Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 498: 26 B-17s are dispatched to hit coastal batteries at Ostend and Cap Gris Nez/Calais area but weather prevented bombing. In Belgium, of 120 B-24s, 34 hit a Luftwaffe communication center at Brussels/Vilvorde, 20 hit a coastal battery at Gravelines, 11 hit oil installations and industrial plants at Ghent and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 32 damaged. Escort is provided by 154 P-38s, P-47s and P-51; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).
Mission 499: 193 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s fly fighter-bomber mission against rail traffic S of Rouen and Amiens; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft on the ground; 2 P-38s and 1 P-51 are lost (pilots are MIA); 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair and 2 P-47s are damaged.
Mission 500: 7 of 7 B-17s drop leaflets in the Netherlands and France 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 #43 Wissant. Command Pilot: YOUNG. 12 planes were dispatched and 2 aborted. The remaining 10 planes failed to bomb. 10 Credit Sorties.
B-24H 42-94930 E/O Kisco Kid was hit by flak on the bomb run causing considerable damage to the fuselage and wings. Right after bombs away, another flak burst cut the rudder control cables and damaged #1 engine. The pilot headed directly for England but kept bearing left due to #1 engine being out. As the ship came over the Southern tip of England, still bearing left toward the open sea, the crew was ordered to bail out, the pilot and navigator being the last ones out. The plane exploded just before hitting the ground at West Malling. With 7BS. Pilot: Holmes. Unnumbered Missing Air Crew Report. All but two crewmembers were wounded or injured and four were seriously wounded but the four are not identified.
source: 34th Bomb Group Mission List compiled by Gary L. Ferrell http://valortovictory.tripod.com
source: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0130 hours. The target was the coastal batteries at Ostend on the south Belgian coast. Take off started at 0409 hours. As the Group approached the Belgian coast they found the target cloud covered. The Group returned with their bombs and landing started at 0831 hours.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-102533). Organization: 568BS / 390BG of Framlingham, Suffolk. Pilot: Hibbard, Paul R. Notes: taxiing accident. Location: Framlingham, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/