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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 92:

1. 114 B-17s are dispatched to the Brussels/Evere Airfield in Belgium; 105 hit the target at 0849-0852 hours; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 10 are damaged; no casualties.

2. 29 B-24s are dispatched to the Bergen/Alkmaar Airfield in the Nether-lands; 3 hit the airfield at 0857 and 19 hit a convoy off Texel Island; no B-24s are lost or damaged; no casualties.

3. 147 B-17s are dispatched V-weapon site at Watton, France; weather is a problem and 3 groups abort the mission; 58 hit the target at 0820-0854; 39 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 7 WIA. The 1st and 2d Bombardment Divisions are escorted by 178 P-47s; they claim 3-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and another is damaged; casualties are 1 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 52: marshaling yards at Lille and St Pol are targetted; confusion at the rendezvous point causes one group and half of another to abort the mission; St Pol is hit by 81 aircraft at 0854-0858 hours; they claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-26s are damaged; no casualties.

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