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VIII Bomber Command Mission No. 45: 76 B-17s of the 1st Bombardment Wing and 27 B-24s of the 2d Bombardment Wing are dispatched against the submarine yards at Vegesack, Germany; 73 B-17s and 24 B-24s drop 268 tons of bombs on the target at 1531-1535 local. Seven U-boat hulls appear severely damaged. This mission marks the first successful combat use of automatic flight control linked with bombsights. Our claims are 52-20-23; we lose 1 B-17 and 1 B-24; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair; 9 B-17s and 14 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 16 WIA and 20 MIA.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,