OPERATIONAL MISSION #167
17 Mar 1945

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314 DD 18
Bennett
3
(SJ) 98001 DS 25
Cross
2
K-21
025 PB 47
Ogle-Whitney
1
16 mm Lead
149 DM 17
West
6
010 DB 25
Stang
5
K-20
32 DC 18
Dacus
4
K-21
Low 973 DH 16
Lilly
9
(SJ) 034 DV 16
Burns
8
High
942 TJ 37
Dolan
3
K-20 040 TL 37
Snider
2
311 DE 22
Williamson
7
510 NR 10
Ellersick
3
(SJ)       K-21 899 NT 12
von Platen
2
075 PL 49
Rygiel-Robins
1
K-21 Stations:
Start Eng.:
Taxi:
Take off:
Last time TO:
0725
0740
0745
0800
0905
453 PM 39 16mm
Beard-Matthews
1
970 TP 38
Veal
6
928 TS 32
Webber
5
787 NK 10
Lyon
6
846 NE 11
Sill
5
931 TH 32
Wood
4
K-21 Spare lead:
Spare PFF:
Spare (crews):


Spares (no crews):
528 DL 21 K-21
132 PN 45 K-21
Thomas 616 NA 5
Brandstein 996 DA 17
Bidell 477 TV 28
008 DG 19
059 TG 27
  38001 NB 14
Starrett
4
K-21
009 TE 33
Thompson
9
(SJ) 835 TB 35
Moran
8
963 NV 6
Lowrey
9
K-20 580 DP 26
McGuire
8
894 TM 34
Moffett
7
952 NF 7
Riebau
7
006 TF 34
Vanderhoef
10
Low-Low 983 NM 11
Schmitz
10
020 DT 22
Stevenson
3
K-21 800 PR 45
Vance-Simons
2
074 PJ 40
Martin-Dennis
1
K-21
891 NJ 9
Walkup
6
9163 NS
Center
5
867 PC 41
Miller, J.H.
4
(SJ)
958 DH 26
Burney
9

K-20

(SJ)

007 PD 46
Melahn
8
8163 PM 42
Jackson
7
595 PN 48
Gibbs
10
 
Target F/O # Aircraft Abortions Battle Damage Ordnance Results Alt
(k ft)
Mission
Time
Position
in
Combat Wing
Airborne Dispatched Attacking Losses Mech B/D Weather Other Major Minor # Type Tons
Oil 612 39   36 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 699 500GP 87.4 Unobs 25   3rd
Claims Casualties Remarks
De Da Pr K W M A & B squadrons bombed Fulda and C & D squadronsbombed Plauen as a target of last resort. All runs were by H2X.
0 0 0 0 0 0

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Mission Analysis Report

Plane Plants, Airfields Struck By 1,200 Heavies.

Rumbling through ineffective enemy air opposition, more than 1,200 heavy bombers of the 8th Air Force swung deep into eastern and southern Germany yesterday to cut NAZI air strength at its source. Liberators struck at plane plants and airfields in the south and Fortresses thundered eastward to hit at industrial objectives in the Chemnitz and Leipzig areas.  Some of the 600 escorting Mustangs clashed with enemy fighters over northwest Germany and came up with their biggest bag in some time, as 39 NAZIS, including five jet-propelled planes, were tumbled from the skies. Early reports last night gave one fighter group, the 78th, the fattest kill of the day -- 32, to of them Arado 234 jet-propelled fighter-bombers.  The Libs, bombing from clear skies, emptied their bomb bays over a factory making jet plane parts at Baumenheim, 20 miles northwest of Augsburg, and over airfields near Ingolstadt and Ulm, both in the general area of Augsburg. The latter field is believed to be assembling jet planes. Forts which attacked industrial targets at Plauen, west of Chemnitz, and war plants at Jena, southwest of Leipzig, had to bomb through clouds.  Before the 8th swung its 1,800-plane punch yesterday, Lancasters of the RAF, carrying 11-ton and six-ton bombs, were out in the morning to attack railway viaducts at Arnsburg, southwest of Hamm, and at Bielefeld, where the RAF christened its new 11-tonner last week.  USSTAF revealed yesterday that 25 bombers and five fighters are missing from Sunday's operation over Berlin. At the same time it announced that photographs taken during the attack showed excellently placed bombs carpeting the centrally located Schlesicher and North Stations rail yards and fires burning the Templehof airdrome and marshalling yards. Libs which struck at industrial objectives in the suburban areas also achieved good results, the photos showed.

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