Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 435: at midday 110 of 134 B-17s and 102 of 106 B-24s attack 12 CROSSBOW (V-weapon) installations, damaging at least 6 of them; 3 B-17s and 2 B-24s are damaged. Fighter support is furnished by 4 P-51 groups (141 of 161 aircraft) all of which afterward strafe transportation targets in the Paris area, destroying 3 locomotives, 100 pieces of rolling stock, and 14 motor vehicles; An exploding ammunition train causes a low-flying P-51 to crash, the only aircraft lost on the mission (pilot is MIA).
Mission 436: During the late afternoon, 109 B-17s are dispatched to Nanteuil; 13 hit the primary and 2 hit targets of opportunity; the rest abort due to heavy cloud cover; 1 B-17 is lost and 2 are damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 10 MIA. Of 219 B-24s dispatched to airfields in France, 113 hit Juvincourt, 46 hit Laon/Athies, 23 hit Coulommiers and 1 hits Soissons; 6 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 81 are damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 3 WIA and 58 MIA. Escort is provided by 155 P-47s and 83 P-51s; afterwards part of a P-47 group bombs and strafes a marshaling yard while the remainder of the group bombs and strafes a train carrying trucks and armored cars, destroying the locomotive, 3 trucks, and an armored car, and damaging 20 freight 169 of 195 P-38s fly flighter-bomber missions in the Paris area; 2 P-38s are lost (pilots are MIA).
21 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER mission during the night.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
34th BG Mission Report - Mission #21 Coulommiers. Command Pilot: BROPHY. 12 planes dispatched and 11aircraft dropped 27.1 tons on this airfield through 7/10 to 9/10 cloud. Score: poor.
source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
351BG Mission Report - 25 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
388BG Mission Report - The 45th Combat Wing was composed of two 12 plane Groups. The 388th lead and the low Group was a/c from the 96th and 452nd Bomb Groups.
Our 12 a/c were airborne and all but one proceeded to the target on the briefed course. The one abortion was because the Navigator became ill.
Cloud coverage at the target was 6/10th and four runs were made before the bombs were dropped. Bombs were away at 2020 hours from 20,900 feet from our a/c. Two additional runs were made for the Composite Group but they did not bomb. Strike photos on our bombs show a pattern all around the bridge but it does not appear that the target was destroyed.
No flak or fighters were seen. All of our a/c returned to base safely.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Mission No. 98 was a return to the Rocket Coast at Fienvilliers on the 23rd June. The Group furnished the Lead Box for the v/ing "A" Force and the Lead Squadron for a composite box. 10/10th clouds were encountered in the target area and bombing was by GH method with no results observed. Flak of meager amount and mostly inaccurate was encountered in the target area and damage was slight.
source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This was an attack on the NOBALL targets in the Pas de Calais area with 26 aircraft flying as the Lead Box of the 94th CBW and the Lead Squadron of the Low Box. Major D.E. Silver was Air Commander of the Group. Bombing was carried out by the Gee-H method with no results observed. The only opposition was some meager but inaccurate flak. Crews: Lerwick, Taylor, Kovach, Koons.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - Just after midnight the two Gee-H aircraft that were to lead the day's mission landed from Grafton Underwood. They were Serial No.'s 125 and 824. 26 crews were briefed at 0730 hrs and all were airborne by 1047 hrs and on their way to the French Rocket Coast. The 401st made up two forces, the 94th "A" CBW attacking a V-1 site and the Composite Force attacking a V-1 supply depot, both by means of Gee-H navigational methods. Although the targets were both covered by 10/10th's cloud the Gee-E navigators were of the opinion that they had hit the target. No enemy aircraft were encountered, but some meagre and inaccurate flak over the target was encountered. The mission leader was Major Silver. The 615th crews flying the mission were: Heenan, McIlraith, Gillespie, W.J. Mann, Neill, Knoze.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Laon/Anthies A/F. France was the target for 23rd with the bomb results being from very excellent to fair. Flak over the target was very accurate and quite heavy on the 68th Squadron's ships. Two runs were made on the target in order to get the correct sighting and the 68th planes suffered two category "AC" and five "A". Eight of the 67th planes bombed and returned at 2215 hours. A/C #820 was flown by the 68th Squadron. Lt. A. Jones adds: "At 1330 we were called to briefing Ship a B-24H, a bomb load of 52 x 100 lb GPs, and duration of 6-1/2 hours. Saw one ship crash, hit by flak; two others were shot down with 5 chutes seen"
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 1300 hours and the planes were loaded with GP bombs with take off starting at 1616 hours. The assigned bombing altitude was 20,000 feet but both the primary and secondary targets were cloud covered. The planes returned with their bombs and landing started at 2200 hours.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
source: 492 Bomb Group Mission Links http://www.492ndbombgroup.com
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Fleury: Six Aircraft and crews were dispatched on this mission. BOMBING RESULTS: None dropped as G. R. Equipment went out and 10/10cloud coverage visual bombing impossible.ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None.FIGHTER SUPPORT: Some P-51s in area.FLAK: About 30 bursts came up while bomb bay doors were open. Continuous, Following, some fairly close. Abortive sortie.