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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission No. 48: 78 B-17s and 24 B-24s are dispatched against the shipyards and dock area at Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The target is clouded and only 33 B-17s drop 99 tons of bombs at 1225 hours; we claim 1-1-2; we lose 3 B-17s and 1 B-24 plus 3 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 4 B-17s and 1 B-24 are damaged; casualties are 16 KIA, 10 WIA and 10 MIA.

The air echelons of the 414th and 415th Night Fighter Squadrons, AAF School of Applied Tactics arrive in England from the U.S.; the ground echelons are enroute to Algeria. Both squadrons will train with Beaufighters before moving to North Africa.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,