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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 63: 151 B-17s are dispatched against the Bremen, Germany U-boat yards; 122 hit the target claiming 2-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4 and 31 are damaged; casualties are 8 WIA and 32 MIA. A smaller force of 76 B-17s is dispatched against the Kiel, Germany U-boat yards; 60 hit the target and claim 39-5-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 22, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 23 are damaged; casualties are 3 KIA, 20 WIA and 213 MIA. Heaviest fighter attacks to date against Eighth Air Force accounts for 26 B-17s, mostly of the force attacking Kiel.

HQ 13th Bombardment Wing (Medium) transfers from Marks Hall, England to Camp Blainey, England.

The 331st, 332d, 333d and 410th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 94th Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfer with B-17s from Earls Colne, England to Bury St Edmunds, England.

The 338th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 96th Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfers with B-17s from Great Saling, England to Snetterton Heath, England.

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