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VIII Bomber Command Mission 91: Aircraft and bearing factories in and around Stuttgart, Germany are targeted but extensive clouds prevent all but a few B-17s from attacking the primary targets. Formations become separated and disorganized and attack targets of opportunity in a wide area.

1. 151 of 181 B-17s of the 1st Bombardment Division attack various targets of opportunity at 0951-1017 hours; they claim 32-6-21 Luftwaffe aircraft; 27 B-17s are lost, 9 are damaged beyond repair and 47 damaged; casualties are 14 WIA and 153 MIA. 2. 111 of 157 B-17s of the 3d Bombardment Division hit Stuttgart and various targets of opportunity at 0940-1229 hours; they claim 66-14-29 Luftwaffe aircraft; 18 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 69 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 13 WIA and 180 MIA. 3. 60 of 69 B-24s of the 2d Bombardment Division fly a diversion. 176 P-47s fly escort for the B-17s; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost. Strong fighter opposition is encountered and 45 B-17s are lost.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 50 and 51:

1. 144 B-26s are dispatched to the marshaling yards at Ghent, Belgium and Rouen, France; the Ghent mission is recalled when bad weather prevents the fighter escort from taking off; 66 hit Rouen at 0738 and 0739 hours; 3 B-26s are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

2. 144 B-26s are dispatched to the marshaling yards at Amiens and Serqueux, France; 126 hit the targets at 1755 to 1757 hours; 3 B-26s are damaged.

Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,