Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 257: 127 B-17s and 144 B-24s are dispatched to bomb V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais, France area but the strike is cancelled due to bad weather; 7 B-17s bomb Poix Airfield as a target of opportunity; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 61 B-17s and 13 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 6 KIA, 1 WIA and 20 MIA. Escort is provided by 213 P-47s; 1 P-47 is damaged.
Mission 258: 7 of 7 B-17s drop 350 bundles of leaflets on Reims, Orleans, Paris, Amiens, Rouen and Chartres, France at 2104-2137 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,
351BG Mission Report - 21 aircraft were sent on this mission.
source: 351st Bomb Group web page http://www.351st.org/ken.harbour
384BG Mission Report - Mission recalled by 8th AF after entering enemy airspace, due to fuel shortage: recalled crews were awarded combat credit for the mission.
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
389th Bomb Group Mission Report Strictly a noball to a place slightly north of Amilns (Amieus) @5010-0159. Meager flak, flew at 19,000 and complete undercast so we didnt even drop our bombs.
source: 389TH BG: Personal Mission Log of Bernard L. Prueher http://www.hrhodes.com/Mission%20Logs/mission.htm
401BG / 613BS Mission Report - A different bombing formation was employed en this operation because of the size of the target. Instead of bombing as a Wing, each Group of the Wing formation made a separate bombing run. The 613th flew as the Low Squadron of the Group formation: Fitchett, Hess, Lew, Shotts, Vokaty, Hellmuth (M.I.A.).
source: 613th Bombardment Squadron History
401BG / 614BS Mission Report - This was a mission to the rocket sites in the Pas de Calais area of Northern France, sometimes called Noball or Crossbow sites. The size of the target demanded a different bombing formation and instead of bombing in wing formation each Group made its own bombing run. The 23 aircraft of the 401st B.G., led by Captain White, was the second of the wing formation to make a bombing run. From the weather reports it was expected that a visual run could be made over the target, however, on reaching the target it was found to be obscured by 10/10ths cloud. The Group were therefore unable to bomb the target and returned with the bombs. No enemy aircraft were encountered but the flak was moderate and was good for altitude and deflection. A 613th aircraft, piloted by Lt. George J Hellmuth, received a direct burst in their No.3 engine and immediately pulled out of the formation and began to disintegrate. Six chutes were seen to come out of the aircraft. This was Lt. Hellmuth's first mission as 1st pilot. Prior to this mission he had been Lt. Piper's co-pilot and had taken his place when Lt. Piper had been wounded on the Chateauroux mission. 614th crews on this mission were: Weber, Wilson, Walsh, Bartley.
source: 614th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
401BG / 615BS Mission Report - This was a small scale attack by the three divisions of the 8th Air Force on the "Crossbow" sites in the Pas de Calais area of France. Of the 271 aircraft despatched only 7 succeeded in finding a target of opportunity, the 401st Group, like many others that day, bringing their bombs back to Deenethorpe. No enemy aircraft were encountered but meagre to moderate flak was run into on the route back and a 613th aircraft was lost. The Group put up 23 aircraft with Captain R.J. White ( Jumbo to his friends) as Air Commander. The 615th Loading List was as follows: Trimble, Byrd, Ferdyn, Rumsey (with Capt. R.J. White - Air Commander), Grinham, Lozinski.
source: 615th Bombardment Squadron History www.401bg.org
446th Bomb Group Mission Report Noball target; Siracourt, France
Heavy cloud cover prevented the planes from locating the target and all returned with their bomb loads.
source: 446th Bomb Group www.446bg.com
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0600 hours. The target was Noball #74 at Bois de la Justice, France. The planes were loaded with GP bombs and take off started at 0830 hours. The 447th crossed the French coast at 12,000 feet and clouds were heavy. Accurate flak was encountered and only 17 First Division B-17s dropped their bombs. The remainder of the bombers dropped their bombs over the English Channel. Landing started at 1300 hours.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
Aircraft: B-24J (#42-100363). Organization: 409BS / 93BG of Hardwick, Norfolk. Pilot: Chamberlain, Alfred C. Notes: killed due to structural failure. Location: East Wrentham/ nr Sta 133 England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67469). Organization: 310FRS / 27ATG of Burtonwood, Lancashire. Pilot: Hammack, Donald E. Notes: crashed belly landing. Location: RAF Hooton Park England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67490). Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire. Pilot: Armstrong, John L. Notes: crash belly landing out of gas. Location: RAF North Willingholme England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-38J (#42-67686). Organization: 554FTS / 496FTG of Goxhill, Lincolnshire. Pilot: Korecky, James R. Notes: landing accident. Location: Goxhill, Lincolnshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6223). Organization: 84FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Pilot: Wendell, Roy E. Notes: killed in a crash. Location: Podington, Bedforshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47C (#41-6333). Organization: 84FS / 78FG of Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Pilot: Patton, James O Jr. Notes: unknown. Location: Podington, Bedforshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-74727). Organization: / of Elveden Hall, Suffolk. Pilot: Stokes, Albert L. Notes: crash landing engine failure. Location: Brandon/ 5mi N England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/