Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 72: 121 B-17s and 5 YB-40s are dispatched to the Caen/Carpiquet Airfield and 64 B-17s are dispatched to the Abbevile/Drucat Airfield, both in France; 34 hit Caen at 0832 hours while 36 hit Abbeville at 0729-0735 hours; they claim 17-7-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost while 33 others are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 10 MIA.
In a second raid, 101 B-17s are dispatched against Le Bourget Airfield, Paris but the mission is abandoned due to cloud cover.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
Bomb Load: 24 x 100 lb H.E. M30 bombs. Bombing Altitude: 24,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 1,630 rounds.
Twenty-six aircraft were dispatched. Twenty-one were under the command of Major Kirk R. Mitchell, CO of the 358th BS, three were assigned to fly as tail ships with the 384th BG(H) Squadrons and two were tail ships with the 379th BG(H) Squadrons. There were no aborted missions.
There was no enemy air opposition. Flak was reported as moderate, but very accurate as to height, generally to the right and rear of Group aircraft. Only six aircraft sustained minor battle damage. There were no casualties.
Three of the 303rd BG(H) aircraft flying with the 379th and 384th Bomb Groups dropped their bombs on the Abbeville Airdrome.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 17 aircraft were sent on this mission. Cloud covered target - returned without bombing.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 7. Primary Target: Airfield - Abbeville-Drugat, France. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual).
18 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 15. Aborted - 3. 42-3330 Munday, James S - Aborted: #2 engine was "thought to be out." Apparently the co-pilot feathered #2 after the engineer test-fired the top turret guns, thinking the engine had "blown up." Bomb load returned to base. 42-30033 Kelly, James H - Aborted: #1 engine was throwing an excessive amount of oil. Oil was found to contain contaminants (pieces of babbitt metal and bits of safety wire). Bomb load returned to base. 42-30039 Halseth, Edwin S - Aborted: #2 engine began to "miss and vibrate" so it was feathered. Bomb load returned to base.
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
44BG Mission Report - This time we dispatched 28 planes at 1230 GMT to attack the Marshalling Yards at Catania. All aircraft reached the target area and dropped 285 X 500 lb American bombs fused .10 nose and .025 tail at 1637 hours from 23,000 feet, 36 x 500 lb bombs were brought back with disposition of 12 bombs unknown. Heavy concentration of hits on target were at L-17 Map C/13. Fires still burning at U-10 and V-6 from previous raid. Fires also seen at Syracuse and Augusta. Three planes returned their bombs due to mechanical failure. Weather was clear; A/A moderate, but several of the planes were damaged by A/A. E/A nil. one plane was forced to land at Malta at 1900 GMT. Capt. Cameron completed the mission even though his co-pilot W.C. Dabney was slightly wounded. Major Moore was co-pilot to Captain Kolliner who led -93 flight. Other 67th crews were: Carpenter, McAtee, Reinhart, Weaver, Griffin, Jones and Mitchell.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Six 323rd ships piloted by Lieutenants Lethers, Bennett, Kethley, Miles and Smith took part on a mission to bomb plane repair shops at Vill Couglay. Poor visibility prevented bombing either target or the hangars on Drome at Caen. Lt. Forsblads ship did not return. Observations were made of his ship leaving formation apparently with four engines going OK, inside the French coast going out. An unidentified plane with two chutes out was seen later land in the sea one-half mile off the French coast at St. Aubin. This was the first operational mission for the whole crews of Lieutenants Miles and Smith. Enemy fighter attacks were heavy and were directed principally against "B" flight, which was our squadron.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid over Villacoublay (aircraft works), Paris, France. Bomb load: 16 x 300. Time: Takeoff 0537-0600. Arrive Base 0945-1035. A/A Fire: Meager to moderate. Enemy opposition: From 50 to 75 E/A were seen between 0805 and 0940 hrs, sustained attack on the tail from high, low and level. Battle Damage: Minor. Bombs were brought back by all 5 A/C this squadron.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - None. Bombs brought back. 10/10ths undercast. Meager, inaccurate AA fire reported throughout mission. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 50-75 E/A, FW 190 and Me 110 reported. E/A seemed to be waiting for the formation.