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LT  Donald G. ROHLFS

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

Lt Donald Rohlfs receiving Air Medal. Courtesy of Granddaughter Melissa Rohlfs Koger

Flying Cadet Donald Rohlfs official photo.  Courtesy of Granddaughter Melissa Rohlfs Koger

Donald Rohlfs, Copilot of the Silver Dollar (Lt Murry Johnson)  in uniform with family in 1944.
Courtesy of Granddaughter Melissa Rohlfs Koger

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 12 SEP 44 MAGDEBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Murray D.Johnson          P   CPT   12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG
2nd Lt Donald G.Rohlfs            CP  CPT   12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG
2nd Lt Robert J.Lehto          NAV   CPT   12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG
2nd Lt Robert Figg               BOM   NOC    15 JUN 44 MISBURG/WILSTER (ORIG BOMBARDIER, FLEW ONLY ONE MISSION WITH CREW)
 S/Sgt Louis Bartoy                NG   CPT      3  SEP 44 BREST 
 S/Sgt Richard J.Moran           ROG CPT   12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG
 T/Sgt Merton H.Wilch           TTE CPT   12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG sn# 37512399
   Sgt Clyde E.Forrester          BTG CPT   12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG
   Sgt John J.Coffelt               WG NOC   12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG
   Sgt Earl E.Williams               WG CPT    31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
   Sgt Richard K.Thormahlon     TG CPT    12 SEP 44 MADGEBURG  SN# 16137934,

418th Sqdn. Crew arrived at 100th BG in May 27, 1944 
This crew,as above,appears on Combat Crew roster of 24/6/44 as Crew #81.  T/Sgt Wilch says the crew arrived in May 1944 and that he finished the last half of his mission in "Silver Dollar".  Sgt Earl Williams flew with this crew until July 24, 1944, then was taken off crew to reduce to 9 men. He became a Tog on Lt Bucklew Crew.  

Crew roster of 3/8/44 has Lt.George L.Reid as bombardier filling in for Sgt Bartoy. On 5/9/44 Crew roster shows a T/Sgt B.Beamer as NG in place of  S/Sgt Bartoy who completed his tour. A T/Sgt Wm R. Hellen from crew of H.E.Bethea as TTE flew 2 missions in place of T/Sgt.Wilch.

Crew roster of 11/9/44 is as follows:
      Lt. M.D.Johnson       P                
      Lt. D.H.Rohlfs         CP
      Lt. R.J.Lehto         NAV
      Lt. L.G.Schmidt      BOM
     T/S. R.J.Moran        ROG     
     T/S. M.H.Wilch        TTE
     S/S. C.E.Forrester    BTG
     S/S. J.J.Coffelt         WG  
     S/S. R.K.Thormahlen  TG
     T/S.  Don.Bradley      350th BS aerial photographer


MEMO
COPY OF MISSON LOG PROVIED BY MERTON H. WILCH ON 23 OCT 92 (pw)

01. WILSTER, GER                  6/15/44
02. FALLERSLADEN, FR            6/20/44
03. BERLIN, GER                     6/21/44
04. PARIS, FR                         6/22/44
05. SOUTHERN FRANCE           6/25/44
06. BOHLEN, GER                   6/29/44
07. NOBALL                           7/4/44
08. NOBALL                           7/6/44
09. BOHLEN, GER                   7/7/44
10. BOURTH, FR                     7/8/44
11. MUNICH, GER                  7/11/44
12. MUNICH, GER                  7/12/44
13. MUNICH, GER                  7/13/44
14. SOUTHERN FRANCE         7/14/44
15. AUXERRE, FR                   7/17/44
16. NORTHERN, FR                7/24/44
17. BATTLE LINE, FR             7/25/44
18. MERSEBURG, GER            7/28/44
19. MERSEBURG, GER            7/29/44
20. MUNICH, GER                  7/31/44
21. LeFERE, FR                     8/2/44
22. TROYES, FR                    8/3/44
23. NORTHERN FRANCE         8/7/44
24. NORTHERN FRANCE         8/8/44
25. VILLACOMBLEY              8/11/44
26. BATTLE FRONT, FR         8/13/44
27. LUDWIGSHAVEN, GER     8/14/44
28. BERLIN, GER                  8/27/44
29. MAINZ, GER                    9/1/44
30. NURNBURG, GER            9/10/44
31. RUHLAND, GER              9/11/44
32. DUSSELDORF, GER         9/12/44
        MISSION NAMES GIVEN HERE ARE NOT THE OFFICIAL MISSION NAMES LISTED IN THE 100TH MISSION LOG, THE DATES MATCH AND IT APPEARS THE PREPARING OFFICER, A LT ROBERT G. CRANE, MAY HAVE ABBREVIATED THE OFFICIAL MISSION TITLES.

Memories of T/Sgt Merton Wilch (mpf 2001)

"Lt Murray Johnson was may pilot and Lt Don Rohlfs was my co-pilot.  Our pilot flew as a co-pilot with another crew for his first mission for experience.  So he was one up on us for number of missons.  I was sick and missed one mission and I don't know what happened but I missed another mission.  Any way  I completed 32 missions.  When the pilot got in 35 missions, then the crew could go back to the States.  I was transferred to another base for several months as a gunnery instructor before returning to the States.

Fifty five crews trained at Dalhart Texas.  Five of the crews went to the 100th BG. Of the five, two were shot down.  Not a good percentage.  I could not have timed my time with the 100th any better.  All missions in the summer time and with good figher support by that time.  Also getting my missions in one right after the other after D-Day.  My first mission June 15, 1944 and last September 12, 1944.  Less than 3 months.  We were one of the lucky ones, never lost an engine.

I feel a little guilty because I know what a lot of the other crews might have gone through.  As the top turret gunner and engineer, I never shot at anything.  We just happened to be in the right place in the formation.  Got a lot of flak holes.  My next to last mission was September 11, 1944 to Ruhland.  The 100th sent up 36 planes and 12 were shot down.  The war was serious business.  On the plane, as with all crews, there was no conversations only what was important.  About every hour the co-pilot would call for an oxygen check, each crew member answering from the bombardier back to the tail gunner.  To check to see if everyone was OK.  There was not the silly stuff that was in the last "Memphis Belle" movie.  I told my kids not to see it.  That was not the way it was"

Just a side light story.  Our pilot was one of the older ones.  Twenty-eight and serious and he had to smoke at high altitude.  There was no cigareet lighter on a B-17.  At the oxygen regulator is a red knob that can be turned on for pure oxygen.  He lit his cigareet this way.  Breathing in all the oxygen that he could, then taking of his mask.  He then turned the oxygen hose to his lighter to get it lit.  Then breathed through the cigarette and sucked through to get his smoke.  I'vd never smoked but that shows what some people go through to keep from having a nicotine fit.  He was the BEST pilot."
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Missions of S/Sgt Richard Thormahlen SN# 16137934, assigned to 100th May 27, 1944
     Missions Mostly flown in A/C # 42-32090  "Silver Dollar"

1. 15/6/44  Wilster
2. 20/6/44  Fallersleben
3. 21/6/44  BERLIN
4. 22/6/44  Paris
5. 25/6/44  So France Maquis Supply drop
6. 29/6/44  Bohlen
7.  4/7/44  Gien, Fr.
8.  6/7/44  So France No Ball
9.  7/7/44  Gottingen
10.  8/7/44  Le Lentie
11. 11/7/44  Munich
12. 12/7/44  Munich
13. 13/7/44  Munich
14. 14/7/44  So France Marquis Supply drop
15. 17/7/44  Montgournoy No Ball
16. 24/7/44  St Lo
17. 25/7/44  St Lo
18. 28/7/44  Merseburg
19. 29/7/44  Merseburg
20. 31/7/44  Munich
21.   2/8/44  La Fere
22.   3/8/44  Troyes, Fr
23.   7/8/44  Beautor Fr
24.   8/8/44  St. Sukvain
25.  11/8/44  Paris
26. 13/8/44  Batt AR 3
27. 14/8/44  Ludwigshaven
28. 27/8/44  BERLIN
29.   1/9/44  Mainz
30.   3/9/44  Brest
31.   5/9/44  Stuttgart
32. 10/9/44  Nurnburg
33. 11/9/44  Ruhland
34. 12/9/44  Magdeburg

Missions Memories: July 28 & 29 when we lost 3 17's on the 28th and 8 on the 29th.  Briefed that target area would have 1200 to 1500 flak guns instead of the normal 300 guns.  Merseburg flak was extra heavy as synthetic oil refineries became Germany's main oil supply after the loss of the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Romaina in June of 1944.

Missions to Ruhland, Germany on September 11, 1944 when we lost a whole Squadron of 12 A/C in less than Thirty Seconds.  No excorting fighters were near us at the time.

(per S/Sgt Thormahlen questionaire May 2000)
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MISSIONS OF S/SGT FORRESTER FROM OPS

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
6/15/1944 81 -140 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 31404 MITBURG & WILSTER
6/20/1944 81 -143 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 31404 FALLERSLEBEN
6/21/1944 81 -144 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 31404 BASDORF
6/22/1944 81 -146 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 31404 PARIS (RIVER DOCKS)
6/25/1944 81 148 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 37517 SOUTH OF FRANCE
6/29/1944 81 150 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 37517 BOHLEN (OIL REF)
7/4/1944 81 152 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 97673 GIEN (RECALLED)
7/6/1944 81 154 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 97673 FLEURY/CREPEUIL
7/7/1944 81 155 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 97230 BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
7/8/1944 81 156 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 CLAMECY-JOLGYN
7/11/1944 81 157 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 97230 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
7/12/1944 81 158 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 97154 MUNICH (IND. AREA)
7/13/1944 81 159 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 38175 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/14/1944 81 160 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 102649 SOUTH OF FRANCE
7/17/1944 81 161 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 38175 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/18/1944 81 162 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 38175 KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT
7/24/1944 81 166 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
7/25/1944 81 167 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
7/28/1944 81 168 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 MERSEBURG
7/29/1944 81 169 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 MERSEBURG
7/31/1944 81 170 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 97230 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
8/2/1944 81 171 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 106986 TERGNIER/LAFERE
8/3/1944 81 172 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 TROYES (RAIL YARD)
8/7/1944 81 176 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 6092 BEAUTOR (BRIDGES)
8/11/1944 81 178 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 102649 VILLACOUBLAY
8/13/1944 81 179 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 31220 NANTES - GASSICOURT
8/14/1944 81 180 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 102649 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/27/1944 81 186 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/30/1944 81 187 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 BREMEN
9/1/1944 81 188 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 MAINZ (RECALL)
9/3/1944 81 189 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 BREST
9/5/1944 81 190 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
9/10/1944 81 193 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 NURNBURG
9/11/1944 81 194 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 RUHLAND (OIL)
9/12/1944 81 195 FORRESTER C.E. SGT BTG 32090 MAGDEBURG (OIL)
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ED ROHLFS jeero70@arilion.com SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING:
 
Donald Gerhardt Rohlfs
birth: July 28, 1921 on parents' farm in Dwight, IL
death: March 10, 1990 in hospital in Champaign, IL
cause of death: lung cancer
 
Survivors:
Wife - Dorothy
Sons - Ed and Ron
Daughters - Judy Diskin, Barb Cahill
 
1st Lieutenant 418th BG - awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross
Flew 34 missions, several in Silver Dollar
 
Military History:
August 1942 - took and passed test for Army Air Force Cadet.
September 1942 - sworn in & put in Enlisted Reserve Corps.
March 1, 1943 - By direction of the President, you are ordered to active duty effective March 10, 1943, and on that date will proceed from your home or place of receipt of this order to Chicago, Illinois, and then will proceed when ordered to San Antonio, Texas, reporting to the Commanding Officer, Air Force Classification Center, March 12, 1943.
March 12, 1943 – June 26, 1943 - San Antonio, Texas – Aviation Classification Center.  Pre-flight School nine weeks.  Graduated.
June 27, 1943 – August 31, 1943 - Training at AAFFTD Cimmaron Field, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Nine weeks Primary Training PT 19A.
August 31, 1943 – November 4, 1943 - Training at AAFBFS Garden City, Kansas.  Basic Training.  Four weeks BT13.  Five weeks 17’s.
November 4, 1943 – January 6, 1944 - Training at AAFTS, Brooks Field, Texas.  Advanced Training 17’s.   Night flying, Instrument, and Link Trainer.  333rd CCTS co-pilot combat crew training.
December 10 ,1943 - Class No. 44-A having completed the required course of instruction at the AAFPS (Adv. 2-Engine), Brooks Field, Texas, are rated as Pilot effective January 7, 1944.  The following are required to participate in regular and frequent aerial flights, effective January 7, 1944: 2nd Lt. Donald G. Rohlfs.
January 6, 1944 - Certificate of Honorable Discharge from Brooks Field, Texas, Army Air Forces Pilot School (Advanced 2-engine).  Donald G. Rohlfs 16129557, Aviation Cadet, 392nd Observation Training Squadron.  Filed in Grundy County, Morris, Illinois, May 13, 1947.
January 7, 1944 - Appointment as 2nd Lieutenant effective this date.  Return Oath of Office.  
January 8, 1944 - The following are relieved from 392nd and assigned to station indicated.
            TO: 2ND AIR FORCE 18TH REFUELING WING
            ARMY AIR BASE SALT LAKE CITY UTAH
            Donald G. Rohlfs  0704502  reporting date: Jan. 24, 1944. 
May 4, 1944 - Movement Orders: The following personnel composing 52 crews are assigned to Shipment FR-333-DA to 271st Staging Base, Kearney Nebraska to Camp Miles Standish, Massachusetts by rail and await for movement to overseas destination.
 CREW NO. 179-30-SHIPMENT CREW NO FR-333-DA-41
P          2nd Lt.              (1024)            Murray D. Johnson       

CP       2nd Lt.              (1022)            Donald G. Rohlfs

N         2nd Lt.              (1034)            Robert J. Lehto

B          2nd Lt.              (1035)            Robert H. Figg

E          S/Sgt.               (748)            Merton H. Wilch

R          S/Sgt.               (757)            Richard J. Moran

AG       Sgt.                  (612)            John J. Coffelt

CG       Sgt.                  (748)            Earl E. Williams

CG       Sgt.                  (748)            Clyde E. Forrester

CG       Sgt.                  (611)            Richard K. Thormahlen

 
From Personal Diary:
May 5, 1944 - Left Kearney for East Coast.
May 6, 1944 - Still riding the rails.

May 7, 1944 - Through Chicago at 0660 just 70 miles form home.

May 8, 1944 - Arrived at Camp Miles Standish, Mass.

May 12, 1944 -Boarded boat in Boston Harbor.

May 13, 1944 - Put to sea 0400 today.

May 25, 1944 - Near England.

May 26, 1944 - Sailed into Liverpool.

May 27, 1944 - Left boat and rode train to Camp.  Billeted at Beaty Hall.

May 28, 1944 - Walked to village for beer and ale.  Quite a walk.

May 29, 1944 - Rec’d. 7 letters from home.  Stayed home tonight & wrote letters.

May 30, 1944 - Rec’d. 3 more letters today.  Alerted today.

May 31, 1944 - Left Stone today.  Stationed at 100th B. Gr. Sq. 418.

June 1, 1944 - Went to school today.

June 2, 1944 - Went to school a.m.  Slow timed an engine p.m.

June 3, 1944 - CHANGE OF BENEFICIARY

                        Principal – Mrs. Dorothy J. Rohlfs – wife – 5,000

Mr. Gerhardt Rohlfs – father – 5,000

                         Contingent – Mrs. Jennie Rohlfs – mother 

                         Signed at AAF Sta 139, June 3, 1944

                        Witness: Robert J. Lehto

                        Address:  418th Bomb Sq. 100th Bomb Group

June 3, 1944 - More school.  Rec’d. 2 letters from Mid.  To bed early.

August 17, 1944 - The following named of the 418th Bomb Sq. are placed on DS for 7 days, WP Rail Aug. 18, 1944 from AAF Sta. 139 to ARC Southport, for purpose of rest & recuperation.

1st Lt.   Murray D. Johnson

2nd Lt. Donald G. Rohlfs

2nd Lt.  Robert J. Lehto

1st Lt.   George L. Reid

T/Sgt.   Richard J. Moran

T/Sgt.   Merton H. Wilch

S/Sgt.   Clyde E. Forrester

S/Sgt.   John J. Coffelt

S/Sgt.   Richard K. Thormahlen

S/Sgt.   Earl E. Williams

 

August 22, 1944 - The following named are promoted:  2nd BOMBARDMENT DIVISION

                                2nd Lt. to 1st Lt.: Donald G. Rohlfs  by command of Lt. Gen. Doolittle.

September 5, 1944 - The DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS is awarded to the following:

Donald G. Rohlfs, 1st Lieutenant, Army Air Forces, United States Army.  For extraordinary achievement while serving as pilot on many high altitude heavy bombardment missions over Germany and German occupied Continental Europe.  Under the duress of heavy fighter attacks, anti-aircraft fire, and often under adverse weather conditions, Lt. Rohlfs, by his superior airmanship, contributed to the success of all these operations.  The untiring effort, skill and determination under stress of combat displayed by Lt. Rohlfs are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Army Air Forces of the united States.  By command of Gen. Partridge.  

September 18, 1944 - Recommendation for duty assignment from Thomas S. Jeffrey, Jr. Lt. Co. Air Corps, CO 100th BG (H) AAF.  1)  completed operational tour of 34 missions.  2) awarded Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.  3)  excellent record as pilot in B-17 aircraft.  4) desires further duty in an Operational Training Unit – is highly recommended.  “He is a combat pilot and officer of proven ability.” 

Wed. Oct. 4 - Left Stone.  Boarded S. S. Irguway in Liverpool.

Thurs. Oct. 5 - Put to sea.

November 21, 1944 - AAF REDISTRIBUTION CENTER STATION NO. 2, MIAMI BEACH, FL.

Assignment recommendations:  Flying data:  Co-Pilot flew 34 missions, 280 hours.  Total flying time 570 hours.  Experience 11 months.  Overseas Experience:  England  May 11, 1944 to Oct. 17, 1944.

Prefers to be assigned to Central US.  

June 1, 1945 - Cleared for flying duty.  AAF Dyersburg, Tennessee.

July 23, 1945 - Flying Instruction Certificate.  Dyersburg, Tennessee.  Qualifying check flight.  Type of aircraft – BT-13A. 

September 10, 1945 - To Donald G. Rohlfs, R.R., Dwight, Illinois.  You are placed in the Officers’ Reserve Corps.  Enclosed Oath of Office. 

September 11, 1945 - Certificate of Service – Military Record and Report of Separation given at Separation Center, Ft. Sheridan, Illinois.  Released from active duty at Dyersburg, Tennessee Aug. 28, 1945.  Filed in Circuit Court, Grundy County, Morris, Illinois April 29, 1947

MEMO 2:

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MEMO Part 2
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STRATEGIC OPERATIONS OF THE 8TH AIR FORCE
Comments in bold next to dates are taken from the Service Diary of Don Rohlfs.  These are the days he flew his 34 missions (with the exception of the first entry).  Details of his missions are underlined and italicized, based on information from diary.  On June 22 and 25th, there isn’t a match to what was in the diary.  It is possible that the wrong days’ strategic operations were inserted in those 2 instances.  Some of his missions were support of ground troops in France after the invasion of Normandy.

Just prior to Don Rohlfs Missions:
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): The role of the heavy bombers from  2-5 Jun in preparation for the invasion of Normandy on 6 Jun includes continuation of attacks against transportation and airfield targets in N France and the institution of a series of blows against coastal defenses, mainly located in the Pas de Calais coastal area, to deceive the enemy as to the sector to be invaded (Operation COVER).  
Mission 384: In the morning, 521 of 633 B-17s and 284 of 293 B-24s hit V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area; 11 B-17s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 1 WIA and 1 MIA. 
Mission 385: In the afternoon, 242 B-17s are dispatched to railroad targets in the Paris area; 163 hit the primaries, 49 hit Conches Airfield, 12 hit Beaumont-sur-Oise Airfield and 1 hits Caen/Carpiquet Airfield; 77 B-24s are dispatched to Bretigny Airfield in France; 13 hit the primary target, 47 hit Creil Airfield and 14 hit Villeneuve Airfield; 2 B-17s and 5 B-24s are lost, 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 90 B -17s and 37 B-24s damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 4 WIA and 68 MIA.
3 of 7 P-38s hit the Ostend Bridge, Belgium without loss.
3 B-17s fly weather reconnaissance over the Atlantic.
During the evening, 5 B-17s drop leaflets on targets in Belgium and France; and 18 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER operations.

June 15 - His 1st mission Hanover, Germany.  Heavy flak.  Some holes.  Oil refinery.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 414: 1,361 bombers are dispatched in 8 forces to bomb an oil refinery Germany and numerous tactical targets in France, including 9 airfields, an aircraft plant, a CROSSBOW (V- weapon) sites, 11 bridges, a marshaling yard, and various scattered targets; 2 B-17s are lost:
1. Of 747 B-17s dispatched, 172 hit the Hanover/Misburg oil refinery, 16 hit Wilster, 16 hit Wesermunde, 2 hit the Hanover area and 1 hits Helgoland Island, Germany; in France, 144 hit Bordeaux/Merignac Airfield, 71 hit Nantes railroad bridge N, 71 hit La Poissonniere rail viaduct, 70 hit Angouleme marshaling yard, 59 hit Beauvoir V-weapon site, 46 hit Nantes railroad bridge S, 12 hit Gael Airfield and 10 hit a viaduct N of Nantes; 2 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 267 damaged; 7 airmen are WIA and 18 MIA.
2. Of 614 B-24s dispatched to France, 89 hit Le Port Boulet railroad bridge, 61 hit Evreux/Fauville Airfield, 59 hit Tours-la-Frillerie, 54 hit Tours-La Rice railroad bridge, 46 hit Guyancourt Airfield, 45 hit Etampes/ Modesir Airfield, 44 hit Cinq Mars bridge, 27 hit St Cyr, 21 hit Buc Airfield, 12 hit Tours-La Riche highway bridge, 12 hit Le Mans Airfield, 12 hit Orleans/Saran Airfield and 8 hit targets of opportunity; 12 B-24s use
Azon missiles against Etaples railroad bridge and 7 others use the missiles against the Pecrone railroad bridge.
Fighter operations are:
1. 96 P-38s, 202 P-47s and 211 P-51s escort the bombers and claim 5-0-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-38s and 1 P-51 are lost with the pilots MIA.
2. 36 of 48 P-47s bomb Etaples, France; 1 P-47s is lost (pilot is MIA).
3. 177 of 185 P-38s fly a fighter sweep in front of the bomber forces without loss.

June 20 Fallerslaben, Germany.  Heavy flak.  Good bombing.  Oil refinery.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 425: In the morning 1,548 bombers are dispatched to attack 14 strategic targets in N Germany and V-weapon sites in France; 49 bombers are lost:
1. 126 of 146 B-24s bomb V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area; 1 B-24 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 83 damaged; 4 airmen are KIA, 8 WIA and 24 MIA. Escort is provided by 44 P-47s; they claim 3-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost (pilot is MIA).
2. Of 341 B-17s dispatched, 137 hit Fallersleben, 95 hit Magdeburg/Rothensee and 52 hit Konigsberg; they claim 2-0-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 116 damaged; 11 airmen are WIA and 60 MIA. Of 191 B-24s, 169 hit Hanover/Misburg and 3 hit a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 89 damaged; 4 airmen are KIA, 6 WIA and 9 MIA. Escort is provided by 98 P-38s, 86 P-47s and 38 P-51s and 81 Ninth Air Force P-51s; they claim 10-1-10 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 8-0-3 on the ground; 1 P-38, 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost (2 pilots MIA).
3. Of 512 B-17s dispatched, 107 hit Hamburg/Eurotank oil refinery, 60 hit Harburg/Ebano oil refinery, 54 hit Hamburg/Schliemanns oil refinery, 53 hit Harburg/Rhenania oil refinery, 53 hit Hamburg/Deut.Petr.AG, 50 hit Hamburg/Rhenania-Ossag oil refinery, 26 hit Hamburg/Schindler oil refinery, 12 hit Brunsbuttel canal lock and 2 hit targets of opportunity; 7 B-17s are lost and 349 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 13 WIA and 63 MIA. Escort is provided by 96 P-38s and 48 P-47s without claims or loss.
4. Of 358 B-24s, 245 hit Politz, 71 bomb Ostermoor and 12 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 10-3-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 34 B-24s are lost and 205 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 6 WIA and 343 MIA. Escort is provided by 50 P-38s and 221 P-51s; they claim 28-1-9 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 5-0-9 on the ground; 3 P-38s are lost.
Mission 426: In the afternoon, 33 of 37 B-17s and 196 of 380 B-24s attack 10 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area; 1 B-24 is lost and 96 damaged. Escort is provided by 72 P-47s and 40 P-51s without loss.
Mission 427: 5 of 5 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.  25 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions in France.

June 22  Paris, France.  Hit hard.  Rough mission.  Docks.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Because of the attack on B-17s at Poltava, USSR, on yesterday's shuttle mission, the B-17s at Mirgorod and P-51s at Piryatin are moved farther E; they are to be returned to Mirgorod and Piryatin to be dispatched to bases in Italy as soon as the weather permits; the move is fortunate as German bombers strike both Piryatin and Mirgorod during the night of 22/23 Jun.
Mission 431: In a morning mission 85 of 108 B-17s and 132 of 194 B-24s attack 12 CROSSBOW (V-weapon) installations in the Pas de Calais area; 1 B-17s is lost; 64 B-17s and 59 B-24s are damaged; 10 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 165 P-47s and 97 P-51s; some of the support fighters strafe coastal defenses; 1 P-51 is lost and 2 P-47s are damaged beyond repair; 1 pilot is KIA and 1 MIA.
Mission 432: During the afternoon 797 bombers are dispatched to attack 22 targets in France and Belgium; 9 bombers are lost:
1. Of 319 B-17s dispatched, 76 hit Lille/Fimes marshaling yard, 69 hit Ghent/Maritime marshaling yard, 35 hit Rouen oil depot, 13 hit La Vaubaliers, 13 hit Furnes Airfield, 13 hit Tingry, 12 hit Abbeville, 12 hit a tank area N of Rouen, 12 hit Douai railroad, 11 hit Mazingarbe, 10 hit Pont a Vendin, 1 hits Douai railroad; 3 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 81 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 5 WIA and 29 MIA. Escort is provided by 108 P-47s; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft.
2. Of 149 B-24s, 46 hit Guyancourt/Caudron Airfield, 43 hit St Cyr Airfield, 36 hit Buc Airfield, 13 hit targets of opportunity and 5 hit Tours/La Riche bridge; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 67 B-24s are damaged; 1 airmen is KIA and 3 MIA. Escort is provided by 187 of 200 P-38s and 36 of 46 P-47s; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 P-38s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 1 damaged beyond repair.
3. Of 216 B-17s, 70 hit Nucourt V-weapon site, 38 hit Brie-Comte-Robert Sug, 33 hit Etampes Airfield, 11 hit Lieusant railroad, 11 hit Melun bridge and 11 hit Melun marshaling yard; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 187 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA and 30 MIA. Of 113 B-24s, 101 hit an oil dump at Paris and 1 hits Dreux Airfield; 2 B-24s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 37 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 2 WIA and 23 MIA. Escort is provided by 78 of 86 P-51s; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA).
4. 9 of 10 B-24s use Azon glide bombs against the Samur Bridge; escort is provided by 41 of 43 P-51s.
Mission 433: 1 B-17 flies a daylight leaflet mission to La Glacrie, France.
Mission 434: 9 of 9 B-17s drop leaflets in France and the Low Countries during the night.
10 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions in France during the night.

June 24  Secret Mission.  Dropped parachutes 500 ft.  Nice mission.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 438: During the morning 967 bombers are dispatched to hit targets in Germany and France: 5 bombers are lost:
1. Of 340 B-17s, 213 hit oil industry targets in Bremen, 53 hit an aircraft factory at Westermunde and 40 attack Bremen; 1 B-17 is lost and 105 damaged; 2 airmen are WIA and 9 MIA. Escort is provided by 6 fighter groups (185 P-38s and 85 P-47s); 1 group strafes an airfield and rail transport in the Munster and Hamm areas and claims 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; no losses.
2. 407 B-24s are dispatched to France; 78 hit Conches Airfield, 45 hit Chateaudun Airfield, 45 hit Orleans/Bricy Airfield, 34 hit Toussus/Le Noble, 31 hit a fighter strip, 12 hit Pont Audmer, 11 hit Toussus/Paris and 9 hit Dreux Airfield; 2 B-24s are lost and 81 damaged; 20 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 45 P-38s and 36 P-47s; 1 P-38 is lost (pilot is MIA); the fighters later fly strafing missions.
3. 86 B-17s and 60 B-24s are dispatched to hit 12 CROSSBOW (V-weapon) sites in the Pas de Calais area but are prevented by overcast from bombing the sites, but 11 B-17s fly S and release bombs near the industrial area of Rouen; 1 B-17 is lost to AA fire; 13 B-17s and 1 B-24 are damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 35 of 36 P-47s without loss.
4. Of 74 B-17s dispatched to the Saumur bridge, 38 hit the primary and 36 hit Tours/La Riche Airfield without loss; escort is provided by 121 of 135 P-51s who claim 4-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground.
Mission 439: During the afternoon 62 B-17s and 167 B-24s are dispatched to targets in France; 2 B-24s are lost; escort for the mission is provided by 71 P-47s and 50 P-51s without loss; 25 other P-51s fly a sweep of the Angers/Le Mans area and claim 25-0-6 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground:
1. Of 62 B-17s, 32 hit V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area, 12 hit Holque electrical stations and 12 hit Saint-Pol-sur-Mer marshaling yards; 17 B-17s are damaged.
2. Of 167 B-24s, 67 hit V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area, 14 hit the Abbeville power station, 12 hit Pont-a-Vendin and 12 hit the Tingry electrical station; 2 B-24s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 44 damaged; 20 airmen are MIA.
Mission 440: 5 of 5 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

June 25  Leipzig, Germany.  Heavy flak. Saw fighters. Oil refinery.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 441: During the morning 658 bombers are dispatched to hit targets in France; 7 bombers are lost:
1. Of 263 B-17s, 104 hit Toulouse/Francazal Airfield, 72 hit Toulouse/ Blangnac Airfield and 64 hit Montbartier oil depot; 5 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 114 damaged; 10 airmen are KIA, 5 WIA and 45 MIA. Escort is provided by 46 P-38s, 36 P-47s and 146 P-51s; they claim 10-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).
2. Of 258 B-24s, 43 hit targets of opportunity, 23 hit Beuvry, 18 hit Mazingarbe, 12 hit Aube-sur-Risle, 12 hit Doullens, 12 hit La Vaupalier, 12 hit Peronne Airfield, 11 hit Amiens/St Maurice, 11 hit Calais, 11 hit Tingry, 10 hit Abbeville, 10 hit St Omer/Longuenesse, 8 hit Boulogne, 8 hit Holque, 7 hit Nunque, 7 hit Pont-a-Vendin, 2 hit Chocques; 1 B-24 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 26 damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 2 WIA. Escort is provided by 68 P-47s and 34 P-51s without loss.
3. Of 137 B-24s, 59 hit St Avord Airfield and 48 hit Bourge Airfield; 1 B-24 is lost; 10 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 102 P-38s and 44 P-47s; they claim 8-0-4 Luftwaffe aircraft without loss.
Mission 442: During the midday 463 bombers are dispatched to targets in France; 6 bombers are lost; escort is provided by 127 P-38s, 35 P-47s and 181 P-51s; they claim 4-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA):
1. Of 274 B-24s, 63 hit Villacoublay air depot, 35 hit Bretigny Airfield and 11 hit Buc Airfield; 5 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 104 damaged; 11 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 59 MIA.
2. Of 189 B-17s, 70 hit Soigny Bridge, 38 hit Sens Bridge, 28 hit Clamecy, 21 hit Auxerre Bridge, 21 hit Nanteuil, 20 hit Nogent, 18 hit Orly Airfield, 13 hit Romilly-sur-Seine, 12 hit Folous, 12 hit Etampes/Mondesir Airfield and 3 hit Orly marshaling yard; 1 B-17 is lost and 20 damaged; 2 airmen are WIA and 19 MIA.
41 of 43 P-47s fly a flight-bomber mission against Evreux/Fauville landing ground.
In the USSR, B-17s and P-51s are flown, at daybreak, from dispersal bases to Poltava and Mirgorod and loaded and fueled with intentions of bombing the  oil refinery at Drohobycz, Poland and proceed to base in Italy. Bad weather cancels the mission until the tomorrow. The aircraft return to dispersal bases for the night as precaution against air attacks.
24 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER mission.

July 4  Brierie, France.  Light flak. RR Bridge.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 451: 558 bombers and 632 fighters are dispatched to attack 7 airfields N and W of Paris; bad weather and mechanical failures cause 350+ bombers to abort; 1 B-17 and 4 fighters are lost:
1. Of 300 B-17s, 24 hit Dreux Airfield, 24 hit Illiers L'Eveque Airfield, 13 hit Conches Airfield and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-17s is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 37 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 9 MIA.
2. Of 258 B-24s, 56 hit Conches Airfield, 50 hit Beaumont le Roger Airfield, 49 hit Evreux Airfield, 25 hit Beaumont-sur-Oise Airfield and 12 hit Creil Airfield; 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 52 damaged; 2 airmen are WIA.
199 P-38s, 189 P-47s and 244 P-51s are dispatched to escort the bombers but 63 abort; 2 P-38s, 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost and 1 P-47 is damaged.
Of 144 P-38s and 176 P-47s, 29 hit Nevers marshaling yard, 25 hit Joinville Bridge, 16 hit Chartre-Chateaudun marshaling yard, 14 hit Perrigny marshaling yard, 14 hit Fresnes Bridge, 8 hit Cercy/La Tours marshaling yard, 8 hit Cambrai marshaling yard, 6 hit St Florentin, 5 hit targets of opportunity and 4 hit Rouen Bridge; they claim 17-0-10 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-0 on the ground; 1 P-38 is lost and 1 damaged.
Total VIII Fighter Command casualties are 1 KIA, 4 WIA and 7 MIA.
36 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night; 3 airmen are MIA after a plane crashes.

July 6  Pas de Calais, France.  Light flak.  Hit flying bomb site.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 455: In the morning, missions are flown to France and Germany:
1. 800 bombers and 224 fighters are dispatched to bomb 18 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area; 556 of 641 B-17s and 133 of 159 B-24s bomb; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair; 161 B-17s and 59 B-24s are damaged; 2 airmen are KIA and 3 WIA. Escort is provided by 141 P-38s and 83 P-51s; they claim 4-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 is lost (pilot is MIA).
2. 229 of 262 B-24s bomb the dock area at Kiel, Germany and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 3 B-24s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 105 damaged; 8 airmen are WIA and 22 MIA. Escort is provided by 168 of 189 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).
Mission 456: In the late afternoon 73 of 104 B-17s and 148 of 176 B-24s
strike 6 V-weapon sites and supply installations, 3 railroad bridges, a highway bridge, and an airfield in N France. Escort is provided by 443 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-47 is lost; afterwards a squadron of P-47s dive-bombs 3 airfields in the Conches area.
212 P-38s and P-47s, fly fighter-bomber missions against rail and road traffic in the Paris area; they claim 11-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47s are lost (pilots are MIA).
Mission 457: 7 of 7 B-17s drop leaflets in Belgium and France during the night.
20 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions; 1 B-24 is lost. A C-47 makes the first landing at a secret airstrip in the Ain, France area.

July 7  Leipzig, Germany.  Heavy flak.  Fighters. Hit oil refinery.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 458: 1,129 bombers and 756 fighters are dispatched to attack synthetic oil plants, aircraft assembly plants and engine works, airfields and an equipment depot, marshaling yards railway station and railway repair shops in Germany; 37 bombers and 6
fighters are lost:
1. Of 373 B-24s, 102 hit Lutzkendorf and 64 hit Halle oil plants, 90 hit Bernburg and 73 hit Aschersleben aircraft plants and 8 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 39-5-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 28 B-24s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 126 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 11 WIA and 274 MIA.
Escort is provided by 224 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 46-1-16 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 and 3 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA).
2. Of 303 B-17s, 64 hit Bohlen and 51 hit Merseburg oil plants, 67 hit Kolleda and 32 hit Lutzkendorf Airfields, 22 hit targets of opportunity and 16 hit Gottingen marshaling yard; 2 B-17s are lost and 112 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 20 MIA. Escort is provided by 185 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 9-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 3-0-1 on the ground; 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost (pilots are MIA).
3. Of 453 B-17s, 114 hit Leipzig/Taucha, 79 hit Leipzig/Mockau, 35 hit Leipzig/Heiterblick and 15 hit Leipzig/Abtnaundorf oil plants, 46 hit Leipzig bearing industry, 35 hit Kolleda Airfield, 19 hit Leipzig Station and 7 hit Nordhausen; 7 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 152 damaged; 15 airmen are KIA, 5 WIA and 50 MIA. Escort is provided by 247 P-47s and P-51s;they claim 20-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-0 on the ground; 1P-51 is damaged beyond repair (pilot is WIA).
Mission 459: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France and Belgium during the night.  
19 B-24s participate in CARPETBAGGER operations during the night. 

July 8  Laigle, France.  No flak.  Knocked out bridge.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 460: 1,029 bombers and 714 fighters, in four forces, are dispatched to hit bridges, tunnels, rail argets and NOBALL (V-weapon) sites in France; only 462 aircraft bomb due to bad weather; 9 bombers and 1 fighter are lost:
1. Of 331 B-24s, 14 hit Schore Bridge, 9 hit Welle Bridge, 1 hits Orsel Airfield and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 20 B-24s are damaged; escort is provided by 266 P-38s and P-51s; they claim 20-0-19 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).
2. Of 304 B-17s, 61 hit Poix Airfield, 49 hit V-1 sites, 37 hit Etaples Bridge, 13 hit a road junction, 12 hit Abbeville Airfield and 11 hit Etaples choke point; 4 B-17s are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 90 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 32 MIA. Escort is provided by 36 of 39 P-47s.
3. Of 130 B-24s, 71 hit V-1 sites, 13 hit St Vallery en Caux Airfield and11 hit Abbeville railroad junction; 3 B-17s are damaged beyond repair and 27are damaged. 
4. Of 264 B-17s, 21 hit Jaigle, 20 hit Barenton and 10 hit Chandai rail junctions, 11 hit Nantes/Gassicourt Bridge, 11 hit Nantes railroad bridge, 9 hit railroad tracks at Yvetot, 11 hit Nogent and 6 hit Rouen marshaling yards, 24 hit Conches and 11 hit St Andre de l'Eure Airfields and 25 hit targets of opportunity; 5 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 98 damaged; 4 airmen are KIA, 16 WIA and 51 MIA.  Forces 3 and 4 are escorted by 286 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground.
86 of 91 P-47s bomb St Andre de l'Eure Airfield without loss.
Mission 461: 4 of 5 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night. 
17 B-24s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions.

July 11  Munich, Germany.  Very heavy flak.  Target overcast.  Engine plant.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 466: 1,176 bombers and 795 fighters attack targets in Germany; 20 bombers and 4 fighters are lost:
1. Of 401 B-17s, 371 hit the Munich marshaling yard, Passing electrical station and a tire factory and 3 hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 42 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 3 WIA and 10 MIA.
Escort is provide by 209 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s without loss.
2. Of 340 B-17s, 183 hit the BMW factory at Munich and 106 hit the Munich marshaling yard; 3 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 89 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 2 WIA and 30 MIA. Escort is provided by 166 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).
3. Of 435 B-24s, 291 hit Munich, 55 hit Munich/Riem Airfield, 29 hit  Augsburg, 8 hit Eppingen and 1 hits a bridge on the Autobahn; 16 B-24s are lost and 2 damaged beyond repair; 8 airmen are KIA, 14 WIA and 149 MIA.
Escort is provided by 324 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 2-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; 1 P-47 and 2 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair.
Mission 467: During the night, 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets on France.
29 of 30 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

July 12  Munich, Germany.  Very heavy flak.  Target overcast. Engine plant.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 468: 131 B-24s, escorted by 144 Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfires, are dispatched to bomb 10 CROSSBOW(V-weapon) sites in the Rouen area but abort because of a thick blanket of low cloud over the target area; no losses.
Mission 469: 1,271 bombers and 803 fighters are dispatched to bomb Munich, Germany; 1,124 bombers bomb the city of Munich, 16 hit Enstingen and 10 hit targets of opportunity; 24 bombers are lost, 4 are damaged beyond repair and 297 are damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 216 MIA. Escort is provided by 717 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair (pilot is WIA).
Mission 470: During the night, 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France.

July 13  Munich again.  Very, very heavy flak.  Cloudy but started huge fires.  Engine plant.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 471: 1,043 bombers and 609 fighters in 3 forces are dispatched to bomb targets in Germany; 10 bombers and 5 fighters are lost:
1.  Of 399 B-17s, 356 bomb Munich, 6 bomb the railroad at Munich and 3 hit targets of opportunity; 4 
B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and156 damaged; 8 airmen are KIA, 7 WIA and 36 MIA. 
Escort is provided by 292 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 2-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 and 1 P-47 are lost.
2. Of 278 B-17s, 139 bomb Munich, 100 hit an aircraft engine plant at Munich and 3 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 11-4-8 Luftwaffeaircraft; 5 B-17s are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 129 damaged; 9airmen are WIA and 50 MIA. Escort is provided by 170 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost and 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair.
3. Of 366 B-24s, 298 hit Saarbrucken marshaling yards and 3 hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost, 7 damaged beyond repair and 31 damaged; 23 airmen are KIA, 9 WIA and 19 MIA. Escort is provided by 81 of 85 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost and 1 damaged beyond repair.
28 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

July 14  Secret mission.  No flak.  Dropped parachutes 500 feet. Nice mission.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): With the conversion of the 55th Fighter Group from P-38s to P-51s, the Eighth acquires a majority of P-51 groups to provide longer-range high-altitude escort for the heavy bombers. Conversion to P-51s will continue until by the end of the year every group except 1 will be equipped with them. 
Mission 472: In a morning mission 319 of 359 B-17s drop 3,700 containers of supplies to French interior forces in S France; they claim 5-2-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 15 B-17s are damaged. Escort is provided by 465 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 4-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft.
Mission 473: During the evening 131 B-24s are dispatched to hit airfields in France; 54 hit Montdidier Airfield and 39 hit Peronne Airfield; 9 B-24s are damaged. 40 other B-24s fail to bomb because of failure of blind-bombing equipment. Escort is provided by 79 P-38s and P-51s; 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair.
94 of 100 P-38s fly fighter-bomber missions against rail targets E and SE of Paris; they claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 is lost (pilot is MIA).

July 17  Romilly, France.  Light flak.  Knocked out bridge.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 478: In the morning 670 bombers and 472 fighters are dispatched to hit tactical targets in France; 1 bomber and 1 fighter are lost:
1. Of 331 B-17s, 37 hit Joigny la Roche, 36 hit Jussy, 35 hit Auxerre, 35 hit Peronne, 33 hit Ham-sur-Somme, 32 hit Anizy-le-Chateau, 25 hit Frevent, 12 hit Tergnier and 11 hit Eu Bridges; 12 hit Doullens road junction, 12 hit Hesdin fuel dump, 12 hit Frevent railroad and road junction, 11 hit Laon marshaling yard and 15 hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 64 damaged; 3 airmen are WIA and 9 MIA.
2. Of 339 B-24s, 58 hit Rilly la Montagne dump, 52 hit Belfort marshaling yard; 36 hit Gien, 34 hit Coulanges, 34 hit Neuvy-sur-Loire, 32 hit Sully, 30 hit Nanteuil and 10 hit Le Soulons Bridges; 11 hit St Dizier Airfield and 5 hit targets of opportunity; 3 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 54 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA and 7 WIA.
Escort for the 2 groups above is 433 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-47 is lost (pilot is MIA); elements of 4 fighter groups afterwards strafe ground targets, claiming 23 locomotives, 18 trucks, and 55 train cars destroyed.
Mission 479: During the evening 34 of 69 B-17s and 106 of 115 B-24s attack
12 V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area; 3 B-24s are damaged beyond
repair and 23 B-24s and 28 B-17s are damaged; 1 airman is KIA and 5 WIA. Escort is provided by 209 of 227 P-51s; 1 is damaged beyond repair.
Mission 480: 5 of 5 B-17s drop leaflets in France and the Netherlands during the night.
16 B-24s participate in CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

July 24  St. Lo, France.  Medium flak.  Supporting troops, didn’t drop bombs.  B-24 blew up by our flak.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 492: Heavy bombers are scheduled to participate in a US First Army offensive (Operation COBRA) to penetrate the German defenses W of Saint-Lo and secure Coutances; 1,586 bombers and 671 fighters are dispatched but bad weather causes the ground forces to delay the attack until next day, and cloud conditions cause 1,102 bombers to abort. Targets hit are: 
1. Of 909 B-17s, 343 hit the Periers/St Lo area and 35 hit the Granville railroad junction; 1 B-17 is lost and 70 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 1 WIA and 1 MIA.
2. 109 of 677 B-24s bomb targets of opportunity including road intersections and rail lines; 2 B-24s are lost and 74 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 1 WIA and 20 MIA.
Escort for the bombers is provided by 478 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 1-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 1-0-1 on the ground; 3 P-38s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 1 P-47 is damaged. 
143 of 169 P-51s fly a sweep over Lechfeld and Leipheim Airfields in Germany; they claim 3-0-0 aircraft in the air and 12-0-16 on the ground; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA), 1 damaged beyond repair and 6 damaged.
Mission 493: 7 of 7 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.
   ?? B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

July 25  St. Lo, France.  Medium flak.  Support of troops.  Good results.  Lost Townsend.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 494: 1,581 bombers and 500 fighters are dispatched to support a US First Army assault (Operation COBRA) with saturation bombing in the VII Corps area in the Marigny-Saint-Gilles region, just W of Saint-Lo; 5 bombers and 2 fighters are lost; 843 of 917 B-17s and 647 of 664 B-24s hit the Periers/St Lo area and 13 B-17s hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-17 and 4 B-24s are lost, 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 41 B-17s and 132 B-24s are damaged; 9 airmen are WIA and 46 MIA. Escort is provided by 483 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s and also provide escort for Ninth Air Force B-26s; they claim 12-1-3 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 2-0-0 on the ground; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 5 damaged. Due to a personnel error, bombs from 35 bombers fall within US lines; 102 US troops, including Lieutenant General Lesley J McNair, are killed and 380 wounded. 
Mission 495: Late in the afternoon 106 B-24s are dispatched to bomb the Brussels/Melsbroek Airfield, Belgium but they are recalled because of heavy cloud formations. Escort for this mission is provided by 26 P-38s and 110 P-51s.
1 P-38 and 78 P-47s fly a fighter-bomber mission against the Fournival/Bois de Mont fuel dump; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft; 1 P-38 and 4 P-47s are damaged.
17 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

July 28  My birthday.  Meresburg, Ger.  Flak very rough.  Lost 3 ships.  Oil refinery.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 501: 1,057 bombers and 753 fighters are dispatched to bomb targets in Belgium, France and Germany; 7 bombers and 2 fighters are lost:
1. 291 B-24s in 2 forces are dispatched to hit signal depots, fuel dumps and V-weapon supply sites and a bridge in Belgium and France but the forces are recalled because of cloud cover over the targets; the first force of 180 B-24s is dispatched to NW France V-weapon sites, fuel dumps and a railroad bridge; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 8 are damaged; 10 airmen are KIA; escort is provided by 235 P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-47 and 2 P-51s are damaged (pilots are MIA). The second force of 111 B-24s is dispatched to hit Brussels and Vilvorde fuel and supply depots; 8 B-24s are damaged; escort is provided by 40 of 53 P-51s.
2. 766 B-17s are dispatched to bomb the synthetic oil plant at Merseburg, Germany; 652 hit the primary while 36 hit Leipzig/Taucha oil refinery, 18 hit the Wiesbaden marshaling yards and 8 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 1-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17s are lost and 217 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 7 WIA and 67 MIA. Escort is provided by 386 P-38s and P-51s; they claim 4-1-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-51s are lost and 3 are damaged; 3 pilots are MIA.
Mission 502: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

July 29  Meresburg, Ger.  Flak worst yet.  Lost 9 ships.  Lost E. C. Jones and Bob Ries.  Lots of fighters hit after flak had broken up the formation.  An awful mission.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 503: 1,228 bombers and 755 fighters are dispatched to hit oil targets in Germany and airfields in
France; 17 bombers and 7 fighters are lost:
1. Of 657 B-17s, 569 hit the Merseburg/Leuna synthetic oil plant, 13 hit Gottingen, 11 hit Hildesheim marshaling yard, and 10 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 15-8-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 15 B-17s are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 349 are damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 17 WIA and 138 MIA. Escort is provided by 429 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s; they claim 21-2-3 Luftwaffe aircraft (including a jet aircraft) in the air and 3-0-2 on the ground; 7 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 1 P-47 and 6 P-51s are damaged.
2. Of 473 B-24s, 442 hit Bremen/Oslebshausen oil refinery, 2 hit targets of opportunity and 1 hit Cuxhaven; 2 B-24s are lost and 96 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 2 WIA and 15 MIA. Escort is provided by 106 of 109 P-51s.
3. Of 98 B-24s, 38 hit Juvincourt Airfield and 26 hit Laon/Couvron Airfield in France; 2 B-24s are damaged beyond repair; 5 airmen are KIA and 7 WIA. Escort is provided by 142 of 150 P-51s.
Mission 504: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.
44 B-24s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions; 12 abort.

July 31  Munich. Ger.  Very heavy flak.  Cloudy but hit target.  Engine plant.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 507: 1,295 bombers and 701 fighters are dispatched to hit targets in Germany and airfields in
France; 16 bombers and 3 fighters are lost:
1. Of 705 B-17s, 567 bomb Munich, 43 hit Schleissheim Airfield, 36 hit aircraft engine plants at Munich-Allach and 4 hit targets of opportunity; 10 B-17s are lost and 331 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 6 WIA and 82 MIA. Escort is provided by 439 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 0-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft in the
air and 18-0-12 on the ground; 1 P-47 and 2 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA) and 5 P-47s and 3 P-51s are damaged.
2. 447 of 486 B-24s bomb the chemical works and city at Ludwigshafen, and SW part of the city of Mannheim; 6 B-24s are lost and 186 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 7 WIA and 62 MIA. Escort is provided by 135 P-38s; 1 is damaged.
3. Of 104 B-24s, 47 hit Laon/Athies Airfield, 36 hit Creil Airfield and 1 hits Poix Airfield; 4 B-24s are damaged. Escort is provided by 38 P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is damaged beyond repair (pilot is KIA) and 2 damaged.
13 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions.

Aug. 2  Bridge in France.  Light flak.  Good results.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Two missions are flown today.
Mission 510: 319 bombers and 158 fighters are dispatched to attack oil and supply dumps and bridges in the Paris area (number in parenthesis indicates number of bombers attacking); 2 bombers and 2 fighters are lost:
1. Targets for 156 B-17s are Paris/Gennevilliers (51), Paris/Dugny (38),  Mery-sur-Oise (37), Bernay marshaling yard (12), Courtalain rail junction (7) and targets of opportunity (4); 2 B-17s are lost and 47 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 2 WIA and 18 MIA. 
2. Targets for 163 B-24s are bridges at Neuvy-sur-Loire (36), Nogent-sur- Seine (31), Mantereau (28); 26 hit Sens oil depot; airfields at St Dizier (12) and Creton (3); and Pacy-sur-Armancon (10); 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 23 damaged; 2 airmen are WIA.
The two forces above are escorted by 132 of 158 P-51s; 2 P-51s are lost and
1 damaged; 1 pilot is KIA and 2 MIA.
Mission 511: 517 bombers and 249 fighters are dispatched to attack CROSSBOW (V-weapon) sites and bridges in France; 3 bombers and 5 fighters are lost:
1. Of 195 B-17s, 77 hit V-weapon sites, and rail bridges at Jussy (31),  Aulnoye (21), Beautor (21) and Crocal de St Quentin (11); 3 B-17s are lost and 45 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 1 WIA and 28 MIA.
2. Of 322 B-24s, 182 hit V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais area, 22 hit Thennes Bridge, 12 hit Peronne Rail Bridge, 11 hit Achiet Airfield and 8 hit targets of opportunity; 5 B-24s are damaged beyond repair and 78 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA.
Escort for the 2 forces above is provided by 236 of 249 P-51s; 5 are lost and 1 is damaged beyond repair; 5 pilots are MIA.
49 P-38s, 183 P-47s and 51 P-51s fly fighter-bomber missions against rail and road transport in the Paris-Amiens-Brussels-St Quentin area; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost, 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair and 6 P-47s and 2 P-51s are damaged; 2 pilots are MIA.
42 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

Aug 3  Another bridge.  Light flak.  Good results.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Two missions are flown.
Mission 512: 672 bombers and 352 fighters are dispatched to hit rail and other targets in the French/German border area and oil dumps and bridges SE of Paris; 6 bombers and 6 fighters are lost:
1. Of 345 B-17s, 106 hit the Merkwille Oil Refinery, 68 hit Strasbourg marshaling yard, 62 hit Saarbrucken marshaling yard, 54 hit Mulhouse marshaling yard, 16 hit Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield, 11 hit a railroad near Saarbrucken and 6 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 4-1-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 98 damaged; 9 airmen are KIA, 9 WIA and 54 MIA. Escort is provided by 175 of 200 P-51s; they claim 6-0-0 aircraft in the air and 5-0-1 on the ground; 6 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA).
2. Of 155 B-17s, 38 hit Troyes Bridge and 36 hit Joigny/La Roche Bridge; 11 B-17s are damaged. Escort is provided by 96 of 103 P-51s.
3. Of 172 B-24s, 27 hit Conches Airfield, 12 hit Melun marshaling yard, 11 hit Etampes Mondesir Airfield and 3 hit targets of opportunity; 51 B-24s are damaged. Escort is provided by 47 P-47s.
Mission 513: 482 bombers and 178 fighters are dispatched to oil installations and dumps in the Brussels, Paris and Lille areas and CROSSBOW (V-weapon) sites in the Pas de Calais; 2 bombers are lost:
1. 112 of 126 B-17s and 117 of 121 B-24s hit V-weapon sites in the Pas de Calais; 1 B-24 is lost; 6 B-17s and 20 B-24s are damaged. Escort is provided by 43 of 46 P-51s.
2. Of 76 B-24s, 62 hit Brussels/Vivorde, 10 hit Ghent/Terneuzen and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 49 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA. Escort is provided by 33 of 36 P-47s.
3. Of 159 B-24s, 49 hit Harnes, 28 hit Courchelettes, 22 hit Pas de Calais V-weapons sites, 10 hit Lille/Marquette, 10 hit Lille/Sequedin and 8 hit Ghent marshaling yard; 1 B-24 is lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 38 damaged; 4 airmen are KIA, 4 WIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 90 of 96 P-51s.
133 P-38s and P-47s fly fighter-bomber missions against rail traffic in the Metz-Strasbourg-Saarbrucken area; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft in the air and 1-0-0 on the ground; 1 P-47 is lost

Aug. 7  Bridge job.  Very little flak.  Good bombing.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 4 missions are flown:
Mission 527: 905 bombers and 471 fighters are dispatched to hit fuel dumps and bridges in France but heavy cloud cover forces many aircraft to return with bombs and other formations to be recalled; 1 bomber and 5 fighters are lost; targets hit (number in parenthesis indicates bombers bombing) are:
1. Of 112 B-17s, 71 hit Montbartier and 34 hit St Loubes; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 26 are damaged; 2 airmen are WIA. Escort is provided by 123 of 139 P-51s; they claim 1-0-3 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 0-0-1 on the ground.
2. The primary targets of 224 B-17s are Nanteuil Bridge (36), Sens (26), St Florentin (25), Dueny (24), Bourron Marlotte (23) and Paris-St Quen (12); other targets hit are Chartres Airfield (23), Maintenon Bridge (23), Houden marshaling yard (14), Chateaudun Airfield (11) and Rouglaf (1); 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 80 damaged. Escort is provided by 96 of 97 P-51s.
3. 1 of 182 B-17s hits Montdidier Airfield; 35 B-17s are damaged; 1 airman is WIA. Escort is provided by 90 P-38s and P-51s.
4. Of 51 B-24s, 10 hit Andenne Bridge, 8 hit Semuse and 8 hit targets of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost and 19 damaged; 11 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 34 of 35 P-47s.
5. The primary targets of 333 B-24s are Doullens Bridge (37), Saleux (24), Recques-sur-Course (23), Frevent Bridge (15), Rieme/Ertveld (11) and Langerbrugge (9); 12 also hit a factory near Wendelghem and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 45 damaged; 8 airmen are
KIA and 1 WIA. Escort is provided by 94 of 100 P-51s.
Mission 528: 1 of 3 B-17s flies a Mico H test mission (Micro H was a radar system which combined the Gee-H and H2X radar functionality for use by pathfinders).
Mission 529: 271 P-47s and P-51s fly fighter-bomber missions to marshaling yards and railroads N and E of Paris; they claim 4-0-1 aircraft on the ground; 3 P-47s and 2 P-51s are lost and 11 P-47s damaged; 5 pilots are MIA. And, 5 of 5 B-17s fly a leaflet mission over France during the night.
In the USSR, a shuttle mission is flown in accordance with a Soviet request; 55 B-17s and 29 P-51s attack an oil refinery at Trzebina, Poland without loss; the aircraft return to Operation FRANTIC bases in the USSR.

Aug. 8  St. Sylvaine, France.  Very accurate flak.  Supporting troops.  Lost 3 ships.  Major Zeller crash landed in France but got back.  
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Shuttle missions continue as 78 B-17s with 55 P-51s escort, leave bases in the USSR to hit airfields in Rumania; 38 hit Bizau and 35 hit Zlistea; no Luftwaffe fighters are encountered during the mission and the force flies to Italy.
Mission 530: 414 B-24s and 265 fighters are dispatched to attack airfields and V-weapon sites in France; 115 hit V-weapons sites in the Pas de Calais; 91 hit Clastres Airfield, 53 hit Romilly air depot, 50 hit La Perthe Airfield, 12 hit Laon/Athies Airfield, 14 hit railroad bridges, 13 hit targets of opportunity and 11 hit Bretigny Airfield; 1 B-24 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 139 are damaged; 11 airmen are KIA, 9 WIA and 9 MIA. Escort is provided by 265 P-47s and P-51s; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA).
Mission 531: 681 B-17s and 100 P-51s are dispatched to bomb enemy troop concentrations and strongpoints S of Caen; 25 Canadian soldiers are killed and 131 wounded by short bombing; 231 hit Cauvincourt, 99 hit Bretteville-sur- Laise strongpoint, 99 hit St Sylvain strong point, 67 hit targets of
opportunity and 1 hits Gouvix strongpoint; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17s are lost, 4 damaged beyond repair and 294 damaged; 8 airmen are KIA, 15 WIA and 35 MIA. Escort is provided by 91 of 100 P-51s; they claim 4-1-6 aircraft; 3 P-51s are lost (pilots are MIA).   41 of 50 P-51s escort RAF Coastal Command Beaufighters on a convoy strike in Norway; 3 P-51s are lost and 3 damaged; 1 pilot is WIA and 3 MIA.   175 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s fly a fighter-bomber mission against the railroad N and W of Dijon; 2 P-47s and 2 P-51s are lost; 1 P-38, 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost; 5 airmen are MIA.
Mission 532: 5 of 5 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

Aug. 11  Paris, France.  Very accurate flak.  Lost “Royal  Flush” on her 75th mission.  Hit airfield.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Three missions are flown today (numbers in parenthesis indicate number of bombers attacking the target).
Mission 541: 660 bombers and 300+ fighters are dispatched to attack 13 marshaling yards, fuel dumps, airfields, and targets of opportunity, in NE France and the Paris area; 4 bombers are lost:
1. 157 B-17s are dispatched to attack Belfort (76) and Mulhouse (76) marshaling yards and 1 B-17 hit a target of opportunity; 16 B-17s are damaged.
2. Of 141 B-24s, 47 hit Coulommiers Airfield, 36 hit Pacy-sur-Armancon and 34 hit St Florentin; 5 B-24s are damaged.
3. 76 of 77 B-17s hit Villacoublay aircraft depot; 1 B-17 is lost and 17 damaged; 1 airman is WIA and 9 MIA.
4. 45 of 65 B-24s dispatched hit Toussus le Noble Airfield; 9 others hit Orleans/Saran Airfield; 1 B-24 is damaged.
5. Of 220 B-24s, 66 hit Strasbourg fuel dump; marshaling yards at Strasbourg (65) and Saarbrucken (60); Nivelles Airfield (10) and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 3 B-24s are lost and 112 damaged; 7 airman are KIA, 7 WIA and 19 MIA.
Mission 542: 275 of 294 B-17s attack 23 arsenal areas, barracks, concrete emplacements and heavy artillery posts in and around Brest, France; 1 B-17 is lost and 37 damaged.
Mission 541 and 542 are escorted by 356 P-38s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost and 1 damaged beyond repair; 1 pilot is WIA and 1 MIA.
Mission 543: 1 of 2 B-17s flies a Micro H test against La Chenaie rail bridge. Escort is provided by 7 of 8 P-47s.
Mission 544: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in Franc during the night. 165 of 180 P-47s fly a fighter sweep of the Paris area; they claim 3-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air and 2-0-0 on the ground.
28 of 31 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions in France.

Aug. 13  Dreux, France.  Heavy inaccurate flak.  Support of troops.  Saw 7 planes blow up.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 4 missions are flown:
  Mission 548: 1,264 bombers and 131 fighters are dispatched to make visual attacks in support of ground forces on coastal batteries and transportation choke points between Le Havre and Paris; 12 bombers are lost:
1. Of 798 B-17s, 634 hit battle area targets, 69 hit Le Manoir Bridge and 54 hit targets of opportunity; 7 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 484 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 8 WIA and 63 MIA.
2. Of 466 B-24s, 347 hit battle area targets, 69 hit Ile de Cezembre and 34 hit St Malo; 5 B-24s are lost; 1 airman is KIA, 4 WIA and 50 MIA.
The 2 forces above are escorted by 131 of 136 P-51s.
Mission 549: 1 APHRODITE B-17 with 2,000-pounds (907 kgs) of bombs is launched against Le Havre; B-17, P-38 and Mosquito support aircraft assist; the target is missed and the Mosquito is destroyed by the exploding bombs.
Mission 550: 2 of 4 B-17s fly a Micro H test mission to La Chenaie rail junction.
Mission 551: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France, the Netherlands and Belgium during the night.
36 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.
844 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s fly fighter-bomber missions against transportation targets in the Seine River area; they claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground; 4 P-47s and 9 P-51s are lost, 4 P-47s are damaged beyond repair and 1 P-47 is damaged; 1 pilot is KIA, 1 WIA and 13 MIA.

Aug. 14  Ludwigshaven, Ger.  Very heavy flak.  Very good results.  Oil refinery.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 
Mission 552: 1,183 bombers and 429 fighters are dispatched to attack 9 airfields, 2 aero engine factories, 1 oil plant, 2 bridges, 2 rail junctions and other secondary and targets of opportunity in SW Germany, E France, and the Bordeaux, France region; 2 bombers and 1 fighter are lost (numbers in parenthesis indicate number of bombers attacking the target):
1. Of 376 B-24s dispatched to France, the following airfields are hit: Lyon/Bron (108), Dijon/Longvi (83) and Dole/Evaux (70); bridges hit are at Anizy (46) and Fismes (34); and 12 B-24s hit Liart rail junction and 1 hits a target of opportunity; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 32 are damaged; 2 airmen are WIA. Escort is provided by 92 P-47s and P-51s without loss.
2. 77 B-24s are dispatched to hit French rail junctions at Saintes (38) and Angouleme (38) without loss. Escort is provided by 40 of 42 P-51s without loss.
3. 349 B-17s dispatched to Germany hit Ludwigshafen (144), Mannheim (110) and Mannheim/Sandhofen Airfield (72); 4 others hit targets of opportunity; 2 B-17s are lost and 232 damaged; 8 airmen are WIA and 18 MIA. Escort is provided by 88 of 99 P-51s without loss.
4. 381 B-17s dispatched to Germany hit airfields at Hagenau (92), Metz/ Frascaty (72), Florennes (24) and Chievres (9); and Stuttgart/Echterdingen (72), Kaisereslautern (46), Sindelfingen (12), Trier (10) and targets of opportunity (16); 20 B-17s are damaged. Escort is provided by 168 of 193 P-51s; they claim 10-0-11 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot is MIA).
Mission 553: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft. 37 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions in France; 1 B-24 is lost.
136 P-38s and P-47s fly fighter-bomber missions in the Paris area; they claim 3-0-0 aircraft; 1 P-38 and 2 P-47s are lost, 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 2 P-47s are damaged; 2 pilots are MIA.
The 36th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), VIII Air Force Composite Command, moves from Harrington to Cheddington, England with B-24s; the squadron will convert from CARPETBAGGER to ECM missions over Europe.

Aug. 27  Berlin, Ger.  Light flak.  Didn’t reach target due to weather.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Two major missions are flown
against Berlin and strategic targets in N and C Germany; 3 bombers and 10
fighters are lost:
Mission 583: 426 B-17s are dispatched but encounter very high clouds over Denmark and N Germany and are recalled; 5 hit Ausum Airfield, 4 hit targets of opportunity and 1 hits Flensburg marshaling yard; 2 B-17s are lost and 16 damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 180 of 194 P-51s; 3 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 2 damaged; 1 pilot is KIA and 3 MIA.
Mission 584: 777 bombers and 351 fighters are dispatched:
1. Of 371 B-17s dispatched, targets hit are Esbjerg Airfield (60), Emden marshaling yards and docks (37), Wilhelmshaven (34), Heligoland Island (11), Island of Fano (1) and Island of Sylt (1); 1 B-17 is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 54 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 5 WIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 156 of 167 P-51s; they claim 1-0-0 aircraft in the air and 1-0-0 on the ground; 7 P-51s are lost and 1 damaged; 7 pilots are MIA.
2. 34 of 406 B-24s hit Heligoland Island; 3 B-24s are damaged. Escort is provided by 169 P-38s and P-51s; 7 P-51s are damaged.
316 of 326 P-47s fly fighter-bomber missions against transport in E France; they claim 14-0-4 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-47 is lost (pilot is MIA).
Mission 585: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France and the Netherlands during the night.

Sept. 1  Mainz, Ger.  No flak.  Didn’t reach target due to weather.  Support of troops.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 3 missions are flown.
1. Mission 595: 679 B-17s and 294 B-24s are dispatched to hit Ludwigshafen, Haguenan, Gustavsburg, Mainz and Hallach, Germany and Foret de Haguenan, France; high clouds are encountered over France and the mission is recalled; 1 B-17 bombs Hallach; 2 B-17s and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 5 B-17s are damaged; 30 airmen are KIA and 2 WIA. Escort is provided by 508 P-38s and P-51s; 3 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; 2 pilots are MIA.
2. Mission 597: 12 of 12 Azon-equipped B-24s hit the Ravenstein rail bridge, the Netherlands without loss. Escort is provided by 15 of 15 P-51s.
3. Mission 599: 3 of 3 B-17s fly a Micro H mission to attack a fuel dump in the Bois del la Haussiere, Belgium without loss. Escort is provided by 2 of 2 P-51s.
VIII Fighter Command fighter-bomber missions:
1. 265 of 273 P-47s attack railroads in N and NE France; they claim 5-0-2 aircraft on the ground; 3 P-47s are lost (pilots are MIA), 1 damaged beyond repair and 28 damaged.
2.  33 of 33 attack targets in the Brussels, Belgium area without loss.
3.  31 of 44 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

Sept. 3  Brest, France.  Not much flak.  Feathered our first engine.  Support of troops.  Good results. 
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 2 missions are flown.
1. Mission 601: 393 of 404 B-17s make a visual attack on 16 gun batteries and defensive installations in the Brest, France area; 2 B-17s are lost and 13 damaged; 16 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 15 of 16 P-51s without loss. Bad weather cancels fighter-bomber mission by 50 P-38s against
strongpoints in the Brest area.
2. 345 B-17s are dispatched to bomb the Ludwigshafen/Opau synthetic oil plant in Germany (325); 1 hits a target of opportunity and 5 drop leaflets; 1 B-17 is lost and 103 damaged; 9 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 233 of 254 P-51s; they claim 7-0-1 aircraft; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA) and 2
damaged.
125 of 127 P-47s strafe transportation targets in the Tilburg, the Netherlands, Namur, Belgium and Cologne, Germany areas; they claim 0-0-1 aircraft on the ground; 1 P-47 is lost (pilot MIA), 1 damaged beyond repair and 18 damaged; 1 pilot is WIA.  
40 B-24s and 4 C-47s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

Sept. 5  Stuttgart, Ger.  Accurate flak.   Good bombing.  Engine plant.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 3 missions are flown:
Mission 605: 739 bombers and 315 fighters are dispatched to SE Germany; 6 bombers are lost; during the missions, a P-51 shoots down a Swiss Bf 109 near Dubendorf.
1. 203 of 218 B-17s attack a Stuttgart aero engine plant and targets of opportunity (4); 2 B-17s are lost and 109 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 5 WIA and 18 MIA. Escort is provided by 147 of 160 P-51s; they claim 19-0-0 aircraft in the air and 14-0-27 on the ground; 2 P-51s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair
and 4 damaged; 2 pilots are MIA.
2. 277 of 303 B-17s hit a Ludwigshafen synthetic oil plant and target of opportunity (1); 2 B-17s are lost and 163 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 11 WIA and 18 MIA. Escort is provided by 155 P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA) and 2 damaged.
3. 183 of 218 B-24s hit Karlsruhe marshaling yard and targets of opportunity (2); 2 B-24s are lost, 4 damaged beyond repair and 78 damaged; 22 airmen are MIA.
Mission 606: 143 of 143 B-17s make a visual attack on enemy positions in the Brest, France area; 2 B-17s are lost and 1 damaged; 18 airmen are MIA. Escort is provided by 21 of 22 P-51s without loss.
Mission 608: 7 of 8 B-17s drop leaflets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany during the night.
46 B-24s and 2 C-47s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night; 1 B-24 is lost.
VIII Fighter Command fighter-bomber missions:
1. 48 P-38s and 167 P-47s attack transportation targets in W Germany and claim 0-0-2 aircraft in the air and 62-0-30 on the ground; 4 P-47s are lost (pilots MIA), 2 damaged beyond repair and 10 damaged.
2. 67 P-38s and P-47s attack 3 airfields in the Hanau/Giessen, Germany area and claim 2-0-0 aircraft in the air and 66-0-28 on the ground; 1 P-38 and 3 P-47s are lost (pilots are MIA), 1 P-47 damaged beyond repair and 1 P-38 and 3 P-47s damaged.

Sept.  10  Nuremberg, Ger.  Heavy but not too accurate flak.  Oil refinery.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 4 missions are flown.
Mission 619: 1,144 bombers and 570 fighters are dispatched to targets in the Stuttgart, Germany area; 7 bombers are lost mostly to flak and 5 fighters are lost:
1. 388 B-24s are dispatched and hit secondary targets, the marshaling yards at Ulm (247) and Heilbronn (100); 2 others bomb targets of opportunity; 1 B-24 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 65 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 2 WIA and 10 MIA. Escort is provided by 153 P-38s and P-51s; 2 P-51s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 1 P-38 and 3 P-51s damaged; 1 pilot is KIA and 2 MIA.
2. 385 B-17s are dispatched to hit a tank factory at Nurnberg (173), Giebelstadt Airfield (112) and an aircraft components plant at Furth (60); 8 others hit targets of opportunity; 3 B-17s are lost and 147 damaged; 7 airmen are WIA and 28 MIA. Escort is provided by 221 P-47s and P-51s; they claim
1-0-0 aircraft in the air and 38-0-44 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost and 2 damaged; 3 pilots are MIA.
3. 372 B-17s are dispatched to attack a motor vehicle factory at Gaggenau (140), a jet-propulsion units plant at Zuffenhausen (116) and an engine factory at Sindelfingen (73); 19 others hit targets of opportunity; 3 B-17s are lost, 5 damaged beyond repair and 169 damaged; 9 airmen are WIA and 27 MIA. Escort is provided by 135 of 153 P-51s; they claim 1-1-0 aircraft in the air and 29-0-1 on the ground without loss.
Mission 620: 1 B-17 flies a mission to trial the GB-4 radio/visual control bomb against Duren, Germany
Mission 621: 3 of 3 B-17s fly a radar and photo reconnaissance mission over Germany; leaflets are also dropped.
6 of 7 B-17s drop leaflets on France, the Netherlands and Germany during the night.
121 of 135 P-47s strafe airfields and ground and rail traffic in a sweep  over the Cologne, Frankfurt/Main, and Kassel areas; they claim 10-0-21 aircraft on the ground; 8 P-47s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 4 damaged; 8 pilots are MIA.
35 B-24s and C-47s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

Sept.  11  Ruhland, Ger.  Light flak.  Hit by fighters.  Lost entire low group of 13 planes.  Tail gunner got 1 ME-109.  At least 80 fighters hit our wing.  Group got 11.  Pretty rough.  Hit oil refinery.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Two missions are flown.
Mission 623: 1,131 bombers and 440 fighters are dispatched to hit synthetic oil plants and refineries in Germany; AAF encounters an estimated 525 Luftwaffe fighters; 40 bombers and 17 fighters are lost; AAF claim 115-7-23 aircraft in the air and 42-0-43 on the ground:
1. 384 B-17s are dispatched to hit oil refineries at Bohlen (75), Chemnitz (75), Brux (39) and Ruhland (22); the Chemnitz force is an Operation FRANTIC force that along with 64 P-51s, continues on and lands in the USSR; targets of opportunity are a tire plant at Fulda (66), a marshaling yard at Fulda (40) and 16 others; they claim 12-16-1 aircraft; 16 B-17s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 94 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 4 WIA and 153 MIA. Escort is provided by 252 of 275 P-51s; they claim 57-2-12 aircraft in the air and 26-0-25 on the ground; 4 P-51s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 5
damaged; 4 pilots are MIA.
2. 351 B-17s are dispatched to hit oil refineries at Merseburg (111) and Lutzkendorf (96); targets of opportunity hit are Eisennach (71), Labejum (12), Rossla (6) and 25 others; they claim 1-1-2 aircraft; 13 B-17s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 106 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 21 WIA and 120 MIA. Escort is provided by 247 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 13-0-1 aircraft in the air and 4-0-2 on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 2 P-47s and 4 P-51s damaged; 3 pilots are MIA.
3. 396 B-24s are dispatched to hit an engine factory at Hanover (88), oil refineries at Misburg (87) and Magdeburg (33) and an ordinance depot at Magdeburg (27); targets of opportunity hit are Magdeburg (70), Stendal (45), Diepholz (9) and 3 others; they claim 4-8-1 aircraft; 10 B-24s are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 179 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 13 WIA and 102 MIA. Escort is provided by 164 P-38s and P-51s; they claim 45-5-10 aircraft in the air and 12-0-16 on the ground; 10 P-51s are lost, 4 damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged; 14 pilots are MIA.
Mission 625: 6 of 6 B-17s drop leaflets on France and Germany during the night.
38 B-24s fly CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

Sept. 12  Leipzig, Ger.  Inaccurate flak.  Hit secondary tgt.  At Fulda.  Tire plant. Last One.
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): Two missions are flown.
Mission 626: For the second day, 888 bombers and 662 fighters are dispatched on a major assault on the German oil industry; they are intercepted by 400-450 Luftwaffe fighters; AAF claims 81-16-20 aircraft in the air; 35 bombers and 12 fighters are lost:
1. 299 B-17s are dispatched to hit oil refineries at Brux (79) and Ruhland (59); targets of opportunity are Lauta (48), Plauen (30), Etterwinden (12), Karlsbad (11), Kitzingen (11) and others (21); PFF methods are used for all targets; they claim 14-9-7 aircraft; 19 B-17s are lost, 4 damaged beyond repair and 94 damaged; 6 airmen are KIA, 11 WIA and 171 MIA. Escort is provided by 238 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 29-2-4 aircraft in the air and 21-0-16 on the ground; 10 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA) and 2 damaged beyond repair.
2. 348 B-17s are dispatched to hit Magdeburg/Rothensee (144), Magdeburg/ Friedrichstadt (73) and Bohlen (35); targets of opportunity are Fulda (46), Molbis (11) and other (8); they bomb visually; they claim 13-5-5 aircraft; 12 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 161 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 9 WIA and 109 MIA. Escort is provided by 236 P-47s and P-51s; they claim 25-0-4 aircraft in the air and 5-0-15 on the ground; 2 P-51s are lost (pilots MIA).
3. 241 B-24s are dispatched to hit Hemmingstedt (66), Kiel (58) and Misburg (34); targets of opportunity are Laharte (38), marshaling yard at Northeim (12), Hanover (11), Hemmingstedt (3) and other (3); PFF was used for bombing; 4 B-24s are lost and 49 damaged; 3 airmen are KIA, 1 WIA and 37 MIA.
Escort is provided by 105 P-38s, P-47s and P-51s without loss.
Mission 627: 7 of 7 B-17s drop leaflet in France, the Netherlands and Germany during the night.
36 B-24s and C-47s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions during the night.

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PHOTOS:

 Don Rohlfs of the Murray Johnson crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Don Rohlfs of the Murray Johnson crew. ( Detailed Information 100th Photo Archives) 

Donald Rohlfs, CP on the Murray Johnson crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Don and Dorothy Rohlfs Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Don Rohlfs and Bob Russell of the Murray Johnson crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Murray D. Johnson crew on the "SILVER DOLLAR" with 110 holes. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Plaque in memory of Donald Rohlfs Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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