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,
303BG Mission Report - Target: Evere Airdrome at Brussels, Belgium. Crews Dispatched: 14 (358BS - 3, 359th - 5, 360th - 4, 427th - 2). Length of Mission: 4 hours, 35 minutes Bombing Altitude: 24,000 ft. Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb H.E. M-43 G.P. bombs. Ammo Fired: 5,330 rounds.
High Group of the 103 PBCW was comprised of a composite Group provided by the 102 PBCW. Both 303rd BG(H) Squadrons were forced to fly through an overcast sky to form their Groups. Lt. Baker in 358BS #42-29664 Jersey Bounce, Jr. aborted the mission when he was unable to find the formation after climbing through the overcast.
All aircraft released their 500-lb. M-43 bombs on seeing their respective Group lead B-17s drop their bombs. Bombing results were reported as good. Meager, inaccurate flak was reported. 1Lt. Casello's Squadron saw approximately 20 enemy fighters with four tail attack encounters. Lt. Mattison's Squadron reported seeing three enemy fighters with no attacks. The P-47s provided excellent cover. There were no casualties and one aircraft sustained minor damage.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 18 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 22. The 384th Bomb Group provided the lead and low squadrons of a composite group (high squadron provided by 303rd BG). Conditions at the primary target permitted a visual attack, and good results were reported. Primary Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot - Brussels, Belgium. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual)
15 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 11. Aborted - 3. Scrubbed - 1
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
source: 386th Bomb Group http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier
44BG Mission Report - Today the 44th along with B-24's of the 389th BG attempted to attack the Bergen/Alkmaar Airfield near Leeuwarden, Holland. However it, and the secondary target, were obscured by cloud cover. So a convoy of ships about 10 miles off the Island of Texel was bombed. The convoy of ships with escort vessels were hit with an excellent pattern being made. The convoy was bracketed by the bombs of the two Groups and undoubtedly many hits were scored. No damage to our planes.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6585). Organization: 351FS / 353FG of Metfield, Suffolk. Pilot: Leatherman, Vernon A. Notes: crash belly landing due to mechanical failure. Location: Westleton/ S of Southwold England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-22534). Organization: 63FS / 56FG of Halesworth, Suffolk. Pilot: Peppers, Frank E. Notes: ground looped on take off. Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Tiger Moth (#DE745). Organization: / 353FG of Metfield, Suffolk. Pilot: Duncan, Glenn E. Notes: take off accident. Location: Westleton England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Mission "8th AF Fighter Command Fighter Operation 126" Escort for heavy bombers of 1BD and 2BD September 07, 1943
Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
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