Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 65: In the first large-scale daylight raid on the Ruhr, 235 B-17s are dispatched to hit the chemical works and synthetic rubber plant at Huls in the main attack; 183 bomb the target; we claim 46-21-35 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 16 and 75 others are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 16 WIA and 151 MIA; this plant, representing a large percentage of the countrys producing capacity, is severely damaged. 11 YB-40s accompany the Huls raid; 1 is lost.
In a second raid, 42 B-17s are dispatched to bomb the former Ford and General Motors plants at Antwerp; 39 hit the target; they claim 1-2-9 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 17 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 40 MIA. An additional 21 B-17s fly an uneventful diversion.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 17 aircraft were sent on this mission.
42-29826 (Lt. L. P. Turgeon) was shot down by fighters. POW 10.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th Mission Number 1. First 384th Combat Mission. Col Budd J Peaslee led the Group on this mission. Primary Target: General Motors Truck Factory, Antwerp, Belgium. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual)
22 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 18. Failed To Return - 2. Scrubbed - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 42-3231 Carrington, Richard T: Low squadron lead. 42-5853 Disney, Frederick Guilsome: Failed to Return. Ditched in English Channel. 42-30005 Henderson, Lykes S: Landed first with wounded aboard. 42-30043 Hankinson, Gordon J: Group lead. 42-30076 Olbinski, Robert J: Failed to Return. MIA; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed near Wilhelminadoorp, Netherlands; MACR 2165.
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Six ships 323rd squadron piloted by Capt. Clancy, Capt. Birdsong, Lt. Silvernail, Lt. Kethley and Lt. Bennett completed a mission to Germany on a synthetic rubber plane at Huls near the Ruhr. Lt. Forsblad took off but was abortive. Heavy fighter opposition was encountered with 5 ships lost by our group, 3 from the low "B" flight. Bombing was fair. Lt. Hoehn, the first member of the 91st group who happens to be a member of the 323rd squadron combat crews to go down over enemy territory and successfully escape and return to England, visited us for the first time since his escape.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid to the Chemical Plant, Huls, Germany. Bomb load: 10 x 500. Bombing altitude: 24,000. Results of Bombing: Very good. Anti Aircraft Fire: Intense in target area. Fighter Opposition: Between 1018 and 1026 hours our A/C encountered strong enemy attacks, crews estimated between 125 and 175 E/A participating. A/C #789 piloted by Lt. Kahl failed to return. Was last seen at 945 hours about 5 minutes after target by A/C#119. #3 and #4 engines were out, plane was losing speed and altitude but under control. Lt. G.P. Ward suffered injuries from explosion of 20mm.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Huls - Synthetic rubber factory - One of the most accurate attacks of the war. Target completely washed out. Photographs of bombs bursting on target and billowing smoke one of the pictures of the war. Weather 5/10 to 8/10. Enemy air opposition was by far the worst yet experienced by this group, between 150 and 175 E/A attacked. Nearly all were FW 190 with a few ME 109's and two JU 88's reported. Encounters lasted one hour fifteen minutes and some crews reported as many as fifty attacks. Attacks from all sides. Flak at target was intense, accurate and a barrage type. Claims were 4-1-0.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Not accurately observed because of heavy cloud cover at the target which varied in intensity from 5-8/10ths. Bombs believed to have dropped in target area, and large fires started. Meagre, inaccurate flak reported on the way in and way out. Heavy accurate flak in the target area. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Worst E/A opposition experienced to date, by far. 150 E/A composed of FW 190's, Ju 88's attacked this formation from all around the clock. Some crews reported receiving as many as 50 to 60 separate attacks. E/A pressed home their attacks singly, and in groups from 3 to 15. The attacks came after leaving the target area. A/C # 132 - Missing in action. A/C # 536 - Missing in action. A/C # 797 was heavily damaged by flak, and received heavy and constant attacks from E/A, finally forcing it down into the Channel. The crew was in the water for about 30 minutes when it was picked up by the Air-Sea rescue. All crew members were safe, except for minor injuries with the exception of S/Sgt. E. Lindberg, who was drowned. The crew was composed of: Lt. B. Peek (P), Lt. F. A, Porada (CP), Lt. G. B. Williams (N), Lt. C. H. Hicks (B), T/Sgt. R. R. Thompson, S/Sgt. N. F. Swierz, T/Sgt. J. F. Osborne, S/Sgts. R. D. Hatton, E. Lindberg, W. G. Zeigler.
92BG Mission Report - Losses: 327th Squadron, B-17F-10-VE, 25735, UX-B, "Wango Wango". Hit by AA shortly after target. last seen going down under control near Dutch border, under attack by e/a. first YB-40 to go down.
source: 92nd Bomb Group web page http://92ndma.org/
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-26B (#41-18003). Organization: 452BS / 322BG of Andrews Field, Essex. Pilot: Siler, Walter O Jr. Notes: crash belly landing due to mechanical failure. Location: Troston, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Beaufgtr VI (#V8830). Organization: 417NFS / of . Pilot: Swift, Robert C. Notes: ground accident fire. Location: RAF Scorton England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Mission "Fighter Command Fighter Operation 52" Escort for Antwerp mission June 22, 1943
Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
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