Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 76: Three locations in Germany are targetted; 19 heavy bombers are lost, mostly to effective formation attacks by German fighters. The raid on Hamburg is part of 6 Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) missions against that port city and follows a raid of the previous night during which nearly 750 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers did tremendous damage to the target. The three targets are:
1. 123 B-17s are dispatched against the diesel engine works at Hamburg but due to cloud cover, 100 hit the shipyard at 1630-1645 hours; they claim 38-6-27 Luftwaffe aircraft; 15 B-17s are lost and 67 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 5 WIA and 150 MIA.
2. 59 B-17s are dispatched against the Kiel Shipyard but return because of cloud cover.
3. 141 B-17s are dispatched against the aviation industry at Warnem-unde; 118 hit the Kiel Shipyard at 1630-1700 hours; they claim 6-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 50 are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 40 MIA.
VIII Air Support Command Mission Number 3: 18 B-26Bs are dispatched against the coke ovens at Ghent, Belgium; 13 hit the target at 1458 hours; 6 aircraft are damaged.
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: Blohm & Voss Shipbuilding Yards, Hamburg, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 20 (358BS - 6, 359th - 0, 360th - 7, 427th - 7). Crews Lost: 1 crew, Lt. Van Wie - 4 KIA, 5 POW, 1 REP Crew members Wounded or Lost: 2 WIA. Length of Mission: 6 hours, 15 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 H.E. M43. Bombing Altitude: 29,220 ft. Ammo Fired: 87,030 rounds.
Blitz Week’s second mission was to Hamburg. The Bombers flew in very excellent formation, made a good bomb run and dropped their bombs well in the target area. The target however, was practically invisible due to a very effective smoke screen. Despite this, the crews felt that the bombing with 48 tons of 500-lb bombs from 28,000 feet was good. The mission marked the first time that VIII Bomber Command heavies had followed up an RAF night attack
From 150 to 200 fighters, mostly single-engine FW-190s and ME-109s, made continuous attacks for approximately 45 minutes. After these aircraft left, twin-engine fighters attacked the formation and stayed with it until about 100 miles from home. Most attacks came from the tail. Although the planes came in droves, they did not press their attacks closely. Group gunners claimed six destroyed, one probable and eight damaged.
One 360th BS crew was lost to enemy fighters. B-17F #42-29606 crashed at Hamburg, Germany.
source: 381st Bomb Group web page http://www.381st.org/
384BG Mission Report - Target obscured by smoke screen
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 10. Target obscured by smoke screen. Primary Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard - Hamburg, Germany. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual)
21 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 11. Failed To Return - 7. Aborted - 3 42-3024 Ward, P J - Failed to Return - MIA; flak, cr Hamburg; MACR 16117. 544th crew flying a 546th aircraft. 42-3069 Hankinson, Gordon J - Failed to Return - MIA; flak, cr nr Hamburg; 10POW 42-3075 Hegewald, John M - Failed to Return - MIA; flak, cr Wesel, Ger; MACR apparently not created. 42-3088 Christman, Clarence R - Failed to Return - MIA; e/a, cr Hamburg; MACR unknown. 42-3122 Hall, Ralph J - Failed to Return e/a, cr Hamburg. 42-5806 Swank, Robert D - Landed away. 42-5855 Edwards, Floyd Clinton - The pilot was wounded shortly after crossing the enemy coast, so co-pilot flew most of the mission. 42-5883 Estes, Thomas J - Failed to Return LSqLd; MIA; e/a, ditched North Sea; 10RTD 42-29670 Hall, Kelmer J - Failed to Return - MIA; flak, cr Hamburg; MACR ???? 42-30030 Bishop, Charles W - Aborted at 1435 hrs at Splasher 5 b/c prop on #2 engine ran away 42-30032 Dietel, William (NMI) - Aborted HSqLd; Aborted at 1443 hrs b/c #1 prop ran away 42-30145 Harry, William Russell - Aborted 15 miles from Eng coast b/c ball turret was inoperative and the RPM on engine #1 dropped to zero
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Six ships flying flight "B" - Pilots Lieutenants Kethley, Silvernail, Bennett, Smith, Von der Heyde, Miles took part in a mission to Hamburg and returned without casualties. Bombing was good, light E/F opposition but unusually intense Flak around Hamburg. Other attacks were delivered on Kiel and Wenernunse at the same time.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on the aero engine works, Moorleth (Hamburg), Germany. Bomb load: 10 x 500. Bombing altitude: 27,500 ft. Results: Good. A. A. Fire: Meager to moderate fairly accurate. A. A. fire was experienced from Cuxhaven to target. At the target the fire was intense and accurate. On the return inaccurate fire was observed at Meldorf and Helgoland. Fighter opposition: About 20 E/A engaged our gunners from 1644 hrs to 1650 hrs and again at 1053 to 1740 hrs. Attacks were not pressed home. Time: Leave base 1325. Arrive target: 1648. Arrive base: 2007.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: - Hamburg, Germany (Aero engine works). Bombing results good. 813 Lt. Pilert Missing- An observer reports A/C 813 at 22000 ft. over target with #3 engine smoking and on fire going down. E/A were going after him. Six chutes seen.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Target believed to be hit. Dark brown smoke seen coming from the target area. Meager on the way to target. Flak very heavy and intense and accurate at the target----seemed to literally fill the sky. Meager, inaccurate flak reported on the way out. ENEMY FIGHTERS: 30 to 40 E/A were seen in the vicinity 324th formation and were in sight for some 77 minutes. Attacks were medium in intensity. E/A not being as eager to press home attacks as usual. T/Sgt. F. J. Parkerson,.30 Caliber slug in right arm. Lt McAvoy, frozen hand incurred after passing out because of lack of oxygen. A/C #679 had severe engine trouble just before reaching the enemy coast. F/O Pitts, the Pilot, deciding that the safety of his crew, ship, and himself, depended on staying with the formation for protection, elected to do just that. Ordering the crew to jettison the bombs and salvo all loose equipment, he managed to stay with the formation for a while, but gradually dropped back. His A/C then began to receive constant and concentrated attacks from E/A for over an hour. But due to skillful flying he was able to evade destruction, bring his A/C safely across the channel and land at an English base on the coast. Lt. Hicks, the Bombardier, was just starting operations again after having been recuperating from the effects of a ditching in the North Sea one month previously.