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303rd Bomb Group (H) History

January 27th    

January 27, 1943
303rd BG (H) Combat Mission No. 12
Target: Wilhelmshaven Naval Base, Germany
Crews Dispatched: 11
Length of Mission: 5 1/2 hours
Bomb Load: 4 x 1000 lbs H.E. Demolition bombs
Bombing Altitude: 23,000 ft
Ammo Fired: 14,142 rounds
Enemy Aircraft Claims: 1 Destroyed, 1 Damaged
This was the first 8th AF mission to bomb Germany. The 303rd BG(H)
formation was led by 360BS Capt Lewis E. Lyle (Pilot) and Colonel
Charles E. Marion (CoPilot)
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January 27, 1943
8th AF: VIII Bomber Command Mission 31: The 8th AF makes its first raid on Germany. The 1st and 2nd Bombardment Wings dispatch 64 B-17s and 27 B-24s against the primary target, the Wilhelmshaven, Germany Naval Base; 53 B-17s hit the target between 1110 and 1113 hours local dropping 137.5 tons of bombs; two other B-17s attack the submarine base at Emden at 1135 hours as a target of opportunity; the B-24s are unable to locate the target due to bad weather and a navigational error and return to base. Mission stats: we claim 22 enemy aircraft destroyed, 14 probably destroyed and 13 damaged; 1 B-17 and 2 B-24s are lost; 32 B-17s and 11 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 3 WIA and 30 MIA. Seven Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4th Fighter Group fly uneventful fighter patrols.

January 27, 1943
The USAAF makes its first raid on Germany with a force of B-17s and B-24s hitting Emden and Wilhelmshaven in daylight.

January 27, 1944
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS 8th AF: Mission 194: 5 of 5 B-17's drop 1.44 million leaflets on Paris, Rennes, Le Mans and Orleans, France without loss.

January 27, 1945
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS 8th AF: HQ 352nd Fighter Group and the 486th and 487th Fighter Squadrons move from Bodney, England to Chievres, Belgium with P-51s.

8th AF history extracted from Jack McKillop's USAAF Combat Chronology

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