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 17 B-24s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 150 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 10 WIA and 161 MIA.
2. 251 B-17s are dispatched to hit aviation industry targets at Leipzig/Mockau (149 bomb) and Leipzig/Heiterblick (50 bomb); 4 others hit targets of opportunity; they claim 11-4-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 9 B-17s are lost and 80 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 90 MIA.
3. 299 B-17s are dispatched to hit aviation industry targets at Krzesinki (91 bomb) and Posen (58 bomb), Poland and Sorau (52 bomb) and Cottbus (48 bomb), Germany; 19 others hit Schneidemuhl Airfield and 2 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 22-18-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; 8 B-17s are lost and 97 damaged; 5 airmen are WIA and 67 MIA.
Escort is provided by 184 P-38s, 187 P-47s and 302 P-51s; the P-38s claim none and none are lost; the P-47s claim 1-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 4 P-47s (3 pilots are MIA) and 3 damaged; the P-52s claim 38-1-4 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 16-0-15 on the ground with the loss of 6 P-51s (5 pilots are MIA) and 6 damaged. 592 Ninth Air Force fighters also support the mission; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft and lose 2 fighters.
23 B-24s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions; 1 is lost.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
Carpetbagger Casualty Report Richard V Thiriot , ASN# 0-743217, Co-Pilot; of Salt Lake City, UT: EVR - RTD 8 Sep 1944 - MACR 5294
Paul P Kasza , ASN# 35520266, Radio Operator; of Cleveland, OH: EVR - RTD 11 September 1944
James S Sherwood , ASN# 0-808159, Navigator; of Virginia: EVR - RTD 11 September 1944 - MACR 5294
Ernest B Fitzpatrick Jr, ASN# 0-803801, Pilot; of Belknap Cty, NH: EVR - RTD 15 September 1944 - MACR 5294
Joseph J Lasicki , ASN# 0-632554, Bombardier; of New York, NY: EVR - RTD 15 September 1944 - MACR 5294
Cornell De Grothy , ASN# 0-687999, Navigator; of IL: POW - Interned Stalag Luft 1, Barth-Vogelsang, Prussia - MACR 5294
James E Williams , ASN# 34086363, Dispatcher; of Athens, GA: POW - MACR 5294 - Interned Stalag Luft IV
William E Schack , ASN# 15300227, Tail Gunner; of Lakewood, OH: POW - Interned Stalag Luft IV - MACR 5294
source: The Carpetbaggers http://www.801492.org/
303BG Mission Report - Target: FW-190 Aircraft Factory at Posen, Poland. Crews Dispatched: 35 (358BS - 8, 359th - 9, 360th - 9, 427th - 9). Length of Mission: 9 hours, 55 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb G.P. bombs Bombing Altitude: 22,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 6,165 rounds.
Thirty-five aircraft took off to bomb the Focke-Wulf aircraft factory at Posen, Poland. The secondary target was the experimental station at Peenemunde.
The climax of the ten-hour mission was the satisfaction of the bombardiers as they watched 330 500-lb. M43 and 20 500-lb. RDX bombs hit the target area. They enjoyed a ten-minute bomb run and saw clouds of smoke and fire rise from the bomb blasts. Bombs were dropped from 22,000 and 21,000 feet. Weather was "CAVU.
Anti-aircraft fire was mostly avoided on the mission due to the excellent navigation by Captain Hobart H. Steely, Jr. A few bursts inflicted minor damage on ships of the second Group. One brief exchange of fire with a force of six or seven ME-109s spoiled an otherwise eventless day for the Fortress crews. These German fighters were trying to simulate P-51s, which were escorting the bombers. They came in quite close to the formation before Group gunners penetrated their disguise and poured a curtain of fire at them. They scattered and fled after firing a few rounds. Several B-17s sustained only slight damage.
40 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 37. Failed To Return - 1. Aborted - 2 42-3441 Inman, Loren A - Aborted at 0944 hrs; oil pressure line broke and engine caught fire - had to be feathered; BL ret. L Grp 'B' 42-97573 Moore, Mark (NMI) - Failed to Return - MIA; flak, cr Stralsund/NW of Peenemunde; MACR 5318 42-102620 Fitzgerald, Thomas H - turned back at a point 15 miles NE of field due to oil leaking from cooler of #2 engine. 42-107121 Ungerman, Kenneth A - Landed away Oulton due to fuel leak betw. #1 and #2 engines after bombing target
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - For this mission, the 388th put up 19 a/c plus 2 PFF a/c for the lead Group and 7 a/c for the high squadron of the 452nd formation. The 452nd Bomb Group flew as high Group while the 96th Bomb Group flew as low Group. 4 a/c of the lead Group aborted for mechanical reasons and 1 a/c for the 452nd high squadron aborted when he could not catch the formation.
Formations were effected without difficulty in visual weather. The Wing departed the English Coast at Great Yarmouth at 1001 hours at 16,000 feet. The enemy Coast was crossed at 1034 hours at 20,000 feet.
Shortly after leaving the IP it was necessary for the Group leader to start a second bomb run on the target because of the smoke screen laid down by the enemy. Bombing was being done by Groups. However, the other two Groups bombed on the first bomb run. The lead Group was a few minutes late at the rally point but soon got into Combat Wing formation.
Flak over the target was moderate and inaccurate. A formation of enemy a/c was sighted in the target area but did not attack any Wing in sight.
Lt. Callahan in a/c 42-102946, was lagging behind the formation at the IP and was hit by fighters on the bomb run. Just after he dropped his bombs while under fighter attack, the a/c caught fire between #3 and #4 engines. Right after the crew bailed out the plane blew-up.
Friendly fighter escort was generally good.
The remaining 22 a/c returned to base at 1600 hours. 1944-05-30
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - Sorau, Germany, the site of Focke-Wolfe assembly plants was the target on Hay 29th. The 613th Squadron had no crews participating in this operation. Enemy opposition consisted of between 25 and 40 enemy aircraft. A few individual passes were made at our formation but that situation was quickly remedied by the fighter support. Flak to and from the target was described as being generally meager and fairly accurate. All aircraft returned from this operation.
source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The 8th Air Force went out to visually attack aircraft plants and oil installations on the 29th May, and some Groups, like the 401st, had to fly as far as the Polish border to find their target. The briefing was at 0530 hrs but the Luftwaffe paid Deenethorpe a call some hours earlier, the Air Raid Siren going off at 0300 hrs. The 401st put up 21 aircraft with Major R.J. White as the Air Commander. The formation crossed the enemy coast at Holland and headed for Big B, and just west of it turned southwest and began to let down to 15,000 feet - there was not enough oxygen to stay at altitude. After the lost of 7 ships the day before the crews were probably a bit edgy but things went very smoothy. The fighters escorting them came in on time and the formation made all their rendezvous points on time. They had been fired on only once just south of Bremen, and the formation was good. The I.P. came up and the Bomb bay doors were opened and the Lead Bombardier, Lt. Bill Dolan, easily pickup his MPI and synchronized on it. At the right time he hit the salvo handle and the formation dropped their bombs on the MPI. The reform went smoothly after "bombs away" and they headed north toward the Baltic and home. On the way home Lt. Dolan watched a new fighter pilot, 2nd Lt. Spencer, shoot down four Me-410's in 45 seconds in what he reported as the most remarkable piece of shooting and flying he had ever seen. It turned out to be Lt. Spencer's first mission and first kills, and he was royally entertained at Deenethorpe so that the 401st could express their gratitude and congratulations. The 615th loading list was as follows: Mann, Dempsey (with Major R.J. White), Trimble, Christensen, Parr, Lozinski, Di Siano.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Capt. Aldridge, 67th, was selected to lead the Group again today on another deep penetration into Germany, but had to turn back when the #1 engine propeller ran away, the oil pressure dropped to 30 pounds, so had to feather the engine and return to base. The remaining seven 67th ships, along with 20 other 44th aircraft reached the target and bombed. Take-off was at 0800 and return was at 1600 hours. The target was an oil plant at Politz, Germany, bomb loading was 10 x 500 lb GPs, and results were fair, to good. On the bomb run the Group experienced some very determined attacks by the enemy FW 190s. Approximately fifty enemy aircraft made attacks and as a result, nine of them were destroyed, two probables, and two damaged. The gunners of the 44th did themselves proud, S/Sgt. Haynes F. Elliott, flying as tail gunner on A/C #087 was credited with the destruction of a JU 88. In addition two gunners of the 68th were credited with two destroyed. There was flak encountered over the target in a moderate heavy barrage-type, but fairly inaccurate. One ship each was lost to these attacks one by the 68th and one by the 506th. The 68th was A/C #42-73500 F piloted by 1st Lt. F.L. Foy who took his plane to Sweden after the E/A had knocked out two engines and damaged a wing, and was low on fuel, and all men safe. 506th A/C #42-63962 X Princess piloted by 1st Lt. Ralph Golubock and landed at Bulltofta, Sweden 8 men returned to duty in November 1944, one man POW and one man (engineer) remained. S/Sgt. William F. Carnell, 67th, was aboard Lt. Foy's ship. Sgt. Kipnes again adds: "Bombing altitude was 20,000 feet. We saw every type of known fighter plane that Germany has Me-'109s, FW 190s, JU 88s, Me 210 and Me 410. Our fighter support was very poor. Enemy fighters were able to attack, then reform and attack again. Finally a few P-47s came to our aid. JU 88s were coming in low from 6 o'clock - they seemed to know that we have removed our ball turrets! Our Group lost two planes and a radio operator was wounded, along with an engineer (68th's S/Sgt. C.E. Williams) who was killed in another ship. This was my "DFC" mission - it was some rough mission". 506th's 42-50328 0 crash landed, repaired. M/Sgt. George Baccash was selected as the enlisted man of the week (67th Sq.) for his crew having set a record for the fastest engine change ever accomplished on this base. Sgt. Baccash is the second man to be recognized from this squadron this month. Congratulations are in order for Sgt. Baccash and his crew of Lundy, Stoddard, Fusco and Bailey. One new crew assigned and joined.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Pilot 1st Lt Ralph Golubock
Co Pilot 1st Lt Charles R. Conner
Navigator 2nd Lt Harold R. Chambers
Bombardier 1st Lt William D. Fitzsimons
Engineer Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt Walter E. Dunlop
Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt William J. Greenlee Jr.
Radio operator T/Sgt John C. Neely
Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt Jack L. Killian
Rear hatch Gunner S/Sgt George N. Smith
Tail Turret S/Sgt Stephen Z. Jones
Radar Observer S/Sgt Eugene H. Hawley
Aircraft B-24J #42-73500 Shack Happy: Landed at Save, Sweden.
Pilot 1st Lt Frank L. Foy
Copilot 2nd Lt Robert A. Brown
Navigator 1st Lt Samuel L. Berkowitz
Bombardier 1st Lt Ellsworth P. Rowinski
Engineer gunner S/Sgt Ziggie L. Kozlosky
Radio operator T/Sgt Oscar B. Underwood
Right waist gunner S/Sgt Kenneth M. Fick
Tail gunner S/Sgt Dean H. Spurgeon
Left waist gunner S/Sgt Phillip J. Fanning
Radar observer S/Sgt William F. Carnell
source: Army Air Forces Online Forum http://forum.armyairforces.com/
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Tutow
The third mission to this airfield was successful, as good results were reported by the 28 planes involved.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0530 hours and the target was a Bf-109 (Me-109) aircraft plant in Liepzig. The planes were loaded with 500 pound GP bombs and take off started at 0800 hours. As the formation crossed the Dutch coast they were at their bombing altitude of 25,000 feet. At the target the flak was very accurate and heavy. Lt. B. Moran of the 710th Squadron was shot down. The return trip was uneventful and landing started at 1530 hours.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
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91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - A target in Poland, Posen, was attacked by our bombers on the 29th. The mission was not considered successful. However, all our ships completed it and returned safely to base. Success of a mission, chiefly hinges on whether or not the target was hit. There are so many factors entering in to prevent accurate bombing that it is difficult to ascertain the reasons for failure, but the main one on today's mission was unfavorable weather conditions.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - The target assigned to this group was the Focke Wolfe A/C Component Factory at Posen, about 150 miles west of Berlin . 7 A/C and crews were supplied by our Squadron for this mission. BOMBING RESULTS: Main concentration of bombs fell over and to the right of assigned MPI with several large explosions and much fire and smoke seen in target area. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 4 to 6 Me 109's attempted to attack our group in the vicinity of Fohmorn. They started a pass from 11 o'clock high, but due to P-51 interception , it was never completed. FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good general cover, see above. FLAK: AA fire observed from vicinities of Dummer Lake and Bassum, At the target, flak was meager and accurate. CASUALTIES: 10 officers and men Missing in Action from aircraft 076. Aircraft 076 was last seen with # 4 engine smoking after dropping bombs on the target. It is believed this crew went to Sweden.