Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 39: 71 B-17s of the 1st Bombardment Wing are dispatched against the marshaling yard at Hamm, Germany; 16 drop 40 tons of bombs on the target at 1043 hours; we claim 13 enemy aircraft destroyed, 3 probably destroyed and 4 damaged. We lose 4 B-17s and 9 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 7 WIA and 33 MIA. Another 28 B-17s hit the shipyards at Rotterdam, The Netherlands dropping 70 tons between 1020 and 1021 hours. We claim 3 enemy aircraft destroyed; we lose 1 B-17 while 15 others are damaged; casualties are 9 MIA. This is the first Eighth Air Force attack on a Ruhr industrial target. To divert the enemy, 14 B-24s of the 2d Bombardment Wing fly a diversion without a loss.
The Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4th Fighter Group fly 26 uneventful sorties, 24 on fighter patrols and 2 on offensive patrols over the Ostend/Dunkirk, France area.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
Capt. Barrett and 1Lts. Von Schmidt and Robinson held briefing at 0500 hours. The primary target was Hamm, Germany; the secondary, Osnabruck; and the last resort, Rotterdam. The 303rd had eighteen aircraft off the ground on schedule at 0755 hours. Assembly and rendezvous were made on time and according to schedule. Two aircraft aborted. The remaining sixteen aircraft proceeded on course until crossing the Dutch coast. At that time it was apparent that weather and heavy clouds would prevent an attack on the Primary target, Hamm, and the Group turned to Rotterdam, the last resort target. Rotterdam was bombed under fairly good conditions with about 4/10 cloud cover, slight haze and good visibility. Forty tons of 1000 lb. H.E. M44 bombs were dropped from 21,500 feet. Black and red flak were encountered along the Dutch coast and other points with intensity ranging from slight to moderate. It was both accurate and inaccurate.
In no case were more than fifteen enemy aircraft reported. Most of them kept a safe distance from our aircraft, and only two weak attacks were reported. Enemy aircraft were one ME-109 and the balance FW-190s. Fifteen to twenty enemy merchant vessels and cruisers were sighted about ten miles off Rotterdam at 1025 hours. The cruisers fired at the Group formation, but only slight damage was reported. There was no fighter support. Aircraft returned to Molesworth between 1130 and 1151 hours with no casualties.
source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306th Bomb Group Mission Report MISSION
VIII BC 39
Hamm, Germany marshaling yard
INFORMATION IN DETAIL
1 A/C did not return
RESULTS OF BOMBING
Did not bomb
Hazy at T/O, by German Coast completely overcast
ENCOUNTERS AND CLAIMS
8 E/A around Texel. FW190 set fire to Friend B-17. 7 chutes seen.
E/A sneaked in under vapor trails to make attacks
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
44BG Mission Report - Nine aircraft took off today on a diversion for a Fortress attack on Hamm, Germany. Three of planes were 67th's. The diversion was to the Frisian Islands along the coast of Holland. The flight was uneventful and no enemy action was encountered.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
91st BG Crash Report - Leading aicraft was B-17F 42-5139 "Chief Sly II" of Major Paul Fishburne, 322th BS.
Four crashed aircraft 91th BG.
41-24549 Stupen Taket,Capt.Martin McCarty,10 km West of Island Vlieland,Holland
42-5370,1/Lt.Harold H.Henderson,10km East Den Helder,Holland
41-24512 Rose ODay,1/Lt.Ralph Felton,De Mok,Texel Island,Holland
41-24464 Excalibur,1/Lt.Allen Brill,Northsea,60km West of Texel Island,Holland
source: Army Air Forces Online Forum http://forum.armyairforces.com/
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Four ships of 323rd squadron, piloted by Capt. Clancy, Capt. McCarty, Lt. Giauque and Lt. Birdsong participated in bombing against enemy marshaling yards at Hamm, Germany. A.A. fire heavy. Sixty-five enemy fighters encountered. After a furious battle, we shot down four of them. Lt. Fisher accounted for a Me 109, T/Sgt. Remmell for a Me 110, and S/Sgts, Streets and Perri shot down one FW190 each. Our ship No. 549 and entire crew missing, believed shot down by enemy fighters. The following personnel is missing: Pilot, Capt. McCarty, Copilot, Lt. Hill, Nav., Lt. B. M. Bennett, Bombardier, Lt. Bell, Engineer, T/Sgt, McCormack, Assistant Engineer, Sgt. Cardin, Radio Op., T/Sgt. Dunnavanti, Assistant Radio Op., S/Sgt. Engle, Tail Gunner, S/Sgt. Trent, and Utility Gunner, Sgt. Pereira. T/Sgt. Corrigan who was flying with the 324th Squadron that day was missing in action. Ship No.077
seriously damaged. Lt. Wiley, seriously wounded. Lt. Birdsong, Lt. Miller, S/Sgt. Kusowski and T/Sgt. Corl were also wounded. The 91st group was the only group over the target and the bombing was perfect.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - The 1st Bomb Wing was ordered to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm, Germany. The 91st sent 17 A/C led by Maj. Paul L. Fishburne and 322nd Squadron with Capt. Bruce D. Barton #139, Lt. Ralph Felton #512, Lt. James Douglas Baird #481, Lt. William D. Beasley #990. 303rd, 305th and 306th groups aborted and 91st attacked ED as ordered. 75 E. A. made numerous skilled and vigorous attacks. Takeoff was at 0810 hours, and the target was accurately bombed at 1045 with 5 x 1060 of G.P. bombs.Group lost 4 A/C - Lt. Brill #549, Lt. Henderson#684, of the 324th Squadron, and Lt. Ralph Felton #512 of 322nd.Capt. Martin McCarty #549 of the 323rd Squadron.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Famous attack on Hamm marshaling yards by 91st all alone after other groups had turned back. - Missing: Lt. Henderson and crew, on his first mission as a first pilot. Lt. Brill ditched: 7 of crew picked up in North Sea after Lt. Brill, Lt. Lowry and Sgt. Morgan drowned.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - The best yet. Target smashed. Slight inaccurate heavy flak at target. Moderate to intense flak was experienced along the route over Germany. 80 E/A hit the group from coast carried into target area and back out to coast. This was because the 91st was the only Group to go into the target the others having returned to their bases because of weather conditions.