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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 183: 356 of 374 B-17s and 156 of 178 B-24s hit 20 of 21 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area of France; 19 B-24s hit targets of opportunity; they claim 8-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17s and 1 B-24 are lost, 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 66 B-17s and 9 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 11 WIA and 31 MIA. 98 P-38s, 504 P-47s and 43 Ninth Air Force P-51s escort; they claim 14-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38, 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost, 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 9 P-47s and 1 P-51 are damaged; casualties are 3 MIA.

Mission 184: During the evening, 4 B-17s drop 840,000 leaflets on Amiens, Lille, Cambrai and St. Omer France without loss.

Mission 185: 2 B-17s are dispatched to Wesel, Germany for a night test of Oboe Mk II; 1 aircraft aborts and 1 drops 2 tons of high explosive bombs on the target without loss.

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