Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 114. 236 of 274 B-17s hit the railroads and waterways in and around Munster, Germany at 1503-1518 hours plus targets of opportunity at Coesfeld, Germany and Enschede Airfield in the Netherlands; they claim 183-21-51 Luftwaffe aircraft; 30 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 102 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 18 WIA and 306 MIA. 39 B-24s fly a diversion without loss or casualties. The B-17s are escorted by 216 P-47s; they claim 19-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; casualties are 1 MIA.
The 360th Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, transfers from Goxhill to Martlesham, England with P-47s. The squadron will fly its first mission on 15 Oct.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
source: 100th Bomb Group web page http://www.100thbg.com/
303BG Mission Report - Target: Center of city, Coesfeld, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 21 (358BS - 7, 359th - 4, 360th - 3, 427th - 7). Length of Mission: 5 hours, 30 minutes.
Bomb Load: 12 x 1,000 lb G.P. plus 38 x MA47A1 Incendiaries. Bombing Altitude: 24,650 ft. Ammo Fired: 7,120 rounds.
The primary and secondary targets were the center of the towns of Muenster and Hamm, with the last resort any target of opportunity. Ground haze made visibility in the target area very poor. There were 20-30 enemy fighters observed, but no attacks were made. P-47s gave excellent protection and coverage. Anti-aircraft fire was intense and accurate. Fourteen Group aircraft suffered minor damage and one had major damage.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 8 aircraft were sent on this mission.
42-29851 Lt. T. Argiropulos - Abandoned over England, crew safe.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 31. The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided 21 aircraft for today's mission. Aborting aircraft reduced the number attacking to fifteen. At the start of the bomb run, "we observed a town burning and, mistaking it for the target, made the bomb run. The town was later identified as Coesfeld [Germany]." On the return, weather interfered with recovery operations, forcing several to land at other fields, and one crew to bail out, leaving their aircraft to crash near Eye. Primary Target: Marshalling Yards - Munster, Germany. Target Attacked : Other (Visual): Railroad Marshalling Yards - Coesfeld, Germany.
23 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 14. Aborted - 6. Scrubbed - 2. Crashed - 1 42-3218 Armstrong, Lloyd R - Low squadron lead. Aborted. 42-3429 Willing, Mark S - High squadron lead. 42-3441 Frink, Horace E - Group lead. 42-5086 Wilson, William M - Crashed in Allied Territory Crew bailed out near Ipswich; aircraft continued in flight and crash-landed at Eye, Suffolk, killing a cow. 42-5444 Keller, Lawrence Larry - Landed away at Kings Cliffe due to weather. 42-5747 Goulder, Edmund Samuel - Landed away at Molesworth due to weather. 42-29554 MacPhail, Philip R - Landed away at Metfield due to weather. 42-29557 Kopf, William E - Crash-landed at Desford; hit hangar; plane scrapped. 42-29717 Kauffman, Giles Felker - Landed away at Desborough due to weather. 42-29809 Bedsole, Joseph Linyer - Landed away at Podington due to weather. 42-29987 Kaczaraba, William (NMI) - Landed away at Deenethorpe due to weather. 42-30005 Harry, William Russell 42-30033 Kelly, James H - Group deputy.
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - On this mission the 388th was to lead the 2nd Combat Wing of the 1st Air Task Force. Both the lead a/c with Col. David and Lt. Branham and the deputy lead with Col. Satterwhite and Capt. Bernard, had to abort before the formation left the English Coast. As no other crews in the formation had the experience of leading a Combat Wing, Major Henggeler radioed the 96th Bomb Group to take over the lead and the 388th then took over the low Group. 21 a/c had taken off by 1205 hours for this mission.
Lt. Branham had to abort because of a broken oil line at 20,000 feet over Splasher #5. Captain Bernard aborted over Splasher #6 when he lost oil pressure in #1 engine and could not feather the prop. Lt. Rodgers in a/c #295, turned back after he had crossed the Dutch Coast because of illness, however he got credit for the mission. He returned to the base at 1500 hours.
Enemy fighter opposition was very severe. Approximately 60 enemy a/c were encountered at the target and continued to the Zuider Zee on the return route. They were mostly ME 210's. A large amount of rocket and cannon fire was reported. One large piece of rocket lodged in the wing of one of our a/c has been sent away for examination.
Flak was intense as the Group passed the north end of Happy Valley in the Ruhr. All 17 of our returning a/c received battle damage.
All a/c except Lt. Poland landed by 1703 hours. Lt. Poland had trouble with the ball turret and landed at 1737 hours.
Lt. Williams in a/c 42-5898 "Little Lass", was hit by flak and left the formation just after bombs away. He was then attacked by fighters and shot down.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Two A/C of 323rd squadron took off for Munster, Germany. One Ship #714, 1/Lt. David A. Bramble (P) aborted when the tail gunner's oxygen supply was impaired causing the enlisted man to pass out at 25,000 feet. The second ship #761, 1/Lt. Karl W. Thompson (P), completed the mission successfully and upon its return, landed at Hardwich. Our combat wing received little enemy-fighter opposition. Bombing was good.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Munster, Germany. Time: Takeoff 1130. Target 1508. Bomb Load: 2 x 1000 GP and 42 N47 I. B. Bombing Altitude: 25,000 ft. Results: Good A/C 815 dropped bombs on a village north of Doreter as they were running low on gas. Encountered intense A. A. fire and received some hits. Landed at a field near Butlery at 1643 hours. A/C 741 returned shortly after taking off due to improper functioning of #2 and #3 superchargers. Pilot, co-pilot and radio operator intercom out. Due to losses of previous day the Gp. (91st) were unable to send out only 11 planes, of which two aborted. One plane of the Sq. piloted by Lt. Merle R. Turrill, 401st, failed to return.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Crews reported hits in city and marshalling yards. Claim good bomb pattern and the town well covered. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: 20 enemy fighters observed, mostly Me 110s, Ju 88s and a few Me 109s. Spirited attacks on other formations. Intense accurate AA fire at IP in Ruhr, moderate and accurate AA fire at Munster and Hamm. Meager, inaccurate fire in vicinities of Goteralok, Amsterdam and an airfield about two miles SW of Amsterdam. 10 missing in action. MIA: A/C 737