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VIII Bomber Command Mission 121. Two targets in Germany are hit with the loss of 8 B-17s and 3 B-24s.

1. 323 of 374 B-17s and 9 of 11 B-17 pathfinders hit the marshaling yard and oil plants at Gelsenkirchen, Germany at 1313-1350 hours; they claim 6-1-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 8 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 223 damaged. Casualties are 4 KIA, 35 WIA and 84 MIA. The B-17s are escorted by 47 P-38s and 336 P-47s; they claim 18-6-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 P-47s are lost and 1 is damaged beyond repair; casualties are 4 MIA.

2. 104 of 118 B-24s hit the marshaling yard at Munster at 1349-1358 hours; they claim 21-3-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-24s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 43 damaged; casualties are 7 KIA, 22 WIA and 31 MIA.

3. VIII Bomber Command Mission 122: 5 B-17s drop 1,004,000 leaflets over Paris, Amiens, Rouen and Caen at 1917-2005 hours; no losses or casualties.

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