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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 770: 1,315 bombers and 572 fighters are sent to attack rail and communications targets in W Germany; 4 bombers and 2 fighters are lost:

1. 526 B-17s are dispatched to hit marshaling yards at Kassel (314) and Mannheim (181); 9 other hit a targets of opportunity; 3 B-17s are lost and 37 damaged; 24 airmen are MIA. Escorting are 301 of 325 P-51s; 2 are lost (pilots MIA).

2. 414 B-17s are sent to hit rail bridges at Bullay (72) and Kaiserslautern (72) and the marshaling yard at Bischoffsheim (35); secondary targets are the marshaling yards at Kaiserslautern (144) and Mainz (45); and 25 hit the city of Kassel; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 24 damaged; 12 airmen are KIA and 6 MIA. Escort is provided by 144 of 154 P-51s without loss.

3. 369 B-24s are sent to hit rail bridges at Altenahr (61), Auskirchen (91), and Irlich (58), the Irlich rail bridge (58), the Remagen Bridge (57) and the marshaling yard at Mechernich (87); 1 B-24 is damaged. The escort is 63 of 72 P-47s without loss.

4. 6 of 6 B-17s fly a screening mission.

5. 20 of 21 P-51s fly a scouting mission.

Mission 771: 8 B-24s and 3 B-17s drop leaflet in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany during the night.

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