Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission No. 43: 80 B-17s of the 1st Bombardment Wing are dispatched against the marshaling yard at Amiens, France; 44 bomb the marshaling yard while 31 hit targets of opportunity. A total of 223.5 tons of bombs are dropped between 1515-1517 hours local. We claim 2 enemy fighters destroyed and 2 damaged; 11 B-17s are damaged and 6 men WIA. Sixteen B-24s of the 2d Bombardment Wing fly a diversion without loss.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
Twenty Group aircraft took off, led by Group Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Charles Marion, to bomb the primary target at Amiens. The secondary target was Abbeville and no last resort target was given.
One aircraft aborted.
Bombing results were reported as poor, due to an 8/10 cloud cover, haze, intense vapor trails and poor visibility. Slight to moderate black flak, mostly accurate, was observed from south of La Treport and the French coast. Spitfires escorted the Fortresses all the way over the target and back to England. FW-190s were scarce and not more than ten were observed by our crews. The Spitfires kept these at bay and very few rounds of ammunition were fired at the German planes. Crews made no claims for planes destroyed.
There were no casualties. The eighteen B-17s completing the mission all returned to home base between 1626 and 1640 hours.
source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306th Bomb Group Mission Report MISSION
VIII BC 43
Amiens, France marshaling yards
INFORMATION IN DETAIL
Bombing: Poix: 1509; Amiens 1516; 23000 ft
RESULTS OF BOMBING
Poor; 19 A/C bombed Poix; 1 Amiens; Results not observed because of clouds / haze.
Poor over Channel; bad haze at target
Accurate at Dieppe; Slight and imaccurate at Le Treport
ENCOUNTERS AND CLAIMS
Approx 12 E/A seen; 1 head-on attack low with Spitfire on tail
2 B-17s observed turning back before target. 1 seen to jettison bombs. From Group ahead
Spitfire shot down just before target - flak
Spitfire cover good
Casey had 2 bombs not release
Smiley reported guns froze; 1000 ft per minute let down too damn fast.
Maliszewski saw 1 FW190 shot down before target
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
44BG Mission Report - Today was a repeat of yesterday with the same number of aircraft and the same diversionary area of the Dutch coast. Lt. Cameron and Major Moore piloted our planest along with Capt Warne.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Amiens, France railroad yards was target at 1450 (') hours with 6 x 1000 G.P. bombs. 91st sent 19 A/C of which 5 were from 322nd. Capt. Robert B. Campbell #497, Capt. Bruce D. Barton #139, Capt. Kenneth K. Wallick #178, Lt. James D. Baird#481, Lt. Wm. D. Beasley #545. No flack except over Dieppe where we should not have been. Navigation of Wing was poor as was bombing. No losses of ships or of personnel. No E/A encountered.