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VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 79: 2 locations in Germany are the targets for this mission:

1. 167 B-17s and a YB-40 are dispatched to the shipyards at Kiel; 91 hit the shipyard at 0901 hours and 48 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 48-6-33 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17s are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 62 are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 8 WIA and 61 MIA.

2. 81 B-17s are dispatched to the Heinkel Works at Warnemunde; 54 hit the target at 0922-0924 hours; they claim 0-2-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost and 7 damaged; casualties are 40 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 8 and 9: 2 airfields are the target:

1. 18 B-26Bs are dispatched against Schipol Airfield at Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the mission is aborted due to a navigational error.

2. 21 B-26Bs are dispatched against Ft. Rouge Airfield, France; 19 hit the target at 1828 hours; 8 B-26s are damaged.

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