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VIII Bomber Command Mission 130: 79 of 159 B-17s, 61 of 109 B-24s and 3 of 4 B-17 PFF aircraft hit the port area at Bremen and targets of opportunity in the Kiel-Flensburg area at 1120-1145 hours; 100+ aircraft abort the mission due to weather; they claim 20-14-13 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s and 13 B-24s are lost; 3 B-17s and 3 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 12 B-17s and 10 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 21 KIA, 26 WIA and 162 MIA. The bombers are escorted by 45 P-38s (all the way to the target) and 345 P-47s; they claim 10-3-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 P-38s and 3 P-47s are lost; 2 P-38s are damaged beyond repair; 5 P-38s and 2 P-47s are damaged; casualties are 9 MIA.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,