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VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 78: The aviation industry in Germany is targetted but bad weather hampers the raids. The targets are:

1. 182 B-17s are dispatched against the Fieseler Works at Kassel, Germany; 58 hit the target at 1027-1054 hours; they claim 27-15-22 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17s are lost, 4 are damaged beyond repair and 54 damaged; casualties are 15 WIA and 71 MIA.

2. 120 B-17s are dispatched to the Fw 190 plant at Oschersleben, Germany; 37 hit the target; they claim 56-19-41 Luftwaffe aircraft; 15 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 64 damaged; casualties are 11 WIA and 134 MIA. This is the deepest US bomber penetration into Germany to date. The raid achieves good results however, 22 B-17s are lost as fighters score first effective results with rockets.

105 P-47s, equipped with jettison-able belly tanks for the first time on a mission, escort the B-17s into Germany; other P-47s, going more than 30 miles (48 km) deeper into Germany than they have penetrated before, meet the returning bombers. They surprise about 60 German fighters and destroy 9 of them; 1 P-47 is lost.

VIII Air Support Command Mission Numbers 6 and 7: The primary targets are in Belgium and France

1. 18 B-26Bs are dispatched against the coke ovens at Zeebrugge, Belgium; 17 hit the target at 1105 hours; 3 B-26s are damaged.

2. 18 B-26Bs are dispatched against Tricqueville Airfield, France but the mission is recalled when the accompanying fighters do not join up.

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