SECTION 92ND C.W.
486TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
OPERATIONAL INTELLIGENCE REPORT, 486TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H), MISSION OF 14th OCTOBER 1944.
TARGET: COLOGNE, GERMANY
2. BOMBING RESULTS.
Results unobserved, Bombs were dropped thru ten-tenths undercast on
3. ENEMY FIGHTERS.
A. Moderate inaccurate tracking type flak was encountered in the target
B. Light inaccurate tracking flak was encountered at 5005N-0734E.
Weather did effect the mission. 10/10 undercast at the primary target
occasioned the bombing of the secondary target.
A. At 1215 hours, 5010N-0742E. (23,000 feet) 25 to 30 barges
were concentrated on the Rhine River.
B. At 1230 hours. 5000N-0734E (21,000 feet) an U/I B-17
flew by the side of "C" squadron. Red triangle on tail with the letter "S" inside. A yellow stripe was observed running diagonal
across the tail. A/C fired on the plane in the diamond position of "C" squadron, fire was returned by the plane, but no hits were
observed. Another A/C of "C" called for fighters. Five escorting fighters responded and herded the B-17 from the formation.
7. OTHER INFORMATION.
A. A/C number 856 (missing aircraft) was last seen near
the R.P. well escorted by P-51's. Message received on V.H.F. was to the effect that friendly territory could be reached. At 1241 hours an air sea
rescue bearing of 128 was received at BIRCHEN NEWTON.
B. A/C number 029 (missing aircraft) was
last seen at 1135 hours, 5025N-0526E, A/C was still on course but was dragging back with number four engine feathered.