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,
303BG Mission Report - Target: Special Construction Works at Le Maillard & Gueschart, France (Crossbow Targets). Crews Dispatched: 18 (358BS - 6, 359th - 6, 360th - 3, 427th - 3). Crews Lost: 1 crew - Capt. Hungerford, 11 POW. Length of Mission: 4 hours, 5 minutes. Bomb Load: 12 x 500 lb A.N. M-43 G.P. bombs. Bombing Altitude: 12,000 ft. Ammo Fired: 7,860 rounds.
Seventeen Group B-17s took off carrying twelve 500-lb. G.P. bombs. Six of the bombs in the lead aircraft of each Squadron had delayed-action fuses. Lt. Lake (358BS) had to change aircraft. He had a delayed takeoff in #42-2973 Iza Vailable 360BS-K and was unable to catch up with his group. He bombed Gueschart with the 379BG.
The lead Squadron was on its bomb run for the primary target at Gueschart when intense flak was encountered. Violent evasive action caused the bombsight gyro to tumble. On the second bomb run, the formation was on a collision course with the 379BG formation. They turned and bombed the low Squadron's target, on their briefed course. Bombing was done from 11,700 feet. The low Squadron bombed its briefed target from 12,000 feet. Weather at the target was good with no cloud cover and visibility at 25 to 30 miles, limited by some ground haze. No enemy fighters were encountered.
#42-3029 Wallaroo 359BS-N sustained a direct flak hit in the vicinity of Foret-De-Crecy, France. The control cables were severed and the aircraft went out of control, spiraled toward the ground and exploded. The entire crew made successful parachute jumps and watched their B-17 crash near their landing area. It crashed near the anti-aircraft gun that shot them down, ten miles east-north-east of St. Valery-sur-Somme and ten miles north of Abbeville.
The lead Squadron received most of the anti-aircraft fire. Seven lead aircraft and one aircraft in the low Squadron were damaged.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 53. Primary Target: V-1 - Le Meillard, France. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual)
18 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 16. Failed To Return - 1. Aborted - 1 42-30026 Carpenter, Walter Richard - Aborted turned back over field b/c of runaway #2 prop, #3 magneto out, and reception on command radio transmission was very faint. 42-31246 Britt, Neill Lasane - Failed to Return - MIA; a/c hit by flak before bombs away; ten chutes were seen emerging at 1521.15 hrs; at 1532 hrs chutes landed in a wooded area in the vicinity of the target; cr St. Valery, Fr; MACR 2497
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - A second mission to bomb the rocket installations at Gorenflos, France took place on January 14th. Only two crews represented the Squadron on the operation and both returned safely. The crews flying were: Jones, Piper.
source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was an anticlimax after the raid to Oscherslaben a few days before,with nine 401st aircraft under the command of Major K. Martin on a mission late in the afternoon to the Pas de Calais. 550 four-engined aircraft of the 8th A.F. went after 21 V-weapon sites and attacked 20 of them. The attack went in at 12,000 feet with very good results, and, except for a few minor holes there were no casualties. There were very few aircraft on the base for this mission, most of them being diverted to other bases on returning from the Oscherslaben mission. 42-37833 Maupin.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - 6 67th aircraft departed this base 1300 hours to bomb military installations along the coast of France at Eacalles-Sur-Buchy and Les Petit Bois Robert. Results were poor. There was no flak over the target but the enemy sent up about 20 fighters to give challenge. The 44th shot down eight of these. Unfortunately, the 67th lost one aircraft, while 5 A/C returned this base 1715 hours. 4 Officers and 6 EM are missing in Action. The 66th Sq. state that the bombs fell on the target area and on western half of target. 67th A/C #41-23779 G (an original 66th Sq. plane) 114-Q-2" Goodwin, Henry C. Jr. 2nd Lt. Pilot San Antonio, Texas Officially reported KIA Clark, Raymond C. 2nd Lt. Co-pilot Savannah, Georgia Unreported, but listed on Roll Of Honor Phelps, John E. 2nd Lt. Navigator El Monte, Calif. Officially reported KIA Forest, Richard P. 2nd Lt. Bombardier Lynn, Massach. Officially reported KIA Mindelsohn, Joseph T/Sgt. Engineer St. Paul, Minn. Officially reported KIA Palys, Joseph E. T/Sgt. Radio Oper Ware, Massach. Officially reported KIA Monks, John C. S/Sgt. Top Turret Nelsonville, Ohio Officially reported POW Chalan, Andy VS/Sgt. Hatch Gun Portage, Penna. Officially reported KIA Lewis, James E. Jr. S/Sgt. Tail Tufret Philadelphia, PA. Officially reported KIA Capo, Joseph A. S/Sgt. RW Gunner New Brighton, PA. Later reported POW, returned. An observer noted that seven Me 109s and FW 190s attacked from head on. As they passed through the formation hits were made on #779 in #2 engine, setting it on fire. The plane went into a glide and when I looked again the ship had exploded. Two of my crew reported one chute believed to be the waist, and opened OK. I saw another chute that came out afire, believed from the nose. This occurred near the town of Duclair, west of Rouen. Ship exploded before it hit the ground. Comments of Lt. M.F. McGeary. Lt. Hovey and crew of 9 (68th's) KIA in a crash.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Noball target at St Pierre-des-Jonquies, France
Railroad tracks on each side of a bridge and runways and buildings at an airdrome were hit. A graph showed a heavy concentration of bursts on and around a 12-span railroad. Direct hits were observed on the primary target area, a buzz bomb launch site. The group would be grounded for the next week due to poor weather.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Between the hours of 1328 and 1351, 14 January 1944, 21 A/C of the 447th Bombardment Group took off. Normal clear weather assembly was accomplished on schedule. There was no Wing rendezvous. Fighters gave full support during the entire mission and no flak or enemy fighters were encountered. All A/C of the 447th Group returned without mishap to base. Bombing results were reported as very good except for a few reports of some bombs over or a little wide. All crews reported their bombs to be within the target area. SAV photos available at this time show one "strike" over, two short, remaining in concentrated pattern within target area.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
91st BG / 322nd BS Newspaper Report - Raid on construction works at Croisette, France. Bomb Load: 12 x 500. Bombing Altitude: 11,000 to 17,000. Bombing Results: Fair. Time: Take off 1340. Target 1502. Ar. Base 1700. A.A. Fire: None directed at our group.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - MISSION TO CROISETTE, FRANCE. POOR! Bursts were seen between 500 and 1000 yards over and to the right. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered. No AA fire directed at our group. FIGHTER SUPPORT: Excellent!