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303rd Bomb Group (H) History
October 4, 1942
8th AF: The 347th Fighter Squadron, 350th Fighter Group, moves from Bushey Hall to Snailwell, England with P-39s and P-400s.
October 4, 1943
303rd BG (H) Combat Mission No. 74
Target: Aircraft Components Mfg. & Assembly Plant, Frankfurt, Germany
Crews Dispatched: 21
Crews Lost: 1Lt V.J. Loughnan crew, 2 minor casualties
Length of Mission: 6 hours, 15 minutes
Bomb Load: 12 x 1,000 lb G.P. plus M47A1 Incendiary bombs
Bombing Altitude: 23,500 ft
Ammo Fired: 51,360 rounds
Enemy Aircraft Claims: 6 Destroyed, 3 Probables
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October 4, 1943
8th AF: VIII Bomber Command Mission 108: 4 targets in Germany and a diversion are flown. 12 B-17's and 4 B-24's are lost. 1. 104 B-17's are dispatched to the Wiesbaden industrial area; 15 aircraft hit Wiesbaden and 77 hit the industrial area at Frankfurt at 1059-1105 hours; they claim 19-3-15 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17's are lost and 45 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 8 WIA and 40 MIA. 2. 37 of 51 B-17's dispatched to Frankfurt hit the target at 1110-1111 hours; they claim 18-8-22 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17's are lost and 35 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 2 WIA and 30 MIA. 3. 115 B-17's are dispatched to the Saarlautern industrial area; 67 hit Saarlautern and 38 hit St Dizier/Robinson Airfield in France at 1136-1148 hours; they claim 37-7-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost, 4 are damaged beyond repair and 19 damaged; casualties are 6 WIA and 29 MIA. 4. 47 of 53 B-17's dispatched hit Sarreguemnines and Saarbrucken marshalling yards at 1133-1139 hours; 2 B-17's are damaged; no casualties. 5. 38 B-24's fly a diversion; they claim 13-6-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-24's are lost and 19 damaged; casualties are 11 WIA and 43 MIA. These missions are escorted by 223 P-47's; they claim 19-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 15 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA. VIII Air Support Command Mission 79: 25 B-26's are dispatched to Beauvais/Nivilliers and Evreux/Fauville Airfield in France; they return to base without bombing. VIII Bomber Command Mission 109: 4 B-17's drop 240,352 leaflets over Paris between 2257-2307 hours.
October 4, 1944
8th AF history extracted from Jack McKillop's USAAF Combat Chronology
STRATEGIC OPERATIONS 8th AF: Mission 664: 5 B-24s and 4 B-17s drop leaflets in the Low Countries, France and Germany during the night.