Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 674: 552 bombers and 514 fighters are dispatched to hit targets in Germany; they claim 18-3-1 aircraft; 3 bombers and 5 fighters are lost:
1. Weather prevents the 290 B-24s dispatched to hit the primaries at Vechta, Achmer, Rheine and Varrelbusch; PFF means were used to hit the secondary, the marshaling yard at Osnabruck (267); 5 others hit Diepholz Airfield, a target of opportunity; 2 B-24s are lost and 67 damaged; 19 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 210 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 1-1-0 aircraft in the air.
2. 262 B-17s are dispatched to aviation industries at Bremen (267) bombing visually; 1 other hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 59 damaged. 7 airmen are KIA, 1 WIA and 9 MIA. Escort is provided by 273 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 17-2-1 aircraft; 5 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).
Mission 675: 8 aircraft are dispatched to drop leaflets in the Netherlands, France and Germany during the night; 2 B-24s are lost.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
44BG Mission Report - Achmer was the Primary (visual) and Osnabruck M/Y the Secondary if PFF. The 44th flew a split formation with the first squadron being high right on the 392nd BG and the second squadron was high right on the 491st. Six of the 67th ships bombed the Secondary with Lt. Honmyhr leading the high right squadron. Their results were poor because of personnel error and bombs were six miles west of the MPI. The first squadron's results were unobserved because of the bomb smoke, but bombs were seen to drop in the target area. There were no enemy A/C and flak was moderate and inaccurate. Fighter support was good - the Group incurred no losses. Lt. Appelin adds: "Getting cold as hell. Strike photos show steam from train on viaduct going across viaduct unmolested. Neat miss." A/C returned to base at 1400 hours.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg