Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 913: 1,009 bombers and 341 fighters are dispatched to hit seven oil plants and a tank factory in Germany; they claim 6-4-13 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-24s and 1 P-51 are lost:
1. 272 B-24s are sent to hti the Ehmen (59), Hitzacker (127) and Bucken (57) oil depots; they claim 2-4-9 aircraft; 4 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 19 damaged; 16 airmen are KIA, 2 WIA and 39 MIA. Escorting are 223 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 4-0-3 aircraft in the air.
2. 737 B-17s are dispatched to hit oil plants but bad weather during the assembly and the increasing possibility of adverse conditions causes the mission to be cancelled; 3 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 9 airmen are KIA.
3. 47 of 48 P-51s escort Ninth AF B-26s.
4. 24 P-51s fly a fighter-bomber mission against the Schmalge ammunition dump; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).
5. 11 P-51s fly a scouting mission claiming 0-0-1 aircraft in the air.
6. 16 P-15s escort 8 F-5s and 3 Spitfires on photo reconnaissance missions over Germany.
Mission 914: 10 B-24s drop leaflets in Germany and the Netherlands 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,
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The 401st were briefed for a mission on the 25th March but the bad weather during assembly and the forecast of even worst weather on the way caused it to be cancelled after they had been airborne for about an hour. The day was not without incident. The crew of IN-J, "HOMESICK ANGELIl, bailed out after the pilot had accidentally hit the bailout bell. Also during the morning the long serving "CHUTE THE WORKS", with 111 missions completed,got into trouble and had to be abandoned near Saltby, Lines. One of the crew broke his ankle but that was the only injury to the crew.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Our eleventh consecutive mission and the last in this string the 44th dispatched 22 aircraft (5 67th) to form two squadrons; one flying high right on the 491st BG in lead of the Wing, and the other flying high right on the 392nd BG, on a mission to attack underground storage of oil at Hitzacker. Lt. O'Brien was abortive, unable to find the formation, so only four planes represented the 67th. Clouds, towering up to 22,000 feet forced the formation to change their course before entering the enemy coast, but we went on to attack the target visually, with excellent results. It was clear at the target with slight haze. 250 lb GPs were dropped on this oil storage depot. Flak was meager and inaccurate at two points along the route, and nil in the target area. Fighter support was excellent and all aircraft returned safely.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg