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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 119. 539 of 566 B-17s and B-24s dispatched to the Wilhemshaven, Germany port area hit the target at 1307-1335 hours. They claim 21-3-24 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair, and 47 damaged; casualties are 12 WIA and 70 MIA. The mission includes 11 Pathfinders, 9 using new H2X blind-bombing device (first time on a US mission) and 2 using H2S.

This is the first Eighth Air Force blind-bombing mission in which the aiming point is completely destroyed and is also the Eighths first 500-plane mission.

333 P-47s and 45 P-38s escort the bombers with the P-38s escorting the heavy bombers almost the entire trip and see their first real ETO combat, claiming 3-5-5 Luftwaffe aircraft.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 120. During the night of 3/4 Nov, 2 B-17s drop 1.5+ million leaflets on Antwerp at 1915 hours and Rotterdam at 2008 hours.

The 612th and 613th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrive at Deenethorpe, England from the U.S. with B-17s. They will fly their first mission on 26 Nov.

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