Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 248: 219 B-24s are dispatched to hit airfields at Mont De Marsan, Cayeux and Bordeaux/Merignac, France but bad cloud conditions force a target change and multiple aborts; 62 hit Bergerac Airfield, 60 hit Cognac/Chateaubernard Airfield, 41 hit Landes de Bussac Airfield and 1 hits La Roche Airfield; they claim 14-2-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-24s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 23 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 35 MIA. Escort is provided by 34 P-38s, 185 P-47s and 88 Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-51s; 2 P-38s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 1 pilot is killed and another MIA; 1 P-47 is damaged and 1 pilot is KIA; the P-51s claim 14-0-6 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 0-0-6 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 1 pilot is WIA and 4 MIA.
Mission 249: 5 of 5 B-17s drop 250 bundles of leaflets on Le Mans, Paris, Orleans and Reims, France at 2132-2152 hours without loss.
A CARPETBAGGER mission is also flown.
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 - The Bergerac Airfield at Bordeaux, France was the Primary target. The 67th's eight planes took off in snow flurries that hampered the assembling in the 44th Group. The target was 10/10th undercast, so runs on Cognac and Bergerac was made by the Group. Results were good strikes on Cognac Airdrome, and fair on Bergerac Airdrome. The first section (67th & 506) struck Cognac, while the second section (66th & 68th) bombed Bergerac. Enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were experienced; flak was moderate, mostly inaccurate. 7 A/C of the 67th participated, six bombed the objective and completed the trip - one returned early.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Mont de Marson, France
An advanced RTU base near the Pyrenees mountains was the intended target, but dense cloud cover caused a change in plans. Instead, an airfield at Bergerac and Landes de Bussac with good results.