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VIII Bomber Command Mission 116. The industrial area at Duren, Germany is the primary target. 97 of 170 B-17s hit the primary target at 1413-1416 bombing from 30,000-feet (48,000 m) because the cloud tops were at 29,500-feet (47,200 m); the 1st Bombardment Division uses Oboe PFF for the first time but the equipment fails and 60 aircraft return to base without bombing; 42 of the 1st Bombardment Divisions aircraft hit Woensdrecht Airfield in the Netherlands as a target of opportunity; and 70 B-24s fly a diversion; the totals are 4-1-1 Luftwaffe aircraft claimed; 9 B-17s lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 10 damaged; casualties are 4 KIA (including 3 gunners who died from oxygen system failure), 2 WIA and 85 MIA.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 117: During the night of 20/21 Oct, 5 B-17s drop 876,960 leaflets over Roen and Paris at 2211-2217 hours.

HQ 358th Fighter Group and its 365th, 366th and 367th Fighter Squadrons arrive at Goxhill, England from the US.

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