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VIII Bomber Command 127

11 November 1943

Official description

Not yet known


This mission is composed of two element. The first element is a combined force of 167 B-17s of 3rd Bomb Division including: 94BG (21); 95BG (20); 96BG (42-double force); 100BG (20); 385BG (23) and 390BG (21) dispatched to bomb the railroad marshaling yards at Munster, Germany. This formation also included 1 PFF equipped B-17 from 482BG, but the equipment failed the dispatch from 95BG, 96BG, 100BG, and 388BG turned back at the enemy coast. 58 aircraft press on and are effective on the target. 4 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 20KIA 19POW 1EVD. 27 aircraft return damaged and included 4 airmen Wounded in Action (WIA). The bomber gunners of this element claim 10-0-2 of attacking German aircraft.

The second element is a combined formation of 175 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division including: 91BG (18); 92BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (19); 306BG (21); 351BG (18); 379BG (21); 381BG (17); and 384BG (21). Also 4 PFF equipped B-17s from 482BG were dispatched with the formations. Weather was so bad that the mission was abandoned. There are no losses or claims, but 1 aircraft is damaged.

Mission details

1. Münster, Germany



Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress


Bad weather frustrates assembly. 95th Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Group, 100th Bomb Group and 388th Bomb Group turn back before reaching the enemy coast because of failure of the Pathfinder (PFF) aircraft. 4 of 5 B-17s equipped with PFF from 482nd Bomb Group aborted due to weather-caused assembly difficulties. 96th Bomb Group flies two formations. The second formation of 21 aircraft turned back after a fire in the lead B-17 caused the pilot to drift off course and lose altitude. When he did that the rest of the formation followed. One B-17 dropped 40 X 100 IBs on CLEVE as a Target of Opportunity.


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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 122.10
Number of aircraft Sent 172
Number of aircraft Effective 59
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 4
Number of aircraft Damaged 27
Number of people Killed In Action 20
Number of people Wounded in Action 4
Number of people Evaded 1
Number of people Prisoners of War 19
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 10
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 2

2. WESEL (Primary) (RC)



Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress


Entire mission aborted.


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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 0.00
Number of aircraft Sent 175
Number of aircraft Damaged 1



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Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 18:10:44 william henry Changes to description

Correct typo

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2015 19:15:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to event

Lee Cunningham 9-Jul-2015. Added bomber gunner claims to Munster element statistics per "The Mighty Eight War Diary", Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2015 18:48:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 9-Jul-2015. Added Mission Narrative based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:16 AAM AAM ingest

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'.