28 B-24’s took off at 0801-0847 hours to bomb MIRTOVICA R/R Bridge. None returned early. 28 dropped 82-1/2 tons of 1,000 lb GP bombs (.1 and mixed .01 and non-delay fusing) on target at 1027-1029 hours from 18,000 to 19,100 feet. Of the 28 A/C over the target 2 jettisoned 1-1/2 tons. 28 returned to base at 1150 hours. None lost, missing or at friendly fields. There were 28 effective sorties.
II. ROUTE AND ASSAULT
Rendezvoused at 8,000 feet over San Vito at 0912 hours (10 minutes behind the 98th) as the fourth group in the Wing. From San Vito to Kolaj (4153N – 1928E) to IP, R/R Junction at 4238N -2105E, making left turn into target and attacking on an axis of 328° True. The rally was left, thence to Kolaj (4153N – 1928E) to Base. No escort was assigned for this mission but P-38’s were seen in the general target area.
Dust and smoke from bombing by group ahead prevented accurate visual observations. Some hits are claimed on the approaches and on the bridge. Photos showed first section’s bombs to have dropped SE of target 2,000 to 4,000 feet. Second section had a fair pattern in the vicinity of the bridge with a possible direct hit.
IV. ENEMY RESISTANCE
A. Fighers. No interceptions or encounters by enemy fighters. One crew reported 4 unidentified A/C at 1028 hours from 18,200 feet at 4254N – 2037E. There is the possibility that these A/C were friendly.
B. Flak. Scant, inaccurate, heavy flak and four or five orange colored bursts was reported at the target. Flak was seen, only identified as heavy, not encountered, about five miles south of target at 4249N – 2053E.
[No losses. No Damage. No Casualties.]