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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 632: As part of Operation FRANTIC, 110 B-17s are dispatched to drop supplies to Warsaw patriots and then proceed to bases in the USSR; a weather front is encountered over the North Sea and the bombers are recalled. Escort is provided by 149 of 156 P-51s; 2 P-51s collide in a cloud and are lost.

Three Fighter Wings and the 15 Fighter Groups are reassigned from the VIII Fighter Command to the three Bombardment Divisions as follows:

1st Bombardment Division: 67th Fighter Wing: 20th, 352d, 356th, 359th and 364th Fighter Groups

2d Bombardment Division: 65th Fighter Wing: 4th, 56th, 355th, 361st and 479th Fighter Groups

3d Bombardment Division: 66th Fighter Wing: 55th, 78th, 339th, 353d and 357th Fighter Groups

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