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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 655: 834 bombers and 629 fighters are dispatched to make PFF attacks on marshaling yards and airfields in W Germany; 8 bombers are lost:

1. 257 of 266 B-17s hit Bielefeld marshaling yard; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 24 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 28 MIA. Escort is provided by 240 P-47s and P-51s without loss.

2. 255 B-24s are dispatched to hit the marshaling yard at Hamm (206); targets of opportunity are Munster (12) and other (1); 1 B-24 is lost and 32 damaged; 10 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 170 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s without loss.

3. 313 B-17s are dispatched to hit the marshaling yard at Munster (35) and Munster/Handorf Airfield (14); targets of opportunity are Munster (239) and other (1); 3 B-17s are lost and 85 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 2 WIA and 36 MIA. Escort is provided by 177 P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair.

86 of 97 P-51s fly a sweep over NW Germany; 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair.

116 B-24s fly a TRUCKIN mission carrying fuel to France.

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