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,
Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitudes: 26,000 ft & 27,700 ft. Ammo Fired: 16,595 rounds.
Major Glenn E. Hagenbuch, 427BS Commanding Officer, flew as the lead pilot in Bad Check, #41-24587. Twenty- seven Fortresses left Molesworth to attack Bremen in northern Germany.
Four aircraft returned early because of mechanical or equipment problems.
The main Group formation of 20 B-17s of the 358th, 359th, and 427th Squadrons was led by 359th BS(H) CO Maj. William Calhoun, pilot, and Lt. Col. Eugene Romig, Operations Officer, co-pilot, in The '8' Ball MkII. Maj. Lewis Lyle, CO, 360th BS, led seven of the 360th's B-17s as part of a composite Squadron with the 379th BG(H). The 303rd BG(H) dropped 57 1/2 tons of 500-lb. bombs from 26,000 feet on the target area. Flak was reported as moderate, but accurate. All aircraft returned safely to Molesworth.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 16 aircraft were sent on this mission.
42-5814 (Lt. W. T. Forest) ditched. MIA 2.
42-5815 (Lt. R. W. Jackson) was shot down by fighters. POW 7, KIA 3.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Five 323rd ships took off for Bremen. Four piloted by Capt. Birdsong, Lt. Forsblad, Lt. Silvernail, Lt. Kethley bombed the target and Capt. Clancys ship had to return early as the fuel pump on No. 3 engine was out. Bombing was fair and very little enemy fighter opposition was encountered owing to a diversion by another formation of Bombers to Kiel. Flak was also less intense and accurate than expected.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on the naval shipbuilding yard at Bremen. Bomb load: 10 x 500. Bombing altitude: 27,000. Bombing results - Good. AA Fire: Meager, inaccurate A/A fire experienced enroute to target and from target to base. At the target moderate and intense fire was encountered, which appeared to be directed at other groups in our formation. Enemy opposition: Ten E/A made one attack without causing any damage. Time: Leave base 0710 - Target: 0952 - Arrive base 1256.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Bremen - Engineering tube works ( 1000 ton subs turned out here.) - Results of bombing uncertain as to aiming point but heavy damage to city itself is assured. One B17 seen to hit water and ditch at 54 degrees 25 min. north by 05 degrees 45 Min. E, with no parachutes out, but two dinghies in water.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Hits in target area, but accurate observation of damage impossible due to bomb smoke and smoke screen in the target area. Most of the flak was directed at other formations. Fairly accurate and intense flak experienced in the target area. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Very feeble. Only about 10 E/A came within range of this formation. E/A appeared to be awaiting stragglers.