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VIII Bomber Command Mission 143. 349 B-17s, 29 B-24s and 3 PFF B-17s are dispatched to the industrial area at Solingen, Germany; 270 B-17s, the B-24s and 2 PFF B-17s abort the mission due to cloud formations which cause assembly difficulties and require flying at altitudes not feasible for the B-24s; 79 B-17s and 1 PFF B-17 use blind-bombing equipment to hit Solingen plus 1 aircraft drops on Wermelskirchen; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17s are lost; 3 are damaged beyond repair and 9 damaged; casualties are 11 KIA, 20 WIA and 23 MIA. This mission is escorted by 20 P-38s and 327 P-47s; they claim 0-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 and 5 P-47s are lost and 1 each damaged; casualties are 6 MIA.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 144: 6 B-17s drop 1.4075 million leaflets on Paris, Rouen and Tours, France; and Krefeld and Opladen, Germany during the evening; no casualties.

HQ 357th Fighter Group arrives at Raydon, England from the US.

HQ 361st Fighter Group and its 374th, 375th and 376th Fighter Squadrons arrive at Bottisham, England from the US with P-47s. They will fly their first mission on 22 Jan 44.

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