Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description
Mission 360: 150 bombers and 48 fighters hit V-weapon sites in France without loss; 25 of 40 B-17s hit Marquise/Mimoyecques and 13 B-17s are damaged; 99 of 110 B-24s hit Siracourt and 1 B-24 is damaged. Escort is provided by 48 P-47s without loss.
617 fighters are dispatched on strafing missions to attack rail stock in Germany; 27 fighters are lost; 91 of 225 locomotives attacked are destroyed; P-47s also dive bomb rail bridges in W Germany; and 1 P-51 pilot claims 25 cows killed; participating are:
1. 145 P-38s claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 6-0-3 on the ground; 8 P-38s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 12 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 8 MIA.
2. 139 P-47s claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air; 4 P-47s are lost and 21 damaged; 3 pilots are MIA.
3. 333 P-51s claim 17-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 77-0-64 on the ground; 15 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 20 damaged; 15 pilots are MIA.
Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,
384BG Mission Report - 384th BG Mission Number 111. Primary Target: Launch Site - Mimoyecques, France. Target Attacked : Primary (Gee-H).
31 aircraft assigned to this mission: Completed Mission - 13. Aborted - 14. Scrubbed - 1. Ground Spare, Unused - 3 42-97449 Castleman, Milton Eugene - aborted at 1246 hrs; internal failure in #1 engine; BL ret. 42-107057 Shearer, Wilbur L - Landed away Wratting Common 42-107083 Rucker, David L 42-107121 June, Glenn J - Landed away Wratting Common
source: 384th Bomb Group web page http://384thBombGroup.com/
source: 392nd Bomb Group web page http://www.b24.net/missions/
44BG Mission Report - 21 aircraft were dispatched to bomb the Primary, Siracourt, using GH technique. The 67th sent nine, departing the base at 1115 hours to drop bomb loads of 8 x 1000 lb Gps on the constructional sites. Construction seemed to be keeping up with the recent bombings. Photos show the bombs fell over the target from 500 to 2000 feet. Cloud cover obscured the target. Fighter support was excellent. Capt. Thomas flew Deputy Lead on this "milk run". Tonight the new theatre had its premiere opening. A stage show of talent of this base was presented and proved to be good.
source: 44th Bomb Group web page http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg