Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
351 of 382 B-17s and 69 of 120 B-24s hit the I G Farben Industrie plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany; they claim 30-6-17 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17s and 17 B-24s are lost, 2 B-17s and 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 104 B-17s and 18 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 14 KIA, 13 WIA and 121 MIA. 71 P-38s, 463 P-47s and 37 Ninth Air Force P-51s escort; they claim 7-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 and 5 P-47s are lost and 1 P-47 is damaged; casualties are 6 MIA.
Mission 179: During the evening, 5 B-17s drop 1.08 million leaflets on Paris, Chartres, Caen and Evreux, France without loss.
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: I.G. Farben Chemical Works at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Crews Dispatched: 36 (358BS - 9, 359th - 9, 360th - 9, 427th - 9). Length of Mission: 7 hours, 15 minutes. Bomb Load: 12 x or 6 x 500 lb G.P. bombs, 1 B-17 carried "Nickels". Bombing Altitude: Lead Group 25,000 ft - Low Group 24,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 2,170 rounds.
Major Mitchell, lead pilot of the 41st CBW lost his No. 2 supercharger when nearing the enemy coast. He dropped six of his twelve bombs, enabling him to reach altitude. The lead was turned over to PFF B-17 #42-27745 (482BG with pilot Asumssun) about 20 minutes from the target. The PFF ship made a beautiful bomb run and Wing aircraft dropped their bombs on his red flare and VHF code words "E-Easy G-George."
The Wing encountered moderate and accurate flak in the Cologne area and meager, inaccurate flak in the target area. Thirteen aircraft received minor damage from flak. There were no casualties. No enemy fighters were seen. Friendly fighters picked up the Wing before they entered enemy territory and stayed with them throughout the trip. Their area support was excellent.
In response to previous complaints, crews were given a very hot meal after the mission. It was described as "plentiful, varied and better prepared than in the officer's mess." It included fresh meat, lacking in recent QM-issued rations. Crews also had the choice of hot cakes or eggs or both at breakfast. Some crews, however, stated that hot cakes were "too heavy for high altitude flying." The poor mess officers found it difficult to satisfy everyone.
22 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 7. Failed To Return - 1. Aborted - 13. Scrubbed - 1 41-24525 Garner, Walter Ernest - Failed to Return - MIA; Bombed target, then ditched on return; MACR 1608 42-5444 Wolf, Richard V - Turned back at 1025 hrs due to runaway supercharger on no. 3
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - For this mission, which was a PFF mission, the 388th put up one Group and part of a Composite Group. The "A" Group was to fly as high Group with the Composite Group as low Group high squadron in the 45th Combat Wing.
22 A/C of the "A" Group and 7 A/C of the Composite Group took-off between 0745 and 0830 hours with 2 a/c aborting because of mechanical trouble and 8 a/c because of weather. Six of these planes lost the formation when going through heavy clouds over the Channel on the route out. The briefed route was followed to the Target and bombs were away at 1135 hours from 24,700 feet on the PFF A/C. Strike photos show nothing but clouds.
No enemy a/c were sighted and flak was moderate over the Target.
Lt. Franklin, crash-landed at Honington as his landing gear would not let down, in A/C 42-3395 "Passionate Witch II". All crew members are safe.
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 - This mission was known as No. 12A until the aircraft had returned to base - then it was marked down as mission 13. And it turned out to be a lucky one for the crews taking part. Captain R.J. White led 19 aircraft to attack the I.G. Farben Industrie site at Ludwigshaven but due to the 10/10ths cloud cover assembly with other formations was not made. The crews had to return to base before crossing the Channel and received a mission credit. 614th crews on this mission were: Kirkhuff, Stimson.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - Twenty-two crews were briefed at 0500 hrs, with 19 crews taking off by 0900 hrs. The mission leader for the Group was Captain R.J. White, and the target, Ludwigshaven, was attacked by the whole of the 8th Air Force. The 420 four-engined bombers over the target dropped 1001 tons of bombs and were subjected to heavy flak and fighter attacks. 12 bombers went down and 126 were damaged; 14 crew members were killed and 13 wounded. The crews who flew that mission might be interested to learn that on that day they flew with Major James Stewart the film star. He was the Air Commander of the 445th B.G. flying a B-24. One of the 30 enemy aircraft shot down that day was claimed by a 615th gunner on Lt. V.J. Kaminski's crew, S/Sgt. Stephen H. Bosowski. For him the thirteenth Mission of the Group was a lucky one. The 615th loading list was as follows: 42-39993 White, 42-39904 Kaminski, 42-37633 Beers, 42-31069 Wysocki, 42-37809 Nicklawsky.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - We participated in a planned mission to Ludwigshaven, Germany. 4 67th aircraft departed this base 0815 hours; 1 abortive. Three A/C completed the flight, but the mission was never completed because of the bad weather conditions which prevented the formation from properly grouping, so the whole mission was recalled. Before turning back, the Group met with attacks by enemy fighters and heavy inaccurate flak, but no damage or losses were involved. T/Sgt. Hurrle, following his former officer, also transferred to HQ. 44th BG.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
445BG Mission Report - Target: Ludwigshafen, Germany - I. G. Farben Industries Plant. A/C Took Off: 18. A/C Bombed Target: 16. A/C Lost: 1
source: 445th Bomb Group http://445bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Ludwigshaven
This mission was aborted when heavy overcast prevented the planes from meeting the 392nd bomb group.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Twenty-one A/C of the 447th Bombardment Group (H) took off between the hours of 0742 and 0805, 7 January 1944. Of the 21 A/C three aborted.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Ludwigshaven, Germany. Bomb load: 16 x 250 I. B. Bombing altitude - 25,000. Results - Unobserved due to 10/10 cloud. Time: Take off: 0630, Target 1155. Ar. Base 1445. A.A. Fire - Moderate and accurate.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Ludwigshaven - Aiming point was power plant of I.G. Farbenendustrie. - Bombing results unobserved 10/10ths. Seventeen to 50 E/A made attacks. Cable bombing was attempted by a FW190 without effect. A/A fire was moderate and accurate and eleven 323rd aircraft sustained minor damage. Crews enthusiastic in their praise of the fighter escort.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - Ludwigshaven: Unobserved due to dense undercast. One crew reports, Gray and reddish smoke coming up through clouds up to 18,000 feet. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: Attacked in two waves; from 17 to 50 single-engine fighters attacked the formation or were in vicinity. First group attacked during change over from P-47 to P-38 escort. Spits drove off E/A attacking stragglers. Attacks made singly, in pairs and in threes and described as not very aggressive. One FW reported as lobbing a rocket from 850 to 1000 yards behind formation. One FW made an attack with what was described as a bomb suspended at end of a cable. No hit reported. FIGHTER SUPPORT: Good. Spitfires excelled in affording protection to this formation. P-38's and P-47's seen in large numbers. Moderate, inaccurate fire experienced at Findhoven; meager to moderate accurate fire encountered west of Koln.