Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
The Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) authorizes AEAF to attack "sky sites" in the Pas de Calais area and on the Cherbourg Peninsula in France, which RAF photography and British intelligence have virtually identified as missile-launching sites.
VIII Bomber Command Mission 146: 1 B-17 flies an Oboe test over Huls, Germany at 2139 hours dropping two 2,000 pound (907 kg) GP bombs and 1 photoflash bomb.
4 B-17s drop 2.09 million leaflets on Bremen, Oldenburg and Hamburg, Germany. No casualties on either mission.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The target on this mission was Solingen, in "Happy Valley", the famous airplane manufacturing center in the Ruhr. The Group was led by Lt. Col. Harris E. Rogner, with Major Seawell leading the 615th Squadron in the Lead low position. The 401st Group flew the low position in the 1st Combat Wing, and this was the third Wing over the target. They encountered 25 to 35 FW-190's over the target itself, but the escorting fighters did a good job of protecting the bombers, and although the attack went on for about 30 minutes the Group suffered no losses. The target was bombed once again by the PFF method. On the way home the co-pilot of 42-31077, Lt. Fred Brown, was busy releasing three hung up bombs and then noticed that the radio operator, Sgt. Charles W. Lewis, was unconscious on the radio room floor. He used his own portable oxygen supply to revive Sgt. Lewis and then collapsed unconscious himself - to be revived in turn by Sgt. Lewis. The mission leader, Lt. Col. Rogner, flew with Lt. Stephen Wysocki and his crew in a 613th ship, 42-3507. The loading list for the mission was as follows: 42-37833 Dempsey, 42-31088 Grinham, 42-31193 Beers.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17F (#41-24616). Organization: 422BS / 305BG of Chelveston, Northamptonshire. Pilot: Duff, Lawrence H. Notes: forced landing due to engine failure. Location: Bungay, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38H (#42-67076). Organization: 343FS / 55FG of Wormingford, Essex. Pilot: Malmstedt, Roland M. Notes: killed in crashed on take off. Location: Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-7874). Organization: 334FS / 4FG of Debden, Essex. Pilot: McNabb, John P. Notes: killed in a crash. Location: Moat Fram, Kenton England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-7955). Organization: 552FTS / 495FTG of Atcham, Shropshire. Pilot: Foster, Arvil J. Notes: killed in a crash. Location: Teakings Farm/nr Wem England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Mission "8th AF Bomber Command Mission 146" Special Night Operation - Huls (OBOE test) and leaflet operation December 02, 1943
Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
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