VIII Bomber Command 106

2 October 1943

Description

This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which consist of: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (19); 305BG (17); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); 379BG (17); 381BG (19); 38BG (17); and (2) PFF equipped B-17s from 482BG. 159 aircraft are effective on the target. 1 B-17 from 303BG Failed to Return (FTR) 11KIA; 2 airmen in returning aircraft are Wounded in Action (WIA); 23 aircraft are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 2-0-4 of attacking enemy aircraft.

The second element is a formation of 186 B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division that consists of: 94BG (23); 95BG (22); 96BG (42); 100BG (26); 385BG (25); 388BG (21); and 390BG (27). The 96BG is now operating as double strength. 180 aircraft are effective on the targets. 1 B-17 from 388BG Failed to Return (FTR) 10KIA; 11 aircraft are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 13-6-8 of attacking enemy aircraft.

The third element consists of 21 B-24s from 392BG dispatched to bomb the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The target is completely obscured by clouds and none of the formation is able to bomb. There are no losses or claims.

Mission Details

EMDEN (Primary)

Description: INDUSTRIAL AREA

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Led by two Pathfinder (PFF) B-17 from 483rd Bomb Group/813BS. 96th Bomb Group despatches the greatest number (42) for a single Bomb Group to date. First time more than 1,000,000lbs of bombs are drooped on a single target, in fact, the total is 1,906,500lbs

Official emblem of the 100th Bomb Group, approved 30 March 1944 and replaced 1957
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 506.15
  • People killed in action: 11
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 13
  • Enemy aircrafts probably destroyed by bomber: 6
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 8
  • Aircraft sent: 186
  • Aircraft effective: 180
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 11

EMDEN (Primary)

Description: INDUSTRIAL AREA

Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress

Notes: Led by two Pathfinder (PFF) B-17 from 483rd Bomb Group/813BS.

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 447.10
  • People killed in action: 10
  • People wounded in action: 2
  • Enemy aircrafts destroyed by bomber: 2
  • Enemy aircraft damaged by bomber: 4
  • Aircraft sent: 165
  • Aircraft effective: 161
  • Aircraft missing in action: 1
  • Aircraft damaged: 23

WOENSDRECHT (Primary)

Description: AIRFIELD

Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator

Notes: Obscured by clouds, mission abandoned.

The insignia of the 392nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Mission Statistics

  • Tonnage Dropped: 0.00
  • Aircraft sent: 21

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39398025
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-669955
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16066310 / O-735023
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37111609
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 510th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32478396
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

Revisions

Date31 Jan 2018 17:52:26
Contributorwilliam henry
Sources

Correct typos

Date15 Jan 2016 19:45:45
ContributorMags
Sources

303rd BG Web Page

Date2 Jul 2015 18:29:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Jul-2014. Added Bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to 1stBD statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date2 Jul 2015 18:28:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 2-Jul-2014. Added Bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to 3rdBD statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:43:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.