Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 212: Airfields in France are targeted but weather forces 400+ bombers to abort the mission. 189 B-17s are dispatched against the Romilly-sur-Seine Air Depot and 60 hit St Andre de LEure Airfield and 40 hit Evreux/Fauville Airfield; 303 B-17s are dispatched to Nancy/Essay and Dijon/Longvic Airfields but only 60 hit Caen/Carpiquet Airfield; 150 B-24s are dispatched to St Pol/Siracourt V-weapon site but 37 hit Chateaudun Airfield and 9 hit the Eclimeux V-weapon site; they claim 3-3-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 B-17 and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 43 B-17s and 7 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 7 KIA, 3 WIA and 43 MIA. Escorting are 85 P-38s, 506 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-47s and 47 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 11-2-3 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 2-0-7 on the ground; 3 P-38s and 1 P-47 are lost, 1 P-38 and 2 P-47s are damaged beyond repair and 1 P-38 and 1 P-47 are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 4 MIA.
Mission 213: 6 of 6 B-17s drop 363 leaflet bundles in a CARPETBAGGER mission over Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Liege and Monceau-sur-Sambre, Belgium at 2202-2225 hours 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: Dijon/Lonvic Airdrome, Dijon, France. Crews Dispatched: 20 plus 2 spares (358BS - 7, 359th - 8, 360th - 7, 427th - 0). Crews Lost: 1 crew, Lt. J.S. Bass, 1 KIA, 9 POW. Crew Members Lost or Wounded: Co-pilot Lt. C.G. Doering KIA. Length of Mission: 7 hours, 10 minutes. Bomb Load: 6 or 12 500 lb M43 type bombs. Bombing Altitude: 15,500 ft. Ammo Fired: 425 rounds.
Twenty aircraft were airborne and three aborted. Meager and inaccurate flak was encountered. One aircraft had minor flak damage. About five enemy aircraft were seen, but were too far away to be identified. Friendly fighter support was good. Weather at the target was not as described during briefing and was not suitable for visual bombing. All bombs were bright back to Molesworth. One German JU-88 blundered into the path of the bombers and was last seen speeding away at treetop height.
#42-97498, piloted by 1Lt. Julius E. Bass, went down with a fire in the cockpit and crashed near Bricy in the Paris, France, area. Ten parachutes were seen. The cause of the loss was unknown, but it was not believed due to enemy action.
source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
351BG Mission Report - 33 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 60. Primary Target: Essey Aerodrome - Nancy, France.
39 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 35. Aborted - 2. Scrubbed - 2 42-29809 Pryor, Raymond T - Aborted at 1031 hrs due to defective bomb racks; bombs were released when bombardier released bomb bay tanks; 6x500GP jettisoned in North Sea 42-37793 LaSeur, William Veryle - Aborted Plane aborted over field; oxygen system was going out
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - The one Group that the 388th furnished for this mission was lead Group of the 45th Combat Wing, which was the last Wing of the 3rd Air Division. The 1st Division a/c were assigned airfields in France while the 2nd Air Division a/c were to attack special military installations in the Calais Area of France.
Our 24 a/c took-off between 0735 and 0814 hours. 2 a/c aborted, one for mechanical reasons and one as a spare. Combat Wing formations were effected without difficulty and proceeded to the target on the briefed route. The primary target on this mission was the same as assigned on the previous day. Again the target was covered by an under-cast and the bombs could not be dropped. The formation then circled back looking for a target of opportunity as no secondary target had been named. Due to 10/10 cloud coverage, no target of opportunity could be found, and the bombs were brought back.
There were no enemy fighter attacks on this Group. The 96th Bomb Group which was the low Group in the 45th Combat Wing was attacked by two single engine fighters. One of their a/c was shot down during this attack. Several other FW 190's and ME 109's were seen below the formation in the vicinity of Paris.
Inaccurate heavy flak was encountered at the primary target and in the Paris Area. Only one of our a/c received minor flak damage.
21 a/c returned to base by 1341 hours. Lt. Nelson in a/c # 176 first landed at Pennhurst to refuel before returning to this base at 1515 hours.
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 - Colonel Bowman led 27 aircraft on this mission to attack the airfield at Dijon. There was 10/10ths undercast over Dijon so Colonel Bowman searched for an alternative target, eventually locating Caen. Part of the D-Day deception was to stay away from this area, so High Command were not all that pleased to find that the 401st had bombed in this area. The following crews were on this mission: Owens, Peck, Arneson, Cammack, Stine, S.P. Wilson.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - The 8th A.F. set out to attack a number of airfields in France but the cloud cover caused the formations to split up and look for targets of opportunity. Only 206 of the force of 642 eventually found a target, with the 401st failing to locate Dijon/Longvic and dropping their bombs on Caen. The Group put up 28 Fortresses under the command of Colonel Bowman, and 27 bombed Caen, which for some reason not then disclosed, did not please the 8th Air Force H.Q. Bombing in the area of the Invasion Beaches was to be avoided if possible, not to draw the German's attention to it. The airfield bombed was Carpiquet, and the 60 bombers in the formation did an excellent job of bombing in the visually conditions, putting over 160 tons of bombs on the field. Crews: 42-31077 Cammack (614BS), 42-31091 Byrd, 42-31485 White, 42-31518 Gardner, 42-31730 Grinham, 42-31619 Owens, 42-30855 Rumsey.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
44BG Mission Report - Five 67th aircraft accompanied the 44th's 24 total formation to attack Military Installations in western France. Siracourt was the primary target but the weather interfered with the planned visual run. Enemy aircraft were present but they made no attacks and the flak was meager and quite inaccurate. No damages were inflicted on our planes. Lts. Fish, Sheridan, Staib, and Jeffs; S/Sgts. Masci, May and Swetlik; Sgts. Corzrlli and Szabo joined the squadron today.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Noball target, Eclimeux, France
Only 3 of 24 planes were able to drop, but hit the Noball target, Eclimeux, France. Heavy cloud cover kept the others from dropping.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0500 hours. The target was again the Air Depot at Romily-sur Seine. The 447th assigned to bomb from 19,000 feet with 500lb GP bombs. Take off was at 0722 hours. On approaching the target we found is obscured so the decision was made to hit the airfield at Evreux-Fauville. Results of bombong was judged to be "good". The heavies lost four B-17s but accounted for 3 German fighters. One of the losses was Lt. A.S. Reed, 708th Squadron. The Group started landing at 1335 hours.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Mission was undertaken against another airfield in France near Nancy/Essay. Nine ships of 323rd squadron took part. Enemy opposition was slight. The mission was not completed as bombs were not dropped on target area. It was called an "abortive sortie", a term used to indicate that ships were near the target but for various reasons they did not complete the mission. All returned without loss.
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on Nancy-essey A/D, France: Bomb Load: 12 x 500. Bombing Results: Did not bomb. A/C's 353 and 070 jettisoned delayed action bombs in the channel. All other A/C brought their bombs back. Time: Take off 0815. Ar. Base 1519 to 1546. A/A Fire: Meager to moderate and inaccurate. Bomb run was made on target but due to weather conditions 10/10 cloud undercast. No bombs were dropped.
Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52178). Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk. Pilot: Voskian, Alfred A. Notes: killed in crashed on take off. Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-22758). Organization: 310FRS / 27ATG of East Wretham, Norfolk. Pilot: Runnels, John R. Notes: killed in a crash. Location: Pendle Hill,nr Blackburn England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/