Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 82: Luftwaffe airfields in France and the Netherlands are targetted today.
1. 180 B-17s are dispatched to Vlissingen Airfield in the Netherlands and Amiens and Poix Airfield in France; 147 aircraft hit the targets at 1926-1931 hours; 48 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.
2. 147 B-17s are dispatched to Merville, Lille/Vendeville and Vitry en Artois Airfields in France; 143 hit the targets at 1925-1933 hours; they claim 9-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17s are lost and 11 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 20 MIA.
VIII Air Support Command Missions 19A, 19B and 20: Three Luftwaffe air-fields are targetted:
1. 36 B-26s are dispatched against St Omer/Ft Rouge Airfield in France; 31 hit the target at 0959 hours; 18 B-26s are damaged.
2. 36 B-26s are dispatched against Woensdrecht Airfield, The Netherlands; they turn back at the Dutch coast aborted the mission.
3. 21 B-26s are dispatched against the marshaling yard at Abbeville, France; 19 hit the target at 1933 hours; 9 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
All aircraft carried twenty-four 100-lb. G.P. bombs for this trip. At the bomb release line, the bomb racks hung up in the lead ship so no bombs were dropped on the Poix airdrome. The formation made an "S" turn to the left, keeping the bomb bay doors open and made an excellent run on the Amiens airdrome with good results. Meager to moderate intense and accurate flak was encountered in the target area. No enemy fighters were seen and the Spitfire escort was excellent, as planned. There were no aborted missions.
The 303rd BG(H) bombers landed at the same time the RAF was going overhead to carry on the round-the-clock bombing of Germany. All aircraft returned safely with no casualties.
source: 386th Bomb Group http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Three ships 323rd squadron; pilots Lieutenants Bennett, Smith and Von der Hyde completed a mission on an airdrome near Holland (which bombed flushing) with fair results. All ships of the 91st returned safely.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Brussels, Evre Airfield (Belgium). Bomb Load: 16 x 300. Bombing Altitude: 19,800. Bombing Results: Fair. A. A. Fire: Moderate accurate fire was experienced over target area. Fighter Opposition: None; our fighter escort kept the E/A well engaged. Time: Leave Base 1720. Arrive Target 1930. Arrive Base 2055. The Primary target was not attacked due to weather, formation attacked the secondary target - Flushing (Vlissingau) Airfield, Holland, with fair results.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Primary Flushing, secondary Vlissingen airfield in Holland. Bombed secondary target, Vlissingen - generally scattered hits on airdrome, fields and a few in the city. Bombs from this group thought to have centered in target area and walking from there across airdrome. 91st Gp. Lead, 101st Combat Wing. No fighter opposition was met.