Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission No. 47: 79 B-17s and 24 B-24s are dispatched against the Rouen-Sotteville, France marshaling yard. The B-24s are recalled at 1245 due to bad weather; 70 B-17s drop 209 tons of bombs on the target at 1249-1250 hours. We claim 5-4-1; we lose 1 B-17 and 9 others are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 10 MIA.
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 - Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards, Rouen, France. Crews Dispatched: 18 (358BS - 5, 359th - 4, 360th - 5, 427th - 4). Length of Mission: 4 hours, 10 minutes. Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb H.E. M43 bombs Bombing Altitude: 22,600 ft. Ammo Fired: 16,480 rounds.
Capt. L.E. Lyle led the High squadron in #41-24559, Ooold Soljer. Eighteen Group aircraft attacked the railway marshalling yards at Rouen. There was no secondary or last resort target. There was 5/10 cloud cover over the target with unlimited visibility. Bombing, with 51 tons of 500-lb. H.E. M43 bombs, was reported as good. Hits were seen straddling the yards in the aiming point vicinity. Some bombs burst in fields near the Seine River and some in the Seine River. Pilot Earl A. Shaeffer of Luscious Lady, #42- 5081, brought back his bombs because the bomb bay doors failed to open.
Flak was observed near Fecamp, Bolbec, Duclair and over the target area. It was slight and inaccurate as to height and deflection. Fifteen to thirty enemy aircraft were seen. Attacks were desultory. Spitfire air support was present on both ways of the mission. They engaged in numerous dogfights. There were no encounters with the 303rd BG(H) formation and the Spitfires failed to destroy any enemy aircraft.
There were no casualties or damage on the mission. All aircraft returned by 1445 hours. Capt. Young, 1st Bomb Wing Intelligence Officer, a previous 360th BS(H) S-2 officer, flew on the mission as an observer.
source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306th Bomb Group Mission Report MISSION
VIII BC 47
Rouen-Sotteville marshaling yard
INFORMATION IN DETAIL
Bombing: 1250, 23600 ft
RESULTS OF BOMBING
Excellent; bursts seen to hit directly on locomotive shed
7/10 cloud at target
Very little; white bursts near Rouen
ENCOUNTERS AND CLAIMS
30-40 E/A of FWs and MEs over Channel; attacks from 5 and 7 oclock
1 B-17 from 91st BG seen burning in shoal water 1 mile from French coast on way out near Valerie. Probably hit by fighters
91st BG crowded the hell out of our group.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
44BG Mission Report - Bad weather has kept us grounded for nearly a week, but we managed to put our two remaining aircraft (Moore and Cameron), along with two each from the other three squadrons, up for the briefed target of Rouen Marshalling Yards. However, this mission was recalled at 1245 hours because of heavy cloud formations over France.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Five ships from 323rd squadron piloted by Captains Dwyer, Clancy and Bishop, Lieutenants. Evins, Reynolds and Walker took part in mission o the locomotive works in the marshalling yards at Rouen, France. One hole through the clouds permitted good bombing, although the approach was not as briefed.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Locomotive repair shops, Rouen. Good hits on target and in target area. Engine repair shops hit. Several large explosions observed by our crews. Marshaling yards and gasoline tank hit. Yards appeared to be jammed with freight. Tried a diversion feint by maneuvering in channel and were attacked by E/A on first leg of diversion. Our A/C 537 seen to hit water and explode about one mile north of Fecamp 5 parachutes seen to open over land. Destroyed by fighters.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Pin Point target was hit and several large explosions were seen. Marshalling yard and oil tank were hit. Slight inaccurate along route and at target area. Were particularly vicious in two sustained attacks - the first attack on return leg of diversionary run when they attacked formation from the rear until driven off by Spits. E/A again attacked from coast of France into target area and half way back over the English Channel.