Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 17: 53 bombers are dispatched to hit two targets in France; 1 B-17 is lost: 1. 11 of 15 B-17s bomb the Abbeville/Drucat Airfield; they claim 1-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17s are damaged and 5 airmen are WIA. 2. 31 of 38 B-17s bomb the Ateliers d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille; they claim 10-4-13 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 8 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 11 MIA.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
306th Bomb Group Mission Report INFORMATION IN DETAIL
11 aircraft bombed target between 1210 - 1218.
7 abortive due to one or more of the following: ball turret malfunction (3); engine manifold pressure drop (1); supercharger over-revving (2); bomb rack malfunction (2); oxygen system malfunction (1); engine malfunction (1); top turret stuck (1)
RESULTS OF BOMBING
Bombed from 22000'. Most dropped through cloud, overcast or haze. A few saw their own bombs hit. Later aircraft saw good results from previous drops.
Clear over England; Cumulus 5000' at coast; cloudy at target, with reports of some breaks in clouds.
Some crews reported moderate flak on way in and out at target (white bursts); later aircraft report heavy flak at coast with black bursts.
ENCOUNTERS AND CLAIMS
Most aircraft reported engaging between 3-30 FW190s engaged from target out to coast.
Claims: 4 destroyed, 7 probable
Spitfire escort was reported as on time, in position and effective at driving off most FW190 attacks.
Radio operator suffered frostbite in both cheeks.
One crew member was hit in torso, groin, left leg and left arm with shrapnel.
One report reported seeing 1 B-17 attacked by FW190 and go into slow spin. They saw no one bail out.
Radio shot up in one a/c; wing tip shot off another; various small calibre damage throughout the a/c.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Four (4) ships and complete crews of this 323rd Squadron participated in Bombing mission against and enemy Airdrome and Dispersal Area at Abbeville, in Occupied France. Strong enemy pursuit was encountered and Flak from enemy A.A. was heavy. However, our bombers were escorted by a Squadron of Spitfires, which aided materially in protecting them from the enemy pursuit planes. This was what is known as a Diversion raid, the main attack being against the enemy Locomotive and Steel Works at Lille, in occupied France. Lt. Everett L. Clinard Jr. was quite seriously wounded, and was hospitalized immediately after landing. Lt. Lyle G. Karnath, Bombardier, was seriously wounded, being hospitalized immediately after landing, due to wounds received on account of Flak. Lt. Clinard was a Navigator and Lt. William M. Anderson was his pilot. Their ship was severely damaged, and Lt. Eugene B. Ellis, Pilot of another ship, seeing Lt. Anderson lose formation, dropped back to aid him and escorted the injured ship and crew safely to the home base. The enemy, doing his best to bring this ship down, failed on account of the skill and teamwork of our crews. Clouds made observation of results of this mission difficult. S/Sgt. Howard, flying in ship #589, was officially credited with destroying one (1) enemy plane, FW-190.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - The Squadron supplied 5 of the 12 aircraft furnished by the Group. A/C #484 piloted by Lt J. W. Carroll did not go over enemy territory as it was forced to return early due to failure of #2 engine. Due to the failure of Lt. Col. Lawrence's aircraft to get to the target Capt. Aycock led the raid which was fairly successful. Heavy flak in a moderate amount was encountered in the target area. About 20 enemy aircraft hit the formation which by then had been reduced to seven aircraft. The opposition was rugged and counted for the first casualty for the Squadron as Capt Aycock was struck in the left leg by a 30 Cal. Bullet