Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 89: Airfields in France are targeted; because of unfavorable cloud conditions only part of one force is able to attack a target.
1. 233 B-17s are dispatched to airfields in NW France but the mission is abandoned at the French coast due to heavy clouds.
2. 86 B-17s are dispatched to Mardyck and Denain/Prouvy Airfields; 34 hit the target at 1922 and 1905 hours respectively; 9 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.
182 P-47s are dispatched to escort the bombers but they carry out fighter sweeps; 3 P-47s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 4 are damaged; casualties are 3 MIA.
VIII Air Support Command Missions 41 and 42: 216 B-26s are dispatched to 5 targets in France (36 per target); the missions to a power station at Rouen and Poix/Nord and Lille/Nord Airfields are aborted due to weather; 35 B-26s hit a power station at Mazingarbe and 69 hit a fuel dump at Hesden; 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,
source: 386th Bomb Group http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier
388BG Mission Report - For this mission, the 388th put up 24 a/c which took-off by 1609 hours for another late mission. We were low Group in the lead Combat Wing.
Three of our a/c aborted: Lt. Cunningham aborted over the field when his waist gunner S/Sgt. Lobis passed out due to lack of oxygen. Lt. Bailey, flying lead of the high squadron, lost his #3 supercharger. Lt. Mohr was a spare and returned as instructed.
The briefed route was followed and our bombs were dropped on Denain/Prouvy airfield. Five of our crews did not see the flares fired by the leading Group (96th Bomb Group) and failed to bomb. The bombing results were good, particularly so in view of the short bomb run.
Fighter opposition was moderate and was encountered about five minutes after leaving the target area. They pressed their attacks until the formation was at the French Coast. A 20mm shell exploded in the waist of Lt. Beeby's a/c wounding S/Sgt. Matura and Blattert. Two of our a/c were damaged in this attack and our gunners claim 1 enemy a/c destroyed and 1 probable.
Flak was encountered at three places with little damage to our planes.
All 21 of our a/c returned to base by 2035 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Three A/C took off for conches and Evreux Airfields, France, both primary targets. Owing to thick weather reported over France, the effort was recalled as it reached the English Channel at Selsey Bill on the way out. All returned. 2 A/C flew on a standard beam approach flight for a total of 2:00 hours.