Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 283: 2 formations of B-17s are dispatched to hit airfields in France while B-24s are dispatched to The Netherlands. 182 B-17s are dispatched to Dijon/Longvic Airfield (117 bomb) and Reims/Champagne Airfield (59 bomb); 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 60 damaged; casualties are 3 KIA and 1 WIA. 191 B-17s are dispatched to Chateaudun Airfield (127 bomb) and Chartres Airfield (61 bomb); 2 B-17s are lost and 59 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 28 MIA. 77 B-24s are dispatched to the Ijmuiden, The Netherlands E-boat pens but they are recalled due to excessive clouds and failure of the escort to takeoff.
Escort for the B-17s is provided by 46 P-38s, 284 P-47s and 123 P-51s; details are: P-38s: no claims or losses. P-47s claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft. P-51s claim 30-1-32 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost; the pilots are MIA.
36th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), VIII Air Force Composite Command [attached to 801st Bombardment Group (Provisional)] moves from Watton to Harrington, England with B-24s; the squadron flies CARPETBAGGER missions.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
303BG Mission Report - Target: Dijon/Longvic Airdromes, France. Crews Dispatched: 20 (358BS - 8, 359th - 6, 360th - 1, 427th - 7). Length of Mission: 6 hours, 30 minutes. Bomb Load: 42 x 65 lb M-47A1 Incendiary bombs. Bombing Altitude: 16,900 ft. Ammo Fired: 440 rounds.
Another Nazi airfield was partially missing after being visited by 303rd BG(H) Fortresses. With perfect visibility at 16,900 feet, Group bombardiers could take time to position for the run-up on the target. 838 65-lb. M47A1 incendiary bombs dropped in a compact mass on the building in the corner of the airdrome. Tall plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the burning building and petrol dumps 150 miles away from the target.
In many respects, it was one of the best missions ever executed by the 303rd BG(H). In addition to the good bombing, there was no opposition of any kind–enemy fighters or flak. The bombers flew a perfect bombing formation. The fighter escort, mostly P-47s, was present throughout the mission, although there were no German airplanes in the air. Only a few very distant bursts of anti-aircraft fire were seen. There were no casualties and no battle damage to the B-17s. All aircraft returned safely to Molesworth.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 84. Primary Target: Airfield - Dijon-Longvic, France. Target Attacked : Primary (Visual).
26 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 22. Ground Spare, Unused - 4
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
388BG Mission Report - This was to be a visual mission for which the 388th was to furnish one Group, to be the low Group in the 45th Combat Wing. The Target was an operational base for He 177's and He 11's bombers being used to attack the U. K. The 45th Wing bombed Chartres Airfield.
23 A/C took-off by 1051 hours and the 24th at 1127 hours. This late take-off a/c caught the formation before it left the English Coast. Three a/c aborted for mechanical reasons and one a legal abort. The formation then proceeded to the Target as briefed. Bombs were away at 1409 hours from 16,700 feet. Strike photos show hits on two hangers and damaging a third.
No enemy fighters were seen on this mission and our escort was very good. Flak over the target was moderate.
All a/c returned to base by 1640 hours.
source: 388th Bomb Group web page http://www.388bg.info
447BG Mission Report - Briefing was at 0800 hours. The target was the airfield at Chartres, 44 miles southwest of Paris. The weapons were GP bombs and take off started at 1035 hours. The Group released their bombs over the target and returned home. Landing started at 1615 hours with no losses.
source: 447 Bomb Group Association http://www.447bg.com
91st BG / 322nd BS Mission Report - Raid on the Rheims/Champagne airfield, France. In good weather our A/C attacked from 22,000 ft. at dropping 500 G.P. bombs. The concentration of hits were about 200 yards from of briefed P.I. Meager but accurate A/A fire was experienced at the target by our A/C with five ships receiving minor damage and two major damage from A/A fire. No E/A were encountered by our group. The only E/A seen were observed on the ground at the target.
91st BG / 324th BS Mission Report - Target: Reims-Champagne Airdrome and Junkers aircraft assembly and repair works. Reports indicate that main points of impact were just short of briefed M.P.I. with some bombs walking into the Hangars. A large explosion was observed in hangar area in the Northwestern section of the field. Enemy aircraft opposition nil, flak accurate, and fighter support good.
91BG / 401BS Mission Report - MISSION TO REIMS-CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE.Reims: Crews reported that our main point of impact was just short of the briefed MPI, with scattered hits on the aiming points. A large explosion was observed in the hangar area in the Northwestern section of the field. ENEMY AIRCRAFT: None encountered or observed. FIGHTER SUPPORT: Described as good. Meager, inaccurate AA fire was reported at vicinity of Dieppe. At the target, meager but accurate AA fire was experienced.