Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
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,
100th BG Missing Crew Report - B-17F serial 42-30402, 418th BS, crashed 6th September 1943, 2 miles North of Strasbourg. MACR 688
Captain Edgar F.Woodward P
F/O. John H.Thompson cp
2/Lt.Emanuel A.Cassimatis n
1/Lt.Paul R.Englert b
T/Sgt.Frank Danella eng/ttg
T/Sgt.Melvin E.Gaide r
S/Sgt.George A.Jones asst/radio
S/Sgt.Donald H.Fletcher asst/eng
S/Sgt.Charles J.Griffin asst/ag
S/Sgt.William D.Brooks tg
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100th BG Crash Report - B-17 # 42-30057 Raunchy. Aircraft shot up by fighters. Ditched Lake Constance. Swiss rescued crew by Boat. Soldiers in German Boat demanded Swiss turn them over to them , Swiss refused.
Pilot - Lt. Sam Turner wounded , exchanged / repatriated for German. 3/44 - Orlando, Fla.
B - 2d Lt. Vance Boswell lost use of left Arm , Sight left Eye. Hospitalized 7 Months. -McMinnville, Oregon
BTG - S/Sgt. Joseph F. Moloney only KIA. - Boston, Mass.
CP - 2Lt. William R. Freund - Syracuse, NY - interned
N - 2Lt. Morris Weinberg - Indianapolis, In. - interned
TT - T/Sgt. Harold Smith - Columbus, Ohio - interned
RO - T/Sgt. Carmine A. Gallo - Brooklyn, NY - interned
LW - Sgt. James E. Speakman - Jonesboro, Ark. - interned
RW - Sgt. Carter F. Thornton - Elk City, Idaho - interned
TG - Sgt. Dewitt J. Wier - San Antonio, Texas - interned
source: Army Air Forces Online Forum http://forum.armyairforces.com/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Robert Bosch A.G. Factory, Stuttgart, Germany Crews. Dispatched: 19 (358BS - 4, 359th - 6, 360th - 5, 427th - 4). Crews Lost: Lt. Hullar ditched at sea; Lt. James crash landed, 3 crewmen injured. Length of Mission: 7 hours, 25 minutes. Bomb Load: 10 x 500 lb M-43 G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitude: 25,100 ft. Ammo Fired: 56,795 rounds. Enemy Aircraft: 6 Destroyed, 5 Probable.
Air Commander Brigadier General Robert F. Travis‘ 1st Bomb Division was leading the 8th Air Force on another deep penetration mission in Germany. He flew as CoPilot with Major Lewis E. Lyle in #42-29931 Satan’s Workshop. The target was Stuttgart, where instruments and other critical war materials were manufactured.
Two of the nineteen 303rd BG(H) B-17s dispatched aborted the mission. Seventeen Group aircraft arrived at the target at their 25,000 ft. bombing altitude. They were loaded with 45 tons of M-43 500-lb. bombs plus leaflets in some aircraft. On the bomb run a 10/10 cloud cover obscured the target with only a few scattered holes. The formation circled the city for about 10 minutes making three bomb runs. Bombs were dropped on the third run at the approximate aiming point. Bombing results could not be observed.
Flak over the target was moderate to intense and fairly accurate. From 50 to 100 enemy fighters were seen and they made about 35 attacks on the Combat Wing. Formations were excellent until the many ships were low on gas and there were several stragglers. Many of the wing men peeled off, attempting to make the first airdrome in England. Only five returned directly to Molesworth. Ten landed at other bases to refuel.
#42-29944 crashed at a small RAF fighter field after running out of gas. #42-3002 427BS, ran out of gas over the English Channel and ditched about six miles southwest of Beachy Head.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 20 aircraft were sent on this mission.
42-29684 Lt. R. E. Hathaway - Ditched, all crew rescued.
42-29841 Lt. R. M. Spika - Crash-landed, all crew safe.
42-3150 Lt. C. F. Norris - Ditched, crew swam ashore.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 21. The 384th Bombardment Group had 21 aircraft airborne as scheduled. From the IP until leaving the target area, there was a complete undercast except for small sparse patches of farmland. This group followed the lead group over the target area twice without dropping the bombs. Bombs were finally dropped on a small town in Germany. Fuel ran short for many aircraft, many landing away at US and RAF airfields. Primary Target: Industry - Stuttgart, Germany. Target Attacked : Target of Opportunity (Visual): unidentified Farm Community, Germany
25 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 15. Failed To Return - 5. Aborted - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 4 41-24507 Armstrong, James Edwin - Failed to Return - MIA; two bomb runs due to overcast at target; enemy aircraft and flak knocked out two engines; insufficient fuel to reach England, crashed near Etrepagny, France; MACR 772. 41-24557 Sundlun, Bruce George - Landed away at Deanland. 42-3041 McMahon, James J - Failed to Return - MIA; out of gas; crashed near Compeigne, France; MACR 773. 42-3440 Sprague, Alfred L - Landed away at Little Staughton. 42-3455 Faulkiner, Russel R - Failed to Return - MIA; out of gas (right wing hit by flak), FW 190 finished them off, crashed near Rheims, France; MACR 775. 42-5444 Thompson, Siguard (NMI) - Landed away at Deanland. 42-5720 Aufmuth, Lester H - Failed to Return - MIA; damaged by enemy aircraft; insufficient fuel to return to England; made a forced landing in field near Beauvais, France; MACR 776. 42-5838 Frink, Horace E - Landed away at Hornchurch. 42-5843 Pulcipher, Ralph R - Failed to Return - MIA; shot down by fighters and flak; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455. 42-5852 Butler, Johnny A - Landed away at Hornchurch. 42-29554 Yelvington, Melton Albert - Landed away at Deanland. 42-29651 Jacobs, Randolph George Edward - Landed away at Deanland. 42-29814 Ingles, John Thomas - Landed away at Deanland. 42-30026 Algar, Philip M - Landed away at West Malling. 42-30033 Kelly, James H - Landed away at West Malling. 42-30043 Price, William M - Landed away at West Malling. The ship was forced to return to England on two engines after pulling out of a spin and was forced to land on the coast with very little gasoline.
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
source: 386th Bomb Group http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier
388BG Mission Report - On this mission, 24 aircraft took-off by 0547 hours not knowing that this would be the most disasterous mission in losses for the 388th Bomb Group of all the 306 combat missions flown. Eleven of our aircraft failed to return this day.
Group and Wing formations were effected without difficulty with the briefed course followed throughout.
One of our planes aborted early due to low fuel pressure in the #1 engine, the two remaining abortion planes returned as they were not needed to fill the formation. Twenty one aircraft proceeded to the target. Lt. Wick in aircraft 42-3289 "Wolf Pack", was hit in the bomb run and the plane caught fire. Five chutes were seen.Then several targets of opportunity appeared, , but as we were flying the Low Group to the 96th lead, our lead bombardier dropped on their target
Fighter opposition was the strongest encountered to date with about 150 enemey aircraft attacking our formation, consisting of FW190's, Me109's,Me110's, and Me210's with a few JU88's. A few spasmodic attacks were made on the formations on the route to Stuttgart, but the large concentration was first met in the vicinity of the IP. The attacks were very intense from this point to the target, decreased over Stuttgart, but regained intensity until the formations reached Bernay on the route out.
The attacks centered on the low groups and as a result of this, one entire (563rd) low squadron is missing. 45 of our P-47's escorted the 2nd Task Force on the route to Le Chatelet and 112 Spitfires rendezvoused with the formations south of Bernay on the route out.
The low squadron was hit by flak after the IP, then as the planes would drop out of formation, they would be hit by fighters.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Four A/C of 323rd squadron took part in this mission. Thick weather over primary target prevented bombing and bombs were dropped on the railway yards at Offenburg. Our combat wing went in last and received very light opposition from enemy fighters. Shortage of gasoline forced Lt. Shaper to ditch in the channel near Hastings on the return. The landing damaged the plane so that the release levers for the dinghy bins could not be pulled. Some of the Mae Wests failed to operate. All got out of the plane with minor bruises. Seven were picked, up within twenty minutes by mine layers nearby and three were lost.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Stuttgart, Germany. Bomb Load: 10 x 500. Bombing Altitude: 24,500 ft. Bombing Results: A/C 487 hit marshalling yard and RR junction at Karlsruhe with good pattern. Time: Take Off 0600. Target 1010. At Base 1315. A. A. Fire: Accurate and intense at primary, meager elsewhere. Enemy Opposition: 20 to 35 E/A fighters seen, three persistent attacks were made on our formation. A/C 497, Lt. Cox, ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Stuttgart: Primary not bombed. Bombs dropped on Railroad Marshalling yard at Strasbourg-Kehl. Results unobserved. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 20-35 E/A including Me 109s, Few 190s and Ju 88s were seen. Only three spirited attacks made on this formation. Meager, inaccurate AA fire was experienced from Laon and Rheims en-route to target. Intense barrage at the primary. Meager, inaccurate fire from Dieppe and Beauvais on the way out.
92nd BG Crash Report - B-17F, #42-30000, UX-D, 92nd BG, 327th BS was lost near Troyes, France. Attacked by fighters on the return flight over Northern France, losing rudder control on the first pass. Ten parachutes were observed leaving the a/c at about 19,000 feet south-west of Paris. A/c crashed at 1230 hrs near Estissac, 12 miles west of Troyes, France. 3 POW 7 EVD
1st Lt Wayne C. Bogard (P) POW
2nd Lt Robert D. Larsen (CP) EVD
2nd Lt James H. McGrew (N) POW
Sgt Taylor D. Harrison (B) EVD
T/Sgt Arthur R. Beach (TTG) EVD
T/Sgt Max Gibbs (RO) EVD
S/Sgt Floyd M. Carl (BTG) EVD
S/Sgt Herschel L. Richardson (LWG) EVD
Sgt Frank T. Lusic (RWG) POW
S/Sgt Cloe R. Crutchfield (TG) EVD
source: Army Air Forces Online Forum http://forum.armyairforces.com/
92BG Mission Report - Losses: 327th Squadron, a/c B-17 F-80-BO, 230000. Enemy fighter opposition; seen going down a little south and west of Paris at 5:00. Hit a/c in tail with big gunfire. After explosion rudder whipped around. Put wheels down. Stayed level, but lost altitude and speed. Three chutes opened. These came out of nose. Probably waist and tail gunmen dead. Horizontal stabilizer held. The a/c went into a flat spin going down. No one saw him hit. Tail gunner Sgt. Cupp on Booker's crew saw FW 190s shoot at parachutists from Bogard's ship. Radio Op. on Booker's ship also saw these FWs fire at parachutists. #2: a/c B-17 F-30-VE, 25890 F, Enemy fighter opposition; went down near Posse, 23 miles NW of Paris; out of gas. #3: 407th Squadron, a/c B-17 F-80-BO, 240010 X (camera ship). Observed to crash 5018N 0210E at 0815 hours. Five men parachuted. Three chutes blossomed. One chute failed to open. One chute was afire. Apparently no e/a attacking and no flak. A/c observed burning amidship at 16,500. Wing broke off at 16,000 1225 hours at 5030N 0040E at 10,000 feet. A/c ditched in sea. #4: 326th Squadron, a/c B-17 063 J. Ditched Pedensey Bay near Beachy Head. Sea very rough, but perfect landing. Lost first engine five minutes after crossing enemy coast at 1215, second five minutes later, last two out within two minutes of each other 1230-1233. Hit by flak near primary target area caused loss of gas and forward controls and flew sideways. Picked up 1310. A/c floated 35 minutes. #5: 327th Squadron, a/c B-17 F-80-BO, 230007 B. A/c ditched 20 miles SE of Selsey Bill. Time was 1258. In water one hour and ten minutes. Picked up by ASR launch number 198. #6: 407th Squadron, a/c B-17 F-60-DL, 23428 O (camera ship). Ditched 1220 at 50 20' N 00 25'E. All crew suffered scratches in ditching. #7: 407th Squadron, a/c B-17 B-80-BO 229965 L, Ditched six miles off French coast.
source: 92nd Bomb Group web page http://92ndma.org/