Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 270: 56 of 65 B-24s hit V-weapon sites at Watten, France; 7 B-24s are damaged; escort is provided by 48 P-47s without loss.
Mission 271: 41 P-51s carry out a sweep of the Bordeaux, France area; they claim 12-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 9-0-4 on the ground; 7 P-51s are lost and 2 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 7 MIA.
Mission 272: 6 of 6 B-17s drop 300 bundles of leaflets on The Hague, Amsterdam, Leeuwarden, Rotterdam and Utrecht, The Netherlands at 2102-2133 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,
388BG Mission Report - For this mission, the 388th furnished one Group which led the 45th Combat Wing which in turn led the 3rd Division. The 1st Division was the first over the targets with the 3rd and 2nd following in that order. All were assigned industrial targets in the Berlin Area.
21 of our A/C plus 3 PFF A/C were airborne by 0755 hours. The formations were effected without difficulty and they proceeded on course to the target. 4 a/c aborted, 1 for mechanical reasons and 3 spares were legal aborts. Just before the formation reached the I.P., the PFF equipment of the lead plane went out and the right wing plane took over the lead. After making a turn at the IP, it was determined that the assigned target, the Heinkel Aircraft plant, could not be bombed visually. The secondary target, Berlin, was attacked by PFF methods at 1327 hours from 23,800 feet on a mag heading of 245 degrees. Strike photos show that the bombs were dropped in Spandau, which is a western suburb of Berlin. The briefed return route was not followed. The formations was north of course and even went over the northern part of Bremen.
Flak barrages were seen from Lubech and Hamburg. In the target area, the formations encountered intense accurate flak which was both continuous following and barrage type. On the return route, Bremen put up intense flak but it was out of range.
Not one enemy aircraft was seen on the entire mission. Our crews were well pleased with our friendly fighter support. All of our a/c landed safely by 1637 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 - The Pas-de-Calais area (Watten) was today's target with 6 of the 67th's planes going over and back safely. Bombing was by PFF system, as usual unobserved results. Only meager to moderate flak was met, with a few planes having minor damage. The 44th was one of three Groups to hit Watten. Sgt. Chase has appropriate response to this type of mission: "Some missions were of shorter duration and proved less difficult than others... But anytime anyone is shooting 88s and 110s at you, 'meager flak' is a term that can only be applied when the final shell explodes near your ship and your name is not on it. Major Cameron and Capt. Williams were transferred to Head quarters, 44th BG; Major Robert E. Kolliner assumed command of the Squadron; and Capt. Robert E. Felber joined, becoming the Squadron Operations Officer. Capt. Karl T. Grube was assigned and became Squadron Executive.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg
Aircraft: P-47D (#42-8569). Organization: 368FS / 359FG of East Wretham, Norfolk. Pilot: Smith, James B. Notes: take off accident. Location: East Wretham, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Mission "8th AF 270" Watten V-weapon site March 21, 1944
Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
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