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8th Air Force 216

10 February 1944

Official description

Not yet known


This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany. German fighter resistance is fierce and fighter escort is hampered by weather and missed rendevous. Heavy bomber losses are horrendous with the equivalent of an entire Bomb Group lost. 143 aircraft are effective on the target, 2 of these on Targets of Opportunity. 29 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 99KIA 190POW 2EVD. 52 aircraft are damaged. 2 airmen are KIA and 3 others WIA in returing aircraft. The bomber gunners claim 42-30-61 of attacking German aircraft but the totals are probably exaggerated.

The second formation is a combined force of 81 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division: 93BG; 389BG; 445BG; 446BG; 448BG; and 453BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Glize-Rijen, Holland. Dense contrails and smoke hamper bombing and only 27 aircraft are effective on the target. No aircraft are lost to enemy action but 4 aircraft are Damaged Beyone Repair (DBR) - 26KIA 15RTD. 1 of these caught fire and exploded, 1 crashed due to ising on the wings, 1 was believed to have had a mid-air collision with a P-47; and the other sustained a mechanical failure as crashed on return. 26 airmen wer KIA and 14 WIA in returning aircraft. The bomber gunners of this formation made no claims on enemy aircraft.

Mission details




Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress


Not yet known

Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 4.97
Number of aircraft Sent 2
Number of aircraft Effective 2

2. Brunswick, Germany



Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress


The formations came under heavy German fighter resistance and some of the planned fighter escort were not able to perform the escort. As a result the formations incurred devestating losses.


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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 350.10
Number of aircraft Sent 169
Number of aircraft Effective 141
Number of aircraft Missing In Action 29
Number of aircraft Damaged 52
Number of people Killed In Action 101
Number of people Wounded in Action 3
Number of people Evaded 2
Number of people Prisoners of War 190
Enemy aircraft claimed as Destroyed by Bomber Command 42
Enemy aircraft claimed as Probably Destroyed by Bomber Command 30
Enemy aircraft claimed as Damaged by Bomber Command 61

3. GILZE-RIJEN (Primary)



Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator


Dense contrails and frost keep most from attacking.


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  • 445th Bomb Group

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Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 71.00
Number of aircraft Sent 81
Number of aircraft Effective 27
Number of aircraft Damaged Beyond Repair 4
Number of people Killed In Action 26
Number of people Wounded in Action 14
Number of people Returned To Duty 15



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  • Sidney Balman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
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  • Roy Bass

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    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
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  • Kenneth Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
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  • George Calandros

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
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  • Donald Cowdery

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
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Date Contributor Update
06 February 2016 22:04:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to event

Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added bomber gunner claims on enemy aircraft to Brunswick element statistics per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2016 22:00:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added 2 B-17s attacking TOs to Mission Narrative per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A, Freeman

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2016 21:57:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to name and description

Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission Narrative per "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:17 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'.