Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 221: V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area of France are hit; 266 of 277 B-17s hit 12 sites and 138 of 192 B-24s hit 5 sites; 12 B-24s hit targets of opportunity; they claim 0-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 2 B-17s and 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair, and 74 B-17s and 57 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 7 KIA, 23 WIA and 24 MIA. Escort is provided by 189 P-47s and 43 P-51s; they claim 6-1-4 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 0-0-4 on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost and 4 P-47s damaged; no casualties.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
388BG Mission Report - For this mission which was visual, the 388th furnished one Group which flew as low Group of the 45th Combat Wing formation. All three Groups of this Combat Wing attacked the same target in the Calais Area of France.
24 a/c were airborne by 1330 hours. 3 a/c aborted, 2 for mechanical reasons and one a legal abort. Formations were effected without difficulty and the briefed route to the target was followed. Bombs were away at 1519 hours from 19,000 feet. About 10 seconds before bombs away, our lead bombardier, Captain Bartuska, was hit by flak causing the bombs to hit along side of the main target.
Flak in the target area was moderate but very accurate with 2 of our a/c receiving major flak damage and 12 minor damage.
No enemy a/c were seen on this mission.
Captain Bartuska and S/Sgt. Parker were injured by flak. 21 a/c returned to base by 1635 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
44BG Mission Report - It's becoming a habit six of our 67th aircraft took off, one returned early, and the other five completed the mission, returning at 1645. This time it was another Military Installation, Ray-sur- Authie (Petit Bois Tillencourt) as the objective. The run was a visual attack and the results were quite good. Plenty of the continuous accurate flak was encountered with many of the Group's ships being hit. The 506th had Sgt. G.G. Johns killed by flak. This, the 13th, had the 67th and the 506th hitting Petit Bois Tillencourt and the 66th and 68th target was Ray-sur-Authie. The Group was alerted for this split mission only three hours before take-off time. It can easily be seen that there was a vast amount of work that had to be done prior to take-off; loading bombs, checking and gassing the ships, briefing crews, checking all the sun-dry equipment - let alone preparing the data for the mission briefing, etc. In retrospect we wonder how it was done, but it WAS done. Too much credit cannot be given to the Ground Personnel for their efficient and very capable performance under such pressure of time. The whole mission was very successful and all squadrons should feel proud, as the 68th-Squadron led the Group and the Wing. The bombs dropped were 500 lb GP.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Noball target, Pa de Calais, France
The targets were hit successfully by 17 planes. Opposition was light.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 1100 hours. The target wss to strike 5 V-1 (ours were Noball #78 and #110) sites. Our planes were loaded with 96 tons of GP bombs. The assigned bombing altitude was 12,000 feet. Take off started at 1330 hours. The 447th formed up with the 94th and 385th Groups of the 4th Bomb Wing. The 447th lost Lt. Kaffuns crew (710th) and Lt. McDonalds crew (709th). The Group started landing at 1630 hours.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
Notes: Target list incomplete; A/C numbers approximate
Non-Combat Accident Reports
Aircraft: B-17G* (#42-31229). Organization: 570BS / 390BG of Framlingham, Suffolk. Pilot: Rains, George (NMI). Notes: take off accident. Location: Framlingham, Suffolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/