Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 85: Three Luftwaffe airfields in The Netherlands are targetted:
1. 125 B-17s are dispatched to Gilze-Rijen and Flushing Airfields; 38 B-17s hit Gilze-Rijen at 1802-1814 hours and 55 hit Flushing at 1756 hours; they claim 29-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost and 42 damaged; casualties are 9 WIA and 41 MIA; this mission is escorted by 175 P-47s who claim 9-2-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost and the pilot is listed as MIA.
2. 45 B-17s are dispatched to Woensdrecht Airfield but weather prevents them hitting the target.
VIII Air Support Command Missions 27A, 27B and 28: Three Luftwaffe air-fields in France are targetted:
1. 36 B-26s are dispatched to Amiens/Glisy Airfield; all hit the target at 1129 hours; they claim 1-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-26 is damaged beyond repair and 9 are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.
2. 36 B-26s are dispatched to Poix/Nord Airfield; 35 hit the target at 1218 hours; 1 aircraft is damaged; there are no casualties.
3. 36 B-26s are dispatched to Bryas Sud Airfield but the target is obscured by cloud and the mission is aborted.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
All aircraft were airborne and there were no abortions. Each B-17 carried 24 100-lb. General Purpose bombs. The Group left the English coast in poor combat wing formation. The lead Group failed to drop its bombs after reaching the initial point. The poor bomb run, ground haze and sun made it impossible for the 303rd BG(H) to pick out the target. After falling back into Wing formation, a second bomb run was attempted by the 303rd BG(H) while the other Groups headed for home without making another bomb run.
On the second 303rd BG(H) bomb run, bombardier 1Lt LeRoy V. Gordon could not find the target due to sun glare and didn't drop his bombs. Ten Group B-17s did drop their bombs. By this time the other two Groups were 10 to 15 miles ahead of the 303rd BG(H), leaving them alone. About 20 to 30 enemy fighters attacked the Group when no U.S. Fighter support materialized. The 10 aircraft that didn't drop their bombs on the bomb run jettisoned their bombs in the water when the heavy fighter attacks began. Persistent head-on attacks were made out of the sun. Crews were unanimous in stating that they had never seen enemy fighters come in so close. The Group, separated from the rest of the combat Wing, was subjected to continuous fighter attacks until 10 miles off the enemy coast.
Meager flak was encountered near Antwerp but it was very accurate. Eleven Group aircraft sustained flak battle damage. Two Group aircraft were lost. B-17F #42-3192 358BS-G was shot down by enemy fighters halfway between the target and the enemy coast. It crashed between Odsterhout and Raamsponkvoor, Holland. B-17F #42-5392 427BS, was hit by flak and caught fire. Some of the crew bailed out over the Dutch coast (presumed off Hock van Holland) then crashed into the North Sea.
Group gunners claimed 21 enemy aircraft destroyed, one probable and two damaged.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 7 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
44BG Mission Report - Foggia Marshalling Yards. 10 B-24s departed Benina at 0615 hours to attack Foggia, Italy. Three aircraft returned early and one landed at Malta. Six aircraft reached the target and dropped 50 x 500 lb American Bombs fused .10 nose and 45 second tail delay at 1125 hours from 23,000 feet. 11 bombs were jettisoned, 21 bombs were returned and disposition of 9 bombs unknown. The majority of bombs fell in the Railway Yards and on overpass with bursts seen at J-16, 21,22. Weather was clear with slight haze. Anit-aircraft fire slight, heavy and inaccurate. Nine aircraft landed safely by 1625 hours, GMT, with the other safely down on Malta.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-30172). Organization: 339BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk. Pilot: Attaway, James A. Notes: crashed due to explosion. Location: Wash/ nr Scottisham* England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/