Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
In Operation COVER, two missions, both designated Mission 388, are flown. In the first, 219 of 238 B-17s and 120 of 124 B-24s attack coastal defenses in the Pas de Calais, France area, bombing a total of 22 targets; 21 B-17s and 24 B-24s are damaged; no casualties. Escort is provided by 91 P-38s and 129 P-47s. In the second raid, 97 of 102 B-17s and 98 of 104 B-24s hit 16 of the same targets hit in the morning; 2 B-17s are damaged. Escort is provided by 102 P-38s, 34 P-47s and 83 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost and 1 P-38 is damaged; 1 airman is MIA.
During the night, 23 B-24s participate in CARPETBAGGER operations in France.
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: Gun Emplacements at St. Cecily, France. Crews Dispatched: 21 (358BS - 7, 359th - 8, 360th - 0, 427th - 7). Length of Mission: 5 hours, 15 minutes. Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb G.P. M-43 bombs. Bombing Altitude: 20,500 ft. Ammo Fired: 140 rounds.
A third unopposed mission across the Channel to bomb French coast military installations was made without incident. Bombing was accomplished using 223 500-lb. G.P. M64 bombs dropped from 20,500 feet. PFF techniques were utilized in the 10/10 cloud cover. Bombardiers were warned about dropping short. All aircraft returned damage-free with no casualties.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 19 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 124. Primary Target: Coastal Artillery Battery - Le Touquet, France. Target Attacked : Target of Opportunity (Visual): Artillery Emplacement - Le Touquet, France
21 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 18. Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The mission on this day was against Coastal defenses with the 388th as low Group in the 45th Combat Wing.
16 a/c plus 1 PFF a/c were airborne by 0813 hours. No difficulty was encountered in forming and the briefed route to the target was followed. One of our a/c aborted.
10/10th clouds prevailed over the target and bombs were dropped by PFF methods. Bombs were away at 1124 hours from 22,900 feet. No enemy fighters were seen and only meager inaccurate flak was encountered.
All of our a/c returned to base by 1315 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 398th Bomb Group web page http://www.398th.org/
401BG / 612BS Mission Report - Mission number two for June was flown on the 3rd and to another of the coastal installations located at Neufchatel, France (just South of Boulogne). Again blind bombing was necessary due to 10/10 undercast Gf clouds and the results were not observed. Flak and ground rockets were observed but not encountered and all of our aircraft returned safely. Major McCree lead the formation in the PFF aircraft assisted by Capt. Haberer as navigator and Lt. Anderson as bombardier.
source: 612th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - Major McCree led the 21 aircraft from the 401st B.G. to attack a coastal battery at Neufchatel, France. This was in the Pas de Calais area and 23 tactical targets were attacked by PFF. Some flak was encountered but there were no losses and only 47 out of a total 568 bombers received some battle damage. Also there were no crew members wounded. Crews: Fisette Owens Bartley Rozzell La Fevor.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The PFF aircraft to lead the 401st on this mission arrived at Deenethorpe at 0250 hrs. It was Dimple Z, Serial No. 686. Briefing for 21 crews took place at 0600 hrs with take-off time scheduled for 0830 hrs, and by 0845 hrs all aircraft were airborne. The 401st attacked a coastal battery of 4 howitzers, dangerous to naval ships and landing craft. PFF techniques were employed because of the weather but strikes were observed through breaks in the clouds. Major D.G. McCree led the 401st Box and Capt. F.D. Grinham led the 615th flying as the High Squadron. The 615th crews on this mission were: Ochsenhirt, Grinham, Gillespie, Trimble, Parr, Neill.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Another mission to the Calais area today - St. Albins, defended installations on the coastal areas of France. Three of the 66th's PFF ships, 12 67th and 12 68th along with ? from the 506th departed this base at 0830 hours, reached the objective, bombed and returned to base at 1315 hours. Results were unobserved due to cloud cover. Capt. Mazure lead the low left squadron and did excellent bombing, but the other two squadrons of the 44th showed poor bombing of the target, partly because Lt. Englehardt bombed the wrong target, visually (Point de St. Quentine). Sgt. Kipnes adds, "We definitely must be getting ready for an invasion of the continent - target the same vicinity as yesterday, coastal gun emplacements. Bomb load 12 x 500 lb. Was to have bombed PFF.,F,but target area cleared long enough for us to bomb visually. Results, fair. The 66th adds that in the afternoon 4 PFFs took off, and they all bombed the primary which included a Berch field battery, a Berch defended locality, and a Berch-Sur-Mer Radar. These PFFs flew with the 467th and 446th Bomb Groups - evidently leads for them.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Berck-Sur-Mer; France
Defense installations were bombed with unknown results. The second section did not form and flew with the 93rd and 467th. 2 planes flew back on instruments when a smoke bomb blacked out their cockpit canopy.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0600 hours and the target was coastal defenses in the Pas de Calais. The planes were loaded with 500 pound GP bombs and take off started at 0830 hours. The Grouped climbed to 23,000 feet but found visibility poor, so the altitude was increased by 2,000 feet. Bomb run was satisfactory with no flak and all aircraft returned safely with landing starting at 1255 hours.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
source: 467th Bomb Group web page http://www.467bg.com/
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - A medium coastal Battery at Hardelot was the target for today's mission. Our Squadron supplied 7 A/C and 6 crews for this mission. The Pilot, Navigator and Tail Gunner for A/C # 626 which flew with another Squadron were provided by this unit. BOMBING RESULTS: Unobserved ' PFF. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Nil. FIGHTER SUPPORT: As briefed. FLAK: Meager, inaccurate flak encountered at Berck Sur Mer.
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-97562). Organization: 324BS / 91BG of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. Pilot: Clark, Carl M. Notes: landing accident. Location: Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Mosquito XVI (#NS518). Organization: / 802WRX of Watton, Norfolk. Pilot: James, Harold L. Notes: take off accident. Location: North Pickenham, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38H (#42-66718). Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire. Pilot: Porter, Paul R. Notes: landing accident. Location: RAF Little Snoring England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-104420). Organization: 435FS / 479FG of Wattisham, Suffolk. Pilot: McCann, John P. Notes: landing accident. Location: Wattisham, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/