Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 205: 95 of 110 B-24s hit V-weapon construction sites at St Pol/Siracourt and Watten, France; 2 B-24s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 2 damaged; casualties are 10 KIA and 19 MIA. 183 P-47s escort the B-24s without loss.
364th Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, transfers from Raydon to Leiston, England with P-51s; first mission is 11 Feb.
Stalin agrees to provide 6 bases for US aircraft in the USSR.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
44BG Mission Report - Today the Group went to the Pas de Calais area - Watten, France dropping 2000 lb bombs on the military installations in-that area. Seven of the A/C came from the 67th, departing at 1105 hours, and arriving back at the base at 1515-hours. Bombing was done, on the second run at the target, on G-H so the results were unseen. The mission was flown under severe ice conditions and a 10/10th cloud condition. Over the target area moderate accurate flak was encountered and many ships in the formation suffered minor flak damage. Lt. Bolin, of the 506th squadron, became separated from the formation on the return. Apparently, in trying to find a base in southern England in very poor weather conditions, he crashed into a low hill near Bournemouth. Nine of the crew were killed instantly and the tenth died during the night. A/C #41-24282, an original and named "Ruth-less", was damaged beyond repair.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31533). Organization: 534BS / 381BG of Ridgewell, Essex. Pilot: Silvernale, John A. Notes: taxiing accident. Location: Ridgewell, Essex England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/