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 Dailies of the 324th Squadron

1944

Transcribed by Andy Caswell & Scanned by Mike Banta

(99) Kiel 4 January 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
739 Lt. Kerr None None None None
779 Lt. Uskela Abortive - could not find formation.
773 Lt. De Mara Abortive - Bad oil leak #2 engine.
490 Lt. Meese None None None None
073 Lt. McFarland None None Minor Bursts seen on both sides of river.
230 Lt. Klotz Abortive - Oxygen failure.
837 Lt. Knight None None None None
Target: - Center of city.
Squadron Losses: - None
Group Losses: - None
Remarks: - P.F.F. attack through 10/10ths undercast –results reported to have been good causing heavy damage to dock area and center
of town.
Note: Sgt. Wallace J. Payne received the purple heart as a result of a cold injury of both feet and fingers of left hand, causing wounds
as an indirect result of enemy action.

(100) Tours, France 5 January 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
230 Lt. Clone & None None Moderate 20mm. Hit canopy over pilot’s seat.
Major Weitzenfeld
804 Lt. Klotz None None None Target wiped out.
773 Lt. De Mara “ ” “ Eight to 10 S/E took off befojre our bombs hit.
837 Lt. McGee “ ” Slight All three aiming points hit by three different
Groups.
487 Lt. Knight Abortive – Lost #1 engine.
779 Lt. Holman None None None Best P-47 support ever seen.
490 Lt. McFarland “ ” “ Black smoke poured from target.
Target: - Parcay - Meslay Airdrome
Squadron Losses: - None
Group Losses: - None
Remarks: - Bombing results were generally described as good. Concentration of bombs was observed covering the administration
buildings and dispersal area to South. Hangers were enveloped in bomb bursts. Huge column of black smoke on NW corner. Three
to eight E/A engaged our formation. Flak was meager and inaccurate. Three of our aircraft sustained slight damage. Fighter support
excellent.
Special Note: Today our Group finished one-hundred operational missions against the enemy and became the first group in the European
Theater of Operations to reach the century mark.

(101) Ludwigshaven 7 January 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
803 Lt. Westwood None None Slight 10/10ths
000 Lt. Major “ ” None Spits coming in too close.
490 Lt. Uskela “ ” Minor None
487 Lt. McGee “ ” Slight Spits simulate E/A attacks
773 Lt. De Mara 2 - 0 - 0 “ None None
779 Lt. Holman 1 - 0 - 0 “ Minor None
Target: - Aiming point was power plant of I.G. Farbenendustrie.
Squadron Losses: - None
Group Losses: - None
Remarks: - Bombing results unobserved 10/10ths. Seventeen to 50 E/A made attacks. Cable bombing was attempted by a FW190
without effect. A/A fire was moderate and accurate and eleven of our aircraft sustained minor damage. Crews enthusiastic in their praise
of the fighter escort.

(102) Oschersleben, Germany 11 January 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Lt. Major None None Moderate E/A aggressive and experienced.
803 Lt. McGee 0 - 0 - 2 None “ No fighter support.
837 Lt. Kletz None “ Minor Smoke over target - all colors of rainbow.
504 Lt. McFarland 5 - 0 - 0 “ ” Direct hits on target.
490 Lt. Knight 1 - 0 - 0 “ None Aiming point well hit.
006 Lt. Kerr 1 - 0 - 0 “ Minor Smoke column up to 10,000 feet.
487 Lt. Hedglin — Missing — Was seen to explode after being attacked by approximately twenty S/E fighters at
52:15 N - 09: 10 E. Three to four chutes were seen.
230 Lt. Uskela — Missing — Last seen near Dummer Lake, Germany falling back out of formation.
Target: - Aircraft Factory
Squadron Losses: Two aircraft ( 20 missing ).
Group Losses: Five aircraft ( 3 wounded, 50 missing )
Remarks: Strike photos show target to be well covered by bomb bursts and smoke. Bombs from this group appear to have fallen short
of target. Seventy-five to 100 E/A pressed aggressive attacks, often in formation, for about an hour. No fighter support was seen. A/A
fire was inaccurate and meager to moderate, two of our A/C sustained slight damage from flak.

(103) Crossette, France 14 January 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
947 Lt. Close None None None Missed target.
Maj. Weitzenfeld
779 Lt. Holman “ ” “ Saw bursts in target.
736 Lt. Considine “ ” “ Fighter support filled sky.
975 Lt. McGee “ ” “ Bombs dropped accidentally - malfunction.
773 Lt. De Mara “ ” “ Good support.
000 Lt. Major “ ” “ Short of target.
490 Lt. Klotz “ ” “
504 Lt. McFarland “ ” “ Missed target.
Target: No-ball target.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Bombing was described as poor. Bursts seen between 500 and 1000 yards over and to right. No enemy aircraft seen. Fighter
support was excellent. No anti-aircraft fire. Bombing altitude 12,000 feet.

(104) La Glacerie, France 21 January 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
803 Lt. Close None None None Made two runs on target, brought bombs back.
000 Lt. Major “ ” “ Two runs - none dropped.
975 Lt. Considine “ ” Minor None
837 Lt. De Mara — Abortive #3 engine on fire.
504 Lt. McFarland None None Minor None
779 Lt. Holman “ ‘ “ ”
006 Lt. McGee “ ” “ Could not identify target.
490 Lt. Knight “ ” “ None
736 Lt. Klotz “ ” “ ”
Target: No ball target.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None ( two wounded)
Remarks: Sixteen aircraft identified target “B” and bombed same with fair results. Crews report bursts in target area.
Sixteen aircraft handicapped by cloud cover made two runs on target without being able to identify it. No enemy aircraft
seen. Accurate, moderate anti-aircraft fire was encountered and 23 of our aircraft sustained flak damage. (One serious ).

(105) Frankfurt, Germany 29 January 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
515 Lt. Westwood None None None Undercast
504 Lt. McFarland “ ” “ None
490 Lt. Knight “ ” “ Column of brown, reddish smoke came through
undercast.
000 Lt. Meese 1 - 0 - 0 “ ” Lt. Hunt got an ME 410.
975 Lt. Considine None “ ” Smoke seen over target.
736 Lt. Klotz 0 - 1 - 0 “ ” Saw P-47 get two enemy aircraft.
803 Lt. McGee None “ ” Concentration good.
779 Lt. Holman “ ” “ None
Target: Center of City
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None ( one killed ).
Remarks: Bombing results unobserved - 10/10ths. Enemy aircraft very aggressive. Enemy rockets accounted for some B-17's. Flak
was moderate and inaccurate for our aircraft. Two of which were damaged slightly. Fighter cover was fair, many gaps without escort.

(106) Brunswick, Germany 30 January 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
736 Lt. Klotz ---- Abortive – malfunction of #1 engine
779 Lt. Holman 1 - 0 - 0 None None 10/10ths.
006 Lt. Kerr None “ Slight None
975 Lt. Considine “ ” None “
490 Lt. Knight “ ” Minor 50 cal. Coming too close.
000 Lt. Hesse 2 - 0 - 1 “ None None
504 Lt. McFarland 1 - 0 - 0 “ Minor “
Target: Aircraft Components Factory
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None ( Two wounded seriously )
Remarks: 10/10ths undercast. Bombing results unobserved. Thirty to fifty E/A attacked. Air to air bombing was reported and
parachute bombs were described dropping ineffectively from enemy aircraft. Anti-Aircraft fire was meager to moderate and inaccurate.
Soupy weather undoubtedly was the major factor in preventing good fighter support.

(107) Wilhelmshaven, Germany 3 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
504 Lt. Holman None None Slight Bombed primary.
006 Lt. Kerr “ ” None Believed to have bombed Emden.
803 Lt. McGee “ ” “ Carried nickels.
967 Lt. Considine “ ” “ Brought bombs back.
515 Lt. Major “ ” “ Jettisoned bombs in channel.
736 Lt. Klotz “ ” “ Brought bombs back.
Target: City of Wilhelmshaven.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None ( 1 wounded )
Remarks: 10/10ths bombing, results unobserved. There was no fighter opposition. Returning crews unanimous in praise of fighter
support, some saying it was the best so far. P-47's, P-38's and P-51's came in as briefed. Good close cover was maintained all along route
and excellent area support was afforded at target. Flak was moderate and accurate, seven of our A/C sustaining minor damage and two
severe damage.

(108) Frankfurt, Germany 4 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Lt. Close None None Minor None
837 Lt. Hesse “ ” “ Jettisoned bombs in North Sea.
967 Lt. Major “ ” None Jettisoned bombs in Channel.
504 Lt. Kerr “ 1 Minor T/Sgt. Bacho - Slight flak wound, left arm.
505 Lt. Considine “ None “ None
736 Lt. Klotz “ ” None Brought bombs back.
803 Lt. McGee ---- ------ ---- Lost – Flak
515 Lt. Parsons None None Minor None
779 Lt. Holman “ ” Major Dropped bombs near Koblenz.
Target: Center of Industrial area.
Squadron Losses: One ( 10 men )
Group Losses: 23 missing - ( 2 wounded )
Remarks: This was the second heavy daylight attack on Frankfurt within a week. Over 800 bombers attacked. Enemy fighter opposition
weak, but cross winds forced bombers to fly over flak concentrations with some casualties and considerable battle damage resulting.
Bombing results were unobserved, dropping through 10/10 undercast on P.F.F. A/C 771 was last seen under control near Antwerp. No
information on 803. Lt.Col. Alford and Capt. Williams (Group Op. Officer and Gp. Nav. Officer) missing on P.F.F. ship which was seen
in distress but under control just West of Rhur. All of our A/C sustained flak damage.

(109) Avord A/D 5 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
006 Lt. Kerr None None None None
504 Lt. McFarland “ ” “ ”
505 Lt. Major “ ” “ Jettisoned bombs off French coast.
637 Lt. Hesse “ ” “ None
967 Lt. Klotz “ ” “ ”
515 Lt. Consisine “ ” “ ”
Target: Airdrome
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Crews report assigned M.P.I. was well hit. Also hits believed on parked airplanes on Eastern hanger line. Escort took care
of the small number of E/A which appeared, 5 E/A believed to have been FW 200 K’s took off during the attack, one crashing into a tree
at one end of field and 3 others being shot down by P-38's. There was no battle damage from A/A fire. T/Sgt. Streets said, “No fighters -
no hangers - no barracks.” S/Sgt. Harper said, “our group blew up one side of their airport and the high group behind us took the other
side. We kicked the stuffin out of that joint, and , brother , our fighter escort was beautiful.”

(110) Nancy - Essey 6 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
857 Lt. Klotz None None None Bombs brought back.
967 Lt. Major “ ” “ ” “ ”
515 Lt. Parsons “ ” “ Jettisoned ( D.A. ).
006 Capt. Dibble “ ” “ Bombs brought back.
579 Lt. Holman “ ” “ ” “ ”
610 Lt. Considine “ ” “ ” “ ”
Target: Airdrome
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Weather prevented identification of target and forced our bombers to bring their bombs back. There were no E/A attacks
and A/A fire was meager and inaccurate. One A/C slightly damaged by flak. Fighter support was good.

(111) Frankfurt, Germany 11 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Lt. Close None None None Group Leader
579 Lt. Malvik “ 1 Minor S/Sgt. Shanks cut and bruised by radio room door
when bomb bay doors opened.
967 Lt. Theophilus “ None None Bombed Ludwigshaven or Mannheim.
678 Lt. Major “ ” Minor Bombed primary.
515 Lt. Parsons “ ” None “ ”
610 Lt. Klotz “ ” “ ” Ludwigshaven.
Target: City of Frankfurt (PFF)
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Returning crews were uncertain as to identity of city attacked. 9/10ths cloud cover prevented identification. The attack may
have been made on Ludwigshaven. Fighter support gave the bombers excellent protection from 20 to 40 E/A. Flak was moderate and
inaccurate, although six A/C received minor damage at the target.

(112) Leipzig - Aschersleben 20 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Lt. Close None None None Turned back - 50 cal. thru wing tank.
967 Lt. Theophilus “ ” Minor None
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” “ ”
678 Lt. Major “ ” None “
975 Lt. Considine “ ” Minor “
610 Lt. Klotz “ ” “ ”
006 Capt. Westwood — turned back with bombs
779 Lt. Holman — “ ” “ four bombs and jettisoned eight. (#3 and #4 engines failing).
515 Lt. Parsons None None Major Carried nickels.
Target: Aircraft Factory (“A” Group)
Motor Works (“B” Group)
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: One A/C ( 10 missing ) four wounded.
Remarks: P.F.F. ships took our “B” formation to Oschersleben instead of Aschersleben, good bombing results reported with large
fires and explosions. “A” Group reported direct hits in target area. Forty-nine of our A/C took off on what has been called the most
successful day light operation ever flown. Col. Putman said at briefing, “For the first time since the war started, the rate of destruction
of the G.A.F. is greater than his ability to replace losses. This was one of the best jobs of navigation to date. A credit to Lts. Borellis
and Ryan. Borellis, “A” crew navigator, has been responsible for some outstanding work to date. Lt. Close was shot up by 50 cal. before
he had reached altitude and he was forced to abort with 50 cal. slugs in his wing tank. Lt. Major took over the lead and did a fine job
although it was his first experience in the lead.
Leipzig had been bombed the night before by about a thousand R.A.F. bombers of which they lost about eighty.

(113) Achmer, Germany 21 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
837 Capt. Kerr None None None Hit last resort (Loningen A/D)
610 Lt. Klotz “ ” “ Bombed last resort.
967 Lt. Theophilus “ ” “ None
687 Lt. Major “ ” “ ”
579 Lt. Malvik 1 - 0 - 0 “ Minor Jettisoned bombs 10 miles N. Osnabruck.
490 Lt. McFarland None “ None “ ” over Germany.
Target: Achmer (Gutersloh)
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: Four A/C (forty missing)
Remarks: Weather prevented attack on briefed target - Gutersloh A/D and our A/C dropped through 5/10ths undercast to blanket the
southern dispersal areas of Achmer A/D with a good concentration of bombs. Enemy fighter opposition was intense and we lost four
of our bombers which were unable to stay in formation. There seemed to be some confusion from our fighter support which further added
to our difficulties. Flak was inaccurate.

(114) Bunde, Germany 22 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Lt. Close None None Minor Composite Group Leader
967 Lt. Theophilus None None “ None
579 Lt. Malvik None None “ ”
678 Lt. Major None None “ ”
736 Lt. Parsons _____ Not Dispatched -----------
610 Lt. Klotz 2 - 0 - 0 None Minor None
505 Lt. McFarland None None None Abortive sortie
490 Lt. Considine ----- Did not return
Target: Oschersleben, Germany - AGO-FW 190 Plant – Producer of components and final assembly.
Squadron Losses: 1 A/C (#490, Lt. Considine, 10 personnel).
Group Losses: Four crews ( Personnel 40) one crew ditched and rescued.
Remarks: Weather prevented attack on briefed target, Oschersleben. Bunde was discovered below the undercast and heavily hit,
although crews believed at the time it was Bielefeld. Results were good and large fires were left burning on Western side of town.
Fighter support while good on both ends, was lacking at the target. The weather was bad and there were too few B-17's. Two wings got
caught in cross fire between Hamm in the Ruhr and Munster and many B-17's were seen to go down. Fighters jumped our formation
and overwhelmed the meager support. One P-51 took on 8 E/A all by himself. Lt. Doyle said, “Three swarms of German fighters banged
into us. Altogether there were 75 to 100 of them. One bunch of ME 109's took the right, a gang of FW 190's hit our center and some
ME110's took the left corner of our formation.”
As the forts approached the field low on gas and with wounded men on board, they began calling over radio for permission to land first.
The situation was tense until one pilot spoke up, “I’m low on gas and have wounded on board and I’m not bitching, so god dammit shut
up.” The first five ships that landed fired flares and the first nine just pulled off the runway on the grass on alternate sides. Luckily the
only open spot in the under cast was over the Base to enable the battered and low on fuel forts to slip through and land safely.

(115) Schweinfurt, Germany 24 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
(323rd A/C)
504 Lt. Hesse None 1 None Lt. Fox, casualty due to flak.
779 Lt. Holman “ None Major Damage due to flak.
506 Lt. Parsons “ ” Very slight None
678 Lt. Major “ ” Minor “
610 Lt. Malvik “ ” None “
967 Lt. Theophilus “ ” Minor Hit by flak.
Target: Ball bearing factories
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The famous Schweinfurt target which had been successfully attacked last summer at such a high cost to our bombers was
learned to have recovered to a point where it was operating at 75% of capacity. Germany, hard pressed for bearings strained to restore
the plant and placed huge orders with Sweden and Switzerland. Bombing results today were excellent. Enemy opposition was meager;
flak was moderate and accurate. Fighter support was superb. Said Lt. Gannon, bombardier who had made two previous attacks on
Schweinfurt, “when they lifted the map curtain this morning, I had cold chills and a heavy heart. Once we dropped our bombs, we felt
like new men. Orchids today go to our fighter support which went all the way with us.” (The R.A.F. followed up our attack at night
with 733 heavy bombers of which they lost 33. When they reached Schweinfurt, smoke from our bombing was up to 22,000 ft. B-24's
went to Gotha, 750 fighters covered both missions of which 10 were lost for claims of 37-5-13. Thirty-three
B-24's lost and 11 Forts for claims of 60-11-27.

(116) Augsburg, Germany 25 February 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
678 Lt. Major None None Major None
837 Lt. Klotz -------- Dispatched – Aborted (Could not catch formation).
513 (323 ) Lt. rd McFarland None None Minor None
006 Lt. Holman “ ” “ ”
579 Lt. Malvik “ 1 “ Piece of flak hit S/Sgt. John C. Breckenridge
967 Lt. Theophilus “ None None None
Remarks: Bombing was done under perfect weather conditions and strike photos show all aiming points obliterated by bombs.
This was no ordinary aircraft factory but the key plant and parent factory of entire Messerschmitt concern. It was here that new models
were designed and old ones altered. Four pronged attack struck simultaneously at 4 targets within 75 miles (Augsburg, Stuttgart, furth
and Regensburg) 850 fighters protected the bombers. Our A/C had no attacks. At the same time the 15th A.F. struck Regensburg in great
strength from Italy. Results at Stuttgart were fair and at all other targets excellent. 1525 tons of bombs were dropped by 757 bombers
of 8th A.F. of which 30 were lost against claims of 23-7-13. Three of our fighters were lost for claims of 26-4-13. A spoofer mission
was run as a screen, up into North Sea to act as diversionary feint for main effort. These A/C were non-operational at the time, carried
no bombs but guns were manned. This was the 5th mission in 6 days - all directed against German A/C production. Major McPartlin
did an excellent job of leading our Group. Remembering the havoc heaped upon the ball bearing factories at Schweinfurt the day before,
Mac said when E/A appeared, “Look at all those Focke Wulfs attacking our formation without ball bearings.”
Quotes: S/Sgt. Victor H. Clifford said, “When my radio man told me the electrical connections to my turret were on fire, I came out
of the ball on the double. A fire on a ball turret at 20,000 feet is a prime mover for me. We put out the fire ok and went on to smash
Jerry’s ME factory.”
2nd Lt. Charles M. Mooney said, “This makes five raids in six days for us, if this continues, we’ll soon blitz Germany out of
existence.”
T/Sgt. George W. Sparks said, “We stopped production of Messerschmidts for a while at that factory. All our bombs impacted
the targets.”
S/Sgt. Marvin McGraw said, “Our bombs hit right in the factory buildings. Then the smoke rolling up, hiding everything.
We’ll have to wait till we see the photos before we’ll know how much damage was done. I don’t think Jerry will be making ME’s there
for a while.
1st. Lt. Charles S. Hudson said, “Our group dropped bombs directly in a nest of main factory buildings. They melted away
in a big stream of rolling smoke. Stuttgart was still burning brightly from last nights’s R.A.F. attack — a band of fire from one end of
the town to the other.”
S/Sgt. Ralph Liedtke said, “I saw the Alps today — but our P-51 escort was the prettiest sight.”

(117) Frankfurt 2 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Lt. Hesse None None None Lead ship - Unobserved bombing - P.F.F.
515 Lt. Parsons “ ” “
779 Lt. Holman “ “ ”
006 Lt. McFarland “ ” “ Fighter support fair.
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” “
967 Lt. Theophilus “ ” Minor
678 Lt. Major “ ” “
610 Lt. Klotz “ ” None
Target: Main Works of Alfred Teves (Factory making A/C parts)
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: 10/10 cloud forced P.F.F .attack on Secondary - center of Frankfurt. E/A opposition nil. Results of bombing unobserved.
No fighter escort at target but good the rest of way.

(118) Wilhelmshaven - Area 3 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Capt. Dibble None None None Combat Wing leader. Fighter support - perfect.
Lt. Col. Weitzenfeld
006 Lt. McFarland ---------Turned back due to oxygen system.
907 Lt. Theophilus None None None
678 Lt. Major “ ” “
515 Lt. Parsons “ ” Minor 50 cal. In left wing.
779 Lt. Holman “ ” None
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” “
Target: Believed to be Wilhelshaven area.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None missing - 1 crew ditched at sea, five killed, five picked up. ( Lt. Pickard’s crew - 323rd Sq.).
Remarks: Weather caused abandonment of attack on Berlin and forced our A/C to drop bombs in Wilhelshaven area with unobserved
results. Am. Fighter planes flew over Berlin, however, to have the honor of being the first Am. Aircraft over Berlin in daylight. This
station was alive with newspaper correspondents and photographers and we were alerted for a visit from Gen. Eisenhower. There was
a state of excited tension in the air as most men on the station sensed an important operation.

(119) Cologne 4 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
006 Lt. McFarland ------- Turned back at mid-channel – landing with bomb load.
515 Lt. Parsons None None None
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” Minor
975 Lt. Holman “ ” None
Target: City of Cologne ( Last resort )
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: For the second day in a row, weather forced the cancellation of our attack on Berlin and causes our A/C to bomb Cologne
with results unobserved. The 3 Division managed to reach Berlin and dropped the first American bombs on rd the German Capital. Enemy
opposition for our A/C was nil.

(120) Hoppegarten ( Berlin ) 6 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
027 Capt. Dibble None 2 Major Capt. Dibble - wounded in right arm.-
20 m.m. Lt. Strain - 20 m.m. slight
Injury in left knee. Composite Gp. Ldr.
579 Lt. Malvik 1 - 1 - 0 None Minor
515 Lt. Parsons 2 - 0 - 0 “ ” 20 m.m. hit bomb bay door.
678 Lt. McFarland 1 - 0 - 0 1 “ Lt. Johnson hit in eye by glass - not serious.
610 Lt. Klotz None None Major Battle damage due to flak.
967 Lt. Theophilus 3 - 0 - 0 1 Minor
Target: Ball Bearing Works
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 60 missing.
Remarks: Clouds covered primary target at Erkner and Lt. Col. Milton, leading the 8 A.F., made the attack th upon Berlin itself - the
bombs believed to have fallen in the Hoppegarten area. Up to 100 E/A attacked our group viciously. Fighter escort was excellent except
in the target area. Crews praised our fighters who fought recklessly against an overpowering number of E/A in the target area.

(121) Erkner ( Berlin ) 8 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
610 Lt. Klotz None None None Fighter support - excellent.
579 Lt. Cater “ ” “
967 Lt. Mosley “ ” “
678 Lt. Major “ ” “ Perfect pattern over target area.
975 Lt. Nichols “ ” “ Observed ineffective smoke screen.
672 Lt. Hesse “ ” “
Target: Ball Bearing Works
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 10 missing.
Remarks: Bombing results were described as excellent and strike photos show this factory plastered with more bombs than any other
pin point target has received heretofore. Weather and visibility was excellent all the way, yet our A/C encountered no E/A. Returning
crews were jubilant and hailed this mission as the most perfect to date. Morale was never at a higher pitch nor crews more enthusiastic.

(122) Berlin 9 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
579 Lt. Cater None None None PFF - Procedure good.
006 Lt. Hesse “ ” “
610 Lt. Klotz “ ” Minor
678 Lt. Major “ ” “ P-51's over target.
967 Lt. Mosley “ ” “
975 Lt. Nichols “ ” “ Fighter support good.
Target: Heinke A/C Assembly Plant
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Unable to bomb primary because of weather, our A/C attacked the secondary, center of Berlin, with unobserved results.
E/A opposition was nil and our fighter cover which was then on the way in as we were behind schedule was excellent in
target area.
A/A fire at the target was intense but inaccurate for our A/C at 25,000 ft..

(123) Lechfeld, Germany 16 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
779 Lt. Holman None None Minor
006 Lt. McFarland “ ” None Fighter support good.
967 Lt. Theophilus “ ” “
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” “
128 Lt. Mosley “ ” “ Fighter support wonderful.
610 Lt. Cater “ ” “
515 Lt. Parsons “ ” “
Target: Airdrome
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 10 missing.
Remarks: Assigned targets obscured by under cast. Bombs were dropped on smoke from bombs of Wing ahead with unobserved
results. Believed to be Augsburg or Munich. Considerable numbers of E/A were seen and although they attacked other formations, our
A/C were not attacked. Fighter support was excellent.

(124) Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany 18 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
967 Lt. Theophilus ----- Missing --------
515 Lt. Downing ---- Turned back at Coast - Brought bombs back.
506 Lt. Swenumson None None None
000 Lt. Hesse “ ” Minor Fighter support as briefed.
678 Lt. Major “ ” None Hits on airfield.
128 Lt. Cater “ ” “
975 Lt. Nichols “ ” Major
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” Minor
006 Lt. Knight “ ” None
Target: Dornier A/C Factory.
Squadron Losses: 10 missing.
Group Losses: 10 missing.
Remarks: Eleven A/C attacked primary visually with god results. Fighter opposition was meager. Fighter support was
Excellent. P-38's were of great assistance in dispersing a formation of attacking E/A. Some A/C seen heading
for Switzerland. (Later radio reported some 16 American bombers landing or shot down in Switzerland.)
Col. Putnam required bombardiers who dropped early to write him a letter explaining why they should be given
credit for the mission.

(125) Frankfurt 20 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
128 Lt. Cater None None Minor
506 Lt. Downing “ ” “
678 Lt. Major “ ” “
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” “
736 Lt. Knight “ ” None
779 Lt. Holman “ ” Minor
975 Lt. Nichols “ ” “
Target: Component Works
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 10 missing.
Remarks: Adverse weather conditions caused our A/C to drop bombs on what was believed to be Manheim. 10/10 under cast
with unobserved results. No E/A encountered but flak was accurate. Extreme weather and change in route made
Fighter rendezvous impossible.

(126) Berlin 22 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
610 Lt. Klotz None None Major
975 Lt. Holman None None Minor
128 Lt. Cater None One “ Sgt. Flowers injured by flak in right leg.
678 Lt. Downing “ ” “ S/Sgt. Hrenkovich bruised by flak.
579 Lt. Malvik “ None “
515 Lt. Mosley “ ” “
Target: Aircraft Assembly Factory - Oranienburg.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 10 missing.
Remarks: Weather obscured primary and our aircraft attacked the center of Berlin dropping bombs on PFF flares with
unobserved results. Some crew members reported glimpses through the clouds of fires in city. No enemy air
opposition but flak was accurate. Fighter escort was excellent all the way.

(127) Ahlen 23 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Lt. Malvik None None None
506 Lt. Cater “ ” Minor
779 Lt. Brennan “ ” None
678 Lt. Downing “ ” “
579 Lt. Holman “ ” Minor
006 Lt. McFarland “ ” Major
515 Lt. Mosley “ ” None
Target: City of Ahlen - Target of opportunity.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Broken clouds over primary and secondary forced our aircraft to attack targets of opportunity - Ahlen and Hamm -
with unobserved results. ( pictures show Ahlen well hit.) Fighter support was good. There were no encounters with
E/A.

(128) Frankfurt 24 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
678 Lt. Downing None None None
736 Lt. McFarland ------- Aborted - 5103N - 0303E. Jettisoned 5 x 1000 - channel 5118 N - 0200E.
982 Lt. Mosley None None Minor
975 Lt. Nichols None None Minor
579 Lt. Holman None None Minor
128 Lt. Cater None None Minor
506 Lt. Brennan None None Minor
Target: City of Frankfurt.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: Ten missing.
Remarks: 10/10ths all the way prevented attack on Schweinfurt. Bombs dropped on Frankfurt with unobserved results.
Enemy opposition nil. Fighter support fair.

(129) Marquis-Mimoyecques 26 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
128 Lt. Powell None None None
975 Lt. Nichols None None Minor Hits in target area.
506 Lt. Brennan None None None
678 Lt. Knight None None Minor B/D due to A/A fire.
579 Lt. Malvik None None Minor
779 Lt. Holman None None None
006 Lt. McFarland None None Minor
Target: Coast - Installations.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Target attacked visually with excellent results. No fighter opposition. Fighter support spotty at best.
Flak accurate.

(130) St. Jean D’angeley 27 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
515 Lt. Knight None None None
579 Lt. Swenumson None None None
678 Lt. Downing None None None
975 Lt. Nichols None None None
033 Lt. Brennan None None None
128 Lt. Cater None None None
006 Lt. McFarland None None None
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Crews reported all aiming points well hit as attack was made in clear weather without flak or fighter opposition.
Two runs were made on target. Fighter support was excellent.

(131) Reims-Champagne 28 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
678 Lt. Downing None None Minor Small flak holes.
006 Lt. Swenumson None None None Bombs fell 300 yds. To left of target.
515 Lt. Mosley None None None
033 Lt. Knight None None Minor B. Damage due to flak.
000 Capt. Close None None Minor “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Col. Weitzenfeld
579 Lt. Malvik None None Major Wing bracing and supercharger hit by flak.
975 Lt. Nichols None None Minor Damage due to A/A fire.
128 Lt. Cater None None Minor “ ” “ ” “
Target: Airdrome and Junkers aircraft assembly and repair works.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: 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.

(132) Brunswick 29 March 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
506 Lt. Downing ----------- Missing ----------
006 Lt. Swenumson None None None
128 Lt. Cater None None None
033 Lt. Klotz None None None
678 Lt. Major None None None
515 Lt. Mosley 2 - 0 - 1 None Minor 20 mm. and .303 cal. holes in ship.
579 Lt. Knight 2 - 0 - 0 One Major S/Sgt. Robert E. Buck wounded -
right side - 20 m.m.
Target: Secondary - City of Brunswick.
Squadron Losses: 10 missing.
Group Losses: 20 missing.
Remarks: Today’s mission marked the 16 for our group this month - a new record. The best previous th month accounted for but
10 missions. Weather caused our A/C to attack secondary target with unobserved results. The Luftwaffe reappeared
today to press home aggressive attacks on our formation. They were hotly engaged by our excellent fighter support.
Many dog fights were reported with P-51's chasing ME109's right through our formation. Flak accurate.

(133) Oldenburg 8 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
033 Lt. Brennan None None Minor Observed flooded areas in Holland.
515 Lt. Knight “ ” “ Flak damage.
128 Lt. McFarland “ Five Major Lt. McFarland - injured - flak.
Lt. Burch - injured - flak.
S/S Hendrix - injured - flak.
T/S McCall - injured - flak.
S/S Pitts - - injured - flak.
000 Lt. Hesse “ None Minor Flak damage - composite leader.
975 Lt. Nichols “ ” None
006 Lt. Major “ ” Minor
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: Five wounded.
Group Losses: Seven wounded.
Remarks: Crews described bombing results as excellent. Much smoke and fire in target area. A/A fire was accurate but E/A
opposition was nil.

(134) Brussels, Belgium 10 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
736 Lt. Powell None 1 Minor Bombing results good.
040 Lt. Knight “ None None
975 Lt. Major “ ” “
033 Lt. Bilotta “ ” Minor Good hits reported.
515 Lt. Mosley “ ” Major Stabilizer hit by flak.
579 Lt. Gunn “ ” None Fighter support good.
610 Lt. Klotz “ ” Minor
Target: Coking and Chemical Plant.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Crews described bombing results as good with main concentration falling SE of briefed M.P.I.. Clouds obscured
target causing our formation to make a 360 degree turn before attacking. 381 Group st unable to locate primary
continued on the secondary. Enemy opposition nil.

(135) Stettin, Germany 11 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
027 Lt. Bilotta 1 - 0 - 0 None Major
006 Lt. Swenumson ------Dispatched, but aborted - Radio operator sick.
975 Lt. Nichols None None Minor One flak hole.
069 Lt. Klotz “ ” “ Couple flak holes.
515 Lt. Mosley 1 - 0 - 0 “ Major Entire ship hit by flak.
033 Lt. Brennan None “ ”
519 Lt. Gunn “ ” “ Flak holes.
779 Lt. Powell “ ” None
040 Lt. Malvik “ ” Minor
Target: Secondary - Aero-Engine Factory.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 2 wounded - 10 missing.
Remarks: Briefed target at Gottbus, Germany was not attacked because our Wing was crowded out of position at I.P..
Bombs were reported to have hit eastern part of town resulting in many fires and much smoke, some of which
rose to 10,000 ft.. E/A attacked line abreast in up to 20 in number - approaching from 12 o’clock high and
diving straight down as they came within effective range of our guns. Experienced crews reported this was most
vicious attack they had seen.

(136) Schweinfurt, Germany 13 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
000 Capt. Westwood None None None Group Leader
779 Lt. Bilotta “ ” Minor Flak damage.
515 Lt. Mosley “ ” “ Fighter support very good.
975 Lt. Nichols “ ” None
040 Lt. Knight “ ” “
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” Minor Bombing results reported good.
736 Lt. Powell “ ” “ Three flak holes in ship.
Target: Ball Bearing Works.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: Two wounded.
Remarks: Target reported well hit but strike photos show main concentration just off M.P.I.. Enemy opposition meager,
flak accurate at the target. Fighter support good except for brief period just before target.

(137) Oranienburg, Germany 18 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
006 Lt. Swenumson None None None Fighter support excellent.
128 Lt. Gunn --------Dispatched -------Aborted ------- #3 engine went out.
040 Lt. Holman “ ” #3 generator went out.
033 Lt. Brennan None None None Good formation.
027 Lt. Bilotta “ ” Minor Carried leaflets.
975 Lt. Burch “ ” “ Damage due to flak.
579 Lt. Malvik “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Target: Aircraft Components Factory.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Bombing results described as excellent. Much smoke and fires seen coming from entire target area. No enemy
attacks on our A/C. Accurate flak was experienced at the target. Excellent fighter support.

(138) Eschwege, Germany 19 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
579 Lt. Malvik None None Major Damage due to 20 m.m.
975 Lt. Burch “ ” None None
027 Lt. Bilotta 2 - 0 - 0 “ ”
610 Lt. Cater None “ ‘ Reported poor bombing results.
938 Lt. Gunn 2 - 0 - 0 Three Major Co-Pilot hit by 20m.m., Togglier
burned by glass. Navigator injured
on legs by splinters.
006 Lt. Swenumson ------ Missing in Action --------
033 Lt. Brennan None None None Fighter support fair.
Target: GAF Station - Air Park and A/D.
Squadron Losses: Ten missing (Personnel)
Group Losses: Three wounded - Twenty-nine missing (Personnel).
Remarks: Bombing results unobserved but believed to be poor. Enemy opposition was severe. Fighter support was good.

(139) Croisette/ Beauvoir (No Ball) 20 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
610 Lt. Gunn None None Minor Flak cause of battle damage.
027 Lt. Bilotta “ ” “ ” “ ” “ ” Two runs made on
target.
040 Lt. Malvik “ 1 “
128 Lt. Cater “ None “ Fighter support very good.
000 Capt. Hesse “ ” “ ”A” Gp. Leader.
779 Lt. Burch “ ” “ Two flak holes in ship.
033 Lt. Brennan “ ” Major None
Target: Rocket Installations.
Squadron Losses: None ( 1 wounded )
Group Losses: None
Remarks: “A” Group after two bomb runs was unable to bomb due to weather. “B” Group attacked a target of opportunity,
an A/D south of primary target. “C” Group attacked primary target and some crews report good results. Cloud
Cover prevented good observations. E/A opposition nil, but A/A fire was accurate.

(140) Hamm, Germany 22 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE * REMARKS
000 Capt. Hesse —Gp. Leader - Lost to flak after bombs away. A/C 579 took over lead position.
033 Lt. Holman None None
975 Lt. Burch “ ”
579 Lt. Malvik –----- Took over Gp. Lead after A/C 000 went down.
610 Lt. Coope None None
027 Lt. Bilotta None None
736 Lt. Powell None None
128 Lt. Cater None None
* Battle Damage - Presumed all A/C touched by flak. (Crews not interrogated individually).
Target: Railway Marshaling Yards.
Squadron Losses: Eight personnel missing.
Group Losses: Eleven personnel missing.
Remarks: Bombing believed good. Target obscured by smoke from heavy attack preceding our arrival, our bombs fell into smoke.

(141) Erding, Germany 24 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
975 Lt. Burch -----------Not dispatched ------- Abortive – #2 engine feathered.
736 Lt. Powell -----------Dispatched — Aborted
610 Lt. Coope None None None Fighter support good.
128 Lt. Cater “ ” “
515 Lt. Gunn “ ” “
178 Capt. H:olman “ ” “
033 Lt. Brennan “ ” “
Target: Air Equipment Depot and Airfield.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Crews describe bombing results as good, no E/A attacked our formation. Flak was not directed at us.

(142) Metz-Frescaty 25 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
040 Capt. Westwood None None None Leader “B” Group
736 Lt. Powell “ ” “ None
515 Lt. Mosley “ ” “ ”
610 Lt. Coope “ ” “ Fighter support good.
178 Lt. Burch “ ” Minor Battle damage due to flak.
027 Lt. Bilotte “ ” None None
033 Lt. Brennan “ ” “ N.E. section of target well hit.
128 Lt. Cater “ One “ Rad. Op. S/Sgt. Bagal - hurt - shoulder.
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: None
Grojup Losses: None - five wounded.
Remarks: Both M.P.I.’s covered with hits. No E/A opposition. Near coast on way out, flak engaged our formation and scored
many hits.

(143) Brunswick 26 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
975 Lt. Burch None None None
033 Lt. Maxwell None None Minor
128 Lt. Coope None None None Fighter support good.
736 Lt. Powell None None None
579 Lt. Malvik None None Minor Flak holes in ship.
027 Lt. Bilotta None None None Fighter support - excellent.
Target: GAF Station and Factory - Airfield.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None ( 1 wounded )
Remarks: Bombing was done on PFF with unobserved results. No enemy fighters interfered with our A/C, but flak was
intense and accurate. Cloud prevented attack on primary, – Waggum A/D.

(144) La Glacerie, France 27 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
027 Lt. Bilotta None None Minor
128 Lt. Coope None None Major Hit by flak.
033 Capt. Holman None None Minor
178 Lt. Knight None None Minor Hit by flak.
579 Lt. Malvik None None Major
610 Lt. Maxwell None One Major Bombardier – cut below left eye by plexi-glass.
736 Lt. Powell None None Major #3 engine knocked out.
Target: Rocket Installation.
Squadron Losses: None ( 1 wounded ).
Group Losses: 10 personnel missing - ( 4 wounded ).
Remarks: Group leaders were unable to identify target. Some crews report that target does not look like photograph. Seven
aircraft dropped bombs in target area but were unable to observe results. No enemy aircraft seen by this Group but
flak was accurate and thick.

(145) Avord, France 28 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
779 Lt. Bilotta None None None Fighter support excellent.
199 Lt. Cater ----------- Lost to A/A fire.
027 Lt. Gunn None None Minor
040 Lt. Knight None None None
515 Lt. Maxwell None None None
975 Lt. Powell None None Minor Three to four flak holes.
Target: Airdrome
Squadron Losses: 10 personnel missing.
Group Losses: 10 personnel missing.
Remarks: Cloud shadows and ground haze obscured MPI of lead group. Bombs fell into hangar line at S/W side of field.
The high Group had excellent results with a neat pattern on their aiming point, the hangar line on the East side of field.
Twenty-five to thirty E/A made but one half hearted pass at our formation. Flak was accurate and in greater amount than
crews had expected. Fighter support lacking near target and on both sides for a few minutes.

(146) Berlin 29 April 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
996 Lt. Bilotta None None None Poor visibility.
178 Lt. Coope None None Minor
883 Lt. Knight None None None
027 Lt. Gunn None None Minor One flak hole.
Target: Bridge - on Spree River.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 10 personnel missing in action ( 3 wounded ).
Remarks: Bombing results unobserved but Berlin heavily attacked by a strong force. A/A fire accurate at target and
leaving target to SW where formation got off course. Enemy opposition was nil for our aircraft. Our A/C
were about 30 minutes late at target and fighter rendezvous suffered as a result.

(174) La Frilliere- Bridge 8 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
527 Capt. Burch None None None Sqdn. Only having P.F.F. ships - 322nd
(322 A/C) A/C loaned to lead Group.
Lt. Col. Weitzenfeld
Target: R.R. bridge - East of Tours.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The target, a railroad bridge over the Lorre River about 6 miles East of Tours, was well hit as photographs
showed. Three of our A/C having difficulty in assembly, joined the 381 and attacked st the bridge assigned to
the 381st also with good results.

(180) Hamburg, Germany 18 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
892 Capt. Westwood None None Minor Battle damage caused by A/A fire.
880 Lt. Bilotta No interrogation form.
879 Lt. Ryan None None Minor Battle damage due to flak.
Target: Oil Refineries.
Squadron Losses: None
jGroup Losses: None
Remarks: The synthetic oil installations could not be attacked because primary target was obscured by cloud forcing
our A/C to make a PFF attack on the dock area of Hamburg where photographs show heavy fires and much
smoke. Many enemy airdromes reported with silver A/C dispersed upon them. Enemy fighters failed to interfere
With our bombers but flak was intense and accurate.

(182) Hamburg, Germany 20 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
892 Capt. Burch -----------------Lost to A/A fire.
Target: Oil Refinery
Squadron Losses: 1 A/C ( No. Personnel - 9 )
Group Losses: “ ” “ ” “
Remarks: Our target area had been attacked by 8 other C.B. Wings before our A/C arrived and the smoke and fires made
observation of results difficult. Strike photos and PRU pictures, however, showed that the target had been attacked
with excellent results. There was no enemy fighter opposition but the flak fire was accurate and intense causing
considerable battle damage. Weather was clear. Our A/C # 892 received a direct hit from flak which knocked off
the tail section from the waist door backward. This attack was coordinated with blows struck at other enemy oil
centers by bombers from the 2 & 3 Divisions and the newspapers claim that nd rd the results have struck a sensational
and crippling blow to the German War Machine.

(183) Berlin 21 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
613 Lt. Collins None None Minor Flak, cause of battle damage.
151 Lt. Brown “ ” “ Flak, cause of battle damage.
Target: Center of City.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: Four A/C ( 37 personnel ).
Remarks: Over 1000 heavy U.S. bombers took part in what proved to be the war’s heaviest daylight assault on Berlin and
one of the most successful. The R.A.F. (possible prompted by the sting of Hitler’s robot pilotless plane), at the
last moment cancelled plans to send 900 Lancasters to Berlin in daylight. In spite of a promised heavy American
fighter escort, the British evidently changed their plans when weather forecast was clear over Berlin. At the same
time, 1000 heavy bombers from Italy struck SE of Berlin at Breslau, headquarters of many of the German Government
agencies which had been bombed out of Berlin. Three Wings of the 3 Div., after attacking rd Ruhland, shuttled on to
Russia with their fighter escort. It was a big day. Sixteen A/C of our Group of the “B” CBW dropped early on the
outskirts of Berlin when the intervelometer failed on A/C 061 causing his bombs to go away. The low Group of the
“A” CBW dropped on the aiming point with excellent results. 50 to 75 T/E fighters attacked our low group in
the vicinity of Muritz Lake during the absence of fighter escort and 4 of our bombers went down. The enemy suffered
heavy losses during the engagement, however. Flak was accurate and intense although not as bad as at Hamburg.
Weather was clear but our A/C left persistent con trails over the target. Fighter support was poor.

(184) Mazingarbe - Pont/A/Verdin 22 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
879 Lt. Ryan None None None Two runs on target.
151 Lt. Crans “ ” “
880 F/O Bessolo “ ” “
542 Capt. Ranzoni “ ” “ Fighter support reported none.
128 Lt. O’Brien “ ” “ Good bomb pattern reported.
959 Lt. Collins --------- Aborted - couldn’t find formation
Target: Transformer Station
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Clouds obscured target on first run by our low group so a second run was made. Failure of intervelometer
causing A/C to drop bombs about 600 yards over M.P.I.. The lead group dropped its bombs about 250 yards
NE of M.P.I.. Weather was good, flak was poor and no E/A was sighted.

(185) Fleury 23 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
959 Lt. O’Brien None None None 10/10ths at target.
880 F/O Bessolo “ ” “ 10/10ths all the way.
879 Lt. Collins “ ” “
613 Capt. Ranzoni “ ” Minor Flak - in target area.
Target: Military Installations
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: 10/10ths under cast obscured target and failure of G.H. equipment prevented instrument attack.
All bombs brought back.

(186) Istre 24 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
151 Lt. Crans None 1 Minor Sgt. D.L. Groeper hurt by jolting of
own A/C.
850 F/O Bessolo “ None “ Two flak holes in ship.
959 Capt. Westwood “ ” “ Flak damage to A/C.
Lt. Col. Weitzenfeld
128 Lt. O’Brien “ ” “ ” “ ” “
879 Lt. Ryan “ ” “ Fighter support good.
515 Lt. Collins “ ” “
Target: R.R. bridge over Lorrie River.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Our group put up 3 combat boxes to attack a 150 yards long R.R. bridge over the Lorrie River near Saumur, France.
The three boxes had aiming points on each end and in the middle of the bridge. Photographs revealed excellent
results with direct hits by all three groups on all three aiming points. The target was demolished. Lt. Hunt, lead
bombardier, picked up the bridge at the I.P. and had it in his sight all the way. Weather was CAVU and the Luftwaffe
failed to put in an appearance. Flak was rather accurate at the target.

(187) Toulouse, France 25 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS .
613 Lt. Crans ---------- Landed away from Base.
151 Lt. Brown None None Minor Flak cause of battle damage.
880 F/O Bessolo “ ” “ Flak cause of battle damage.
996 Lt. Carlson ----------- Aborted at Selsey Bill.
959 Capt. Westwood None None Minor One flak hole in ship.
515 Lt. O’Brien “ ” Major Bomb bay doors hit by flak.
879 Lt. Ryan “ ” None
Target: Airdrome
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: Two A/C ( 18 personnel ).
Remarks: Our group put up a combat wing of 3 boxes to attack the Toulouse/Blagnac A.D.. In CAVU weather all three boxes
cracked their assigned M.P.I.’s for the second outstanding bombing achievement in as many days. The resulting
enthusiasm has done much for the morale of the group because our bombing record of late had been somewhat
indifferent. En route to the target, near Caen, our crews reported tank battle in progress between the British Canadians
and the Germans. Flak was accurate but there was no enemy fighter opposition. Lt. Mikonis succeeded in bringing
his crippled fortress back to England but despite his gallantry and fighting spirit his A/C crashed in landing and killed
the entire crew.

(188) Anizy 28 June 1944
A/C PILOT CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
151 Lt. Brown None None None Attacked target of opportunity.
879 Lt. Ryan “ ” “
613 Lt. Crans “ ” “
880 F/O Bessolo “ ” “ Fighter support good.
128 Lt. O’Brien “ ” “
515 Lt. Collins “ ” “ Nothing exceptional.
959 Lt. Col. Weitzenfeld “ ” “ Fighter support very good.
Capt. Ranzoni
Target: Railroad Bridge
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The lead group was unable to attack the primary target because of misunderstanding between bombardier and pilot.
Bombardier gave pilot true heading from I.P. to target but pilot flew Mag. Heading with the result that the bomb run
took the group wide of target. When the mistake was discovered, it was too late to correct without colliding with
another group which was on the bomb run. Both low and high groups attacked the primary but missed it. The lead
Group dropped on a R.R. choke point target of opportunity and missed it, mission results very poor.

The 324 Squadron furnished PFF (Pathfinder) B-th 17's as lead and deputy lead crews and aircraft for Groups in the 1st Combat
Wing during the months of May - June 1944. These missions were kept by different mission history numbers. Following are PFF
missions
#1 through 24. PFF # 14 is missing.
During this time some 324th crews flew on 324th Squadron a/c with the 91st Bomb Group. These will appear as mission histories with
the Group mission number and not in this area.
Squadron History 324th P.F.F. Mission #1 Berlin 4 May 1944
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS GROUP
DISPAT.
42-97625 1st Lt. Tyson None None None Led 381st B.G. which was lead 1st CBW.
Aborted 0955. 381st Gp.
594 Capt. Clark, C.M. None None None Deputy lead 381st B.G., which led 1st
CBW. Aborted 0955. 381st Gp.
601 1st Lt. Maginn, L.J. None None None Deputy lead 351st B.G. 94th “B” CBW.
Aborted 0953 by order of CBW Com. 351st Gp.
562 1st Lt. Evers None None None 381st Gp. (S)
651 2nd Lt. Grunow None None None Lead 351st BG. 94th B CBW. Aborted
0953 by order of CBW Com. 351st Gp.
649 1st Lt. Brannan None None None 351st Gp. (S)
632 Capt. Selwyn, R.M. None None None Deputy lead 401st B.G. of 94th A CBW.
Aborted 1003, made visual run on
Bergen/Alkmaar A/D. 401st Gp(So.)
636 1st Lt. Reigler, Wm. None None None Aborted 1003- but salvoed (visual) on
Bergen/Alkmaar A/D. 401st Gp (So.)
626 1st Lt. Smith, J.W. None None None 401st Gp. (S)
Remarks: This was the first operation mission of the 324th P.F.F. Squadron. The results of the two attacking aircraft were reported
as good while the remaining dispatched A/C turned back by order of their CBW Commander. Charles N. Tanton
2nd Lt. A.C. 5/25

Squadron History 324th P.F.F. Mission #2 Berlin 7 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97625 1st Lt. Tyson, J.T. None None None Led 381st B.G., leading 1st CBW; bombs were 381st BG
dropped through 10/10 clouds- results unobserved.
594 1st Lt. Clark, C.M. None None Minor Deputy lead 381st B.G. leading 1st CBW. P.F.F
burned out at I.P. and bombed on leader.
651 1st Lt. Grunow, A.E. None None Minor Led 351st B.G. 94th CBW. Results unobserved.
601 1st Lt. Maginn, L.J. None None Minor Deputy lead 351st B.G. 94th CBW, but took over
lead near I.P. (53:15 N-14:00E) returned to base.
632 1st Lt. Seleyn, R.M. None None Minor Led 401st B.G. leading 94th CBW. Believe bombs
hit town of Eberswalde.
600 1st Lt. Christensen None None None Deputy lead 401st B.G. 94th CBW. Results unreported.
Remarks: This mission proved more successful, all A/C reached the target area and dropped their bomb loads. Results reported
as good.

Squadron History 324th P.F.F. Mission #3 Berlin 8 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES DAMAGE CLAIMS REMARKS Dispatched
42-97625 Capt. Evers, H.H. None None None Lead - 1st CBW 91st B.G.
626 1st Lt. Smith, J. None None None Deputy lead 1st CBW 91st B.G.
651 1st Lt. Grunow, A. None None None Lead 94th B CBW 351st B.G.
636 1st Lt. Christensen, M.J. None None None Deputy lead 94th B CBW 351st B.G.
649 2nd Lt. Brannar, C. None None None Deputy lead 94th A CBW - Good bombing
Results. H2X went out at I.P.. 457th B.G.
638 1st Lt. Selwyn, R. None Minor None Lead 94th A CBW 457th B.G.
Remarks: The results of this mission were reported by crews to be fair. Most of the bombs fell within 1 ½ of M.P.I..
The flak over the target area was moderate to intense but accurate. Fighter opposition was nil.

Squadron History 324 th P.F.F. Mission # 4 Lutzkendorf 12 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES DAMAGE CLAIMS REMARKS Dispatched
42-97636P Capt. Reigler, Wm. None None None Led 94th A CBW, which was leading 1st Div.
625 K 1st Lt. Christensen, J. None None None Deputy lead 94th A C.B.W.
594 B 1st Lt. Clark, C.M. None None None 381st B.G.
651 C 2nd Lt. Brannar, C.D. None None None Led 94th B CBW 457th B.G.
601 J 1st Lt. Maginn, L.J. None Minor None Deputy lead 94th B CBW 457th B.G.
Remarks: Ground rockets were observed around Frankfurt and Koblenz. Also moderate flak was encountered. The
bombs were reported to have fallen short of the M.P.I..

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. th Mission # 5 Stettin & Stralsund 13 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97649 1st Lt. Maginn, L.J. None None None Led 94th C.B.W. 351st B.G.
594 1st Lt. Grunow, A.E. None None None Deputy lead 94th C.B.W. 351st B.G.
562 Capt. Evers, H.H. None None None Led 1st C.B.W.- Lt. Col. Weitzenfeld
flew as CBW Commander. 91st B.G.
638 1st Lt. Smith, J.W. None None None Deputy lead 1st C.B.W. 91st B.G.
Remarks: The 1st C.B.W. attacked Stettin, Germany the results of which were not reported. Meanwhile the 94th C.B.W.
bombed Stralsund with good results. The flak in the target areas was reported as being meager to moderate and no battle
damage was reported.

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. Mission # 6 Kiel, Berlin th 19 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97625 1st Lt. Tyson, J.L. None None Minor Led 1st “A” C.B.W. 381st B.G.
594 1st Lt. Clark, C.M. None None Minor Deputy lead 1st “A” C.B.W. 381st B.G.
562 Capt. Evers, H.H. None None Minor Led 1st “B” C.B.W. 91st B.G.
630 Capt. Westwood, J.R. None None None Deputy lead 1st “B” C.B.W. 91st B.G.
638 1st Lt. Selwyn, R.M. None None None Led 94th “A” C.B.W. 457th B.G.
649 2nd Lt. Brannam,C.D. None None None Deputy lead 94th “A” C.B.W. 457th B.G.
601 1st Lt. Maginn, L. None None None Led 94th “B” C.B.W. 401st B.G.
626 1st Lt. Christensen None None None Deputy lead 94th “B” C.B.W. 401st B.G.
Remarks: The 1st A & B C.B.W. along with the 94th B C.B.W. attacked Berlin and bombs were reported to have hit within 1 mile
Radius of assigned M.P.I.. The 94th B C.B.W. under the direction of the wing commander, due to lack of fighter support
attacked Kiel with good results. Charles N. Tanton

Squadron History 324 P.F.th F. Mission # 7 Villacoublay 20 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97601 1st Lt. Maginn, L.J. None None Minor Deputy lead 94th CBW 351st B.G.
Remarks: A/C 42-97601 was briefed to fly deputy lead of the 94th C.B.W., but due to an accidental explosion of a smoke
bomb in A/C 42-97651 which was airborne, the deputy leader took over the lead and maintained that position
throughout entire mission. Two of the crew were burned and the remaining members hospitalized in the A/C
having the mishap.

Squadron History 324th P.F.F. Mission # 8 Kiel 22 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97562 Capt. Evers, H.H. None None None Led 1st A CBW 91st B.G.
42-97626 1st Lt. Smith, J.W. None None None Deputy lead 1st A CBW 91st B.G.
42-97638 1st Lt. Tyson, J.L. None None None Deputy lead 1st B CBW 381st B.G.
42-97594 1st Lt. Clark, C.M. None None None Lead 1st B CBW 381st B.G.
42-97649 2nd Lt. Brannan, C.D. None None None Lead 94th C.B.W. 457th B.G.
42-97601 1st Lt. Maginn, L.J. None None None Deputy lead 94th C.B.W. 457th B.G.
Remarks: The flak at the target area was reported as meager and inaccurate and no battle damage was suffered.

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. Mission th # 9 Epinal, Saarbruden, Bayou, Neukirchen 23 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97562 Capt. Evers, H.H. None None None Led 1st “B” C.B.W. 91st
626 1/Lt. Smith, J.W. None None None Deputy lead 1st “B” CBW 91st
594 1/Lt. Clark, C.M. None None None Led 1st “A” C.B.W. 381st
600 2nd Lt. Brannan, C.D. None None None Deputy lead 1st “A” C.B.W. 381st
632 Capt. Reigler, Wm. None None None Led 94th “A” C.B.W. 401st
638 1/Lt. Selwyn, R.M. None None None Deputy lead 94th “A” CBW 401st
601 1/Lt. Maginn, L.J. None None None Led 94th “B” C.B.W. 351st
Remarks: The 1st “A” C.B.W. found the primary, Metz overcast so attacked a factory and marshaling yard on the edge of
Neukirchen. The primary wasn’t hit for the same reason by the 1st “B” CBW but they attacked the secondary
target of Saarbruden on P.F.F. equipment. The 94th “A” CBW hit the marshaling yards at Bayou, visually.
The 94th “B” CBW hit its assigned primary of Epinal, results were reported as good.

Squadron History 324th P.F.F. Mission # 10 Berlin 24 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97562 Capt. Evers, H.H. None None None Led 1st “A” CBW. Col. Terry
As CBW Commander 91st
636 1/Lt. Smith, J.W. None None Minor Deputy lead 1st “A” CBW 91st
594 1/Lt. Clark, C.M. None None None Led 1st “B” CBW 381st
601 Capt. Reigler, Wm. None None Minor Deputy lead 1st “B” CBW 381st
638 1/Lt. Selwyn, R.M. None None Minor Led 94th CBW 457th
600 1/Lt. Christensen, M.J. None None Minor Deputy lead 94th CBW 457th
Remarks: Flak was reported moderate to intense and accurate, our ships suffered minor damage. The 94th CBW lead ship’s
mickey equipment went out at I.P. so deputy took over for the run and retained lead until over the North Sea on
the way out. Charles N. Tanton, 2nd Lt., A.C.

Squadron History 324th P.F.F. Mission # 11 Fecamp 25 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97636 Capt. Riegler, Wm. None None None Led 94th “C” CBW 401st
649 1/Lt. Christensen None None None Deputy lead 94th “C” CBW 401st
Remarks: This was an experimental mission on bombing with P.F.F. on a pin point target. Results fair.

Squadron History 324 P.F.th F. Squad. Mission # 12 Ludwigshafen 27 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97649 2nd Lt. Brannan, C.D. None None Minor Led 94th “A” CBW 457th
651 1 / Lt. Selwyn None None Minor Deputy lead 94th “A” CBW 457th
594 1/ Lt. Christensen, M. None None None Led 94th “B” CBW 401st
636 1/Lt. Tyson, J.L. None None None Deputy 94th “B” CBW 401st
562 Capt. Evers None None None Led 1st CBW 91st
626 1/Lt. Smith, J.W. None None Minor Deputy lead 1st CBW 91st
Remarks: For the most part the results of bombing were good. SAV photos show a good concentration of bombs at the North
end of yard. And even the M/Y on the Mannheim side suffered an attack.

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. th Mission # 13 Dessau, Leipzig, Toucha 28 May 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97630 2nd Lt. Brannan, C.D. None 1 Major Led 94th C.B.W. 457th
686 1st Lt. Maginn None 2 Major Deputy lead 94th C.B.W. 457th
562 1st Lt. Tyson, J.L. None None None Led 1st C.B.W. 381st
594 1st Lt. Clark, C.M. None None None Deputy lead 1st C.B.W. 381st
Remarks: The primary target was obscured and this couldn’t be bombed but Brandis A/F East of Leipzig was hit with good results.
The members of Lt. Maginn’s crew had a red letter day, the waist gunner, S/Sgt. Fowler, and Navigator, Lt. Broderick,
both claiming destroyed A/C. S/Sgt. Fowler’s was later passed on by 1st Division as a destroyed A/C.

Squadron History 324 PFF Mission th # 15 Tactical targets - French coast 3 June 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97686 Capt. Reigler None None None Lead, 401st Gp. 401st
42-97601 1st Lt. Maginn None None None Lead, 351st Gp. 351st
42-97626 1st Lt. Smith None None None Lead, 91st Gp. 91st
42-97632 1st Lt. Tyson None None None Lead, 398th Gp. 398th
Remarks: A/C 42-97???, just after becoming airborne struck a vehicle on the runway. No. 3 prop and the right landing gear were
damaged. The crew remained in the air until the bulk of the gas had been utilized and made the normal crash landing
procedure. No one was injured on either the obstructing vehicle or aircraft.

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. Mission # 16 Tactical th targets on French coast 3 June 1944
Group
BATTLE Dispatched
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS to
42-97625 Lt. Christensen None None None Led 398th Gp. 398th
42-97638 Lt. Selwyn, R.M. None None None Led 457th A Gp.. 457th
A
42-97649 Lt. Riser, Wm. W. None None None Led 457th B Gp. 457th B

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. Mission th # 17 Tactical targets on French coast 4 June 1944
Grp.
BATTLE Dispatched
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS to
42-97687 Lt. Riser, Wm. W. None None None Led 91st Gp. 91st
42-97694 Lt. Clark. C.M. None None None Led 398th Gp. 398th
42-97625 Lt. Tyson, J.L. None None None Led 381st Gp. 381st
Remarks: Bombing results reported as good.

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. Mission th # 18 Tactical target in Le Harve coastal area 5 June 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
42-97686 1st Lt. Riser, Wm. W. Jr. None None None 91st Gp. Lead 91st
42-97594 1st Lt. Clark, C.M. None None None 398th Gp. Lead 398th
42-97625 1st Lt. Tyson, J.L. None None None 381st Gp. Lead 381st

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. Mission th # 19 French coastal targets in Le Harve area 6 June 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched to
42-97686 Lt. Riser, Wm.W None None None Lead 91st 91st
42-97630 Capt. Westwood, J None None None Lead 91st 91st
42-97702 Capt. Geiwitz, C.P. None None None Lead 91st 91st
42-97625 Lt. Tyson. J.L. None None None Lead 381st 381st
42-97649 Lt. Brannan, C.D. None None None Lead 457th 457th
42-97638 Lt. Selwyn, R.M. None None None Lead 457th 457th
42-97708 Lt. Bensel P.P. None None None Deputy Lead 457th 457th
42-97651 Capt. Grunow, A.E. None None None Lead 351st 351st
42-97601 Lt. Maginn, L.J. None None None Lead 351st 351st
42-97707 Capt. Gibb, R.D. None None None Deputy Lead 351st 351st
42-97626 Lt. Rohrer, R.L. None None None Lead 398th 398th
42-97632 Capt. Burch, R.W. None None None Lead 398th 398th
42-97600 Lt. Christensen, M.J. None None None Lead 401st 401st
42-97656 Capt. Reigler, Wm. None None None Lead 401st 401st
42-97743 Capt. Girse, R.C. None None None Lead 401st 401st
42-97594 Lt. Clark, C.M. None None None Lead 381st 381st
Remarks; This mission was our bit in the opening of the second front. PFF aircraft were used as lead ships in the 1st Division,
aiding in bombing the French coast prior to the landing of troops. Results of the days work were reported as good.

Squadron History 324 P.F.th F. Mission # 20 Kerlin - Bastard A/D 7 June 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched
to
42-97600 Lt. Rohrer None None None Lead Low Gp. 398th 398th
42-97626 Lt. Halter, R.L. None None None Lead, Lead Gp. 398th 398th
42-97636 Capt. Reigler, Wm. None None None Lead High Gp. 398th 398th
42-97625 Lt. Tyson, J.L. None None None Lead, Lead Gp. 381st 381st
42-97594 Lt. Clark, C.M. None None None Lead, High Gp. 381st 381st
42-97651 Capt. Grunow, A.E. None None None Lead, Low Gp. 381st 381st
42-97687 Lt. Riser, Wm. W. None None None Lead, Lead Gp. 91st 91st
42-97632 Capt. Burch, R.W. None None None Lead, Low Gp. 91st 91st
Remarks: Results of bombing were reported as good.

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. Mission # 21 Tactical target th South of Boulogne 10 June 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched to
42-97686 Lt. Rohrer, R.L. None None None Led 1st A CBW 398th
42-97632 Lt. Halter, R.L. None None None Deputy Lead 1st A CBW 398th
42-97625 Capt. Tyson, J.L. None None None Led 1st B CBW 381st
42-97594 Capt. Clark, C.M. None None None Deputy Lead 1st B CBW 381st
42-97687 Lt. Abbott None None None Led 1st C CBW 91st
42-97626 Lt. Heilig, G. None None None Deputy Lead 1st C CBW 91st
Remarks; Bombing results reported as fair by use of a Gee Fix.

Squadron History 324 P.th F.F. Mission # 22 Hamburg, Germany 18 June 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched to
42-97625 Capt. Tyson, J.L. None None Minor 1st A CBW Lead 381st
42-97594 Lt. Melomo, S.J. None None None 1st A CBW - Deputy Leader 381st
42-97626 Lt. Halter, R.L. Missing in Action 1st B - Lead CBW 398th
42-97686 Lt. Rohrer, R.L. None None Minor 1st B CBW Deputy Leader 398th
42-97632 Capt. Burch, R.W. None None None 1st C CBW Lead 91st
42-97630 Lt. Carlson, R.M. None None None 1st C CBW Deputy Leader 91st
Remarks: Good bombing results reported - The missing A/C was hit with flak on #1 engine and wing broke off. The A/C rolled
onto its back and went earthward, one chute reported by deputy leader.

Squadron History 324 P.F.F. Mission # 23 Berlin, Germany 21 J th une 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched to
42-97594 Capt. Tyson, J.L. None None Major 1st A CBW - Lead 381st
42-97630 Lt. Melomo, S.J. None None Major 1st A CBW - Deputy Leader 381st
42-97686 Lt. Rohrer Missing in Action 1st B CBW Leader 398th
Remarks: Results reported as good. A/C missing in action was hit on the bomb run and #3 engine observed wind milling,
but A/C remained in formation until “Bombs Away”. Last observed under control with 4 to 5 chutes leaving A/C.

Squadron History 324 P.th F.F. Mission # 24 Hamburg, Germany 30 June 1944
BATTLE Group
A/C No. PILOT CASUALTIES CLAIMS DAMAGE REMARKS Dispatched to
42-97686 Lt. Rohrer None None None 1st A CBW lead
42-97594 Lt. Melomo, S.J. None None None 1st A CBW Deputy Leader 398th
42-97632 Capt. Dibble, F.M. None None Minor 1st B CBW Lead 91st
42-97625 Lt. Ludtke, E.C. None None Minor 1st B CBW Leader 91st
Remarks: Excellent results were reported and verified by strike attack photos.

 

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(189) Tours ( Abortive - Sortie ) 4 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Carlson 959 None None None 10/10th’s over France
F/O Bessolo 880 “ ” “
Capt. Ranzoni 613 “ ” “ Excellent fighter support.
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” “ Flak light, inaccurate.
Lt. O’Brien 679 “ ” “
Lt. Crans 128 “ ” “ All ships carried 2 X 2000 M 34's.
Target: Railroad bridge over Loire River, W. of Tours.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: 10/10ths cloud over enemy territory with only isolated breaks prevented bombing of primary, secondary or targets
of opportunity. Meager inaccurate flak from Le Havre on way in and from Abbeville on way out. No E/A opposition.

( 190 ) Aire, France 6 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Collins 515 None None Minor Five flak holes in ship.
F/O Bessolo 880 “ ” “ Flak reason for battle damage.
Lt. Crans 128 “ ” “ Flak holes in ship.
Capt. Ranzoni 061 “ ” Major Bombing results- good concentration.
Lt. Ryan 959 “ ” “ B/D due to flak.
Lt. O’Brien 879 “ ” “ Carried 250 G.P.’s
Target: No Ball
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The 91 Gp. Flew lead, low and high (12 ship boxes) of the 1 “A” C.st st B.W.. Visibility in the target area was
good. The lead group attacked the secondary visually with fair results. The high group attacked the primary
visually with excellent results. The low group dropped short of the primary with poor results.

( 191 ) Kolleda and Leipzig 7 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Crans 515 None None None Fighter support good.
F/O Bessolo 880 “ “ Major Flak damage to ship.
Lt. Ryan 613 “ ” None Bombs hit short.
Lt. O’Brien 151 “ ” Minor
Lt. Leslie 673 “ ” None No observations.
Lt. Beasley 947 “ ” Minor
Lt. Collins 812 “ ” None Bombs fell short of M.P.I.
Target: A/C Factory ( Two M.P.I.’s ).
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The target was the important Mockau A/C factory located about 3 miles North of Leipzig. The importance
of this target is indicated by the fact that it was the objective on numerous Leipzig missions throughout the
month. Visibility in target area was good. However, “B” group bombs were accidentally released between
I.P. and target with poor results. “A” group attacked target of opportunity, Kolleda A/D, with poor results.

( 192 ) Etaples, France 8 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Ryan 879 None None None Reported good bombing results.
F/O Bessolo 959 “ ” Major B/D caused by flak.
Lt. Holmes 128 “ ” None Fighter support fair.
Lt. Leslie 151 “ ” Minor
Lt. Beasley 515 “ ” None
Lt. Carlson 613 “ ” Minor Few flak holes in ship.
Target: M/Y choke points.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 1 A/C ( 9 Personnel ).
Remarks: The 91 Bomb Group flew the “C” and “D” groups in the 1 Combat Wing. st st The primary target, a no ball
near Fleury was obscured by clouds, so the “D” group selected a last resort target at Etaples and dropped
visually with excellent results. “C” group, unable to identify target through under cast, brought bombs
back. No E/A opposition encountered.

( Abortive Sortie ) ( 193 ) Crepieul and Fleury, Fraance 9 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Ryan 879 None None None Brought back 18 X 250
Lt. O’Brien 151 “ ” Minor “ ” “ ”
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” None “ ” “ ”
F/O Bessolo 880 “ ” Major “ ” “ ”
Capt. Holmes 128 “ ” None Hit primary
Lt. Beasley 144 “ ” Minor Fighter support not seen.
Target: No ball installations.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Our A/C found the target area obscured by clouds and were forced to return to base with their bombs.

( 194 ) Munich, Germany 11 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Leslie 938 None None None
Lt. O’Brien 879 “ “ ” 10/10ths over target.
Lt. Brown 151 “ ” “ Carried 42 M-47.
Capt. Holmes 515 “ ” “ Fighter support very good.
Lt. Beasley 128 “ ” “
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” “
Target: Industrial Area.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Our A/C dropped through 10/10ths under cast on Munich by use of P.F.F. instruments. It is believed
that the main concentration of bombs fell into the South central portion of the city. Fighter support
was good and enemy opposition was nil.

( 195 ) Munich, Germany 12 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Carlson 613 None None None Report bombs short.
Lt. Crans 982 “ ” “ Very good fighter support.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” Minor One flak hole in ship.
Capt. Holmes 999 “ ” None Dropped on P.F.F.
Lt. Brown 151 “ ” “ Close fighter support.
Lt. Ryan 879 “ ” “
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” Minor Results - unobserved.
F/O Bessolo 880 “ ” “ Excellent fighter support.
Lt. Leslie 938 “ ” “ B/D due to flak.
Target: Industrial area.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Bombing was done on PFF equipment through 10/10ths under cast. Mickey operator reported that excellent
results were expected as the equipment was working perfectly. No enemy fighters appeared and flak was
generally ineffective.

( 196 ) Munich, Germany 13 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
F/O Bessolo 880 None None Minor Carried 4 X 500, 6 X M17.
Capt. Holmes 999 “ ” “ One flak hole in ship.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” None Landed away.
Lt. Leslie 959 “ ” “ Very good fighter support.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” “ PFF unobserved.
Target: Industrial area.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Because of weather, bombing was again done on PFF equipment with unobserved results. There was
no E/A opposition but our A/C reported that the Wing behind and Wing ahead were attacked after leaving
target. Flak was intense but generally inaccurate.

( 197 ) Munich ( Augsburg ) 16 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
F/O Bessolo 880 None None None Very good fighter support.
Lt. Merz 844 “ ” “
Lt. Carlson 613 “ ” “ Solid overcast.
Lt. O’Brien 879 “ ” “ Carried 4 X 500, 6 X M-17.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “
Lt. Beasley 959 “ ” “
Target: Briefed on Eng. Factory at Allach.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None ( 1 wounded )
Remarks: Returning crews reported that they had bombed Munich on PFF equipment with unobserved results, but
the Group Navigator believes Augsburg was attacked. A/C #610 ditched 25 miles off English coast due
to battle damage causing gasoline failure ( 1 man wounded ), all safe after being picked up by air sea
rescue. A/C #540 lost one bomb on take off without incident. No E/C reported. A/A fire was moderate
and inaccurate. Weather forced our A/C to bomb from above 27,000 ft..

( 198 ) Peenemunde 18 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Beasley 128 None None None
Lt. Merz 844 “ ” Minor One flak hole.
Capt. Holmes 999 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ Believe bombs hit M.P.I..
Lt. Leslie 959 “ ” “ One flak hole.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” None
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” Major B/D due to flak.
Lt. Brown 151 “ One “ Lt. Boyd - flak shot away
part of left foot.
Target: Experimental - Establishment.
Squadron Losses: None ( 1 wounded ).
Group Losses: Number of personnel - 9 ( One A/C missing ).
Remarks: Photos show that our “A” Group attacked target with some hits on M.P.I. , but with main concentration
short on Eastern side. “B” Group had more hits on M.P.I.. Target was well hit and terrific fires and
damage resulted. Our missing A/C 467 was last seen in the target area heading Southeast with one engine
feathered, under control in a gradual descent. Flak was rather accurate. No E/A opposition.

( 199 ) Lechfeld 19 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Carlson 613 None None None Reported bombs on M.P.I..
Lt. Lesslie 959 “ ” Minor Carried nickels.
Lt. Beasley 128 “ ” None Carried 38 X 100 frags.
F/O Bessolo 844 “ ” Minor Good fighter support.
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” None Carried 10 X 500.
Lt. O’Brien 879 “ ” Major Reported good formation.
Capt. Holmes 999 “ ” None Flew route as briefed.
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: Two A/C ( 18 personnel ).
Remarks: Photos show that lead and low groups obtained excellent results. No picture is available for high group,
but results are claimed as good from visual observation. Our Group formed the “B” Combat Wing.
Fighter support was described as fair going in and good coming out. At 0952 our crews reported seeing a
B-17 from the Wing ahead explode from apparent direct hit by flak and in going down take at least two
other Forts with it. No chutes seen. At 0947 hours we lost two A/C from our Group due to a mid-air
collision near the I.P.. The wing of 075 knocked the tail off 542 causing it to go down in a tight spin with
no chutes seen. A/C #075 was knocked out of formation and badly damaged. The last heard from it was
a radio message that it was trying to reach Switzerland. There was no E/A opposition but flak was moderate
and rather accurate.

( 200 ) Leipzig, Germany 20 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Beasley 128 None None Major #1 engine feathered.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” Minor B/D due to flak.
F/O Bessolo 844 “ ” Major Saw few dog fights.
Lt. O’Brien 085 “ ” Minor Carried 10 X 500.
Lt. Brown 151 “ ” “ B/D due to flak & fighters.
Lt. Leslie 959 “ ” Major Not sure what they hit.
Capt. Holmes 999 ------ Lost to A/A fire --------
Target: A/C factory
Squadron Losses: One A/C ( 9 personnel ).
Group Losses: Eight A/C ( 73 personnel ). Four to E/A fire, 1 to A/A fire, 1 to E/A & A/A fire. Two to unknown.
Remarks: This mission marked another mile stone in the history of the 91 . We were the st first Group in the E.T.O. to
reach the 100 mark, but not the first at the 200. We were held back by the transfer of the 324th Sq. to P.F.F.
and on days when other groups flew 2 missions we were able to fly but one, not having enough regular
combat A/C to put up the second group for the day. Photographs show concentration of bombs falling in
NE section of Leipzig. From the I.P. to within 6 miles of the target there was about 7/10 cloud cover. In the
target area there appeared to be only about 2/10 to 3/10, but it caused confusion as to type of bombing which
would be done, i.e. visual or P.F.F.. The high tried to locate A/D North of Leipzig without success and pulled
over city to drop in northern part. The lead and low groups had already bombed Leipzig slightly more to the
South. At 1100 hours just before I.P., after calls of bandits from Wings ahead, 55 to 60 S/E E/A hit our low
Gp. in two waves of equal strength from 6 o’clock level to slightly high. The attacks came from cloud and
E/A were stacked up to 4 high. Massed attack lasted about 5 & ½ minutes. Individual attacks continued
thereafter on stragglers. E/A were ME 109's and FW 190's about equal in number. Some ME 109's had one
orange stripe vertically around fuselage half way to tail. Low group was out of position and in loose formation
at time of attack and fighter support had evidently been drawn to front of the Division. They came in later to
take care of E/A, which used the old rolling tactics as they attacked. A/A fire was moderate and accurate.

( 201 ) N.W. St. Lo. 24 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Carlson 613 None None None Brought back 37 X 100
and 1 S.M.
Lt. O’Brien 879 “ ” “ Brought back 38 X 100
F/O Bessolo 880 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Merz 844 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Leslie 959 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Beasley 151 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Sherrill 988 “ ” “ Bombed primary.
Target: Enemy troop positions.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Photos show good pattern in target area with main concentrations within the assigned area. “D” group
was unable to drop because 306 Group flew directly beneath formation. th This offensive was supposed
to start a big American push, but most groups were unable to drop and the offensive did not take place
until the next day.

( 202 ) N.W. St. Lo. 25 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Col. Milton 613 None None None Dropped 37 X 100 plus 1 S.M.
F/O Bessolo 880 “ ” “ Report good bomb pattern.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ P-47 escort, P-51 escort.
Lt. Merz 844 “ ” “
Lt. Leslie 959 “ ” “ Good bomb pattern.
Lt. O’Brien 879 “ ” “
Lt. Sherrill 988 “ ” “ Dropped 38 X 100.
Lt. Beasley 151 “ ” “ Fighter support as briefed.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” “
Target: Enemy troop positions.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Photos show good concentrations at assigned points. Following this terrific air offensive on huge scale, the
American push began. Apparently, however, the bombing did not produce the desired effects as the enemy
was found to be well dug in. According to reports some bombs dropped short of the bomb release line
causing casualties among our own troops. Only one burst of flak was observed in the target area.

( 203 ) Taucha 28 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. McCombs 085 None One Major Waist gunner, Sgt. Moree.
Lt. Merz 613 “ None Minor Ship hit by flak.
Lt. Carlson 844 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Beasley 012 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Leslie 959 “ One “
F/O Bessolo 880 “ None “ Fighter support poor going
in, good coming out.
Lt. Sherrill 988 “ ” “ Report good bomb pattern.
Target: Briefed on synthetic oil at Mersburg.
Squadron Losses: None ( 2 wounded )
Group Losses: None ( 2 wounded )
Remarks: Target of opportunity, Taucha, about 5 mi. NE of Leipzig was bombed with god results. Cloud cover
prevented visual attack on primary target and failure of mickey set prevented P.F.F. attack. Most crews
were disgusted at failure to bomb primary as they felt it could have been attacked visually. Battle
damage was particularly heavy from flak, as course took formation over heaviest concentration. There
were some 200 guns within range instead of the 64 which would have been in range at the primary.

( 204 ) Mersburg 29 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Leslie 151 None None Minor B/D due to flak.
Lt. Beasley 012 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. McCombs 988 “ ” None
Lt. Merz 613 “ ” Minor Bombed on P.F.F.
F/O Bessolo 880 “ ” “
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” None Landed away due to weather.
Target: Synthetic oil plant.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Having missed this important target the day before, most of the 8th A.F. went back again today. Clouds
obscured the target but our crews bombed on PFF with what is believed to be good results. Oil smoke
came up to 20,000 ft. in great clouds. The course was flown as briefed and flak was no where near as
intense as the day before nor was it accurate. Fighter support was good. Weather over England caused
great difficulty in landing and caused some crews to land away.

( 205 ) Munich 31 July 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Figie 988 None None Minor B/D due to flak.
Lt. Fonke 128 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Leslie 959 “ ” “ Excellent fighter support.
Lt. Beasley 012 “ ” “
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” “ Results unobserved.
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: One A/C ( 9 personnel )
Remarks: Bombing was done on PFF with unobserved results. Fighter support was very good and no E/A were
sighted. Flak was rather inaccurate and even though 22 A/C received damage, most of it was meager
and superficial. A/C 304 ( Supchak ) left the formation at 1310 with 2 engines out reporting over VHF
that he was headed for Switzerland.

( 206 ) Chartres 1 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Beasley 128 None None None Reported bombs short
of M.P.I.
Lt. Merz 613 “ ” “ Fighter support - good.
Lt. Fonke 012 “ ” Minor Flak cause of B/D.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” None Reported good bomb
pattern covering MPI.
Lt. Figie 151 “ ” “
Lt. Leslie 959 “ ” “ Reported explosions.
Lt. Sherill 988 “ ” Minor B/D caused by flak.
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” None Fighter support good all
way in and out.
Lt. Brown 490 “ ” “ Led the low Group.
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 1 A/C ( 9 personnel ).
Remarks: Photos show that the assigned MPI’s on the field itself were not hit but hangars and dispersal areas
were well covered. A/C #879 was hit by flak over target and was seen to spiral down and crash.
Four chutes reported.

( 207 ) Mulhouse and Toul 3 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Bessolo 880 None None Minor One flak hole in
nose of ship.
Lt. McCombs 515 “ ” None Very good fighter support.
Lt. O’Brien 613 “ ” “ Flak in nose- damaged
toggle switch.
Lt. Fonke 012 “ ” “ Bombs unobserved.
Lt. Brown 844 “ ” “ Carried 500 pounders.
Lt. Leslie 959 “ ” “
Lt. Sherill 988 “ ” “ Crew observed smoke pots
seemingly on R.R..
Lt. Figie 151 “ ” Minor Flak was cause of B/D.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” None 7/10ths over target.
Target: Marshaling Yard.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Good results on primary ( Mulhouse M/Y ) and excellent results on secondary ( Toul/Croix de Metz ).
Lead group and part of low were unable to identify primary because of cloud cover and they held their
bombs for the secondary. There was no E/A opposition and not a flak gun was fired at either target.
Fighter support was excellent.

( 208 ) Peenemunde 4 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. McCombs 085 None None None Carried 42 X M-47 bombs.
Lt. Sherill 988 “ ” Minor Good fighter support.
Lt. Fonke 012 “ ” “ Shell hit wing just behind
#1 engine.
Capt. Close 844 “ ” None Reported good bombing results.
Lt. Bessolo 880 “ ” Minor Flak cause of battle damage.
Lt. Caddis 959 “ ” Major Battle damage caused by flak.
Lt. Collins 890 “ ” Minor Hits reported on buildings.
Lt. O’Brien 613 “ ” None Flew #1 ship - 1st element high Sq.
Lt. Figie 513 “ ” “ Reported B-17 blowing up from
Wing ahead.
Target: Electrolytic Hydrogen - Peroxide Plant
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: This second attack on the Peenemunde target was necessary because insufficient damage was caused on
the previous attack. This target is complex and has numerous vulnerable parts. Our Group had the same
assigned M.P.I. as before. Crews report excellent results. There was no fighter opposition and our own
fighters furnished excellent cover.

( 209 ) Nienburg 5 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Gaddie 613 None None None Carried 6 X 1000 pounders
Lt. Sherill 988 “ ” “ Fair fighter support.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ Hit in target area.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” “ 10/10ths under cast over
North Sea.
Lt. Fonke 515 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Bessolo 880 “ ” “ Visual bombing.
Target: Underground oil storage depot
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Photos show excellent results with MPI covered with hits. Crews were disappointed, however, they
could see no black oil smoke billowing up from target after it was attacked. There was no flak or
fighter opposition and the weather was CAVU.

( 210 ) Brandenburg 6 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Bessolo 880 None None Minor Claim bomb’s little over target.
Lt. Merz 613 “ ” “ #1 engine and wing hit by flak.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” “ Very good fighter support.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” None Fighter support as briefed.
Lt. Manville 988 “ ” Minor Target well hit before arriving.
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” “ Ship hit by flak.
Lt. Beasley 959 “ ” “ Bombs hit in target area.
Lt. Whitesell 012 “ ” “ 7 flak holes in ship.
Lt. Figie 151 “ ” “ Carried 10 X 500
Lt. Gaddis 205 “ ” “ Observed shipping on enemy
coast.
Target: Military vehicle factory
Squadron Losses; None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Photos indicate very good results. Bomb bursts seen in target area. Heavy smoke prevents actual
assessment. This Group furnished the 1 “A” Combat Wing. Weather st was CAVU. Fighter support
was described as excellent. At 1240 hours, 25000 ft., a B-17 from Wing ahead was hit by flak knocking
off one wing. Ship burst into flames and blew up. One to 8 chutes reported.

( 211 ) Sens and Bourron-Marlotte 7 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Manville 033 None None Minor Flak caused battle damage.
Capt. Close 844 “ ” None Reported good formation.
Lt. Beasley 151 “ ” “ Target clear at second run.
Lt. McDowell 085 “ ” “ Dropped bombs on edge of
woods.
Lt. Figie 205 “ ” “ Reported a few of our own
fighters.
Lt. O’Brien 988 “ ” “ Report hits by switching yards.
Lt. Leslie 012 “ ” “ No flak in target area.
Lt. Merz 889 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Collins 890 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Target: Oil storage
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The lead and low Groups attacked Sens in perfect weather with lead Group dropping short. The low Group
was forced to make a 360 degree turn and a second run because of collision course with lead Group. The
results were fair but main concentration fell slightly beyond and to North of M.P.I.. No enemy fighters
interfered. The lead Group of “C” Combat Wing attacked Bourron-Marlotte with poor results.

( 212 ) S.E. of Bretteville-Sur Laize 8 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
F/O Marpil 151 None None Minor Battle damage- flak. Brought bombs back.
Lt. Bessolo 880 “ ” “ Good fighter support. “ ” “
Lt. Beasley 911 “ ” None Too much smoke to find target.
Brought bombs back.
Lt. Gaddis 085 “ ” Minor Saw few of our fighters. “ ” “
Lt. Figie 128 “ ” “ Saw some P-47's in distance.
Brought bombs back.
Lt. Leslie 012 “ ” “ Moderate haze at target. “ ” “
Lt. Merz 613 “ ” None
Lt. McCombs 205 “ ” Minor Flak holes in ship. “ ” “
Lt. Whitesell 988 “ ” “ Saw 3 P-47's. “ ” “
Lt. Collins 610 “ ” “ Brought bombs back.
Lt. Crans 890 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Lt. Brown 844 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Target: Ground support for troops in the S.E. of Caen.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: One A/C ( 9 personnel ).
Remarks: Our assignment today was to assist the troops on the British Canadian front near Caen in preparation for their
offensive. Photos showed that our bombs fell in the assigned areas. Our low Group did not drop because of
the smoke and haze which obscured target. The course took our A/C parallel to the German line for the entire
bomb run and considerable flak damage was sustained. The bombers were exposed to accurate fire for 13 and
½ minutes. No enemy fighters were seen.

( 213 ) Elsenborn 9 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Sherrill 988 None None None Crew thought they bombed
Saarbrucken. Uncertain -
Tied on with 381st Group.
Target: BMW aero engine factory 7 miles NW of Munich.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: This Group furnished the 1st “B” CBW. High cloud caused the high group to become separated from
the lead and low groups at point of turn back, approximately 0800 E where the Division commander
decided to abandon operation against the primary target ( 7 mi. N.W. of Munich ). Low and lead
groups bombed Elsenborn barracks with good results. Eight A/C of the high group jettisoned in the
vicinity of 5040 N - 0600 E from 1025 to 1140 hours. One A/C bombed with the 381st Group reported
to be Saarbrucken M/Y. Four A/C brought bombs back. A/A fire was accurate and caused damage.

( 214 ) Brest ( Port Area ) 11 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Figie 151 None None None Carried 12 X 500.
Lt. McDowell 128 “ ” “ Didn’t see fighter cover.
Lt. Bessolo 540 “ ” Minor Hit by flak.
Lt. O’Brien 844 “ ” None Good bomb pattern.
Lt. Marpil 613 “ ” “ Didn’t see fighter support.
Lt Beasley 890 “ ” “
Lt. Sherrill 988 “ ” Major Hit wing spar with flak.
Lt. Leslie 205 “ ” Minor Report bombs hit O.K..
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” “ Hit by flak.
Lt. Fonke 012 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ ” “ ” Bombs fell short.
Target: Troop or material concentrations.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: At the request of the ground forces attacking Brest Harbor, our bombers were assigned the task of
attacking gun emplacements, troop and material concentrations in the harbor. Photos showed good
results for all Groups.

( 215 ) Buc near Versailles 12 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Carlson 844 None None None Report hitting target.
Lt. Collins 890 “ ” “ Light fighter support.
Lt. McDowell 205 “ ” “ Report fighter support O.K.
Lt. Figie 880 “ ” “ Jettisoned one X 200 in
channel/all clear.
Lt. Leslie 707 “ ” “ Hit with their bombs in the
target area.
Lt. Sherrill 298 “ ” “ One third of bombs hit on MPI.
Lt. Bessolo 673 “ ” Minor One flak hole in hip.
Lt. Fonke 012 “ ” None Report good pattern of bombs.
F/O Marpil 613 “ ” “ Hit the target.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ Claim fair fighter support.
Lt. Whitesell 151 “ ” “ Target hit previous to arrival.
Lt. Beasley 128 “ ” “ Brought bombs back - aborted.
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Weather over England made assembly extremely difficult with clouds to 30,000 ft.. Photos showed
excellent results with all 3 groups placing their main concentration of bombs squarely upon the
assigned M.P.I.’s. Target weather was CAVU, enemy opposition nil, flak meager but accurate.

( 216 ) Le Manoir 13 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Collins 890 None None Minor Bombs hit in target area.
Lt. Sherrill 069 “ ” None Brought bombs back.
Lt. Fonke 012 “ ” “ Main concentration on bridge.
Lt. Leslie 613 “ ” “ Saw target from I.P.
Lt. Crans 085 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “ Didn’t observe bombs.
Lt. Beasley 128 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Lt. Carlson 151 “ ” Minor Ship hit by flak.
Lt. Whitesell 025 “ ” “ Area support by our fighters.
Lt. Gaddis 144 “ ” None Meager flak.
Lt. Figie 552 “ ” “ Fair fighter support.
Lt. Manville 883 “ ” Minor Ship hit by flak.
Target: Bridge
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: One A/C ( 9 personnel missing ).
Remarks: Photos showed very good concentration on all MPI’s,but smoke obscured accurate assessment.
Weather was CAVU. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was rather accurate.

( 217 ) Metz/Frescaty 14 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Gaddis 613 None None Minor Hole in nose of ship
from burst of chaff.
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Photos showed good results except for low group which dropped slightly short of the briefed MPI.
Weather was CAVU. Our A/C experienced no A/A fire. Fighter support was excellent.

( 218 ) Ostheim ( Cologne ) 15 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Figie 151 None None Major Battle damage due to flak.
Lt. Beasley 128 “ ” Minor Target well hit.
Lt. Sherrill 880 “ Two Major BTG - Sgt. Joseph Rodecki-Serious
WG - Sgt. Woodrow Cornett-Minor
Lt. McDowell 887 “ None Minor Hit by flak at target.
Lt. Manville 012 “ ” “ Flak holes in ship.
Lt. Collins 563 (323 ship) “ One Major Sgt. Carico, Luther - W.G. hit in
back-serious-flak went under his
flak vest. (KIA) *
F/O Marpil 613 “ None Minor Crew reported close fighter support.
Lt. Fonke 205 “ ” “ Hit by flak at target.
Lt. Leslie 890 “ ” Major Observed ineffective smoke at
Cologne.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” Minor Also hit by flak at target.
Target: Airdrome
Squadron Losses: None ( 2 wounded, 1 killed ) *
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Photos indicate good results. The bombs of the low group smothered the MPI in a tightly packed concentration.
Flak was moderate and rather accurate, weather was clear, there was no fighter opposition and our own fighters
provided excellent support.
* Added by transcriber.

( 219 ) Halle, Germany 16 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Lindsay 000 ----Aircraft didn’t return.
Lt. Leslie 126 “ ” “
Lt. Sherrill 634 “ ” “
Lt. Dunlap 996 “ ” “
Lt. Fonke 012 “ ” “
Lt. Figie 673 “ ” “
F/O Marpil 613 None 1 - KIA - 2 WIA Major Flak and E/A cause of battle
damage. A/C landed away
from base- crash landed- 3
engines out.
Lt. Crans 890 “ None None Good fighter support, but not
enough of them.
Lt. Witty 515 “ ” Major Hit by 20 mm in fin.
Lt. McCombs 985 “ Two Minor Bombardier and navigator
slightly wounded by flak.
Lt. Beasley 128 4-0-1 None Major Hit by fighters.
Lt. Manville 088 None One “ Radio operator Saxton hit
by flak.
Lt. Gaddis 333 Pilot sick - aborted over field when assembling at 18,000.
Target: Aircraft factory
Squadron Losses: A/C #613 - 1 man MIA, 1 KIA, 2WIA, A/C 000 - ( 9 personnel missing ), A/C #126 - ( 9
Personnel missing ), A/C# 634 - ( 9 personnel missing ), A/C #996 - ( 9 personnel missing ),
A/C #012 - ( 9 personnel missing ), A/C #673 -( 9 personnel missing ). Totals - 55 personnel
Missing, 1 KIA, 2 WIA.
Group Losses: 55 MIA, 1 KIA, 5 WIA
Remarks: Today, Aug. 16 , marked the 14 mission this month of th th our bombers, which have been taking advantage
of the unusually clear weather to keep up the pressure. Photographs show good results though main
concentration is just over the M.P.I.. 20 to 30 E/A broke through the fighter cover and attacked our high
group in one pass knocking down 6 of them. Fighters came out of sun and attacked from astern. Observers
reported our A/C were not firing at them. This was the first fighter attack experienced by the majority of
our crews. It is significant to note that in the claims made by our A/C, the gunners did not open fire until
E/A were within 300 to 100 yards. Fighter support was good but not enough of it.

( 220 ) Kolleda and Goslar 24 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Gaddis 220 ---- Couldn’t catch formation after stooging around. Turned back at 5337-0120.
Capt. Arthur 515 None None None Good fighter support for
exception at target.
Lt. Bessolo 880 “ ” “ Claim center of concentration
on field
Lt. O’Toole 959 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Beasley 128 “ ” “ Bombs hit in front of buildings
on N. edge..
Lt. Witty 027 “ ” “ Bombs hit in building area.
Lt. Brown 890 “ ” “ Bombed secondary ( Goslar).
Lt. McCombs 069 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Lt. Whitesell 205 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Lt. McDowell 151 “ ” “ Report good bombing results
on secondary.
Lt. Browne 988 “ ” “ Carried 10 X 500.
Lt. Flint 504 “ ” “ Bomb pattern on East portion
of target area.
Target: Kolleda Airdrome and air equipment depot.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Lead group bombed primary with good results, Low group bombed secondary ( Goslar A/D ) with good
results. High group bombed secondary with fair to good results. Low group failed to bomb primary
because of malfunction of bomb bay doors on lead A/C. High group was unable to drop at primary because
low group was directly beneath them. Experiencing the same difficulty at the secondary target they were
forced to make a second run. No opposition was encountered from flak or fighters.

( 221 ) Neubrandenburg - 324th Squadron stood down


( 222 ) Gelsenkirchen 26 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Brown 844 None None Minor Flak cause of battle damage.
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” “ ” “ ” “ ”
Lt. Bessolo 880 “ ” Major Good fighter support.
Lt. O’Toole 959 “ ” Minor Results unobserved.
Lt. McDowell 988 “ ” “ Moderate, inaccurate flak
at target.
Lt. Beasley 128 “ ” Major Hit by flak at target.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” Minor Fighter support as briefed.
Lt. Flint 202 “ ” “ Carried 8 X 500.
Lt. Whitesell 151 “ ” “ Unobserved results.
Lt. Witty 890 “ ” Major Observed smoke screen in valley.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” Minor Claim P-51's came in from
difficult angles for recognition
purpose.
Target: Synthetic oil plant.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Weather had no affect on mission except for dense haze which prevented accurate observation. Bombs fell
from two to eight miles away from aiming point. Fighters gave our A/C good cover especially for
crippled A/C. Flak was severe.

( 223 ) Heligoland ( Recalled from Berlin ) 27 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Witty 308 None None None Called back when in
Flensburg area. Brought
bombs back.
Lt. Smith 083 “ ” “ Fighter support O.K.
Brought bombs back.
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” “ Recalled at 1345.
Brought bombs back.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ No enemy A/C seen.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “ Report meager & accurate flak.
Lt. Flint 988 “ ” “ Brought bombs back.
Lt. Beasley 202 ( 322 ship ) “ ” “ Carried 10 X M-17 which were
brought back.
Lt. Whitesell 027 ( 322 Ship ) Brought bombs back
Lt. Manville 205 “ ” “ Carried nickles.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” “ Inaccurate flak at Heligoland.
Lt. Weeks 306 ( 322 ship ) “ ” “ Hit thick weather at enemy coast.
Lt. O’Toole 959 “ ” “ Nothing unusual to report.
Lt. O’Brien 151 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Target: JU88 assembly factory 10 miles S.E. of center of Berlin.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Formation ran into high clouds before reaching the Danish coast causing formation to become separated. High
and low groups were unable to find a target but the lead group attacked Heligoland on PFF instruments with
unobserved results. Mission was recalled.

( 224 ) Kiel 30 August 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Crans 151 None None None Good fighter support.
Lt. Smith 012 “ ” “ 10/10th’s overcast.
Lt. Weeks 890 “ ” “ Carried leaflets.
Lt. Browne 988 “ ” “ Carried 5 X 1000.
Lt. Collins 515 “ ” “
Lt. Beasley 128 “ ” “ PFF - 10/10th’s overcast.
Lt. Marlphil 887 “ ” “ Observed few chutes.
Lt. McDowell 205 “ ” “ Dropped on PFF.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ No E/A observed.
Lt. Manville 220 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. O’Toole 959 “ ” “ Nothing unusual to report.
Lt. Witty 993 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Target: Submarine and ship building works.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Bombing results were unobserved. PFF equipment failed at I.P. and our group dropped on smoke bombs
of CBW ahead. Fighter support excellent. Weather 10/10.

( 225 ) Nickle targets to - Karlsruhe 3 Sept. 1944
Saarbrucken
Neunkirchen
Hamburg
Mainz
Speyer
Mannheim
Frankenthal
Luxemburg
Trier
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Collins 7632 None None None Dropped nickles on Karlsruhe.
Lt. O’Brien 8135 “ ” “ ” “ ” Saarbrucken
Neunkirchen
Hamburg
Target: Nickles dropped at ten different assigned cities.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Five of our A/C participated in today’s mission, not as combat ships in the ordinary sense but as propaganda
carriers. It was the first such assignment for the 91 Bomb Group. The assigned st targets for our leaflets
were: Karlsruhe, Saarbrucken, Neunkirchen, Hamburg, Mainz, Speyer, Mannheim, Frankenthal, Luxemburg,
and Trier. Our A/C had no difficulty in finding assigned units and proceeded to their targets without incident.
Fighter support excellent, no E/A seen. Weather 10/10th’s caused dropping by PFF equipment.

( 227 ) Ludwigshafen, Germany 8 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Gaddis 880 --------Aborted -------
Lt. Beasley 128 None One Major Lt. Beasley hit on head by flak.
Ball turret gunner sustained minor
frost bite.
Lt. Marpil 151 “ None Minor Battle damage caused by flak.
Fighter support poor.
Lt. Witty 993 “ One Major Bombardier hit in eye with minor injury.
Lt. Flint 040 “ None “ Fair fighter support and good bombing
results.
Lt. Browne 988 “ One Minor Lt. Browne received flesh wounds in
right arm.
Lt. McDowell 515 “ None Major Report good fighter support.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” Minor 30 hits by flak in wings, fuselage & tail.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ Bombed on lead A/C, unobserved.
Lt. Weeks 205 --------Missing--------
Target: Chemical Plant.
Squadron Losses: One A/C ( 9 personnel ).
Group Losses: Two A/C ( 18 personnel ).

( 228 ) Ludwigshafen, Germany 9 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Witty 887 None None Minor Brought bombs back.
Lt. O’Brien 844 “ ” “ Lt. Blume observed what might have
been a jet propelled plane.
Lt. Marpil 707 “ ” None Carried 12 X M-17 bombs.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Whitesell 088 “ ” “ Carried nickels.
Capt. Arthur 333 “ ” Minor Battle damage caused by flak.
Lt. Flint 504 “ ” None Very good fighter support.
Lt. Gaddis 959 “ ” Minor Flak cause of battle damage.
Lt. Manville 212 “ ” None Crew observations nil.
Lt. Collins 890 “ ” Minor Unobserved bombing results.
Lt. Browne 027 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. McDowell 880 ------- Turned back after #2 engine failed.
Target: Synthetic oil plant.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: One A/C ( 9 personnel ).
Remarks: In spite of the rough reception at Ludwigshafen yesterday, our A/C returned today and again experienced accurate
flak. Results unobserved on PFF. Our A/C 594 last seen at 1117 hours had been hit by flak and went into a flat
spin with #4 engine on fire. It blew up at cloud level. Two chutes seen. No E/A opposition. Fighter support was
good.

( 229 ) Gaggenau 10 sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Gaddis 308 ------- Aborted at 4934N-0435E. ---------
Lt. Crans 844 None None None Believe M.P.I. well hit.
Lt. Whitesell 887 “ ” Minor Flak damage to A/C.
Lt. Browne 959 “ ” None Good fighter support.
Lt. Witty 085 “ ” “ Observed several B-17's in
distress and going down.
Lt. McDowell 890 “ ” “ Carried 12 X M-17 I.B.’s.
Capt. Arthur 298 (322 ship) “ ” “ Report good fighter support.
Target: Daimler-Benz motor vehicle factory.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The 323 and 401 Sq. were assigned as the high group of the 41 “C” CBW attacking rd st st the Daimler-Benz motor
vehicle factory 10 mi. SW of Stuttgart. This C.B.W. never formed, no bombs were dropped and group was told
to return to base. The 322nd and 324th Sq. were assigned as high group of the 1st “A” CBW to attack Daimler-
Benz motor truck factory, 12 mi. S. of Karlsruhe. Bombing results very good with M.P.I. well covered. E/A
opposition nil. Flak meager and inaccurate.

( 230 ) Lutzkendorf 11 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Crans 844 None None None Low group leader.
Lt. Gaddis 959 “ ” “ Carried 10 X 500 M-64.
Lt. Flint 040 “ ” “ Very good fighter support.
Lt. Marpil 293 “ ” “ Unobserved bombing results.
Lt. Witty 890 “ ” Minor B/D due to flak.
Lt. Martin 151 “ ” None Report weather as briefed.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “
Lt. Smith 887 “ ” Minor Flak cause of battle damage.
Lt. Maplesden 851 “ ” None Excellent fighter support.
Capt. Arthur 552 “ ” “
Lt. Manville 035 (401 ship) “ ” “
Lt. Whitesell 085 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Target: Synthetic oil plant.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Photos revealed that bombs fell in target area close to but not upon the M.P.I.. 4/10 to 6/10 cover over
target with a large cloud obscuring the MPI prevented accurate observation. No E/A seen. Flak rather
accurate.

( 232 ) Hamm, Germany 19 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Whitesell 220 None None Minor Hit by flak in target area.
Lt. Gaddis 880 “ ” “ ” “ ” at target.
Lt. Browne 988 “ ” Major Good fighter support.
Lt. Flint 040 “ ” Minor Made two runs on target.
Lt. Laws 515 “ ” None Carried 12 X 500's.
Lt. McCombs 085 “ ” Minor Unobserved bombing.
Lt. Marpil 993 “ ” None Observed balloons over
Wessel.
Lt. Carberry 151 “ ” Minor Hit by flak on 2nd run.
Lt. Martin 311 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Maplesden 959 “ ” “ One bomb hung up.
Target: Marshaling Yards.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Photographs from low group showed bombs bursting in Southern end of M/Y. Lead and low made a
second run over target when high cloud prevented identification on first run. Capt. Klette, group mission
commander made a skillful left turn close to Ruhr to maneuver for second run when formation approaching
target from right prevented the more favorable right turn. No E/A seen. Flak was moderately accurate.

( 233 ) Mainz 21 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. McDowell 880 None None Minor Carried 6 X M-17, 6 X M-64.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” None Report flak at target.
Lt. Flint 040 “ ” “ No fighter support on way in,
O.K. coming out.
Capt. McCombs 085 “ ” Minor Carried nickels.
Lt. Carberry 890 “ ” “ Flak damage to A/C.
Lt. Gould 959 “ ” None Bombed at 27,500 ft..
Lt. Smith 887 “ ” “ Report good bombing results.
Lt. Laws 093 “ ” Minor Hit by flak after target.
Lt. Maplesden 515 “ ” None Weather 5/10's over Germany.
Lt. McGourty 311 “ ” Minor Hit by flak at target.
Lt. Lindahl 993 “ ” None
Lt. Browne 151 “ ” Minor Poor fighter support.
Target: Marshaling Yards.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Bombs were concentrated squarely on marshaling yards although the main concentration was about
200 yards South of the assigned M.P.I.. No fighter support seen until after target was attacked. E/A
opposition nil.

( 234 ) Frankfurt, Germany 25 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Crans 844 None None Minor Report flak at target only.
Capt. McCombs 085 “ ” None
Lt. Adams 890 “ ” Minor Hit by flak at target.
Lt. Laws 993 “ ” None Fighter support poor to
very good.
Lt. Browne 988 “ ” Minor Hit by flak at target.
Lt. Smith 887 “ ” None Carried 12 X 500 M-64.
Lt. Martin 880 “ ” “ Bombing results unobserved.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” Minor Flak at target.
Lt. Marpil 151 “ ” None Good fighter support.
Lt. Carberry 311 “ ” “
Lt. Flint 040 ------- Aborted at 5008N - 0732E.
Lt. Maplesden 959 -------- Aborted over field.
Target: Marshaling Yards
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Bombing done by PFF equipment with unobserved results. No E/A interfered and flak was not too
accurate. 9/10 to 10/10 all the way. Fighter support only fair on way in but good on way out.

( 236 ) Cologne 27 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Browne 988 None None Minor Brought bombs back because
leader did not drop.
Lt. Laws 128 “ ” None Same as A/C #988.
Lt. Maplesden 515 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” Minor “ ” “ ”
Lt. Brubaker 311 “ ” None “ ” “ ”
Lt. Witty 993 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Flint 040 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Adams 890 “ ” “ Dropped bombs on Dep. Lead.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” Minor Hit by flak after target.
Lt. Martin 151 “ ” None Fighter support poor on way in,
good on way out.
Target: Lead Sqdn. - M/T factory of Ford Motor - Low Sqdn. - Plant making portable gas producers for wood and
mineral fuels. High Sqdn. - Synthetic oil plant.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Weather prevented attack of visual targets (3 separate ones assigned to our group) and forced a PFF attack.
Results were unobserved but mickey navigator was confident of good results. Malfunction of equipment
in lead A/C made it necessary for deputy lead to assume leadership 19 miles from target. Seven A/C failed
to drop on deputy lead and brought bombs back.

( 237 ) Magdeburg, Germany 28 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Capt. Arthur 220 None None None Bombed last resort.
Lt. Marpil 151 “ ” “ ” secondary.
Lt. Adams 988 “ ” “ ” “
Carried nickels.
Lt. Gould 959 “ ” “ Target of opportunity.
Lt. Witty 993 “ ” “ Secondary - also had very
good fighter support.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” “ Bombed secondary.
Lt. Martin 040 “ ” “ ” “
Capt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ ” “ by PFF.
Lt. Laws 095 “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Maplesden 890 “ ” “ ” last resort, report
good fighter cover.
Lt. Whitesell 887 “ ” “ Bombed last resort.
Lt. Carberry 311 “ ” “ Uncertain as where bombed.
Lt. O’Brien 844 “ ” “ Bombed last resort - unobserved.
Target: Synthetic oil plant.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: PFF equipment in the lead ship was working intermittently. The lead bombardier saw target about 20
seconds before bombs away but visual attack was hurried and results were poor. The low squadron
dropped in trail on lead squadron with unobserved results. The confusion at target prevented high
squadron from bombing, they held their bombs and attacked Eschwege A/D. A last resort target, with
a good PFF approach but results unobserved. Enemy opposition nil in the air and weak and inaccurate
from A/A.

( 238 ) Munster 30 Sept. 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Laws 128 -----Aborted over England-------
Capt. Close 844 None None None Dropped bombs on Rheine.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” “
Lt. Witty 085 “ ” “ Fighter support O.K.
Lt. Carberry 311 “ ” “ Dropped bomb on leader.
Lt. Gould 959 “ ” “ Carried 6 X 1000.
Lt. Maplesden 890 “ ” “
Lt. Manville 040 “ ” “
Lt. Marpil 993 “ ” “
Lt. Adams 988 “ ” “ Unobserved results.
Lt. Martin 515 “ ” “ Fighter support O.K..
Lt. McDowell 887 “ ” “ PFF unobserved results.
Target: Transportation system.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: Attack was made through 10/10 cloud on PFF equipment which was working satisfactorily. Absence
of flak and opinions of some navigators indicate that the assigned target was not attacked, however.
No opposition.

( 240 ) Nurnburg 3 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. McGourty 128 None None None Dropped bombs with
398th Bomb Group.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” Minor Hit by flak while bombs
away to rally.
Lt. Browne, G.M. 988 “ ” Major Excellent fighter support.
Lt. Flint 040 “ ” Minor Ship hit by flak.
Lt. Manville 887 “ ” None Carried 5 X 1000 M-44's.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “
Lt. Brubaker 890 “ ” “
Lt. Witty 993 “ ” “ Reported 6 to 8/10's clouds.
Lt. Gould 959 “ ” Minor Bombed PFF, unobserved.
Capt. McCombs 085 “ ” “ Bombs seen in city by T/G.
Lt. Carberry 311 “ ” None Bombing done from 25,900 ft.
Target: Tank and diesel engine factory.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None

( 241 ) Neubrandenburg 6 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Marpil 151 None None None Report good bombing results.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” “ Fair fighter support.
Lt. Brubaker 890 “ ” “ Carried 10 X 500.
Lt. Smith, K.S. 085 “ ” “ Hits on M.P.I.
Lt. Martin 959 “ ” “ Reported good bombing results.
Lt. Laws 988 “ ” “ Bombing results “Really Dood It”
speaks for itself.
Lt. Whitesell 880 “ ” “ Crew reports heavy black smoke
at Stralsund.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” “ Bombing altitude 20,600 ft.
Capt. McCombs 844 “ ” “ Report hits on M.P.I..
Lt. Flint 887 “ ” “ Crew observed A/D at Anklam.
Lt. Manville 515 “ ” “ Altitude of bombing 20,800 ft..
Lt. Carberry 993 “ ” “ Received VHF message of bandits
in target area.
Target: Air Drome
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None

( 242 ) Ruhland - Freiburg/Wurzen 7 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Manville 880 None None Minor Flew route as briefed.
Lt. Flint 959 “ ” “ Ground haze up to target,
solid past target.
Lt. Adams 040 “ ” “ Report hits in M/Y.
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” None Report good fighter support.
Lt. Maplesden 887 “ ” “ Carried 10 X 500's.
Lt. Whitesell 890 “ ” Major Dropped bombs on secondary.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” None “ ” “ last resort.
Lt. Marpil 151 “ ” Minor Flak cause of battle damage.
Lt. Laws 988 “ ” “ Bombs hit in center of large town.
Lt. Carberry 311 “ ” “ Hit by flak on way home.
Lt. Smith 085 “ ” “ Bombed last resort - 2 bombs
dropped 4 sec. Late.
Target: Briefed - Synthetic oil plant.
Attacked - Cities of Freiburg and Wurzen.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None

( 243 ) Schweinfurt 9 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Capt. Arthur 220 None None Minor Battle damage caused by flak.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “ Unobserved bombing results.
Lt. Brubaker 890 “ ” None Good fighter support.
Lt. Maplesden 128 “ ” “
Lt. Whitesell 988 “ ” “ Overcast all way in and out.
Lt. Adams 993 “ ” “ Nothing unusual to report.
Lt. Witty 085 “ ” “ Reported flak at target.
Lt. Lindahl 040 “ ” “ ” “ ” “
Lt. Marpil 151 “ ” “ Observed flak at various points.
Lt. Gould 959 ------Turned back over base------
Lt. Carberry 311 None None “ Carried 10 X 500's.
Target: Kugel Fischer bearing works.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None

( 245 ) Cologne 15 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Capt. Tufty 040 None 4 MIA Major 4 crew members bailed out
after given order to prepare
for bailing out. Men were:
S/S. Howard, Sgt. Ecopomie,
Sgt. Boxx & Sgt. Sidlowski.
Lt. McKee 515 None None None Dropped bombs on primary.
Lt. Flint 959 “ ” Major Brought back two I.B.’s.
Lt. Brubaker 887 “ ” “ Flak caused battle damage.
Lt. Browne 988 “ ” “ Bombed primary by PFF.
Lt. Manville 151 “ ” Minor Good fighter support.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” “ Reported flak at target.
Lt. Witty 993 “ ” Major Hit by flak on route from I.P.
to bombs away.
Lt. Gould 311 “ ” “
Capt. Arthur 220 “ ” None Reported flak at various points.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ 2 Major Ball turret man, Edmund Abdo
injured by flak on left foot &
head, also frost bitten. W.G.
Glenn L. Slaughter hit by flak on
left foot, head and also broken ribs.
Target: Gremberg N/Y. .
Squadron Losses: ( 4 personnel MIA ) 2 wounded.
Group Losses: ( 4 personnel MIA ) 2 wounded.

( 246 ) Cologne 17 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Manville 298 None None Minor Lost #1 & #2 Eng. At I.P.
Returned on #3 & #4.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” None Bombing results unobserved.
Lt. Smith, K.S. 887 “ ” “ Observed E/A thought to be
jet propelled.
Lt. Martin 707 “ ” “ Observed flak at various points.
Lt. Whitesell 890 “ ” “ Flew route as briefed.
Lt. Gould 308 “ ” “ Report good fighter support.
Lt. Witty 993 “ ” “ Carried 34 X M-30 & 2 X M-17.
Lt. Henderson 202 “ ” “
Capt. Tufty 234 “ ” “ Flak barrage and tracking at
target being inaccurate.
Lt. Brubaker 088 “ ” “
Lt. Browne 360 “ ” “ Carried nickels 5 ea. Wg-9 & Wg-11.
Lt. Collins 085 “ ” “
Target: Lead - Gereon goods yard and station.
Low - Kalk-nord marshaling yards.
High - Nippes railway marshaling yards.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None

( 247 ) Karlsruhe and Kreunach 19 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Smith, K.S. 844 This A/C landed at Brussels - Details unknown. Crew OK.
Lt. Browne 911 None None Minor Report poor fighter support.
Lt. Whitesell 293 “ ” None Returned to England with
303rd Group.
Lt. Adams 085 “ ” “ Bombing by PFF.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” Major Carried 34 X M-30 & 2 X M-47.
Lt. Martin 959 “ ” Minor Also reports poor fighter support.
Lt. Manville 311 “ ” “
Lt. Gould 890 “ ” None Report fighter support only on
way back.
Lt. Henderson 220 “ ” “
Lt. Laws 993 “ ” “ Crew says bombs hit unidentified
buildings.
Lt. Brubaker 887 “ ” Major Battle damage caused by flak.
Brought back two M-17's.
Target: Briefed on oil storage depot at Ludwigshaven.
Attacked targets of opportunity.
Squadron Losses: 1 A/C # 844 ( crew returned ) force landed in Brussels. A/C transferred - reason unknown.
Group Losses: “ ” “ ” “ ” “ ” “ ” “ ”

( 249 ) Hamburg 25 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Maplesden 220 None None Minor Fighter support was beautiful.
Lt. Laws 887 “ ” “ A/C was hit by flak when on
way from IP to bombs away.
Lt. McKee 988 “ ” “ Ship hit by flak.
Lt. Lindahl 360 “ ” None Bombing PFF unobserved.
Lt. Whitesell 890 “ ” “ Dropped 2 x 500 GP’s on primary
and jettisoned rest 5345N-0843E.
Lt. McDowell 085 “ ” Minor
Lt. Martin 311 “ ” “ A/A barrage at target.
Lt. Adams 540 “ ” “ 10/10ths over target.
Capt. Tufty 959 “ ” “
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” “
Lt. Witty 993 “ ” “ Dropped 11 bombs on primary &
1 at Stade.
Target: Motor transport & armored vehicle factory.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None

( 250 ) Munster 26 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Manville 623 None None None Unobserved bombing results.
Capt. Tufty 988 “ ” “ Fighter support was late.
Lt. Lindahl 088 “ ” “ Carried nickels # T-191.
Lt. Laws 360 “ ” “ Observed flak at target.
Lt. Witty 890 “ ” “ Bomb load was 1 x M-64 GP &
6 x M-17 I.B’s.
Kt. Whitesell 095 “ ” “
Lt. Smith, K.S. 887 “ ” “ Spotty fighter support.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” “
Lt. McDowell 306 “ ” “ Dropped bombs from 26,000 ft.
Lt. Martin 993 “ ” “ Flak at target was low, meager
and inaccurate.
Lt. Adams 959 “ ” “ 10/10's cloud at target.
Lt. Maplesden 220 “ ” “ Nickels carried were 5 x ZQ-66
& 5 x WG-17.
Target: Aircraft repair works of Ludwig-Hanson 2 miles S. of Munster.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None

( 251 ) Hamm 30 October 1944
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Brubaker 027 None None None Good fighter support.
Lt. Smith, K.S. 887 “ ” “ Crew reported 10/10's under cast.
Lt. Manville 311 “ ” “ Bombed by PFF.
Lt. McDowell 085 “ ” “
Lt. Adams 959 “ ” “ Very good fighter support.
Lt. Witty 993 “ ” “ Observed flak at target & Osnabruck.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” “
Lt. Martin 083 “ ” “ Carried 18 x 250 GP’s.
Lt. Laws 890 “ ” “ Observed flak at various points.
Lt. Browne, G.M. 988 “ ” “
Lt. Maplesden 220 “ ” “ Low flak at target, Munster & Hamm.
Target: Briefed Primary - synthetic oil plant at Buer.
Attacked Secondary - R/R M/Y’s at Hamm.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None

5 November 1944 Offenbach Squadron No. 237
Group No. 253
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 632 None None None Group leader
Lt. Laws 220 “ ” Minor Fighter support was o.k..
Lt Witty 993 “ ” None Inaccurate flak barrage at target.
Lt. Browne, G.M. 988 “ ” “
Lt. Martin 151 “ ” “ Carried 6 x An-M-59 bombs.
Lt. Smith, K.S. 887 “ ” “ Jettisoned bombs.
Lt. Adams, F.L. 959 “ ” Minor Battle damage due to flak.
Lt. Whitesell 890 “ ” None Observed smoke over city.
Lt. Brubaker 623 “ ” “ Crew could identify target.
Lt. McGourty 128 “ ” “ Observed flak and rockets.
Lt. Manville 311 “ ” Minor Good fighter support.
Capt. Tufty 085 -------- Landed away from base due to weather.
Target: Briefed - M/Y at Frankfurt - Attacked Offenbach.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: 1 killed - 2 wounded
Remarks: On this mission our squadron furnished the lead squadron of the group. Major I. J. Klette and
Capt. Ray M. Brown lead the show. The briefed target was the M/Yds. at Frankfurt but the target
attacked was the M/Yds. at Offenbach. Results of mission were just fair, bombs were seen bursting
5 miles East of assigned M.P.I. in the town of Offenbach.

6 November 1944 Hamburg Squadron No. 238
Group No. 254
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Capt. O’Brien 632 None None None Lead ship - High sqdn.
Lt. Smith, K. S. 887 “ ” Minor Ship hit by flak.
Lt. Martin 151 “ ” “ Dropped 6 x 1000's.
Lt. Maplesden 220 “ ” “ Reported smoke screen at
5040N-1130E.
Lt. Browne, G. M. 988 “ ” Major Fighter support o.k..
Capt. Tufty 085 “ ” Minor Intense and accurate flak
at target.
Lt. Laws 993 “ ” None Observed railway and boat
movements, smoke screens
& underground hangars.
Lt. Gaines 959 “ ” Minor One flak hole in tail of ship.
Lt. Manville 311 “ ” “ Visibility 6-8/10's at target.
Lt. Whitesell 789 “ ” “ Ship hit by flak.
Lt. Brubaker 623 “ ” “
Lt. McKee 128 “ ” “ Observed rocket contrails.
Lt. Lindahl 040 “ ” “ 7/10's average visibility.
Target: Oil refineries
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: Two killed - 2 wounded.
Remarks: We furnished the high squadron for the group on this mission. The briefed target was Rhenania oil
refineries, at Harburg. The results of the bombing were poor as plotted from photographs. The much
respected flak was moderate and accurate.

9 November 1944 Metz - Area Squadron No. 239
Group No. 255
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Lindahl * 040 None None None Did not bomb - Left bombs
at Coulommiers A/D.
Capt. Tufty * 085 “ ” “ Bombs overshot target.
Lt. Laws * 993 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Whitesell * 890 “ ” “ Unobserved bombing results.
Lt. Flint * 144 “ ” “ Carried 6 x 1000 bombs.
Lt. Browne, G. M. * 128 “ ” “ Brought bombs back.
Lt. Bowlan * 959 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Lt. Maplesden * 220 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Capt. Collins * 623 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Low Squadron leader.
Lt. Martin 151 “ ” “ Brought bombs back.
Lt. Smith, K. S. 889 “ ” “ ” “ ”
Lt. McDowell * 311 ----- Was late in returning to England.
Target: Fort 4 miles S.E. of Metz ( 155 mm guns ).
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
* Designates that A/C landed in France - Made three runs on target - Did not bomb - Shortage of gas.
Remarks: This squadron furnished the low squadron of the group for this mission. This mission was done at
the request of Lt.Gen. Patton in coordination with his drive on Metz. The briefed method was
bombing on Gee H and our target was a fort 4 miles SE of Metz. Bombs were not dropped.

16 November 1944 Aachen - Area Squadron No. 240
Group No. 256
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Lt. Lindahl 040 None None None Weather 5-6/10's
Good formation.
Good fighter support.
Target: Ground support.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: This was a ground support job and the target was an area between Aachen and Eschweiler. Results
were unknown, as bombing was done on PFF with a back bearing from Aachen.

21 November 1944 Merseburg Squadron No. 241
Group No. 257
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 224 None None None Group and Division leader.
Lt. Bowlan 311 “ ” “ Jettisoned bombs 5230N-
0810E - unobserved.
Lt. Browne, G. M. 988 “ ” Major Flak hit #2 and #3 engine.
Lt. Flint 040 “ ” Minor Good fighter support,
bombing 3 ½ min. late.
Capt. Tufty 844 “ ” “ Flak at target.
Lt. Brubaker 623 “ ” Major “ ” “
Lt. Martin 151 “ ” “ Visual till last minute.
Lt. Vassar 889 “ ” Minor Unobserved results.
Lt. Maplesden 220 “ ” “ Dropped 10 x 500.
Lt. Smith, K. S. 887 ---- Landed at Brussels.
Lt. Whitesell 890 ---- Missing in action
Lt. Laws 993 None None Major Good fighter support.
Target: Synthetic oil
Squadron losses: 1 A/C and crew ( Personnel - 9 )
Group Losses: 1 A/C and crew, 9 personnel and one killed in action.
Remarks: Our squadron furnished the lead squadron for this group. Major Klette was leading and consequently
led the Eighth Air Force on the mission. The formation was forced below briefed bombing altitude
by cloud cover and thus bombed from 20,000 ft., instead of the briefed 24,500 ft.. Results were
reported as good by mickey operator who’s equipment was working well.

4 December 1944 Kassel Squadron No. 246
Group No. 263
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 632 None None None Low squadron leader.
Lt. Spicer 568 “ ” “ Salvo 4 bombs which
hung up.
Lt. Emerson 988 “ ” “
Lt. Brubaker 166 “ ” “ Bombing by PFF.
Lt. Boies 772 “ ” “ Carried 10 x 500 plus
2 x M-17.
Lt. Kimmel 220 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Bowlan 959 “ ” “ 10/10th’s at 18,000 at target.
Lt. Vassar 889 “ ” “ Under cast broke up at Rhine.
Lt. Martin 151 “ ” “
Lt. Balaban 880 “ ” “ Dropped with high squadron.
Lt. Lindahl 040 “ ” “ Meager-inaccurate A/A fire
at target.
Lt. Raisin 993 “ ” “ Very good fighter support.
Target: Briefed - R/R marshaling yards at Soest. Attacked - M/Y at Kassel.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: We flew in the low squadron and bombed the secondary target at Kassel, Germany. Bombing was done
by mickey methods and was unobserved. The low squadron took over the lead at I.P, and relinquished
the same after the target. A good run was reported and operator believes there were good results. No
pictures were available.

9 December 1944 Stuttgart Squadron No. 247
Group No. 265
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 632 None None None Group leader of 1st “C” CBW.
Lt. Auth 988 “ ” Minor
Lt. Spicer 568 “ ” “ Got all bombs away o.k..
Lt. Brubaker 623 “ ” None Meager-inaccurate flak at target.
Lt. Kimmel 844 “ ” “ Carried 6 x 500 and 4 x M-17.
Lt. Lindahl 040 “ ” “ Sharp left turn by leader, shook
up formation.
Lt. Bowlan 959 “ ” “ Unobserved bombing results.
Lt. Laws 993 “ ” “ Jettisoned 1 bomb 10 sec. Later.
Lt. Martin 151 “ ” “
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” Minor Moderate tracking flak at target.
Lt. Vassar 889 “ ” None Very good fighter support.
Lt. Mablesden 220 “ ” “ Observed flak at various points.
Target: Railway M/Y.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: It was our turn to fly lead squadron of this group and the target was Stuttgart, Germany. The mickey
equipment in the lead ship failed and the high squadron took over. A plot of the strike photos show
that bombs hit on Southern edge of M/Yds, South of the M.P.I..

11 December 1944 Frankfurt Squadron No. 248
Group No. 266
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 632 None None None High squadron leader.
Lt. Miller, G. F. 772 Aborted at 5027-0145 due to oxygen system being out.
Lt. Emerson 844 None None None Cut route short on way back.
Lt. Bowlan 959 “ ” “ 10/10th’s at 18,000 in
target area.
Lt. Adams, M. A. 988 “ ” “ No observations.
Lt. Lindahl 040 “ ” “ Lost one engine over target.
Lt. Laws 993 “ ” “ Dropped all bombs o.k. on target.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “ Ships carried 12 x 500's.
Lt. Maplesden 220 “ ” “ Report poor assembly.
Lt. Balaban 151 “ ” “ Bombed at 24,900 ft.
Lt. Raisin 623 “ ” Minor Inaccurate flak at target.
Lt. Spicer 568 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Vassar 889 “ ” “ Unobserved bombing results.
Target: Marshaling yards.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: We furnished the high squadron for this mission to Frankfurt and bombing was done on pathfinder methods.
Due to a malfunction of the PFF equipment in the lead ship of the group, Major Klette and Capt. Westwood
assumed lead of group for the purpose of bombing but relinquished the lead after target. Bomb plot of PFF
photo show that hits were in Eastern part of town, hitting the M/Yds on that side of the target.

12 December 1944 Merseburg Squadron No. 249
Group No. 267
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Close 224 None None Minor Low squadron leader.
Lt. Adams, M. B. 988 “ ” None All bombs on target.
Lt. Emerson 205 “ ” “ Flak at Koblenz and target.
Lt. Bowlan 959 “ ” “ Dropped bombs on target
of opportunity.
Lt. Maplesden 220 “ ” “
Lt. Vassar 889 “ ” “ Flak at I. P. and target.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “ Observed one break in cloud.
Lt. Lindahl 623 “ ” “ 1147 ½ - time of bombs away.
Lt. Spicer 568 “ ” “ Dropped 4 bombs 4 minutes
after target.
Lt. Raisin 844 “ ” “ Bombed from 23,700 ft..
Lt. Laws 993 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Boies 151 “ ” “ Under cast to and from target.
Target: - ( secondary ) Synthetic oil.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The briefed primary target was Lutzkendorf, but due to cloud cover attacked secondary of Merseburg,
Leuna, Germany. We flew in the low squadron position and Major Close lead. PFF bomb plot reports
show bombs fell to the North and short of M.P.I., but some are believed to have fallen in target area.

18 December 1944 Luxembourg Area - ( Screening Force ) .Squadron No. 250
Group No. 269
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 224 None None None Group leader - PFF A/C.
Lt. Maplesden 174 “ ” “ PFF A/C.
Lt. Raisin 889 “ ” “ Course slightly deviated.
Lt. Bowlan 205 “ ” “
Lt. Boies 772 “ ” “ Uneventful
Lt. Emerson 946 “ ” “
Lt. Gaines 568 “ ” “ Report good briefed course.
Lt. Kimmel 844 “ ” “ Fighter support as briefed.
Lt. Adams, M. B. 988 “ ” “ No flak encountered.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “ No observations.
Lt. Laws 993 “ ” “
Lt. Balaban 151 “ ” “ Altitude at target 29 to 31,000 ft.
Target: Dropping chaff in Luxembourg area. 5035N-0603E to 4935N-0625E.
Squadron Losses: None
Group Losses: None
Remarks: The squadron put up a twelve ship formation to provide a screening force in the Luxembourg area. Chaff
was dropped in approximately briefed area and fighter support was reported adequate.

24 December 1944 Kirch-Gons Squadron No. 251
Group No. 270
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 174 None None None 1st C.B.W. “C” Group leader.
Lt. Boies 772 “ ” “ Dropped all bombs on target o.k..
Lt. Auth 988 “ ” “ Two bombs hung up - dropped
them at 5025N-0625E in woods
and town, on A/C 568.
Lt. Spicer 568 “ ” “ Good bombing results.
Lt. Vassar 889 “ ” “
Lt. Adams 623 “ ” “ Observed barges South of Koblenz.
Lt. Kimmel 844 “ ” “ Report excellent results.
Lt. Lindahl 040 “ ” “ Reported snow from 5 to 7
degrees East.
Lt. Martin, T. C. 151 “ ” “ Altitude of attack 21,700 ft.
Lt. Raisin 993 “ ” “ Jettisoned bombs in channel.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “ 3 bombs hung up, dropped 2 in
Germany & 1 in channel.
Lt. Bowlan 946 “ 1 “ Crashed landed near Shepworth,
England, broken leg.
Lt. Maplesden 220 “ None Minor Flak at 5022-0550 and 5025-0635.
Target: Airfield
Squadron Losses: 1 Group Losses: 1 A/C ( 9 personnel ).
Remarks: We furnished the lead squadron of a composite group made up of a high squadron from the 381st Group and
low squadron from the 398th Group. The target was a grass airfield behind German lines reported being used
as a base for fighter A/C attacking our troops. The M.P.I. was the center of the landing area and strike photos
showed excellent results. Enough craters were visible to make the A/F non-operational for a short time and
thus hinder German air support to their troops. The returning A/C were diverted because of poor visibility
prevailing at the base and landed at Bury St. Edmunds. During take off Lt. Bowlan’s A/C crashed landed
near Shepworth and the only injury was a broken leg. T/Sgt. Vivian R. Chowning being the only one hurt.

28 December 1944 Remagen Squadron No. 252
Group No. 271
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 632 None None None Low squadron leader.
Lt. Emerson 205 “ ” “ Fighter support o.k..
Lt. Spicer 568 “ ” “ 8,000 ft. top under cast.
Lt. Maplesden 220 “ ” “ Bombing results - G.H.
unobserved.
Lt. Adams, M. B. 988 “ ” “ 10/10ths under cast.
Lt. Vassar 889 “ ” “ Observed parachute at 21,000 ft.
5023N-0532E at 1255 hours.
Lt. McDowell 080 “ ” “ No.3 engine failed-turning back
at 5040N-0340E.
Lt. Lindahl 040 “ ” “ Hit primary by G.H.
Lt. Kimmel 844 “ ” “ No observations.
Lt. Raisin 623 “ ” “ Jettisoned 2 bombs at 5034N-
0716E.
Lt. Laws 993 “ ” “ Reported flak after target.
Lt. Boies 772 “ ” “ Dropped all bombs on target.
Target: Railway bridge.
Squadron Losses: None Group Losses: None
Remarks: The briefed primary target was a railway bridge across the Rhine river at the town of Remagen. Our squadron
furnished the low squadron of the group for the mission. The target was attacked by Gee H. means and later
P.R.U. showed the main concentration fell on the approach to the bridge with good results. Major Klette &
Capt. Collins lead the squadron and meager scattered flak was reported. No battle damage was received.

31 December 1944 Bitburg Squadron No. 253
Group No. 273
PILOT A/C No. CLAIMS CASUALTIES BATTLE DAMAGE REMARKS
Major Klette 155 None None None Group leader
Lt. Maplesden 174 “ ” “
Lt. Miller, G.F. 085 “ ” “ Dropped bombs on target o.k..
Lt. Bowlan 959 “ ” “ Observed flak before target.
Lt. Goldberg 205 “ ” “ Flak in target area.
Lt. Martin, T. C. 151 “ ” “ Fair fighter support.
Lt. McDowell 880 “ ” “ Bombing done by G.H..
Lt. Lindahl 040 “ ” “ Bombed by G.H. but report it
could have been done visual.
Lt. Raisin 993 “ ” “ Report no hits observed in
target area.
Lt. Gaines 889 “ ” “ Good fighter support.
Lt. Auth 988 “ ” “
Lt. Kimmel 844 “ ” “ Flak in target area.
Target: Communication center of Bitburg.
Squadron Losses: None Group Losses: None
Remarks: This squadron supplied the lead squadron of the group on this mission which was briefed to attack the
town of Bitburg, a communication center behind German lines. The target was attacked on Gee H.
methods but not hit as later determined by cloud covered strike photos.

 

 

 

 

 

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