The Alfred Teves aircraft plant was targeted, along with Frankfurt's
rail marshalling yards, but heavy overcast prevented the group from
dropping any bombs. 2 men suffered frostbite.
Foul weather again caused a recall of planes without the mission being
5: Mont de Marson, France
An advanced RTU base near the Pyrenees mountains was the intended
target, but dense cloud cover caused a change in plans. Instead, an
airfield at Bergerac and Landes de Bussac with good results.
The first large attack on the German capital by the 8th Air Force,
the Zehlendorf area of Berlin was set afire. Flak was so intense that
38 planes suffered damage. One plane, "Major Hoopo" (42-100288),
ditched in the English Channel after repeated attacks by enemy fighters,
killing 7 of the 10 crewmen on board. The plane broke in 2 on ditching,
and the men were able to get into a dinghy. While a P-47 circled overhead,
a rescue craft slowly made it's way to them and brought them home.
The VKF ball bearing works was hit and great damage was inflicted.
Intense flak took it's biggest toll so far, with 3 planes going down.
Among the three planes (41-29292, 42-100231, and "Shif Lus Skunk,
42-7595), a total of 26 crewmen died and 4 more taken prisoner. Photo
The planes could not bomb the intended target, an airframe factory,
so targets of opportunity were bombed instead with unknown results.
11: Noball target; Wizernes, France
The target was bombed through heavy clouds. Only one plane received
minor battle damage.
13: Noball target; Siracourt, France
Heavy cloud cover prevented the planes from locating the target and
all returned with their bomb loads.
The Dornier works was bombed through clouds and a smoke screen created
by boats on Lake Constance. Results were not considered good.
A return trip saw better results, but still not what was expected.
Flak was intense and accurate, causing one plane (42-7625) to land
in Switzerland. All crewmen were interned by Swiss authorities, though
one later escaped and returned to England. Photo
The mission was abandoned in enemy territory due to bad weather.
The crews made a return trip to Berlin with unknown results. "War
Goddess" (42-100306) was forced to land in Sweden after suffering
engine failure. It's crew was interned. Another plane, "Joker"
(41-29151) , crashed. 9 of it's crew were taken prisoner, and one
died in the crash. Photos
23: Handorf Airfield
Bombs were dropped on runways and hangars with fair results. S/Sgt
Mitchell Sok received credit for shooting down an ME 109.
24: Nancy Aiirfield, France
The airfield was bombed, but poor results were reported. Both the
lead and deputy lead planes were damaged before reaching the target
and had to turn back. The 446th had to drop with the 448th.
29: Noball target; Watten
Three PFF planes failed to bomb due to equipment or personal failure
and, as a result, the mission was recalled.