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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,