Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 20: 2 locations are targetted: 1. 23 of 49 B-17s and 12 of 14 B-24s hit the U-boats pens at St Nazaire, France; they claim 6-8-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 9 B-17s and 7 B-24s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 3 WIA. 2. 6 B-24s are dispatched to hit Maupertus Airfield at Cherbourg but abort due to cloud cover. 3. 10 B-17s fly a diversion to covert the missions above.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
303BG Mission Report - Crews Dispatched: 16 (358BS - 5, 359th - 4, 360th - 5, 427th - 2). Length of Mission: 4 hours, 45 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lbs General Purpose Bombing Altitude: 20,000 ft. Sixteen B-17s took off at 0923-0935, following the route as directed to the Redon checkpoint, then in various directions to the Dinan checkpoint, and on to the Dinard checkpoint. Weather appeared favorable with 25-mile visibility, and 5/10 cloud cover. 303rd BG(H) aircraft were part of the sixty-three 8th Air Force aircraft dispatched to bomb the U- Boat Pens. When the 303rd BG (H) crews proceeded to their target, they discovered solid cloud cover. The aircraft returned to Molesworth without dropping their bombs when the lead aircraft was unable to locate the target. Slight flak was encountered en route to and from the target. No enemy aircraft were sighted. More info at 303BG website
source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
44BG Mission Report - On this date the fifth combat mission for the Group was scheduled. Six planes of the 67th and 68th Squadrons took off for the Maupertus Airdrome at Cherbourg. One plane turned back due to mechanical failure and the five proceeded to the target. The target area was completely obscured by clouds and therefore no bombs were dropped - in keeping with the policy of bombing Military Objectives only in occupied countries. General Hodges went along on this mission with the 67th's Major MacDonald.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - In a bombing mission against Submarine facilities of enemy at St. Nazaire, in occupied France, six (6) ships in 323rd Squadron participated. Considerable enemy action was encountered. Direct hits were seen on the target and many fires were started. Our bombing was from an altitude of 19750 feet. T/Sgt. King, in ship #523, was officially credited with destroying one enemy aircraft, FW-190.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Target for this mission was St. Nazaire. Group furnished 20 A/C of which 6 were abortive. The squadron started 3 A/C of which two went over the target - #4545, 1st Lt. Beasley and #4481, 1st Lt. Baird. Target was bombed successfully, each ship attacking at 20,000 ft. with bomb load of 10 x 500 HE. After leaving target, 20 - 30 E/A fighters attacked of which 5 were destroyed, 2 possibles and eight damaged. S/Sgt Ehrhardt of 545, tail gunner, was credited with one FW 190 destroyed. Both ships returned, no casualties.