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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 756: 328 bombers and 45 fighters are dispatched to hit tactical targets (rail and road junctions, rail and road chokepoints and railheads) in the Luxembourg and Ehrang and Koblenz, Germany area to impede the German counteroffensive launched in the Ardennes on 16 Dec using PFF:

1. 144 of 172 B-17s hit 6 tactical targets and 24 hit the secondary target, the Koblenz marshaling yard without loss.

2. 62 of 156 B-24s hit 2 tactical targets and 82 hit the secondary target, the Ehrang marshaling yard; 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair; 11 airmen are KIA.

3. The missions above are escorted by 37 of 41 P-47s; they claim 7-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 P-47s are damaged beyond repair; 1 pilot is WIA.

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