Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 164: 23 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area of France are hit. 478 of 526 B-17s 192 of 196 B-24s hit the targets at 1330-1510 hours; 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 85 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 4 WIA. This is the largest number of aircraft carrying out attacks of any Eighth Air Force mission to date and the first of its major strikes against missile sites. The heavies are escorted by 40 P-38s, 459 P-47s and 42 Ninth Air Force P-51s; 2 P-38s are damaged beyond repair and 2 P-51s are damaged; no casualties.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
303BG Mission Report - Target: Construction works at Vacqueriette, France. Crews Dispatched: 27 plus 3 spares (358BS - 0, 359th - 10, 360th - 10, 427th - 10). Length of Mission: 4 hours, 25 minutes. Bomb Load: 16 x 300 lb G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitude: 14,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 230 rounds.
The twenty-seven aircraft of the 303rd BG(H) carried sixteen 300-lb. G.P. bombs. There were no abortives and all aircraft returned. Anti-aircraft fire was negligible and 303rd BG(H) aircraft suffered no attacks.
Major Snyder led the 41st CBW. Eighteen of his aircraft made their bomb run, but Lt. J.E. McCormick the bombardier, could not locate the target. The formation flew one mile north of the target and Navigator Lt. P.W. Scroggins tried to put the formation back on course for another run on the target. Other Squadrons, however, were running on targets on each side of the 303rd BG(H), so the bombing attempt was abandoned. On Connecticut Yankee 358BS, piloted by Lt. E.S. Harrison, Jr., Bombardier, Lt. E.J. Biedanski (427BS crew) believed that he positively identified the target and their bombs were dropped with unobserved results. The other seventeen B-17s of the formation returned with their bombs to Molesworth.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
351BG Mission Report - 34 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 46. Low squadron of the high (composite) group bombed the primary target, while aircraft of the low group were unable to locate the primary target and attacked a target of opportunity (Target of Opportunity), also a NOBALL target. Primary Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site) - CROSSBOW (V-Weapons), Croisette-Abbeville, France. Target Attacked : Target of Opportunity (Visual). NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site), CROSSBOW (V-Weapons), 50°17'N, 2°14'E, France
32 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 27. Scrubbed - 2. Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3. 42-29632 Ashcraft, Archie B - Bomb release malfunction; dropped 13 bombs on target, two bombs jettisoned in Channel, one returned to base due to malfunction of bomb release mechanism.
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - On this mission the 388th put up two Groups with the "A' Group to lead the 45th "B" Combat Wing formation with ou "B" Group as low Group. The A/C took-off between 112' and 1158 hours, made Combat Wing formation, and fol lowed the briefed route to the Targets. The Groups split Ur at Dungeness and the IP to bomb by squadrons.
Just inside the French Coast, Lt. Givins A/C suffered flal damage in the oxygen system and aborted, returning tc base and crash landed.
The lead squadron bombed from 12,000 feet, and the lov squadron from 11,000 feet. After the bomb run, the squad rons reformed in the Group and returned home.
No enemy a/c were sighted and our fighter escort was excel lent. Flak was received by the low Group at Dieppe. 37 A/C landed at base by 1700 hours. Lt. Givens in a/c 42-329E "Wailuku Maui" returned to the field which was socked in a the time and flares were sent up for him to locate the runa way. When he got under the "soup", he was not lined Lir with the runaway. He hit hard causing the wheels to col lapse, ending up near the control tower. No one was injure( in this landing.
Strike photos show that this was one of the most successful missions the Group has been on.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - For some time, through photographic reconnaissance and report from the French underground, it had been known that the Germans were building concrete ramps near the French Coast aimed at a number of points in the U.K., the main ones directed at London. These were the famous rocket sites. These small well defended sites were attacked on many occasions by the 401st and Mission 8 was the first shot in this long battle. Major W.T. Seawell led the 21 aircraft of the 401st on this attack, and, on this first "Noball" raid, no enemy opposition of any kind was encountered. The Germans got the message and as the weeks went by the rocket sites became harder and harder to locate and bomb. It soon became obvious that that only by capturing the sites could this rain of V-1 bombs be stopped. The 614th crews on this mission were: Eveland, Smith, Cammack.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This mission was led by Major W.T. Seawell and the 20 aircraft of the 401st attacked a V-1 site near Gorenflos, east of Abbeyville. This was in the Pas de Calais area of France and was the first attack on these, what was then considered to be, mysterious installations. The Squadron Bombardier, Captain A.C. Kuenning, was flying with Major Seawell on this mission, leading a Squadron of 9 aircraft, and, although flying at only 12,000 feet, admitted that his bombs hit nothing but fields. There was no enemy opposition and all aircraft and crews returned to Deenethorpe safely. The Squadron put up the following aircraft: 42-37809 Chapman, 42-37843 Christensen, 42-39904 Kaminski, 42-40001 Seawell.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - The 44th dispatched two flights of 12 aircraft each to hit two Rocket Gun emplacements along the French coast. Targets: (1) Compagne Les-Resden and (2) Raye-Sur-Authie. There was no flak or enemy aircraft encountered that made these missions "milk runs". The results were not good on one and very good on the other.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Noball
A Noball (buzz bomb launch site) target was bombed near Eclimeux, France with no losses.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission ReportTwenty-one airplanes of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) took off between 1130 and 1150 hours of 24 December 1943. Of the 21 A/C, 18 were briefed to go over the target. Three were briefed to turn back at midchannel, unless vacancies in the formation occured before reaching midchannel, in which event the spared were briefed to fill in vacated positions.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Nine A/C of 323rd squadron took off at 1100 hours to bomb a military constructional works just south of the village of Andres, France. It is not known just what this installation is, but there is more than a suspicion that it is Hitler's secret weapon in the form of a tremendous rocket gun or guns, or a launching sight for pilot less rocket A/C. Moderate and accurate AA fire was encountered but there was no enemy fighter opposition. Heavy overcast over the target made it impossible to locate the target with the result that all ships of 323rd squadron brought their bombs back. Ships of the composite group had a small opening in the clouds for their target but returned crews believe results were poor. All A/C 323rd group returned safely.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Attack on enemy installations under construction just south of the village of Andres in France. Bomb Load: 16 x 300 G.P. Altitude: 21,000 ft. Results A.T.O.T.: Area well covered by bursts; results unknown determined due to poor visibility. Time: Take Off 1112. Target 1341. R.T. Base 1436. A/A Fire: Meager from coast developing to moderate and intense at target. Enemy Fighter Opposition: No E/F observed.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Most crew members believe bombing to be generally poor. A few are convinced that the southern part of Target area was hit. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: No enemy fighters encountered. FIGHTER SUPPORT: Observed or deduced from contrails to be covering us from 1330 hours to 1356 hours. Moderate and accurate AA fire from enemy coast to within three miles of target. Bursts were both black and red. AA fire reported in vicinities of C Griz Nez, Marquise, Watten, St. Omer, and Calais. S/Sgt. M. F. Skiles-flak wound in stomach. S/Sgt. T. C. Young-flak wound on right leg. Lt. Wendell Quattlebaum-flak wound in right cheek. All aircraft in this squadron were badly hit by flak.