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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

VIII Bomber Command Mission 161: marshaling yards at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany are targetted; 22 US bombers are lost. Heavy cloud conditions along with a malfunction of Pathfinder equipment result in a large number of heavy bombers failing to attack targets.

1. 147 of 225 B-17s, 87 of 121 B-24s and 2 PFF aircraft hit the Osnabruck at 1356-1434 hours; they claim 18-8-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17s and 12 B-24s are lost; 2 B-17s and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair; and 21 B-17s and 11 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 6 KIA, 13 WIA and 160 MIA.

2. 164 of 177 B-17s, 30 of 43 B-24s and 3 PFF aircraft hit Munster at 1353-1417 hours; 3 B-17s and 2 B-24s are lost, 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair, and 29 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 50 MIA. The bombers are escorted by 40 P-38s, 448 P-47s and 28 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 15-1-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-38s and 2 P-47s are lost and 1 P-47 is damaged; casualties are 4 MIA

VIII Bomber Command Mission 162: 6 B-17s drop 1.212 million leaflets on Paris, Amiens, Chartres, Orleans and Rennes, France at 1942-2018 hours; no casualties.

VIII Bomber Command Mission 163: 1 B-17 drops two 2,000 pound (907 kf) general purpose bombs and 1 Photoflash on Cologne, Germany at 2020 hours; no casualties. RAF light bombers attack numerous NOBALL (V-weapons) targets in France in conjunction with the Osnabruck-Munster raids.

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