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Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description

Mission 187: 36 V-weapon sites in France, 34 in the Pas de Calais area and 2 in the Cherbourg area, are targeted; 24 are attacked by 302 of 597 B-17s and 68 of 198 B-24s; 15 B-17s and 9 B-24s hit targets of opportunity (2 V-weapon sites and 3 airfields); they claim 5-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-24s and a B-17 are lost, 3 B-24s are damaged beyond repair, and 103 B-17s and 41 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 31 WIA and 74 MIA. This mission is escorted by 49 P-38s, 531 P-47s and 48 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 6-0-4 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 2-2-0 on the ground; 1 P-47 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; casualties are 1 MIA.

Mission 188: During the night, 5 of 5 B-17s drop 1.2 million leaflets on Reims, Nantes, Le Mans, Tours and Orleans, 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,