Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 743: 413 B-17s are dispatched to hit the Unterturkheim marshaling yard (262) and Boblingen (94) and Echterdingen (25) Airfields at Stuttgart, Germany using GH; targets of opportunity are Halingen (10) and other (4); 1 B-17 is lost, 4 damaged beyond repair and 63 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 9 MIA. Escorting are 247 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft without loss; 6 of 7 P-51s fly a scouting mission.
Mission 744: 4 B-17s and 7 B-24s drop leaflets in the Netherlands, France and Germany during the night without loss.
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: Airfield at Stuttgart/Echterdingen, Germany and Railroad Station at Stuttgart, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 42 (358BS - 10, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 9). Length of Mission: 8 hours, 10 minutes. Bomb Load: 38 x 100 lb H.E. M30 bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 25,200 & 24,700 ft. Ammo Fired: 600 rounds.
Assigned targets were in Stuttgart. The primary was an airfield and secondary the railway station with no last resort target designated. No aircraft returned early. Twenty-five lead and low Squadron Fortresses bombed the secondary, dropping 937 100-lb. H.E. M30 bombs from 25,200 and 24,700 feet. Bombing was by PFF with a visual assist during the last few seconds of the bomb run. Results were unobserved, but photos indicated hits about 1,000 yards northeast of the railway station. GEE-H equipment failed in both Squadrons. The high Squadron dropped 480 100-lb. M30 bombs on the primary with unobserved results. One B-17 failed to bomb.In the target area there were 8/10 to 10/10 clouds with tops at 20,000 to 25,000 feet, with occasional tops to 30,000 feet and some breaks. There were dense, persistent contrails from 23,000 to 25,000 feet.
The Luftwaffe utilized the primary target, the Stuttgart airfield, to launch attacks against Gen. Patch's 7th Army in southern France. The Luftwaffe failed to appear, despite the fact that their airfield was being bombed. Good support was provided by 247 P-51s. The high Squadron encountered no flak at the primary target, but the other Squadrons that bombed the secondary had moderate and accurate flak with six aircraft sustaining major battle damage and nine, minor damage. Two crewmen were wounded.
source: 457 Bomb Group http://www.457thbombgroup.org
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Stuttgart Railway M/Y. It was our turn to fly lead squadron of this group and the target was Stuttgart, Germany. The mickey equipment in the lead ship failed and the high squadron took over. A plot of the strike photos show that bombs hit on Southern edge of M/Yds, South of the M.P.I.
Aircraft: P-51B (#43-12438W). Organization: OT / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex. Pilot: Quinn, Richard T. Notes: crashed belly landing due to engine failure or fire. Location: Wormingford, Essex England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51B7 (#43-6721W). Organization: 384FS / 364FG of Honington, Suffolk. Pilot: Steinbacher, John R. Notes: killed in a crash. Location: Tibenham/ 3mi S Sta 124 England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D (#44-13557). Organization: / 1SF of Honington, Suffolk. Pilot: Smith, Richard L. Notes: taxiing accident. Location: Honington, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14401). Organization: 486FS / 352FG of Bodney, Norfolk. Pilot: Reichman, David M. Notes: take off accident due to engine failure. Location: Bodney, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-51D10 (#44-14662). Organization: 375FS / 361FG of Little Walden, Essex. Pilot: Gendron, Leo F. Notes: ground looped. Location: Little Walden, Essex England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: RA-35B (#41-31323). Organization: 322BS / 99BG of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. Pilot: Thompson, Karl W. Notes: take off accident. Location: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Mission "8th AF 744" Night Leaflet Operation Dec 9/10 1944 December 09, 1944
Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
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