Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 449: 323 bombers (78 B-17s and 245 B-24s) and 166 P-51s are dispatched to bomb 14 V-weapon sites in N France but are recalled because of clouds; the recall messages by mistake are not sent to 3 squadrons; 2 of these abort on a decision of the squadron leaders; the other continues on the mission and 9 B-24s bomb a V-weapon site at Mont Louis Ferme; 1 B-24 is lost and 10 are damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 9 MIA; 124 P-51s, relieved of escort duty by the recall of the bombers, claim 5-0-5 Luftwaffe aircraft, 1 P-51 is lost.
82 fighters of a force of 97 P-38s, 169 P-47s and 99 P-51s attack rail and road targets in N France; they claim 3-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost and 2 damaged beyond repair; 2 pilots are KIA and 2 MIA.
18 B-24s participate in CARPETBAGGER missions in France.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - After a week of bad weather missions recommenced again on July 4th -- Independence Day. The target was a large bridge spanning the Loire river in France and Major Leon Stann was the Group Air Commander leading 26 401st aircraft. The cloud cover was 8/10's to 9/10's and the formation made two runs over the target in an attempt to locate it visually. When this failed Major Stann searched for a target of opportunity but without any success so all aircraft returned to Deenethorpe with their bombs. The mission marked the start of a new innovation when one of the waist gunners was dropped from the crew. This was a general order from 8th Air Force H.Q. so there were no arguments, although some crews stated they would prefer the extra gunner on the longer missions into Germany where enemy fighters were more likely to be encountered. The second run over the target brought some meager but inaccurate flak and a few aircraft received battle damage. Crews: Lincoln Risher Fisette Koons Carroll.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org