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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,