Stettin
Tuesday, 11 April 1944
Field Order 323


primary Soreau a/c plant
target bombed Stettin industrial area

28 airborne
23 attacked Stettin
1 bombed t/o at 5330N-1450E six minutes later
4 lost to enemy action before target
8 lost to flak, enemy aircraft
0 aborts

1255 time of attack
14,800 feet altitude
11 hours in length

Bombs Dropped
195 100-lb. general purpose
160 100-lb. incendiaries
10 500-lb. general purpose bombs seven minutes after the attack

17 a/c minor damage
2 a/c major damager

10-3-1 are claims


Narrative Report

  1. 50 bundles of USG34 were carried by a/c 1248, which was reported lost before the target.

  2. Bombing accomplished visually. Strike photos reveal concentrated pattern of bomb bursts pinpointed at target GR3591, area covered by .003071/8, 007069/8, 008072/8 and 004073/8. Bomb bursts of other groups were observed east of the above-mentioned area extending as the river. Other bursts were observed on targets of A and B/8. Heavy smoke billowed up above target area to 8,000-10,000 feet. Observation was made from distance of 30 miles, altitude 15,000 feet.

  3. From 50 to 200 enemy aircraft were seen. These were predominantly single-engine types and only about ten twin-engine aircraft were encountered. Areas were as follows: Area A attacked by single-engine aircraft from 1055 hours, position 5228-1000 until 1125 hours, position 5216-1223. Attacks in area were in four phases. The first attack phase consisted of a savage eleven o'clock level attack, consisting of about 30 FW 190s and...attacking in four to six and swept right through low squadron of high group and knocked out two of our Fortresses while scattering the other five. After three more pack attacks, the succeeding attacks concentrated on stragglers and trailing formations. Only 20 mm fire was observed. The subsequent attacks by this swarm, three in number, were made. The sun was at one o'clock. Attacks would develop from one o'clock from this loose swarm and would begin at eleven o'clock. As the fighters closed they described an arc and attack would be pressed home on the flank at nine o'clock and would finally terminate at six o'clock. Then the fighters would swing around in a counter clockwise formation to initiate another cycle's attacks, which would begin at one o'clock from 1500 to 2000 yards out of our formation. A cycle took about seven minutes. The area of the attacks by single engine enemy aircraft 1143 hours, position 5142-1337 until 1148 hours, position 5134-1536. Mostly Me 109s painted to resemble P-51s. Most attacks were mere passes to about 600 yards... Most feints were made from eleven o'clock to one o'clock level, e/a peeling off to under formation as closure became to [sic] near. Area C attacks by twin-engine e/a. One rocket attack reported at twelve o'clock, position 5133-1442, and mostly from six o'clock. Ju 88s and Me 210s were identified at 1112 hours and in area A a tail gunner reports that crew members parachuting from a/c were strafed by 109s. Attacks in general were encountered on the low squadrons and all but two of the claims were from these a/c. Other squadron comparatively unharmed by e/a. Tentative claims are 10 destroyed, 3 probably destroyed, 1 damaged.

  4. Flak encountered on this mission may be described on the whole as very accurate and of moderate intensity. Meagre, inaccurate gunfire was encountered at Ijmuiden on the coast going in, Dümmer Lake, Wittenburg and over Danish peninsula. The Brunswick and Hannover areas moderate to intense accurate gunfire encountered. Over the target of opportunity of Stettin moderate to intense and very accurate flak encountered. Few white bursts of flak were observed in Hannover area. Gunfire may be described as continuously pointed and predicted concentrated bursts.

  5. Weather on today's mission forced this group to attack a TO...Stettin from the Zuider Zee area to 13 East good visibility and 1/10 cloud encountered. From 13 E to just south of Stettin cloud cover increased 8/10-9/10 to prevent official bombing of primary and secondary targets. Over Stettin clouds were 3/10-4/10, but the town was located and bombed through a break in the cloud cover. The tops of these clouds were 12,000 feet, forcing the formation to 3,000 feet above the briefed altitude.

  6. Large, bright flares were seen to come up when friendly fighter support left our formation. We were immediately attacked by e/a. A balloon barrage was observed at Hannover. Large air drome observed at 5319-1353. Smoke screen and air drome seen at 5135-1344. Smoke screen observed at Braunschweig. Most of smoke generators are located on north side of town. Three naval vessels, probably destroyers, observed at 5433-0900 at 1400 hours. A balloon barrage seen at Tohren. 27 single-engine a/c observed on air drome at 5220-1206 and also five large hangars on south side of same air drome.

  7. The 92nd group led the 40th Wing and also had seven a/c fly as low squadron of the high group. All a/c except one bombed visually on the target of opportunity, which was the industrial area of Stettin. One a/c bombed six minutes late due to malfunction of bomb release. Both primary and secondary targets obscured by 8/10 cloud cover. Friendly fighter support was good, but in several areas insufficient to cope with the strong e/a opposition. A/c 649 from this group seen to go down in flames from the first e/a attack just west of Hannover. Four other 17s seen to go down in flames at approximately the same time, six chutes coming from one and five from another. Five other 17s seen to go down in flames at 1105 about twelve miles north of Brunswick. Three of these a/c are believed to be from this group, 044, which exploded; 248, which remained under control long enough for ten chutes to get out; and 587, which went down with left wing on fire. It is believed possibly ten chutes came from this a/c. 17 from 351st group with no apparent damage seen to turn away from formation and head for Sweden at 5430-0655 at 1334 hours. What appeared to be occupied dinghy was observed 14 miles NE of Great Yarmouth at 1718 hours. Eight of our a/c are missing.


Formation

The 92nd Bomb Group led the 40th Combat Wing and had seven a/c fly as low squadron of the high group.

Lost Aircraft
Damaged Aircraft

Lead Squadron
326th Squadron

978 Q
Makowski/McDonald
914 S
Wenger
141 A
Jones/Belongia
218 G
Koss
227 P
Burkhalter
362 R
Donaher
898 A
Rosenfeld


High Squadron
407th Squadron

828 Q
Lively
203 P
Campbell
012 J
Decker
687 M
Leavey
976 Y
Patrick
765 L
Dexter
054 R
Hanson


Low Squadron
327th Squadron

713 T
Ogburn
250 B
Robinson
145 K
Hill
101 O
Kincheloe
085 Q
Crooke
635 Y
McNamara
649 X
Harris


Low Squadron of High Composite Group
325th Squadron

263 O
Easley
587 G
Mikesell
548 D
Shufeldt
044 L
Weaver
240 P
Rasmussen
851 J
Burdge
248 B
Fortson


Composition of Force

  1. 40th CBW
  2. 1st CBW - fly abreast and guide right
  3. 94th A CBW
  4. 94th B CBW - fly abreast and guide right
  5. 41st A CBW
  6. 41st B CBW - fly abreast and guide right
    including 1 box from the 1st CBW


Group Bombardier's Report

Bombing accomplished visually on a target of opportunity with good results.
The bomb sight of the lead bombardier was synchronized with MP2 [sic], reference point 015054/8.

On the bomb run extremely accurate flak not only bounced the lead a/c around in the air viciously, but one fragment entered the AFCE set, destroying it and causing a shallow dive.
This left the lead bombardier trying to accomplish a manual run.
On this manual run a very close burst of gunfire tilted the a/c more than 20 degrees from position and tumbled the bombsight gyro, resulting in a loss of the horizon.


Claims

Sgt. Roland H. Paquette - 325 Sq - BT
pilot Shufeldt
Me 109
Hamburg area
corroborated by Samuel Penfield - LE
considered destroyed

2 Lt. William Groover - 325 Sq - B
pilot Burdge
FW 190
Brunswick
corroborated by Lt. George C. Trombetta - N
probable

2 Lt. William Groover - 325 Sq - B
pilot Burdge
Brunswick
corroborated by Lt. Geo. C. Trombetta - N and Samuel J. Williams - T
considered destroyed

S/Sgt. Armand A. Larivee - 325 Sq - E
pilot Burdge
FW 190
Brunswick
considered damaged

S/Sgt. Armand A. Larivee - 325 Sq - E
pilot Burdge
FW 190
Brunswick
corroborated by Samuel J. Williams - T
considered destroyed

Sgt. Walter P. Nicodemus - 326 Sq - E
pilot Rosenfeld
Me 109
corroborated by Sgt. Jones W. Cook - T
considered destroyed

S/ Paul Q. Tumblan - 327 Sq - TG
pilot Ogburn
FW 190
Near Brunswick
corroborated by S/Sgt. Jack Meyer - BTG and S/Sgt. E.W. Bill - LW
considered destroyed

T/Sgt. Norman P. Harvey - 327 Sq - E
pilot Kincheloe
Me 109
location 5228N-1150E
corroborated by S/Sgt. Harley A. Jacobs - T and S/Sgt. Walter E. Gillespie - R
considered destroyed

S/Sgt. James C. Hahn - 327 Sq - LW
pilot Robinson
FW 190
Brunswick
corroborated by S.M. Gosnell - E and E.C. Richmond - T
considered destroyed

S/ Lloyd E. Lyons - 327 Sq - E
pilot Hill
FW 190
corroborated by Edward C. Norton - LW
considered destroyed

T/Sgt. Samuel M. Gosnell - 327 Sq - E
pilot Robinson
FW 190
Brunswick
corroborated by G.D. Robinson - P - and James C. Hahn - LW
considered destroyed

T/ Glenn C. Ellis, Jr. - 326 Sq - E
pilot Wenger
Me 109
near Brunswick
corroborated by S/Sgt. Harry A. Brunson - T and Lt. R.R. Rahlff - B
considered destroyed

Sgt. Edwin F. Bergman 327 Sq - E
pilot McNamara
FW 190
location 5226N-0900E
corroborated by 2 Lt. George H. Ahrens - N
considered destroyed

Sgt. Jos. T. Topoloski - 327 Sq - B
pilot Kincheloe
FW 190
position 5233N-1035E
corroborated by 1 Lt. James B. Fagin - N, 1 Lt. William P. Kincheloe - P
probably destroyed

Cpl. Vernon R. Arras - 327 Sq - B
pilot Robinson
Me 109
Brunswick
corroborated by Rosenberger - N
probably destroyed


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