Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
VIII Bomber Command Mission 34: The 1st Bombardment Wing dispatches 74 B-17s against the Hamm, Germany marshaling yards. The mission is cancelled due to weather and the aircraft are recalled before they pass the European coast. We claim 1 enemy aircraft destroyed; 1 B-17 is damaged.
Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4th Fighter Group fly 18 uneventful sorties on shipping patrols.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
This day's Field Order No. 99 was the 35th received by the Group. The primary target was Hamm, Germany; the secondary, Osnabruck; and the last resort, any German industrial target. 1000-lb. M44 and 500-lb. M43 bombs were loaded on the nineteen airplanes scheduled for take-off. Breakfast was at 0430, briefing was at 0520, engines started at 0810, taxiing began at 0820, and first take-off was at 0840 by Capt. Hagenbuch, 427BS(H) in S for Sugar, #41-24619. Capt. Fredericks, 360BS(H), in #42-2973 Iza Vailable, was the last to take off at 0854. Two B-17s failed to take off.
Poor visibility and 10/10 cloud cover caused the mission to be recalled between the coast and Dokkum, the Netherlands, without bombing. Some black flak was observed and eleven German aircraft were sighted with one encounter. All aircraft returned by 1400 hours with no casualties or damage.
source: 303rd Bomb Group web page http://www.303rdbg.com/
306th Bomb Group Mission Report TARGET
Hamm, Germany marshalling yards
INFORMATION IN DETAIL
Objective was not reached by Group due to bad weather conditions over Channel and German Coast.
source: 306th Bombardment Group website www.306bg.org/
91st BG / 323nd BS Mission Report - Mission undertaken against Hamm Marshaling Yards in Germany but due to adverse weather conditions all ships returned to base without dropping their bombs. Our group had no encounters with enemy.
Aircraft: B-17F (#42-5770). Organization: / of . Pilot: Underwood, Richard F. Notes: forced landing due to engine failure. Location: Boffa/ 25mi W Atlantic Ocean. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: L-4B (#43-681). Organization: / of Atcham, Shropshire. Pilot: Kolstad, Robert F. Notes: taxiing accident. Location: Atcham, Shropshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spit Va (#W3505). Organization: 109OS / 67OG of Membury Berkshire. Pilot: Lambert, Donald E. Notes: bailed out due to mid air collision. Location: Atcham, Shropshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Aircraft: Spit Vb (#W3797). Organization: 109OS / 67OG of Membury Berkshire. Pilot: Warburton, Joseph R. Notes: killed in mid air collision. Location: Atcham, Shropshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5 source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
Mission "8th AF Bomber Command Mission 34" Hamm, Germany marshalling yards February 14, 1943
Notes: VIII BC 34
Primary source for mission statistics: Mighty Eighth War Diary by Roger A. Freeman
Enemy Aircraft X-P-D
Enemy Aircraft (on gnd) X-P-D
USAAF Aircraft X-E-D
USAAF Personnel KIA-WIA-MIA
abandoned because of weather
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