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VIII Bomber Command Mission 108: 4 targets in Germany and a diversion are flown. 12 B-17s and 4 B-24s are lost.

1. 104 B-17s are dispatched to the Wiesbaden industrial area; 15 aircraft hit Wiesbaden and 77 hit the industrial area at Frankfurt at 1059-1105 hours; they claim 19-3-15 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17s are lost and 45 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 8 WIA and 40 MIA.

2. 37 of 51 B-17s dispatched to Frankfurt hit the target at 1110-1111 hours; they claim 18-8-22 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s are lost and 35 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 2 WIA and 30 MIA.

3. 115 B-17s are dispatched to the Saarlautern industrial area; 67 hit Saarlautern and 38 hit St Dizier/Robinson Airfield in France at 1136-1148 hours; they claim 37-7-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 4 are damaged beyond repair and 19 damaged; casualties are 6 WIA and 29 MIA.

4. 47 of 53 B-17s dispatched hit Sarreguemnines and Saarbrucken marshaling yards at 1133-1139 hours; 2 B-17s are damaged; no casualties.

5. 38 B-24s fly a diversion; they claim 13-6-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-24s are lost and 19 damaged; casualties are 11 WIA and 43 MIA.

These missions are escorted by 223 P-47s; they claim 19-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 15 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 79: 25 B-26s are dispatched to Beauvais/Nivilliers and Evreux/Fauville Airfield in France; they return to base without bombing.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 109: 4 B-17s drop 240,352 leaflets over Paris between 2257-2307 hours.

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