Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 88: Two aviation locations in France are targetted:
1. 170 B-17s are dispatched to Amiens/Glisy Airfield; 105 hit the target at 1807-1824 hours; they claim 5-1-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 35 damaged; casualties are 5 KIA, 8 WIA and 33 MIA.
2. 149 B-17s are dispatched to the aircraft plant at Meulan; the plant is cloud covered and 1 B-17 hits a railway NE of Rouen; 19 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA. These missions are escorted by 160 P-47s which claim 2-1-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47s are lost and both pilots are listed as MIA.
VIII Air Support Command Missions 41 and 42: 216 B-26s are dispatched to Rouen and Mazingarbe power stations; Poix/Nord and Lille/Nord Airfields; and the Hesdin fuel dump; 104 hit the targets; 1 B-26 is lost and 13 damaged; casualties are 5 WIA and 6 MIA.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
France was the target for today with 25 aircraft scheduled to bomb the Romily-sur-Seine Air Depot. Five aircraft aborted the mission before reaching the target.
As a result of poor visibility at the primary target the Romily-sur-Seine Air Depot was not attacked. The Amiens/Gilsy Airdrome was then selected as the last resort target. Due to a hasty run-up, a quick Group turn and a tumbled bomb sight gyro, lead bombardier 1Lt. B.K. Butt was unable to make a safe and accurate bomb run.
The pilot of the 359th BS deputy lead ship #41-24605 Knockout Dropper, 1Lt. R.L. Mattison and his bombardier 1Lt. J.H. Shafer, sensed that the lead bombardier was having trouble. The four 359th B-17s with four from the low 358th BS sighted the target and dropped their bombs directly on the airdrome. The five 427BS B-17s and one 358BS B-17 returned to Base with their bombs.
Approximately 12 enemy fighters were observed in the target vicinity, but with excellent fighter protection, none attacked the Group. No damage was caused by the moderate flak encountered.
Aircraft #42-29635 was last seen heading toward the coast attempting to gain cloud cover from attacking enemy fighters. It was reported going down over Abbeville (12 miles east) with two fighters attacking. Two parachutes were seen.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 19 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 19. The 384th Bombardment Group had eighteen (18) aircraft airborne as scheduled; take-off time being 1544 o'clock, a delay in take-off resulted as the leader's airplane blew a tail wheel tire in taxiing to take-off position. This group climbed through the overcast and arrived at the rendezvous point on time where it was joined by the other groups. Due to complete cloud coverage [at the primary target], a turn was made to pick out a target of opportunity, unable to do so, this group returned to the home base with their bombs. Primary Target: Fighter Airfield - Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Target Attacked : No Target Attacked
18 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 13. Aborted - 5. 41-24507 Higdon, Philip E - Aborted; #1 engine very rough and #3 engine oil pressure dropped 40 lbs. 42-3218 Armstrong, Lloyd R - Aborted; nos. 2, 3, and 4 engines very rough. 42-3441 Estes, Thomas J - Original lead aircraft; became deputy. The tailwheel blew while taxiing for takeoff. This forced Col. Peaslee and Capt. Martin-Vegue to move to deputy lead aircraft 42-5852. Lt Harvey had been in the tail gun position, and moved back to his CP position, while Lt Estes resumed pilot duty. In addition, Sgt McDuffie filled the TG position, and and Sgt Fisher took over the FG position vacated by McDuffie. This aircraft was repaired, took off only a few minutes late, and completed the mission. 42-5852 Peaslee, Budd J - Wing lead for 41st CBW. Col. Peaslee and Capt. Martin-Vegue moved to this deputy lead aircraft, displacing co-pilot Lt Yelvington, after 42-3441 blew a tailwheel while taxiing for takeoff. This move also displaced Major Cotterell (British Army observer) to 42-30043. 42-29651 Jacobs, Randolph George Edward - Aborted; couldn't keep up with formation; 42-30033 Kelly, James H - Aborted Low squadron lead. Aborted; #1 supercharger disintegrated causing loss in manifold pressure; 42-30043 Price, William M - A British Army observer and war correspondent, Maj. Anthony Cotterell, flew with this crew after having been displaced from the deputy lead aircraft when it was taken by Col. Peaslee.
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
source: 386th Bomb Group http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier
388BG Mission Report - For this mission, the 388th furnished 22 a/c which were airborne between 1349 and 1401 hours. The Group assembled below the overcast and then climbed through it. The 388th was lead Group in the 2nd Combat Wing. Lt. Bliss was the 23rd a/c to take-off leaving the ground at 1425 hours and joined the formation.
Lt. Wilken in a/c #203, aborted from 24,000 feet on the English Coast when his #2 engine failed. Lt. Williams filled in for him from the abortion element. Shortly after this, Lt. Rodgers in a/c #295 lost his #1 engine and the prop would not feather, so he aborted from 25,000 feet and returned to base. Lt. Cox filled his spot. Lt. Bensel in a/c 954, the third abortion a/c returned to base as instructed.
The cloud coverage at the target was 10/10th and when they swung north to the secondary target (Woensdrecht airfield) it was found to be solid coverage. No bombs were dropped on this mission.
Flak was encountered at Ostend, Brussels and Schouwen Island but was meager. Fighter protection was excellent by Spitfire 9's.
On the return route, Lt. Swift jettisoned his bombs over the Channel when his gas was running low and felt it necessary to lighten his load in order to make it back to the base. All of our a/c returned to base by 1922 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on airfields in France. Time: Take off 1510. Target 1824. Arrive Base 1955. Bomb Load 12 x 500. Bombing Altitude: 23,000. Bombing Results: Amien A/D hit with good pattern of bursts. A. A. Fire: Moderate and accurate. A/C #973 hit at target causing ship to crash later. A/C 511 was forced out of formation by explosion from collision of A/C #523 and #816. A/C #973, 1st Lt. Rogers (P) was hit just after bombing by A. A. fire; navigator was injured and one motor knocked out. About 15 minutes before reaching the English coast Lt. Rogers gave crew opportunity to bale out. Sgts Sparks, Malone and Wolf baled out. The ship crashed on Wooten Farm, Polegate, killing pilot, co-pilot, navigator and bombardier.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Amiens Glisy: Good heavy patterns fell in West and South dispersal areas of Airdrome. ENEMY FIGHTERS: 3 or 4 Me 109s and FW 190s seen, no attacks on our formation. Meager, inaccurate fire experienced from vicinities of Poix and Glissy Airdrome. Due to collision following is status of personnel of A/C 816. Dead: 1st Lt. Peek and 2nd Lt. Fuller, F/O Edwards, T/Sgt. Boggan. Unaccounted for: 2nd Lt. Crist, T/Sgt. Payne, S/Sgts. Power, Sanschagrin and Sgt. Niebojewski. Injured as result of bail-out from A/C 816: S/Sgt. C. E. Allen. A/C 816 was lost just after leaving English Coast due to a collision with an A/C from this Group. 816 broke up in air and all the crew except S/Sgt. Allen was lost.