Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Missions 240, 241 and 242 are flown; 1 bomber and 5 fighters are lost.
Mission 240: 218 of 226 B-17s hit aviation industry targets at Brunswick, Germany and targets of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost and 54 damaged; casualties are 4 WIA and 10 MIA. Escorting are 61 P-38s, 346 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-47s and 147 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-51s; 2 P-38s are lost and 1 damaged, 2 pilots are MIA; the P-47s claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft, 1 P-47 is lost and 1 damaged, 1 pilot is MIA; 1 P-51 is lost, the pilot is MIA.
Mission 241: 38 of 48 B-24s hit the V-weapon site at Lottinghen, France without loss. Escorting are 79 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-47s; 1 is lost and the pilot is MIA.
Mission 242: 5 of 5 B-17s drop 250 bundles of leaflets on Orleans, Lille, Reims, Cambrai and Chateauroux, France at 2025-2121 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,
German damage report (Brunswick) - Damage points: settlement Lehndorf Madamenweg, Cross Street. 12 dead. Destruction of villages and Lamme Walle. (translated from German)
source: Brunswick city website http://www.braunschweig.de/kultur_tourismus/stadtportraet/geschichte/stadtchronik.html
388BG Mission Report - On this PFF mission the 388th put up an "A" and "B" Group which formed the 45th CW, which in turn led the 3rd Division. This was the target for all of the 3rd AD. The 2nd AD attacked targets in the Pas de Calais Area of France.
38 A/C plus 4 PFF A/C were airborne between 0620 and 0745 hours. The low squadron of the "A" Group was crews from the 452nd BG, but the planes were from the 388th. 7 a/c of the "A" Group and 2 a/c of the "B" Group aborted because of mechanical reasons and one a/c of the "A" Group aborted because of personnel failure.
Formations were effected without difficulty and proceeded to the briefed target on the briefed course. 10/10th clouds prevailed over the target area and bombs were dropped on the flare of the leading PFF a/c. Bombs were away at 1116 hours from 21,000 feet on a mag heading of 78 degrees. A left turn was made at the target and the briefed course was followed back to the base.
A/C 42-30800 was hit by flak over the target just after bombs away, left the formation and disappeared into the clouds. The crew ditched just off the Dutch Coast and were picked up by Germans Air Sea Rescue boat. This was one of the 452nd Bomb Group crews in our aircraft.
During the entire mission, neither of the Groups were attacked by enemy a/c. All crews were well pleased with the fighter escort with both top and bottom coverage. Some crews that had to leave the formation and return alone were covered by our friendly fighters.
Meager flak was encountered at Zwolle, Minden, Quackenbruck, Moppel and ljmuiden. Flak over the target was moderate barrage type and accurate.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0430 hours. The target was an aircraft plant at Brunswick, Germany. The planes were loaded with GP bombs and take off started at 0715 hours. During assembly three aircraft that were spares or had mechanical problems returned to base. Bombing altitude was at 22,000 feet. The mission was uneventful. The Groups planes started landing at 1400 hours.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
Aircraft: Miles Mstr III (#DL679). Organization: 468SerS / 50SerG of Bottisham, Cambrdigeshire. Pilot: Moore, Wayne L. Notes: crash belly landing out of gas. Location: Mindenhall/nr England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67749). Organization: 343FS / 55FG of Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire. Pilot: Bauer, Harold M. Notes: landing accident. Location: Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/