|VIII Bomber Command Mission 145: The industrial area at Solingen, Germany is the target. 206 of 215 B-17s, 69 of 78 B-24s and 5 of 6 B-17 PFF aircraft hit the target at 1159-1212 hours; they claim 4-5-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 19 B-17s and 5 B-24s are lost, 2 B-17s and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 85 bombers are damaged; casualties are 13 KIA, 23 WIA and 227 MIA. The mission is escorted by 42 P-38s and 374 P-47s; the P-47s claim 20-4-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-38s and 5 P-47s are lost, 1 each are damaged beyond repair and 3 P-47s are damaged; casualties are 7 MIA. |
HQ VIII Air Support Command is disbanded at Sunninghill, England.
HQ 448th Bombardment Group (Heavy) arrives at Seething, England from the US.
The 362d, 363d and 364th Fighter Squadrons, 357th Fighter Group, arrive at Raydon, England from the US with P-51Bs. They will fly their first mission on 11 Feb 44.
The 708th, 709th, 710th and 711th Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 447th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrive at Rattlesden, England from the US with B-17Gs. They will fly their first mission on 24 Dec.