Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 127: Two areas in Germany are targetted.
1. 57 of 167 B-17s hit the marshaling yard at Munster at 1408 hours; 1 B-17 hits Cleve; the rest abort the mission because of bad weather that hinders assembly; they claim 10-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost and 27 damaged; casualties are 4 WIA and 40 MIA.
2. 180 B-17s, including 5 PFF aircraft, dispatched to Wesel, abort the mission over the English Channel due to assembly difficulties and the presence of heavy frontal cloud; 1 B-17 is damaged; no casualties.
The two missions above are escorted to 59 P-38s and 342 P-47s; the P-47s claim 8-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47s are lost and 1 is damaged; casualties are 2 MIA.
VIII Bomber Command Mission 128: 1 PFF B-17 is dispatched to Emmerich, Germany but hits Rees at 2057 hours in an Oboe test. VIII Bomber Command Mission 129: 1 PFF B-17 hits Emmerich at 2115 in an Oboe test.
The 406th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 1st Bombardment Division, transfers to Alconbury, England with B-24s. The squadron will begin flying CARPETBAGGER missions on 5 Jan 44.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
388BG Mission Report - For this mission the 388th furnished 22 aircraft. Our a/c took-off by 1051 hours and a 23rd a/c at 1150 hours. The Group and Wing formation was effected and the briefed course was followed to the Channel. About the middle of the Channel, the PFF a/c aborted and the rest of the Wing tried to tack on to another Combat Wing. After circling the Channel area, the 13th Combat Wing was located. However, the PFF a/c of this Combat Wing had also aborted. This was because of the weather conditions and both Wings were behind schedule for fighter support. At this point, the Combat Wing leaders decided to abort and instructed the Groups to return to their bases. Our Group turned back at 1345 hours from 25,000 feet near the enemy Coast. We were high Group in the Combat Wing.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on the city of Wesel, Germany. Time: Takeoff 1115 hours. Return 1525 hours. Bomb Load: 4,200 lbs. IB's. All A/C were recalled due to weather. Turned back before reaching enemy coast.