Mission Log for the 486th Bomb Group (H)

ö 07 May 1944 to 01 August 1944 ö
(glossary at the Bottom)

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Mission Target Aircraft Bombing Flight  
# Date TGT Location S/A Tons Rating Time Lead Losses
000     Explantory note to the online flimsies
001 05/07 M/Y Liege, BE 36/19 54.5 P 5:39 Huglin 0
Remarks Bad weather
002 05/08 M/Y Brussels, BE 34/30 87.5 F 5:06 Overing 0
Remarks  
003 05/09 A/F Laon/Couvron, FR 36/36 80.4 G 6:05 Norton 0
Remarks First casualty: LT L. A. Schuengel, bombardier, fell out of an open bomb bay while safing undropped bombs. He fell without his chute.
004 05/11 M/Y Chaumont, FR 35/0 0   6:05 Uhle 0
Remarks Lead failed
005 05/20 M/Y Liege, BE 40/0 0   5:35 Overing 2
Remarks Bad weather. #726 and #691 (both 832nd A/C) crashed on T-O in thick fog.
006 05/23 A/F Etampes/Mondesir, FR 39/37 111 P 6:28 Cormier 0
Remarks 2nd sect. of formation dropped on the accidental drop of section leader, and missed the A/F target. Smoke and haze interferred with other drops.
007A 05/24 A/F St. Cyr, FR 26/11 33 F 5:29 Norton 0
Remarks No drop on the primary. 11 A/C bombed secondary: Poix, FR A/F.
007B 05/24 A/F Guyancourt/Caudron, FR 13/0 0   5:29 Thomas 0
Remarks Haze obscured primary. 2nd BD A/C interferred with bombing of secondary. This mission was actually a part of the attack on the St Cyr A/F. Flown by 13 486th 24s as part of the low squadron with the 487th.
008 05/25 M/Y Montignes-s-Sampre, FR 26/23 68.7 F 5:25 Thompson 0
Remarks P38 escort was good.
009 05/27 M/Y Woippy (Metz), FR 39/36 88.7 P 7:08 Uhle 0
Remarks Fighter support was good. Bombs landed short of MPI
010 05/28 Oil Lutzkendorf, Ger 28/14 50.5 F 7:50 Howell 2
Remarks Fighter escort and weather good. Bombs landed in target smoke area. #345 (Hicks) and #764 (Sanders) were badly damaged by flak over the target. #345 ditched into the english channel, the crew of #764 bailed over belgium.
011 05/29 Oil Politz, Ger 36/32 78.8 G 8:13 Overing 0
Remarks 9 A/C bombed Misdroy, a target of opportunity, instead of primary, a synthetic oil facility.
012 05/30 A/F Handorf, Ger 27/24 66.8 G 5:53 Smith 0
Remarks Lead sqd. hit MPI, low sqd short. Good weather.
013 05/31 M/Y Jemelle, BE 26/0 0   4:23 Norton 0
Remarks mission recalled due to heavy growing cumulus (front).

Mission Summary for May

014 06/04 A/F Bretigny, FR 13/9 28.1 P 6:07 Cormier 0
Remarks  
015 06/06 T/T Caen, FR 24/0 0   7:05 Overing 0
Remarks Solid clouds
016 06/06 T/T Thury Harcourt, FR 26/0 0   5:57 Flesher 0
Remarks Solid clouds
017 06/06 T/T Lisieux, FR 13/0 0   3:26 Thomas 0
Remarks Solid clouds
018 06/07 T/T Angers 39/37 111 G 6:20 Uhle 0
Remarks Attacked secondary targets: A/F at Vitre and Laval.
019 06/08 Br Cinq mars, FR 39/37 111 G 5:56 Newman 1
Remarks #117, piloted by LT Moseley, crashed attempting an emergency landing at Gosfield. Crew perished. Weather and mechanical problems were thought responsible.
020 06/11 A/F Argentan, FR 26/0 0   5:06 Norton 0
Remarks Solid clouds
021 06/12 A/F Beauvais/Nivillers, FR 39/39 115 G 6:19 Thompson 0
Remarks  
022 06/14 A/F Lille/Vendeville, FR 38/35 87 G 5:07 Uhle 0
Remarks  
023 06/15 A/F Versailles, FR 39/34 102 P/G 6:07 Newman 0
Remarks Attacked secondary targets: A/F at Etampes/Mondeis with good results. Primary target bombing was poor.
024 06/16 A/F Villiers L'eveque, FR 41/13 31.5 U 4:29 Thompson 0
Remarks Clouds PFF used.
025 06/17 L/G Essay, FR 39/38 96.3 G 5:26 Wilson 0
Remarks  
026 06/20 S/O Misburg, Ger 41/13 106.5 VG 6:52 Cormier 0
Remarks #767 (Farrell) hit over target and limps back home.
027 06/20 N/B Pas de Calais, FR 39/38 63.7 G 4:45 Howell 0
Remarks Secondary A/F attacked
028 06/22 N/B Nucourt, FR 39/36 98.2 P 3:45 Guthrie 0
Remarks Clouds GEE-H used
029 06/24 A/F Chartres, FR 39/32 79.9 G 5:40 Flesher 0
Remarks Attacked secondary target: T/T at Essay.
030 06/25 A/F Bourges, FR 26/25 79.2 G 6:37 Wilson 0
Remarks  
031 06/25 Br Nanteuil, FR 13/10 30 G 6:15 Thomas 0
Remarks  
032 06/27 N/B Pas de Calais, FR 28/10 25 G 4:39 Guthrie 1
Remarks Clouds GEE-H used. Deputy lead A/C hit by flak and returned to England where the crew bailed out. The FE was killed by the flak.
033 06/28 A/F Coulommiers, FR 26/0 0   4:17 Thomas 0
Remarks
034 06/29 A/I Fallersleben, Ger 26/0 0   N/A J. L. Rex 0
Remarks Solid clouds
035 06/30 A/F Conches, FR 31/27 81 U N/A E. M. Rex 0
Remarks Clouds GEE-H
036 7/1 N/B Montlouis Ferme, FR 29/9 0 P 5:03 Mundorff 1
Remarks Combat Bombardment Wing recalled. 835th didn't receive recall and bombed by GEE-H. A/C #445 and #508 couldn't catch up to the group and RTBed upon reaching French coast. Accidental drops by #238 and #454, only 10 A/C bombed target. #744 severly damaged by FLAK near rally point (RP), but RTBs safely. #758 also hit near RP and crashes, 4 POW, 6 repatriated in September.
037 07/02 N/B Vignacourt, FR 26/24 58 U N/A Smith 0
Remarks Cloud, GEE-H used.
038 07/04 A/F Beaumont-s-Oise, FR 30/5 11.4 U 5:21 Guthrie 1
Remarks GEE-H failed in both lead A/C. 5 A/C bombed secondary target at Creil, FR (A/F). #688 flown by crew of Pandora's Box was badly damaged by flak and made an emergency landing in England. The A/C was scrapped.
039 07/05 A/F Eindhoven, NE 13/0 0   4:16 Mundorff 0
Remarks Bad weather prevented formation from forming up.
040 07/06 N/B Pas de Calais, FR 13/0 0   4:18 McCabe 0
Remarks GEE-H failure. Target couldn't be IDed.
041 07/08 N/B St. Valery-en-Caux, FR 26/24 58.7 G/P 4:45 Fuller 0
Remarks 2 sqd's failed to bomb primary N/B target. Bombed A/F SW of St. Valery.
042 07/09   St. Georges-s-Fontaine, FR 26/0 0   4:45 Wilson 0
Remarks Cloud cover, no drop.
043 07/12 N/B Pas de Calais, FR 27/0 0   4:15 Smith 0
Remarks Solid Clouds, didn't drop on two targets: Houpeville and Quincampoix, FR.
044 07/14 A/F Peronne, FR 27/14 31.5 U 5:05 Howell 0
Remarks GEE-H failure in group attacking Peronne. 2nd grp bombed Montdidier A/F with GEE-H.
045 07/17 Br Gien, FR 13/13 39 V 6:23 J.L. Rex 0
Remarks Commendation from 3rd BD HDQ for taking out Bridge.
046 07/18 T/T Near Caen, FR 26/13 33.2 G 4:52 Newman 0
Remarks Commendation from 3rd BD HDQ for bombing in direct support of allied ground troops at Area "Q" at Frenouville, FR near Caen.
047 07/19 A/I Saarbrucken, Ger 12/10 30 G/F 5:57 Reed 0
Remarks 486th provided one sqd to fly with 3rd BD 24s to bomb German industrials.
048 07/20 A/I Russelheim, Ger 6/6 18 P 5:59 Koonce 0
Remarks A-5 failed in lead A/C resulted in a miss.
049 07/21 A/I Kempten, Ger 6/6 15.6 F 6:19 Livingston 0
Remarks Bad weather at primary causing abort. Bombed T/O at Indenboden, HL (M/Y).
050 08/01 A/F Tours, FR 40/36 107 F-G --:-- Overing 0
Remarks First mission flown with B17G.

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