Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 255: France and Germany are hit in two raids; 1 B-17 and 4 fighters are lost; both forces use blind-bombing techniques due to thick overcast:
1. 120 of 124 B-17s dispatched hit the marshaling yard at Munster; 1 B-17 drops on Bentheim as a target of opportunity and 3 drop on Burgsteinfurt accidentally; 1 B-17 is lost and 24 damaged; casualties are 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 90 P-47s and 50 P-51s; 2 P-51s are lost and 2 P-47s are damaged; casualties are 2 MIA.
2. 34 of 51 B-24s hit V-weapon sites at Wizernes, France; 1 B-24 is damaged. Escort is provided by 40 P-38s and 213 P-47s; 2 P-47s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 2 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 2 MIA.
HQ 467th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and 789th, 790th and 791st Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy) arrive at Rackheath, England from the US with B-24s; first mission is 10 Apr.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
351BG Mission Report - 20 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - The 613th furnished the following crews which flew as the Lead Squadron of the Group: Sharp, Keith, Lew. Bombing was done through 10/10 undercast consequently no observations of the results were made. There was no opposition from enemy fighters and flak was nil.
source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - The target on this mission was just east of the Ruhr Valley, Munster, and the specific target was the marshalling yards within the city. The mission was led by Lt. Col. Vohees and 20 aircraft from the Group made up the Lead Box of the 94th Combat Wing. The bombing was done on a PFF run with no observations and no photos so the results were unknown. No enemy fighters were seen and the flak was nil. Six crews from the Squadron took part in this mission; they were: Ksieniewicz, Kirkhuff, Smith, Shaw, Kaufman, Wilson.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was a :small scale attack by 124 B-17's of the 1st and 2nd Air Divisions on the marshalling yards at Munster. The 401st put up 20 aircraft and were the Lead Box of the 94th CBW with Captain Rumsey flying in the No. 3 position as Deputy Lead. Two PFF ships were used because there was solid overcast up to 23,000 feet. The Combat Wing Leader was Lt. Col. B.K. Voorhees. 21 Crews were briefed but one of the 615th aircraft, IW-K, Serial 42-31369, "ROUND TRIPPER", had a flat tire and was scrubbed from the mission. The 615th Squadron Loading List was as follows: Rumsey (with Major M.K. Martin), Post, Knight, Otton.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org